When I started Opinionslave, not once was I trying to be someone who I wasn’t. If people liked what they saw, sure, they were free to follow me. I edit photos just like everyone else, but mainly just for colour, lighting and simple spot blemishes. I definitely do not spend hours trying to take the perfect shot and then mutilate my appearance. Firstly, I have better things to do, but secondly it's because I feel it wouldn't be a true representation of who I am as a person. My blog has always been a second priority to me as it has only ever been a hobby; my career, family, friends, wellbeing, happiness and education have always come first.
I have been fortunate enough to meet other bloggers along my journey and yes, I have met girls who annoyingly just don’t live in the present moment. Most of what they think or do is for the general rule- “How will this look on Instagram?” I knew a girl who graduated from uni, but didn't get a job in her field for years (and probably still hasn't) mostly due to a lack of drive & perseverance, and what would annoy me is that she would always complain she had no money when we wanted to make brunch plans; however she projected on Instagram that she lived a lavish life.
Let's personify 'social media' and think of it as 'that couple who get together and then drift away from all their friends'. What happens if they split up? What happens if tomorrow, Instagram got hacked and you lost your whole profile? Then what and who would you turn to? I hope you've got something going for you. Deep down these profiles are mostly just a reassurance for our self-consciousness, to affirm the importance of our existence and/or social-economic status. Things in life are so much more important- your education, career (unfortunately money makes the world go round) & ultimately, your happiness.
There are times where I need a break from social media and therefore, I don’t post for a while then return to it as I don’t feel it’s a life necessity. My own happiness comes first and simply, it’s up to you and the importance you place in creating content for your ‘followers’, and I use that term loosely because I believe loyalty is rare these days, so who are you really trying to impress? Just be yourself.