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Friday, 21 March 2014

On Blogging & Technology

I know that everyone's been talking about how different the world is now that there are so many new social media sites that result in us spending probably way too much time on our phones, instead of spending our time doing something that will, arguably, be more worthwhile. But I've never really felt all that affected by it before, sure I tweet and use Tumblr and Instagram and I even blog, and yet I've never fully understood what people mean when they talk about how it's affected the blogging world. And then I read Meg's post.

I adore Meg's blog, it is the most honest blog I have ever come across, and she just has this incredible gift for writing that genuinely makes me a little bit happy when I see that she's published a post. I aspire to have a blog that's so beautifully written. The thing is, recently I've felt a little more sucked in than usual to the lives people convey on Instagram. People always seem to look so perfect, with so much going on in them. And the other week I actually found myself thinking of what I could post on it to add to my photos.

I couldn't believe I was thinking that. I know it may not sound like a lot, but in that moment, I forgot that just because people put pictures on the internet of things that look so perfect, in reality they rarely really are. And I don't know about you, but I would much rather have a genuinely happy and filled life, rather than one that looks great on Instagram but is one that feels empty to its author.

I'm not saying that everyone that posts on Instagram is one of these people, of course not, I like to share photos on there, and see what other people are up to. I just want to remind myself that it should all be taken with a pinch of salt, because, of course, people filter what they put on there, it's not their real life down to a t. And in this modern world where we're updating our social media what can seem like every minute, I hope we don't forget how to live in the moment.

Take for instance last weekend, which I wrote about on Tuesday. I only have two pictures from it, of the beautiful landscape in Hyde Park. When I was writing it up, I felt a little guilty. But then I told myself to snap out of it because I would much rather know myself what a great day I had, instead of having lots of pictures so that everyone else can think I had a great day. In that moment I forgot that I write this blog to write, not as a photo blog, because I am no master of photography but I like to think I can string a few words together that, on occasion, read well.

I don't want to be sucked into this constant technology use and instead I want to use it for me, not for show. And I hope to keep this blog as somewhere I can write, as honestly as I can, like so many amazing blogs I follow, so that a few years down the line, I can look back on these posts and remember what life was like in that period and hopefully smile.

So, by all means, have a read of Meg's post and let me know what you think about it all, I'd love to hear your points of view. I think it's a really relevant topic at the moment and that it's definitely worthwhile to talk about it.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, I'm off to go out for dinner with Harry xo

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