No I haven’t been stealing from the supply cabinet.
No im not doing stock checks.
What I am doing is taking stock on my hobby and, to be more precise, my online presence.
I started this blog in early 2015 with some trepidation. Now, nearly, four years later I’m still loving it. It suits me and my lifestyle. I like that I can write as much or as little as I like. I enjoy taking and posting photos of my work and most of all I like all the interactions with you lot, my extended blog family hehe.
So, for now at least, I’m still very excited about the blog and looking forward to many more years of it.
About 18 months ago I opened an Instagram account. Predominantly for inspiration which has been great. I have a good healthy following and I follow many wonderful pages BUT I’ve come to feel like… “what’s the point of it?” Sure there are likes and comments but no real conversations like on WP. No real sense of community either. It’s also become a bit of a habit to scroll through, robotic-like. I feel that this isn’t productive or creative and I end up feeling like I’m just wasting time. So I will be backing off Instagram in a big way. I follow my daughter on there too so it’s good to be able to keep an eye on her and I will have a look see from time to time but, generally, I’m calling it quits on there.
About six months or so ago I opened up a YouTube account. The idea was to share my thoughts and ideas on there in a hope to have another creative outlet and an interactive platform where I could chat with other hobbyists. Even though I’ve enjoyed doing the videos I’m feeling, again, “what’s the point?”. I know I’m sounding like a real negative Nancy but it’s just that these extra social media things take time. Time that I don’t really have to be honest. Any spare time I get I’d rather be creating instead of talking, liking, commenting. WP ticks the boxes for all those extra things.
Ironically or is it hypocritically (?) another reason I’m backing away from these social media platforms is because my best mate and I are going to be doing a joint podcast.
He already has his own, which is brilliant. Very highbrow haha. Here it is.
So, in conclusion…
1. I’ll be ceasing all YouTube video uploads indefinitely.
2. I’ll be backing right away from Instagram.
3. It’s business as usual with this here blog.
4. I’ll be starting a new podcast with my bestie. This podcast will cover everything and anything and will be called “Fly on the wall.” More info on that when the first episode is done.
Thank you to those of you that followed YouTube and/or Instagram and I hope you continue to follow me on WordPress and, eventually, have a listen to the new podcast.