Sunday 25 May 2014

School of Life v.3

It's Sunday school time! This week's lessons border on the embarrassing, because they mostly deal with social media. Somehow, it feels like it's not "real life". But it is a big part of being a blogger, and it got me down a bit last week, so I decided to share it with you. Despite (or because) it making me feel vulnerable and slightly ridiculous. Okay, let's get started!

1. You win some, you lose some - and it's still hard
Social media, you fickle beast. I know it ebbs and flows. I know hat people will follow you and unfollow you. But you know what? Some days, it sucks. You get caught up in the numbers game, and let it get you down. It's sort of ridiculous, but real nonetheless. You remember the first time somebody unfriended you on Facebook? I was hurt. It's a bit embarrassing to admit, but a true fact. Same with this blogging gig: I'm super excited when I gain a new follower, and bummed when I lose one. 
Lesson learnt? You win some, you lose some. You can never please everybody. But damn, it's hard. 

2. People's preferences are unpredictable
Here's another one related to social media. Can you tell I had too much free time on my hands last week?
This time: Instagram. I love insta-G because, duh - pretty pictures. I follow a lot of  "real" photographers, and just love looking at their amazing shots. Here is the thing I will never understand: how some pictures get a bazillion likes - and it's a picture of a coffee cup. And others that I find incredible, only get a few likes. Instagram, how do you work? Is the secret in the right hashtags? It can't be, because some people don't use any (gasp!) and still get a bazillion likes. How do you become insta-popular? I will never get it. 
Lesson learnt: Instagram is beyond me. People's preferences are unpredictable. It's all a big mystery!

3. Too much solitude messes with my head
To sum up the first two points: I had to much free time last week and got caught in my own head space. Which is a scary place sometimes.
Lesson learnt? Stop overthinking everything Miriam!

4. My sister's keeper -  now I know what the fuss is all about

Jodi, I owe you an apology. Years ago, when I was working in a book store, I picked up one of Jodi Picoult's books. For the life of me, I can't remember which one - all I know is that I didn't like it one bit. Sort of hated it, actually. Based on that book I decided that I don't like any of her books. No matter how popular they were, or how many people told me how good they are, I never gave her another try.
Until last week. I was roaming my book shelves, looking for something new to read, when I saw My sister's keeper. A friend had given it to me last year, and I put it straight on the shelf without opening it.
For whatever reason, I decided to give Jodi another shot - and I love it! Huh, who woulda thought?
Lesson learnt: There is something to be said about second chances.  

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xoxo Miriam

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  1. It is certainly hard but you cannot get too wrapped up in all of it! The picture on #2 is amazing...really, really amazing!! I hate driving for long distances because of #3. Hope you are having a fantastic weekend!

  2. The unfollow is brutal :). I too hate that I let it get to me

  3. On Instagram I look for hash tags I'm interested in (or my go to - #vsco) and like things I like. It brings a lot of people over. I follow really random people if I just love their photos.
    I can't wait to visit you and your farm animals!!!
    Also - guess who is going to start blogging again?? This moi!!

  4. I haven't read My Sister's Keeper, but, I did watch the movie... so sad!

  5. I have had My Sister's Keeper on my bookshelf for years and I keep overlooking it. Maybe it is time that I finally give it a go too. :)

  6. My Sister's Keeper. Oh, I'm with you. I thought it was all some cheesy fad and then I read it. And the movie! So heartbreaking. I am also with on on instagram!!! It baffles me daily.

  7. Instagram is so baffling, but still one of my favorites.

    Sorry, I missed the link-up. :/ but I made a post anyway!

  8. i agree ^ instagram is baffling! My phone is broken so I can't go on often and I don't miss it a ton. you win some you lose some is tough with blogging, because blogging is such a personal thing sometimes it's hard not to be let the up and down numbers affect you.

    Emmett - Hippie Lace

  9. My Sister's Keeper is a great book! I used to read JP all the time. But just like any author who has written like 20+ books all with the same theme, they started to run together for me. Mary Higgins Clark went the same way. It's been years since I read either one.
    The numbers game, like the scale, I try not to look! LOL
    Instagram - WHY are we not friends on there?? I don't understand that numbers thing either. I know hashtags have a lot to do with it and so does lighting and composition. But really, sometimes it is just a cup of coffee!


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