I get so bored sometimes. I get bored in my day to day, my work, my craft...Boredom doesn't mean ungrateful, it just means "blah". I have a very good life, healthy kids, a good job, wonderful husband, and a cool hobby. I took these fisheye shots out of boredom. I wanted shoot, but I was too tired to go out and find something. I knew I wanted to create. Even if it was just a simple set up in my living room.
This is nothing original or spectacular, but I share it just the same. Just a little "Hi, this is what I'm up to today." We share pictures of our kids, our selfies, even our nicely plated lunch. If you really think about it, only a small percentage of our social media friends and followers actually care to see these photos and updates in our lives. By care, I don't mean clicking the "like" or "favorite" button. I mean genuinely seeking out our pages to see what we are up to. Just because our posts show up in a newsfeed doesn't mean someone actually wanted to see it.
So why do we share the most mundane parts of our lives mixed in with what's important in the moment? I think we share these things to feel connected, to prove to others we are doing something, or to remind people that we are here sharing this planet. Ok, maybe we're not going in to such deep thoughts when we post when we share that awesome colorful salad at that new trendy restaurant on social media. It's easy. We snap, swipe and tap around on our screens and POOF that thing we are doing right then and there is shared with dozens, hundreds, or thousands of other people right in moment.
Sometimes, when no one is clicking that like or favorite button we may think "What the heck?? This is a great photo, thought, shared post." Photographers like to do "like ladders" with each other in our little groups, people like to follow everyone they can on Instagram for the chance of a follow back. Why? To feel validated, wanted, maybe to feel important. As if our posts matter to the masses, when in reality only your husband or wife may appreciate that awesome dinner you just cooked and put on a plate like a master chef.
Times have changed. Our world got a whole lot bigger when social media popped up. You know what, though? Even though only a small percentage of my friends and followers are actually interested in what I'm posting...I enjoy it. I feel like I get to be apart of that big world.
We get and share information lightening fast. We get that feeling of validation with every thumbs up and heart that pops up in our notifications, and that's OK. Share on, and be safe about it. With that big world comes a whole lot of shady people. Some just want to spam you with their agenda, and some can be dangerous. We tell our kids not to add random people to our social media followers or friends' lists. We adults should do the same. So, stay safe, and don't forget to like and share.