Who do you follow?

How many social media channels do you follow? Do you have lots of Pinterest boards, or do you get your inspiration from Instagram? Do you do Facebook, or prefer to get your news from Twitter? I’m assuming you read Blogs, but how are you with YouTube or SnapChat?

I am very slowly starting to do a Digital Declutter which seems to be a common theme with many minimalist/slow living bloggers.

I am trying to do the following:

  1.  reduce the emails I receive. As I now have an email account at work it is just too much to receive endless messages to read and sift through. At home I am getting into the habit of unsubscribing from a few emails every time I log on.
  2. reducing the number of blogs I follow. I recently went through my Blogroll and deleted all those blogs that haven’t posted this year. (However I now follow their Twitter and Instagram profiles)
  3. really thinking about those social media channels I do use.                                                                                                                                           I have an on-off relationship with Facebook. I can go for days weeks without logging on – hence my secondhandtales Facebook page has few posts. I know, for some bloggers, Facebook is the most important social media channel they use to engage with readers and create new followers. When you look at research figures Facebook is the most used social media   channel. But it just doesn’t really work for me. Likewise, I don’t always engage with Twitter. But that is because I find it too addictive and can easily waste half an hour mindlessly scrolling through my feed. I tend to only use it when following a breaking news story – or when it comes to promoting the Repair Cafe.

However, I do find that Instagram really works for me. I like the visual element to it and the fact that it can become a micro-blogging platform – or in normal speak, it allows people to tell brief stories. I find it is more personal than Twitter but more focused than Facebook can be.

I am also enjoying YouTube more and have a list of slow living/zero waste/minimalist vloggers whose videos I regularly watch (any suggestions welcome!). I still follow Pinterest but have no intention of taking on Snapchat as I feel too old for that!

What are your thoughts on Social Media? Where do you get most of your information and inspiration from? I would be really interested to know if blogs are your channel of choice? If you are active on Instagram I’d love to know (and follow) – are there other accounts you can recommend too?

And speaking of social media, you can find me  on pinterest, facebook , twitter, instagram 

5 thoughts on “Who do you follow?

  1. I gave up Facebook 18 months ago and haven’t looked back. I disliked that so many of my friends thought their social life with me was Facebook. Needless to say, my social life has improved without the platform and I have more time to read things like…. books.

    Anyway, I do have a Pinterest account, which I view quite differently. I only look at it once every few months, and am inspired every time. It is more like searching the web, to me, so it doesn’t lead me to feel overwhelmed or lonely, for example.

  2. Nadine says:

    A digital declutter is important just like a real life declutter! I use Pinterest almost daily, for recipes (food and DIY to help my ZW) and for teaching ideas. FB I use mostly to share blog posts and to see what’s new in our blogger group and from Eco warriors I follow; it is less of a friend/family connector for me because that drives me crazy. I really think instal would be beneficial to follow ZWers and other inspirational folk, and would like to get an account; however, my phone is so old it can’t support it 😉

  3. That’s an interesting way of using Facebook- sharing info rather than following friends and family (which yes drives me crazy too). Pinterest is a great source of info too and I have to confess that although I use Instagram I don’t have a smartphone either (crazy I know!). I just use our family iPad, hence my photos are rather limited as I don’t take it out and about…

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