Okay, so it’s been awhile since I’ve done a blog on my own website. Yes, I know I’ve been bad. Sorry.
I don’t think there is actually any excuses I can give you to explain it and I guess it’s just the time were living in and the fact that the last few weeks have been absolutely crazy.
So now I’m sitting here at home on a Sunday afternoon, whiskey in hand, catching up on emails downloading images into Lightroom and feeling bad because I haven’t done a blog on my website for awhile. Actually I haven’t done a blog on the Wild Eye website either but, and maybe this is me trying to make myself feel better, I’ve done a lot of video and audio content so I guess that’s okay. Well, that is what I’m going to tell myself anyway.
Today’s been a pretty chill day, ran some errands this morning, spent some time scrolling through Instagram and TikTok and then finally got myself up to the office to start getting some admin done before the week starts. Scrolling through Instagram and TikTok… It’s strange how this is become such a part of normal life rather than something you decide to do. I don’t know about you, but for me it’s something that I default to you whenever have a single second in between. And you know what? I actually don’t mind because to me it’s almost like bubblegum for the mind and something that just takes my mind away from the stresses of day-to-day life.
I think there is a very big difference between creating content and consuming content. To me creating content is really what the game is about – and I love it – but consuming content gives me an idea of what’s happening out there and what current trends and algorithms are doing.
I must be honest the last while though I have been looking at various people and how they post content all based on their own ego and then wanting to get something from it. It’s fascinating to watch these young 19 and 20 year old, especially TikTok influencers posting content and acting like celebrities, which I guess they are for their audience, but have nothing like literally nothing to back it up with. So many of these social media ‘superstars’ have absolutely no value to add whatsoever and if you stand back and look at it are completely empty shells. That said, their audiences absolutely admire them and I’m not sure what I feel about a young generation looking at these people who can shake their ass and tits around and worship them just for being pretty.
I still believe in value first. I’ll still believe that when you post something you should mean it. I believe that you don’t have to go and try to be something amazing in every single post. I still believe that it’s about human interaction. I still believe we have to keep it real. I still believe that social media should be exactly that social. I still think that we need to be human first. And to me the idea of trying to sell something or showcase something or promote something or sponsor something every fucking time you post is just mind-numbing I honestly don’t get it.
I still believe that value always win. I still believe that by focusing on what you can do for other people rather than trying to be something that you’re not in real life you always win.
I don’t think the system is broken and social media didn’t change us as people, it only exposed who we really are deep down. With that said, perhaps a lot of people should think twice before showing people who they really are. Or better yet, maybe they should just sit down and have a good, hard, honest think about what they want and more importantly what they are sharing with people out there because the only way to succeed is to keep it real. Just because you can post on social and just because you can tell me how fucking amazing your socks are and just because you want to get free shit online… Doesn’t mean you have to.
Just think. That’s all I’m saying. If you can imagine being in a real life situation and someone walking up to you and saying, “hey listen you need to buy this iPhone cover immediately because they gave me a free one”… I’m going to tell you to fuck off because I’m not interested. So how is that okay online but not in the real world? I don’t know, it just feels like sometimes people online lose that little piece of human and common sense that we need to keep respecting each other, respecting ourselves, and making the other persons life just a little bit better.
Anyway, these are just some super random thought while I’m sitting here on a Sunday afternoon. I think there’s something in there, I think we need to all have a serious look as to how we treat each other online, the common sense we deploy online, and the way we make other people – not ourselves – feel online.
If you can’t say something nice or add value, perhaps it’s better just to draft that post and then come back and decide later whether you should or shouldn’t post.
Enough of all that, I’m gonna get some work done, finish my whiskey out on the deck and just take a breather outside and get ready for a week which if things play out, will see quite a bit of a change from my side.
Wherever in the world you are, good morning, good evening and good night.
Stay safe. Stay awesome.