I think people assume that because we are bloggers: we are always on our phones. I am probably the busiest right now than I have ever been, and very seldom have time to upkeep my social media presence, and when I do it is always in bits. Whilst I’m on the bus. Whilst I’m in a lecture or seminar. Whilst I’m in the midst of writing an essay. I don’t always catch everything and very often things go over my head because I’m so swamped with life at the moment.
I wanted to write a blog post, to address the notion that bloggers should be replying to all of their comments, I mean we don’t pull celebrities up for not replying to people do we? Because they are busy. They are inundated with notifications sometimes and there’s so much other stuff going on behind the scenes. If it is celebrities we let it slide, but if it is a blogger, all hell seems to break loose.
Think how many social platforms a blogger (or influencer) has. Instagram, for me, is one of the lowest in my priority list. I post when and if I can and it is usually just day-to-day life stuff – nothing out of the ordinary. I ain’t all that great at photography and I don’t ever feel particularly proud of photos that I post. I digress; I prioritise twitter, and my blog, and even at that I can’t respond to everything.
Of course if someone asks where something is from, seeks help or outright asks me a question I will respond – but for the most part I just don’t have the time or the energy to go through every comment and reply.
I’m getting sick and tired of social media. I love it, I hate it and I crave it all at once. There’s always people waiting to pounce and scrutinise something, anything, that you do. I just don’t have the energy anymore. As much as I love social media, and the friendships I’ve created through it, I’m getting tired of the same kinds of people dragging me down and making me feel shitty. Social media has always been my safe space but it’s becoming a negative place that triggers my anxiety like hell.
I’m curious. Who has the time to reply to every comment people post on their social media platforms and blog posts? Is it rude if we don’t reply? I always reply to private messages, I always respond if someone needs me, but if you’re just telling me that I look good I won’t always reply. There are a few reasons for this, one which I’ve brushed on above, I simply don’t have the time. Secondly, I loathe myself, and if you are a regular reader of my blog or a long-time follower you will know this. I’m the worst at accepting compliments. So please don’t be offended if I don’t reply to you, it’s not that I’m being rude, it’s just how it is for me at the moment. I do appreciate you taking the time to view my posts, I am wholeheartedly grateful that you take the time to leave me a comment, it really does mean a lot but I can’t always express that. I hope that makes sense.
Has anyone ever gave you a hard time for not replying to comments? What’s your thoughts on this? Are you always able to keep up with comments on all of your platforms? Let me know in the comments below.