Social Media and Community Support

I had this question brewing all weekend: If you expect people to support you in your journey, business, career, dream….shouldn’t you support them in theirs? ‘Support’ to me is not necessarily purchasing from a small business - I’m talking about doing the fo’ free stuff like sharing or liking social media content.

You know all about the posting ‘rules’ of Instagram, right? Like making sure you’re posting content at the right time in order to get a specific activity peak on whatever you just posted and all that shit? I mean, I definitely do it. I post at times where I know my ‘target audience’ will be supposedly scrolling through the feed. That’s cool or whatever but like...what happened to just liking someone’s stuff because you like it, or posting something in the moment instead of waiting until your target audience is probably scrolling through? 

I found myself going through my Instagram feed and not ‘liking’ this one photographers photo because I didn’t know them. I was thinking, ‘meh, they won’t even notice if I liked it or not.’ Later on when I was scrolling again, I thought about that photo, went to that persons page and liked their dang photo. Why did I have to think about it so hard, though? Why would I not support a strangers work when I expect them to support mine?

Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and not liked someones photo or commented on it because you thought, ‘They don’t really know me, I’m not going to tell them how pretty that is”? Or literally even just ‘liked’ someones photo because you were afraid they would be like, ‘Hi who are you get off my feed you weirdo’? I don’t know why I do that, but I feel like other people do that too. I’ve watched people scroll and then show me a post and say, ‘I love this!’ or something, and then they don’t like or comment on it. I don’t think it’s ‘validation’ people are looking for specifically in their art, it’s more like...support? I literally LOVE when even one person will comment on my post and they say they like it for whatever reason. I get that strangers support and I just think like, ‘okay I’m going to keep doing this.’ I try to do the same thing, and when I see a rando photographer or artist posts on Instagram and I think it’s awesome, I’m going to tell them. Putting your artwork out there for the world is a spooky thing to me, anyway. It took a lot for me to stop over-thinking my posts and just do it. When I first started this I would get nauseous thinking about what content I was going to throw in the social media beast for the day, and that’s so stupid. There’s always going to be someone who doesn’t think what you’re doing is cool, and that’s okay, just focus on those people that do like your work, friend!

MY FINAL RAMBLE FOR THE DAY:

Instead of trying to tap into the spheres of the internet, should you go into your community and look to the people that know you for support? I think that sharing everything you’re doing with the people around you is so important! You basically have to prove yourself to those random followers on Instagram, but those people that are around you everyday are going to be excited for you and what your journey is all about. Just don’t forget about those people in your community, not just your ‘gram community. 

There has to be a balance between all of it; creating content when you want but still making it productive to grow your audience, continuously getting support from the people around you, and still actually enjoying using social media as a tool rather than stressing out about it