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Since the twiglets were born, I’ve been an avid social media user. Particularly of Instagram. Some people don’t understand why I use it as much as I do. And I probably am on my phone a bit too much sometimes if I’m honest. Also, the issue of posting public photos of the twiglets does concern me on occasions. (Although I am careful of what I post and will definitely stop if there comes a time when they tell me they’re not happy about it). But at the same time, Instagram has also been a real lifeline for me for several reasons. So I thought I’d share a few of the main benefits of social media for me personally.
1. Social media is a huge source of support and advice
It’s been a massive source of comfort on many occasions to have a community of supportive mums there at my fingertips. Especially on down days. The ones when I maybe haven’t spoken to another adult all day. Or when one or both of the twiglets is poorly. Maybe when there’s something I’m really worried about. Or mum guilt is kicking my butt. Even just when the twigs have tag-teamed at pushing my buttons over and over until I lose my shit and just want to rock in a corner wearing earplugs!
It makes such a difference having people to turn to for advice, reassurance and just to tell me I’m doing a decent job despite a sh*tty day. This has honestly been invaluable for my mental state some days. Where else can you instantly get support from hundreds of lovely mamas who totally understand what you’re going through? It just immediately makes you feel better and less alone.
2. Social media allows me to support small businesses
Another reason for my love of Insta is that, as well as receiving support from other mums, it allows me to give something back by in turn supporting other mums myself.
I’m talking about all the amazing mums who’ve had the balls to set up their own businesses and use their talents and skills to make beautiful clothes. We fell into the world of brand repping completely by accident. I came across the shop Fred and Noah and ordered the twiglets some cute leggings for Christmas when they were about 6 months old.
From there I soon realised that there were lots and lots of these small shops on Instagram producing gorgeous handmade clothes. As I started buying from a few, won a couple of giveaways and had my photos shared by various businesses, I really began to enjoy it and started applying for brand rep positions. It didn’t take long for me to become hooked.
For ages, pretty much all the twiglets’ clothes were gorgeous handmade items from small shops. I found it genuinely rewarding to be supporting other mums – I just wish I had a useful skill so I could do the same! 😂 Nowadays, we still support lots of small businesses. Unfortunately not quite as much though as I don’t have the funds these days!
3. Social media can be a great creative outlet
A really important benefit of social media for me is the outlet I have found in photographing my gorgeous twiglets. I don’t profess to be a great photographer – faaar from it! I don’t have a super fancy camera or any technical knowledge of photography to speak of.
But some afternoons when I’m mentally drained, with added sleep deprivation, stress and a major lack of patience, the motivation to get some hopefully lovely (often amusing 😂) photos of the twigs can be just the kick up the arse I need to turn off C-Beebies and complete the military operation required to drag us all out of the house for some fresh air and exploring. Invariably it does us all good and makes me feel 100 times better than if I’d stayed in moping around the house. Probably pointlessly attempting a bit of housework in one place while the twiglets caused absolute carnage in another!
And I hope that in years to come we will all enjoy being able to look back on all the photos and their associated memories. They’re all little snapshots of time – time that is flying by waaayyy too fast.
I also enjoy the creativity involved in editing my photos and curating my colourful Instagram feed. I don’t profess to be super clever and creative like some Instagrammers, but it gives me immense satisfaction to plan my feed and make it all pretty 🙂
So these are some of the reasons I like social media. Of course, the main benefit is the fact it allows me to stay in touch with friends, family and acquaintances 🙂 What are the benefits of social media for you?
Til next time,