SOS from a social media misfit
I’ve been trying to find a home on social media for a good while now, but so far nothing is sitting right. I’ve done a bit of half-hearted posting on Instagram and Linkedin, but it hasn’t really done anything for me, and I don’t think I’ve done much for it either!
A friend recently said that posting on social media feels like ‘just another place to be ignored’ and I agreed initially.
Then I tried playing the game and connecting with people with similar interests, and almost immediately I felt overwhelmed. It was like being at a huge party where everybody was talking at the same time and I couldn’t tell if any of them were saying anything interesting because there was just so much racket and kerfuffle.
I’m not sure why, but somehow I just don’t fit in, I can’t find my place, I can’t find a home on social media.
However, an ‘old school’ opportunity arose recently. With the help of a friend who has done this sort of thing for many years – I have sponsored an event! (Thank you soooo much DE).
And although I’ve never done anything like this before I have found that it feels so much more comfortable and authentic.
It means the opportunity to be on the telly and the radio, going out for dinners, stands, banners, t-shirts and actually talking to real people! Best of all, much of this takes place outdoors and right by the sea. Could it get much better than that?
I’ve also designed a little something to go into the goodie bags: The SOS Values and Committed Action Card Deck. This is an opportunity to get young people and their parents thinking and talking about what actually, really matters to them and how they want to live. Priceless eh? If it gets one in a hundred of the human beings that set eyes on it thinking and moving in the right direction for them, I’ll be very happy. One in ten – I’ll be ecstatic!
Although I think the deck can stand alone, perhaps I think that because this is my world and these are ideas I’ve thought about a lot. Just in case it’s all a bit vague or confusing for newbies I am working on a free companion journal to guide people through the process of identifying their core values and understanding how these might guide life choices and goal setting. No more blundering through life not knowing what you’re doing or why you’re doing it – phew!
I’m still not sure what to do about social media though …let’s just hold that lightly and maybe in time things will become clearer.