Like 4 Like

They say that you should follow
and chase down what you dream

Everyday. High School Musical 2

I began this blog about 8 months ago.

It was created for sharing things God’s put in my heart and I wanted to say.

It was exciting. It was new. It was fun.

I felt thankful if someone made a comment or shared it somehow. Every encouragement meant the world to me.

I think out of the need of promoting the blog (I say “I think” because I don’t remember clearly now), I began to be more active on Social Media, you know, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

My community needed to grow so the things I wrote could reach more people because, really, who publishes something so nobody sees it?

That’s how it all was for a while and I was enjoying myself. For real.

Then, it all changed. I did not even realize when or how, but it did.

All of a sudden, “how many likes” and “how many followers” were all that mattered. It was not fun anymore. It was work.

Hard work.

I wanted to be more and more noticed. I wanted the popularity. I wanted the fame. Perhaps, I was always looking for it.

But if you get lost and lose yourself,
what does it really mean?

Everyday. High School Musical 2

I got to the moment when I felt so frustrated because I was not getting the same good results I had had before. I got desperate.

I felt I needed to do something to fix it so I began posting things just because. I had to be present, I had to get likes even if there was nothing I wanted to share, I had to do it.

It’s crazy, I know.

Then, for some reason I suddenly came to my senses.

A friend asked me: “Why do you want to have more followers?”

“Because I want others to get to my blog”, I lied.

Truth was I had no idea anymore. I forgot why I wanted it to begin with.

At that very instant I got a look at myself and, honestly, I did not like what I saw.

It was as if I didn’t know myself; like I sold my very soul for followers.

I think about it now and I can’t fully grasp how come I was so blind. I didn’t even notice what was happening to me, how obsessed I was.

I couldn’t recognize myself any longer.

I understood the whole purpose of Social Media is showing who you really are. Likes and followers should be the result and not the motive; otherwise, you will probably lose yourself for the sake of pleasing others.

It’s not I don’t want people to like what I do, but I also want to enjoy the process and to be faithful to who I am.

I belong to God, not to others’ likes.

So, basically, I’m in rehab right now, haha.

I don’t want to be a slave of Social Media. I want to be God’s slave.

If my life is remembered for something, I hope It is for more than how many followers I had.

Hopefully, God will lead the journey for me to do just that.

If you’ve felt a bit identified with this whole thing, then let’s pray for each other that we can make our voice heard not matter how many likes.

Publicado por Natacha R. Glorvigen

Cristiana. Publicista. Bloguera. Dios me ha cambiado la vida y vivo para contarles a otros que Él puede hacer lo mismo por cualquiera.

3 comentarios sobre “Like 4 Like

  1. What an honest post! This trap is so easy to fall into.
    I found myself in a similar situation. Because I know that what I have to offer honors God, I want to make sure it’s visible. Before you knew it, my facebook page was nothing but a wall of links…and they all led to the same place. :/
    I had to step back and do some soul searching too. I never wanted to be a self-promoter. I know that we HAVE to, to some degree. But I didn’t mean for it to be the only thing out of my mouth…or on my Facebook page.
    I sat down and re-evaluated the purpose behind my presence on social media. What did I REALLY want people to get out of my friendship? I listed my priorities and some ideas for how I wanted to accomplish this. Then I set out to bring more variety to my posting by purposely sharing something from each category every week. I’m not perfect in this, but already I can see variety taking over and I love it.
    Since it may be helpful to you, I’ll share a few details:
    As a Christian, I wanted to share Christ in other ways besides leading them to my blog or my book. I’m now purposing to share songs and Bible verses on a regular basis.
    As a historical author, I want to share history, specifically, the era that I’m writing for. Throwback Thursdays is a perfect opportunity to share some of the neat things I run across during my research or the fun links my history loving friends have shared with me.
    As a reader, I want to share my favorite books. I decided to do this by talking about what I’m reading, sharing my favorite quotes from the book I’m reading, my reviews, and other random book lover memes or links that I find along the way.
    On my personal page, I share more of my personal life and family pictures.
    I originally set out to assign a theme post for every day of the week so I could make sure I was covering all my ground. I haven’t stuck with the themed days, but I do review my mental list of ideas when I notice that I haven’t posted anything recently.
    🙂 Hopefully something here will help you iron our your own purpose and help you bring the balance back to social media.

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