Once in a while, someone tells me I post too much on the internet. It doesn't happen often, but it has happened. There are a lot of social media outlets out there, and I admit I use a lot of them. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and this blog. Facebook and this blog are my two mains squeezes. And that's where I've gotten some criticism.
Once someone said I post too much about my diet and my weight loss journey. And someone else said I've been posting too much about my dad.
And maybe those things are true.
But you don't have to read what I write. One of the most glorious parts of social media is that you can "unfollow" me at any time, and I really won't be offended. So instead of making it a point to tell me I post too much, just stop reading.
Listen, I don't post things for likes and comments or to get a big reaction out of anyone. That may be the motive behind a lot of posts, but not mine. I'll admit, it's nice to get them (I'm a Leo. We like that)....but it's not why I post.
I post because my main goal while am on this earth is to help other people. I've been through and seen a lot of stuff. Probably more than most people my age. I've heard a lot of stories and I've spent time with many, many different kinds of people. From juvenile delinquents to 100 year old hospice patients. And I believe that my experiences can help people. Maybe that also sounds full of myself, and if it does, I apologize. That is not my intent.
It is my hope that something I post will help someone else. That's what keeps me going and that's why I keep doing it. Not every post is going to be inspirational and sometimes I whine too much. But when I can help someone else, it makes it all worth it.
The tricky thing is mixing social media and real life. I am a very real person. I post what I feel. I post what I do. I'm also "facebook friends" with a lot of coworkers, former students, youth group kids, family members, etc. So I'm careful. Sometimes I slip, especially when going through trauma's, but I try to be as positive and real as possible. And I guess it'd be a little more offensive if one of my real life friends "unfollowed" me. It would hurt a little more. But at the same time, if someone cannot stand by me, even if they disagree with me, then they aren't really my friend. It's a tough lesson to learn, but it's the truth. Friends are your friends no matter what. They can disagree and get upset with you, but they don't leave you, especially if they leave you when you need them the most.
I am not, nor will I ever be, a "famous blogger". That's not my intent. I just aim to bring a little love to my friends, family, and community.