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Social media is a great thing, it has the power to connect us to people all over the world. We can follow people with similar interests, promote businesses, educate people and the list goes on. Recently, I wrote a post about why I deleted my Twitter account and started from scratch and I’ve found this to be a really positive thing.
I remember a few years back and people used to call people out on Twitter for unfollowing them… Like seriously? It really used to baffle me. I get it can hurt a little when someone unfollows you, but they don’t owe you anything and if they make that choice then so be it. There’s often a lot of negative talk around unfollowing people so I wanted to write this post on 5 reasons that it’s GOOD to have a social media clear out.
#1 – Your interests will change
When I first started reading blogs and watching YouTube videos I was about 17 years old. That was 10 years ago! I was obsessed with Zoella, Fleur and Tanya. My life was consumed with beauty videos and beauty blog posts and I loved it. My interest in beauty blogs just isn’t a thing anymore. There are so many people out there who love beauty blogs and people who have amazing beauty blogs, but that’s not something that I’m personally interested in reading. Filling my Twitter and Instagram with beauty-related content seems a little pointless as I have no interest in it anymore. Now it’s not a personal attack on the people I’ve unfollowed; I don’t hate them and I don’t think they’re not talented. I just don’t want to fill my timeline with things I have no interest in anymore.
#2 – Other people change
Just like my interests have changed over the years and my blog has evolved with this; other people change too. Maybe I once followed a blog that was about personal growth and wellbeing; which is something I’m interested in. The chances are that the person who writes the blog has grown and changed and their blog is now taking a different direction which could be something that I’m not as interested in. If a blog changes direction and is something that I’m not that interested in then I’m not going to keep following it. I’ve lost many followers over the years as my blog has evolved and I’m not offended by it.
#3 – See what you want to see
When I did a big Twitter and Instagram clearout it was so lovely to be able to see the content that I wanted to see. I used to follow thousands of people but I cut that right back to a few hundred. I now get to scroll through Twitter and Instagram and engage in content that I’m really interested in.
#4 – Feel inspired and motivated
I see the blogging world as something to motivate and inspire me. As I mentioned above, there’s no point in following content that I’m not interested in. When I scroll through my Twitter feed now it’s uplifting and inspiring and makes me feel good. I can engage with wonderful content that I find interesting and motivating. I used to miss out on content that I loved as my feed was full of things I wasn’t that bothered about and that’s not how social media should be.
#5 – Self-esteem and wellbeing
Sometimes certain content can make you feel down and rubbish and that’s not what you want social media to do to you! I went through a phase when I was a lot younger of following a lot of fitness bloggers. Don’t get me wrong, fitness blogs are a great thing … but looking at images of people with amazing bodies, eating avocado on toast for breakfast made me feel rubbish about myself. I don’t want to be made to feel bad about the bowl of Coco Pops I rammed down my throat before rushing out the door to work!
We need to stop feeling bad about having a social media clearout. People change, interests change and our wellbeing is very important. Social media is really what you make it … So fill your feeds with people that uplift and inspire you, don’t get bogged down in things that aren’t of interest to you anymore.
Have you ever had a social media clearout? What were your reasons for doing so?