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March 16, 2016

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The birds have returned with their cute chirp chirping, the cherry blossoms are already blooming, the magnolia in the back yard is set to burst at any second and I feel this deep down urge to purge and refresh!

It MUST be Spring!

I know most people take spring cleaning as a time to air out the house and start putting their winter wardrobe away, but for me and my obsessive online lifestyle, it means more than physical cleaning. {And that I don’t really have a “winter wardrobe”, I just wear everything year round, except for the heavy sweaters. }

For me this year spring cleaning means, cleaning up my online accounts and making me fall in love with them again.

As a blogger, you can sometimes be expected to be on every conceivable platform, wooing the masses with your aesthetic. I admit, I tried that at first, but now that I find myself in a comfortable spot with where my blog is and the direction it’s going, it gives me time to stop worrying about following the “rules” and instead focus in on what makes me happiest. I wish THIS was in the “rules” somewhere because I recommend this to everyone now, even if you’re baby new to blogging.

I think we can all get too wrapped up in what will make our blogs stand out and we get a bogged down with the blogging How To’s posted all over the place. But I think what ultimately makes us stand out is finding our strengths and a place our voice carries loudest and sticking to them.Spring Cleaning : How to clean up your social media so it makes you happy again!

Think back on how you were first wooed yourself into the world of blogging, { or maybe you’re not a blogger, but instead an avid blog reader } was it on instagram, or pinterest? Maybe some key facebook pages had you shopping for which blogging platform is best for you. Now think on which social media apps and sites you go to daily. Do you still get a jolt of joy from each one or are you feeling like maybe it’s more of a chore than anything else? This is a sign it’s time to change things up a little and fall in love with each platform again!

For me, I hate twitter, so I just never really utilize it. I pop in once every day or two and see if I have any notifications and I’ll do a couple scrolls along the top of my feed to see if anything piques my interest. I may give a heart or two, throw a funny “why my cat looks sad” retweet up and respond to any notes I have myself, but that’s the extent of it. I’m just not witty enough to be there, I feel outta place.

If you find you’re struggling too, spring clean it away! I’m giving you permission right now, stop giving a flying eff about it! Move on to what makes you smile and the apps that you get lost in only to look up 25 minutes later inspired, energized, and feeling a tad guilty that you are now running late.

Spring Cleaning : How to clean up your social media so it makes you happy again!

Spring Cleaning = Content Audit

My true loves come down to Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook, even though FB can be a pill and tumblr can be a handful I’m going to concentrate on Pinterest and Instagram for this post as examples of spring cleaning your social media.

Both Pinterest and Instagram had become a bit of a drag for me recently. I found I’d pop in for my notifications, see what a few key people had posted { as I’d set up push notifications for them } and hightail back out. How sad? And Pinterest had just become too much…I dunno, plus size fashion? I know that seems weird, as I am a plus size blogger, but it’s kind of my world, it’s everywhere I look and pinterest used to be a place for me to collect images I adored and spoke to me and also a well of inspiration and a source to quench my thirst for bizarre/macabre/vintage items, art, nerdisms and more.

So, what did I do?? I started to clean house! This can be MEGA hard, as you really don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but I had to change my media, I had to make theses spaces happy for me again and not a chore. I do recommend getting down to business went you’re not feeling too emotional, because the ax has to fall.

I got the ball rolling with cleaning up my pinterest. I started evaluating each pin and the pinner attached to it. I took a long hard look at each board I had followed by people I wasn’t immediately recognizing their names and I start clicking those little “unfollow” buttons like no ones business. Then I moved to instagram and did the same thing. Only, instagram was way harder. On pinterest, there doesn’t seem to be the “unfollower” mentality that if someone unfollows you you need to seek them out and unfollow them back. Hell, maybe there is and I’m just missing it. But instagram, instagram is something else!

