There’s one question I receive often, and that question is, “Why don’t you post more videos to Instagram Stories?” These days, it’s become the norm for people to post their everyday lives on social media, whether it be via an Instagram static post, a quick video on Snapchat, or a status update on Facebook. The simple truth is, I like to limit what I post on social media. Why? There are a few reasons below.
Prior to the growth of this digital age where everything is accessible 24/7 thanks to the internet, we weren’t posting our day-to-day activities online for all the world to see. Back in the good old days of my childhood, you would call people up on the phone to talk about your day. Nowadays, we can speak to more than one person and have multiple conversations thanks to text messaging. We can also post updates from our lives on multiple platforms through imagery, text, and gifs. This constant access not only keeps you in touch with more people, but it invites many people (and many strangers in the process) into your life.
As a blogger and public figure (I was Miss USA in 2011), a lot of my life is already conveyed through social media. Through outfit posts and details on our travels, I share a lot that is in connection with my website. Once in a while, I share personal posts about my marriage and, even more rarely, my friendships. So, why do I like to limit what I post to social media? The answer is simple – I like a little bit of mystery.
I don’t feel like every minute of my life needs to be documented (basically, I am not a good reality show candidate). I value private time with my husband or at home, I like to sit down for a brunch or a dinner with friends without my phone being in the way, and I like to run around town doing my daily business without having to be “camera ready”. I’ve had people call me lazy for not being active enough on Stories or tweeting more often on Twitter. I’m not lazy, I am just selective. Social media is my professional life. My personal life is something I like to shelter more, if I can.
What I am specifically referring to in this post is Instagram Stories. Instagram Stories are absolutely fantastic for when we are traveling, revealing my skin care routine in action, or when I want to showcase the movement of a new dress. I love Instagram Stories when we travel, as it helps tell a story. It’s like posting quick videos to highlight an amazing destination’s activity or the hotel you need to book a room at ASAP. However, when it comes to my every day life, I don’t feel the need to document every activity. Prior to Instagram Stories, or even Instagram for that matter, it wasn’t really possible to document our every day activities, and with the digital age continually growing and progressing, that’s one thing I like to hold on to.
There’s nothing wrong with posting all day, every day to social media. It’s your account and your life that you are choosing who, what, when, and where you are documenting. But personally for me, I just like to limit what I post on social media.
Do you like to limit what you post on social media?