Here’s to Writing
I’ve never considered myself much of a writer.
Okay, hold up, hang on.
I need to stop saying that. I’ve worked long and hard to work on my writing skills, to get them to a point where I’m comfortable sharing what I write. I honestly don’t think I ever will be comfortable with it. But here goes…
Instagram has been my go-to platform for a while… I love the visual appeal. I love how easy it is to see so many pictures, so much writing, and so much of people’s hearts without having to do much work – classic, right? I follow quite a number of bloggers and “instabloggers” who regularly bless my days. These women share their hearts, they share their lives with their fellow instagrammers. Recently, a few things happened to make me rethink what I’m doing on social media, what I’m doing with my time… And what I can do to be blessing other people.
One photographer I follow (@oliviastrohmphoto) only uses Instagram on Tuesdays. When I first started following her, I was surprised at how one promoting their business on Instagram could be successful and only go on once a week. I started thinking a lot about this… What am I really doing on Instagram every day? Do I really contribute anything? Is this something I should be concerned about? I began to see, yeah, I really don’t need to be posting every day. I should only post when I actually have something to say. But then… What do I have to say?
I’ve been inspired by two other instagrammers @gabllewellyn and @maandpamodern who regularly share openly about their lives, and @karliepickett who drops sunshine into my feed with her realism. These ladies are honest. They don’t hide behind perfectly edited photos, they don’t hide their struggles from the world. Now, I don’t feel the need to share every bit of my life online – hi, it’s still MY life. But I do feel a need to be real. Life is not all sunshine and roses, though I am an extreme optimist. But if I can add some positivity, if I can bring some joy, if I can inspire just a little bit, I can follow through on what so many of these incredible people have started.
Why writing? Why share my heart? I don’t know. I just think it’s the next step. I don’t have the energy or the time to spend advertising my photography on instagram. I don’t want to be connecting with photographers and people following photographers. I don’t want to be watching statistics on my photos seeing what people like and figuring out how to give them more of that… I don’t want to be spending time figuring out what time of day to post, or commenting on other posts that I don’t really like in order to generate traffic on my own page. Ugh. Nope. I want to relate to people, I want to share, encourage, and offer. I want to post the photos that I like, at the the time I am inspired. I want to comment and share with others because I really appreciate what they say.
So… As I sit here in my grandmother’s flat in Russia, I’m jumping into something new. Lord, lead me. Let me share Your light, Your joy, and Your peace with what I say. Let me bless others. Let me give through what you have given to me.