Instagram is a great way of connecting with other readers and getting more book recommendations. Not that we need more recommendations with our ever-growing tbr lists.
One of my favourite things about Instagram is posting bookish content on my stories. A great way to do that is by sharing templates. They work as a great way to share more about books and help you followers get to know you more. Not to mention, they are super easy to use and no one is going to be mad at easy content.
Simply save these templates to your phone and use them to get to know the bookstagram community even more.
Twitter is probably my all-time favourite social media. Instagram is great, don’t get me wrong. But on Twitter, I can tweet random rubbish and there’s no pressure to make it perfect like I sometimes feel with Instagram.
One of my favourite things about Twitter is how quickly it moves. I love that one second I can tweet about a film and the next second I can tweet about travel. There’s not really much pressure to niche down on Twitter and I just love that. If you’ve been to my blog before then you’ve probably noticed that finding a niche isn’t my strong point.
So yeah, Twitter is fun, good for growing your online brand and it’s a fab way to make some new friends too. But… what do you tweet about when you feel like you have nothing to say?
As a single woman who has been through quite a few failed relationships, I feel like there are quite a lot of things I’ve learned now that I wish someone would have told me when I first started dating.
Back in June, I shared a post with you all where I explained that I was going through a break up. Since then I have been in and out of the dating scene and it just made me realise a few things that I felt like I should share.
Social media is becoming very overwhelming these days. There’s topics that are becoming more actively spoken about and those topics can be rather triggering. Some people might need to take a social media break and some people feel completely fine to carry on using their accounts as normal. All reactions are valid and you’ve got to do what’s best for you.
Personally, social media is my life. I don’t have many friends or family so social media is how I talk to people and see what is happening in the world. If I take that away from myself then I would probably feel completely lost. That’s what I decided to be more mindful of my social media uses.
Whether you find social media triggering or you just want to be more aware of your social media usage, mindfulness practises are important for anyone online.
Instagram is such a huge online platform so it only makes sense to make the most of it when you’re trying to grow your online life. Instagram stories just keep on getting better so there’s no time to wait when it comes to using them.
Whether you use Instagram for fun, or you use it to grow a business, there’s so much you can do on Instagram stories so I thought that I would show you just a few ideas that I have.
I really don’t know why but starting my day with a photo of my ‘waking up’ view is super satisfying. You might not think the same but that’s what is so wonderful about Instagram stories. You can post whatever you want.
I also find that I’m way more active on Instagram stories that day if I upload pretty much as soon as I wake up.
Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you frequently pick it up “just to check”, only to look up forty-five minutes later wondering where the time has gone?
If you do, then you’re like the 99% (this is not a fact, don’t quote me, I could be exaggerating) of people who are also addicted to their phones. They are our life these days. They are full of all our details, plans and even banking so we would be pretty messed up without them really.
Even though we love our phones a lot, and I mean a lot, a lot. We all still need a little bit of phone-free time in our lives.
“Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.”
Imagine how you would feel if you compared the strength of others to your own weaknesses? How do you think you’d size up? Do you think you would feel good? Probably not. Well, that is what happens when you compare yourself to others.
The funny part is, people compare themselves to others online all the time. Some people only do it from time to time and others do it pretty often. It all depends on the person’s confidence. We definitely all do it though.
For example, let’s compare me to a super famous blogger. They have a beautiful blog and an amazing writing style but that doesn’t mean that I’m not good in my own way too. In the past, I would look at a popular blogger and think about how I’m just not cut out for the blogosphere. That’s definitely not the case though. There’s room for everyone here.
Comparing myself to a popular blogger is not a fair comparison. That is because the popular blogger isn’t me. They aren’t the same person as me and the only person that I should compare myself to is myself.
I aim to be the best version of myself and that is who I should be comparing myself to.
What Are The Effects Of Online Comparison?
If you don’t see anything wrong with comparing yourself to others then let’s just stop for a minute and create a little list.
It’s usually an unfair comparison to start with. Comparing your weaknesses to someone’s strengths will make you look bad from the get-go.
Even comparing strength to strength will sometimes mean that you come off worse. You might not be as talented as the other person but it doesn’t mean that you aren’t still talented and you might be even more talented than them when it comes to something else.
If you think you won the little comparison game, then you will gain a very short-lived ego boost. This boost won’t last long as you’ll soon find someone else to compare yourself to.
You can end up resenting the person you compare yourself to even though they haven’t done anything wrong.
Comparing yourself to others can even knock down their confidence as well as your own. You don’t want to upset someone just because you are insecure yourself.
“ Comparison is the thief of joy.”
How Do You Break The Habit Of Comparing Yourself?
So how do you break this cycle of comparing yourself with others? Here are some tips I’ve found useful:
Become more conscious. Look out for moments when you are comparing yourself to someone else. It’s a hard habit to break but it will be worth it. By keeping the habit at the forefront of your mind, you will have more self-awareness of what you are doing.
Stop yourself as soon as you notice what is happening. When you notice you are starting to compare yourself, take a step back. Either stop looking at that person’s profile or take yourself offline for a bit.
It’s important to notice your own accomplishments. Maybe you could write a list of all the big and small things that you have achieved and you can look at the list every single day. This will make you feel like you are doing well. Therefore, you won’t feel the need to compare yourself to others.
Learn that it’s okay not to be perfect. No one is perfect at all. We are all imperfect and that’s what makes us so wonderful. Emotionally, we feel bad when we look at someone ‘better’ than us. We see that person as perfect and we idolise them. You need to remember that no one is perfect and that’s okay.
Lastly, it’s a good habit to love people and respect people around you. Don’t compare yourself to them and don’t put them down when you think you’re better than them. It doesn’t matter how many followers someone has, you should love and appreciate them anyway.
So, how about we all make a new deal? Let’s all stop comparing ourselves to others online and in person!