This past weekend was busy; went to a medieval festival, hung out with my sister, and spent a day out at my Mom’s horseback riding, visiting and playing cards. So much wonderful-ness to take in and tons of great social media post opportunities but you won’t be seeing any such photos. Why??? Because I didn’t take any.
So last weekend I did go outdoors, I did enjoy the sunshine, the green grass, fresh air and connecting with family. At times yes, I did think about taking advantage of a photo opportunity to show my followers that I not only talk the talk but walk the walk. But I didn’t, partially because I was enjoying being in the moment at the moment. Also partially because at the beginning of the weekend I took a video which filled all of the available data space on my phone and I no longer had any space to take photos.
Which is good and bad.
See I have a bit of a conundrum, everything I’ve learned about starting out on the entrepreneurial road has told me that I need to be active on social media. I should be blogging and posting everyday. You have to build that know, like and trust factor in order to build up a future clientele base right? People need to know you’re out there. My conundrum appears when you consider that the business I’m trying to build is one where I encourage people to get off their screens, get outside and be one with nature. But doesn’t that make me a bit of a hypocrite if I’m constantly on my phone posting all my nature pictures; telling other people to leave their phones behind and get out without them? Tricky right?
So last weekends issue of the phone too full to take pictures kind of became the temporary answer to my conundrum. My phones not taking pictures right now so there’s no point in even worrying about it, might as well just forget about social media for a couple of days and enjoy the moment. Walk the walk even if it means no digital talking the talk later.
My memories of the weekends events are intact (the mental photos are actually probably more vivid since there were less distractions). I know that the events took place and at the end of the day that’s whats really important; the mental photographs and the memory of time with family. Building an online following can wait for another day; Instagram will still be there tomorrow.
So I encourage all of you out there to take a weekend off from social media some times. Unplug, recharge and reconnect with nature even if it means you may miss out on an epic post shot. The mental photo will be more vivid in your mind than even the best Instagram filter.