As a blogger, it is so easy to get wrapped up in social media. Even non-bloggers have issues with a healthy exposure to social media. But, as someone who blogs, I find myself constantly fixated on numbers and my social media image. If you are running your blog as a business, it makes sense that you need to track your numbers (followers, etc.) for progress, just as you do in any other industry. But it’s also important not to get too obsessed with the numbers, because at the end of the day there is only so much you can control.
Before I get started with the actual content of this post, I want to point out that it is important to maintain all year round, not just during the holidays. Because I am already doing holiday themed posts, I figured I could put a holiday spin on a topic that is relevant all year long. The holidays are traditionally a time to spend with your loved ones, and I plan to limit my time spent on social media during Christmas this year.
It is so easy to get overly engrossed in social media, so today I am telling you my tips for maintaining healthy social media usage!
Turn Off Push Notifications
I am the type of person who hates having any notifications or alerts on their phone, so as soon as something pops up I feel like I have to address it immediately. By turning off notifications for most apps (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), I only visit these apps when I have time. I leave my push notifications on for phone calls and iMessages, but everything else is usually turned off!
Don’t Check Social Media Immediately When Waking up
This one is definitely easier said than done, especially because news I consume is through social media, and I like being in the know. I’ve gotten better about this point by taking most social media apps off my phone, and leaving them just on my iPad, which I typically use later in the morning. I also logged off my blog social media accounts on my phone, which makes it easier to focus on my personal life.
Schedule Posts in Advance
This is another point I could be better about, but something I definitely have improved on! As a blogger, it is obviously important to engage online. But, it’s also important to be consistent in your posting, and scheduling can help with that. One online business tip I’ve heard is to sit down one day and schedule all of your pre-planned posts for the month. On top of that pre-planning, you should still post regularly in real time, but having a schedule will keep your posting consistent for the days you don’t spend much time on social media.
Take Days Off
I used to be the person who thought they had to take pictures of every single brunch or ice cream cone I consumed. And don’t get me wrong, I’m still that person awkwardly standing and trying to get the best angle & lighting of their french toast. But, it’s also important to take days off from social media, and to not be fixated on documenting everything you do.
There you have it, my tips for maintaining healthy social media usage! As a blogger, it can be difficult to determine how much social media is too much. At the end of the day, I think that “healthy social media exposure” is a pretty broad term. Obviously, everyone is going to have a different threshold of social media usage, but generally it is important to be proactive and take days off when necessary!