It’s a necessary evil.
So, I’m a blogger who aspires to become someone other people can come to for information about living and traveling abroad. I want people to be able to ask me questions and I have the answers for them. I want to help them achieve their goals of world travel. I want to help them become better bloggers and writers. With that, I have to better myself, and I have to be more accessible.
Accessibility is probably the number one thing an aspiring blogger can strive for. We have to be able to reach a large number of people at a time and keep a working balance between creating new posts and responding to comments. I currently have Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Youtube, and now Facebook that are all geared towards my blog. Followers comment, tweet, reblog, and message me on every single one of those platforms. It is my job to spread the love and respond to each of you within a timely manner. That, I’m afraid, is something I need to work on. However, you all know how to contact me if need be.
Facebook is the most recent social media having only been created the other day. I fought with the idea of creating a Facebook page for Travel Morgan Travel for months. Literally, months. I imagine that if I had created the page a long time ago, my likes on the page would be higher than they are presently. However, I never wanted to create the page purely for the “like” purpose.
In my personal opinion, Facebook is a popularity contest.
It doesn’t matter if you are referring to your personal blog or to your page, it’s all a popularity contest. That is the idea that I struggled with. I see bloggers everyday on Facebook who are out to get more likes and more shares. I completely understand that it’s those things which drive the success of their brand, but I am afraid to come across as needy on Facebook. I don’t want people to think that I am out to see how many likes I can get or how many shares this one post got or see how many people that picture got organically (whatever that means… jk jk I know what it means lol).
I was talking with a fellow blogger the other day who told me that he noticed I had deleted my Facebook because he wanted to tag me in a post. Yes, I had deleted my personal Facebook. My personal life has been… interesting in the last couple of months. Things have been changing and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. I found myself spending an abnormal amount of time on Facebook looking through pictures of ex’s or being jealous of friends in Ireland or stalking this person or clicking entirely too many BuzzFeed posts. It just kind of hit me that Facebook had taken over my life. It was in that moment that I chose to delete the app from my phone.
It was glorious. The first few days were difficult, but then I felt a great sense of relief that I didn’t have to worry about checking my status for the number of likes or making sure that I tagged the right person in that photo. I was no longer tempted to look people up and I was able to keep more of my life to myself. Of course, I have a blog and I am unfortunately (sometimes 😉 ) open with y’all, but that doesn’t mean that I have to share everything.
After a week or so, I decided to take the leap of faith. I was sitting in Chick-fil-A with a friend and just deactivated the whole darn thing. Of course Facebook is clever in that it allows you to “come back” at any point and time by re-logging into your account. My Facebook was deleted for about a week when the blogger friend told me that he noticed I was missing from his Facebook friends.
I felt bad.
He, a fellow struggling travel blogger in the giant stew of travel bloggers, wanted to tag me, little old me, in a post on Facebook.
My heart broke.
Within about twenty-four hours, I had reactivated my Facebook and created the Travel Morgan Travel page. I realized that I was not accessible to my friend. That’s not even including my friends and family here at home that I know in real like. Yes, he has my phone number and we talk often about travel and blogging, but he wanted to share something with me on Facebook. I was inaccessible to him, and the last thing I want is to be inaccessible to my followers. It doesn’t matter if they are family, friends, acquaintances, or people I have never actually met, I want you all to be able to reach me at any given moment of the day in any way possible.
I have to be accessible for all of you.
So I created a Facebook page. It’s just another one of my many forms of social media that I have set up with Travel Morgan Travel in efforts to be accessible for you. I don’t post the same thing on each of the platforms. Twitter I retweet other travelers and post a few of my random thoughts throughout the day. Instagram is a lot of my travel photos and random moments of my life in photo form. I post a lot of coffee pictures. Youtube is of course a place for my travel videos. Tumblr I usually post a lot of inspirational travel quotes.
And then there is Facebook.
I haven’t quite decided what kind of platform Facebook will be. So far, each of my forms of social media have a different aim. Who knows what form Facebook will take on? Maybe it will be some kind of combination of them all? All I know is that I want to be accessible to you all in as many ways as possible.
So, if you are still with me after having spent now over 1,000 words talking about social media, please let me know. Let me know which form of social media is your favorite to use. Please tell which one is the best form of contact. What do you use most? What would you like to see more from me because I am here for you.
I am here to be accessible to you.