Why I haven’t been on Instagram

If you have been watching this space for a while, you may have noticed that I used to post on social media 3-5 times a week when I first began Minimize the Waste. You could count on it, like clockwork, but all of a sudden, about 6 months ago, I dropped off of the radar completely. I still updated this blog 1-2 times a week and was still super passionate about reducing my impact on the environment and educating others, but my Instagram lay silent.

Well, I thought it was time to explain why.

For me, social media, even my personal one has always seemed like something I had to do to keep up with my friends and have them keep up with me. I was never one to take selfies or group photos, not because I had an issue with it, but it was never something I remembered to do or had an inclination to pursue.

Starting this blog, I felt like the other platforms needed to go with it, after all, how can you have a brand without social media. How would people see my posts if I didn’t talk about them on social media?

But once I started learning about an eco-friendly minimalistic life, I realized once again that social media was not ever going to be for me. I didn’t want to spend any more time looking at screens than I need to, and if I was going to educate people around the world and show them how I live my best eco-friendly life, then it had to be authentic, and my heart told me that social media was not the place I was going to be able to do that.

When I write for this blog, the words flow naturally, and while there are times I don’t feel like writing, or I have trouble getting the words onto the page or the screen, overall, it never feels like work – but social media always feels like work.

I have a goal in 2020 to try and find a new way to incorporate social media into my life without it feeling like a chore, so if you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them in the comments below.



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