Editing my instagram feed was waaaaay tougher, because each account really feels like a person. I’d feel 100% awful every time I unfollowed a fellow IGer. Not only do I know how prevalent the “unfollower” apps are { my friends in Portland thankfully made me remove it myself } but I now how TOXIC they are! I find the hurt cuts MUCH deeper when you know exactly who unfollowed you instead of just seeing your numbers fluctuate. So how I started my cull, was going through my list and checking names that weren’t familiar. Since I love checking my notifications, I see a lot of names repeatedly, so I’d skip over one of those names and search out the ones tat weren’t as familiar. I’d do a quick glance at each account and see if the account spoke to me, if I recognized each person, if these images were something that would give me joy logging into IG or the ones that make me feel like I’m drowning in too many people to follow and no way to keep up with their lives.

Last step, I’d check to see when they posted last. I couldn’t believe how much dead weight I was able to shed just from inactive accounts. I know these people aren’t in my feeds making me feel lost, but their numbers where there in my upper right hand corner making me feel like I was in too deep! There is no way I could possibly be actively following 1400+ people, it’s just too much. As I said, I want to feel a connection with the people I follow, I want to feel like we’re chums and if I wasn’t getting those vibes, I had to cut the cord. I know that for many, if they feed into “unfollower” mentality, they may feel hurt, which is the very last thing I want. But I also have to keep my self in mind and if IG starts feeling like a chore, than what is the point of using it? 

Believe me when I say, this was super duper hard and I felt awful cutting people out.  But my rationale was, how am I adding to their instagram life if I’m never interacting with them? I think it’s much kinder to cut the tie than for someone to perhaps ever wonder why I never like their stuff. 

With a lot of gumption and sometimes feeling like a coldhearted bitch. I got my instagram count down from 1400+ to just under 850.

Now I don’t feel guilty when I go on a binge of following a bunch of female illustrators. I know you may be wondering what is the point of removing a ton of people just to follow others is and I will tell you, it keeps everything fresh and up to date with your current passions. But I also know I have to keep that in check as well.

As bad as I felt chopping up my feeds on both instagram and pinterest, I have to say how much happier I am to returning to each site everyday. I feel refreshed and excited and each feed is BRIMMING with inspiration and ideas that I want to blog about and tell you all about!

Now I just need to start spring cleaning my house!!

Have you ever done a spring clean of your social media? or a massive purge? OR what are your fav social media platforms and apps?? Link me in the comments so I can check you out!

For love of blog is a new feature that I will add to sporadically. I will discuss the pitfalls and joys of social media, as well as tips and strategies that have helped me! 

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  • Reply
    Kobi Jae
    March 16, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    YES BABE! I look forward to that feeling myself! I have very slowly been doing this, but really need to put in a concerted effort to get IG back to the fun and inspiring place it once was, as well as organise my pinterest boards so they make sense to me again. <3

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      March 18, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      I had been slowly shipping away at IG, but the other night I just dumped 200+ all in one go! It took about 45 minutes.

  • Reply
    March 16, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Great post – inspired!

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    March 17, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I am waaaaay over due for a social media clean up. Especially my Pinterest. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    contrary kiwi
    March 17, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Man I hate Twitter. Even when I was posting on my Blogger platform I avoided it, except when I felt guilty that I wasn’t doing all the blogger things. Now I haven’t been on it for over a year and I don’t miss it at all.

    Pinterest always makes me feel inferior so I rarely go on there. I love Tumblr but have no idea how to interact with other people on it so I solo it lol

    IG is by far my favourite blog-related platform these days. I only follow about 50 people because I want to be able to keep up with everyone who posts anything. As soon as I’m feeling that I’m scrolling straight past one particular person, they’re gone. I’m rubbish at finding new people to follow though!

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    March 22, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Lovely. Where did you get those pens in the picture? I use to have some just the same, and now I can’t find them anywhere!

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      March 22, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      Thank you!! They’re bic pens, I think they’re called “shimmers” I get mine from Staples.

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