Social media is something just about everyone has in some way shape or form. That could be arguable, but regardless the internet effects you in some way. Especially if you are a creative person.
Being online and sharing my creativity has been such a rad experience. I meet people who are interested in the same things as I am, we share ideas and we have some good conversations. They may be a bunch of “fake” internet friends, but I can say the people I’ve connected with don’t feel that way at all.
For as many positive experiences that I’ve had, there have inevitably been the negative ones. Something that I’ve found to be a negative experience is users not engaging their followers. Someone who may have a fairly large following will receive comments like “Great job!” or “Wow, that’s incredible!”
They may see those comments, and choose not to respond based on the sheer amount of people who have commented. Totally fine. I understand that you can’t respond to everyone every time you post something online. However, I don’t think it is excusable to never return a simple “Thank you” or engage your followers in some other way. You’d be surprised how far a simple response goes.
If you are on a specific social media, such as Instagram, don’t post your work and leave. Talk with people. See who your followers are. Have actual conversations with them.
“Oh…well uhhhh, I don’t have time for that. Yeah, got too much to do and too many comments to look at.”
If you find yourself saying that, I suggest you rethink why you use these platforms. Are you simply putting up work so you can acquire likes and comments for the fame of doing it? This provides no value to your audience, and is (more than likely) doing you no good either.
These platforms have wonderful communities full of great people. No one is forcing you to engage all of them, all I’m asking is simply talk to someone other than “that guy who has 25k+ followers.” Talk to people who are just getting starting in the same field you are in. Talk to people who are on your level. And talk to those people who are better than you. I guarantee you will find value in every circumstance, whether it be you providing value to someone or vice versa.
Jim Elliot says, “Wherever you are, be all there.” This may be a little more abstract in application to the internet, but don’t be an absent avatar that robotically puts out work. Be a human. Engage with people. I can promise you won’t regret it.