So today I scanned through my Twitter account, cruising along reading posts and occasionally retweeting or saving something I find exceptional. I noticed my notification button flashed with the number 6 on it. Looking at my notifications sent my heart sinking. Oh no...not again! It seems that people keep following me on Twitter. Now don't get me wrong...I don't have a million followers or anything like that but the 300 and some followers I have have placed a huge burden on me. I mean it. There are over 300 people who think I might have something intriguing, informing or even interesting to say. I feel it in my heart...I don't have anything original to say in 3 words let alone 140 characters.
The mounting pressure from social media sites is overwhelming for an average person like me. I don't go to any exotic places that I can report on. I don't do any death defying acts that I can mention. I don't even watch any documentaries I can comment on. I mean it. What is expected of me as a social media participant is too much. I read others' posts and blogs and tweets and I am always in awe of what they accomplished, what they have attained or what they have observed. I don't even own a cat let alone a dog to report on. I mean what can I possible take a picture of? There is nothing for me to talk about!
I think social media sites are a great place for me to creep. In my mind, being a 'creep' means to look at everyone's facebook page or twitter postings and just read. Don't react or comment, just read up on what they have been doing. I assume it is something like we used to do in high school. Only back in high school it was called eavesdropping. So here we are in a technology age surrounded by all sorts of social media and I get to read other people's adventures. I can live vicariously through their posts, blogs and tweets. I am happy doing that. My life is complete! I don't need to be followed. But now I have 300 and some people who want to follow me! That is a lot of pressure. Really...follow me?? What would they see? If this were not a virtual following but a real life following all 300 and some people would be incredibly disappointed. The most exciting thing they would see by 'following' me would be me playing with my grandson or watching me struggle to get the last bit of the ice cap out of the cup! Now that would be worth following!