Is Social Media Popularity Worth It?

When I started out using social media to display and share my photography/blog/journalism work in 2010. I had mixed emotions. Excitement for the fact that I mustard up the courage to share thought out conceptual/fine-art work. Nervousness that people might not even like them at all or leave nonconstructive criticism.

Now that I have a few years of experience under my belt I learned to accept both for what they are. It comes with the territory to receive constructive criticism; less than 50 views a day, or not that many “likes/favorites.”

I am grateful for the fact that when my photos and blog posts did receive great responses, it broadened my audience. Once photography/blogger peers began to share my work, I made new friends because of it. I even had fan boy moments when people I looked up to in both areas began to notice.

However, social media has changed now in such a short amount of time.

On a daily basis I watch relatively new Youtubers constantly “beg” for attention. Not many videos now and days end without the everlasting mantra “Like, subscribe, share, comment, and add me on every social media platform.”

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To me personally, things like the latter quote seem more like a desperation cry for attention. No more are people letting their work speak for itself. Many content creators think now is having a video go viral in hopes of possibly getting paid for it. 

Social media outlets such as Vine, Youtube, Instagram, and even blogs are now being over-saturated. Some people (who I really don’t care to label as true content creators/Youtubers/Viners/Bloggers) think that it is a quick way to make money now. Whatever happened to putting all of your love and passion into what you do, then let the money come later?

The same “content creators” whom have followed the path of seeking social media attention and money, are the ones who complain about their lives changing for the worse. From mean comments about body features, random trolling, and rude comments simply comes with the territory. I’m starting to believe that these people believe that everything is supposed to be rainbows and unicorns. As if no one should criticize them unless it is a positive review to make them happy and achieve social media fame.

My favorite Youtuber Jenna Marbles and her boyfriend Julien Solomita had a great podcast in 2014 covering social media that you can see here.

I never in a million years thought that my work would bring so many new friends and amazing trips. I don’t consider myself social media famous by any stretch. I could really care less about this new definition of fame now. I do what I love every day, I make/meet new friends (in each respective area), and now when I travel there is at least one person I know in the city/state/country. In short… I choose to be happy with new adventures over being famous any day of the week!