Did Social Media ruin my summer?

Now that the summer holidays have drawn to a close, it’s inevitable that we start to look back and polish those memories into a gorgeous rose tint. To erase the grim moments from the archives of our mind and file the picture perfect sunsets on the sand under ‘K for keep’.

Despite my standard six week step down from usual blogging rhythms, I like many people couldn’t tear myself away from the pull of social media, and for once, I didn’t even really even try to. But, as I slowly see people returning to the blogosphere declaring their summer a blissful break from sharing, and a perfectly present summer, I wonder, was it my bad not to have joined them?

And so, here we are, my first blog post of the 2018/2019 school year and it’s got me wondering whether my summer should have been social media free. Of course it’s too late now, and life is far too short for regrets, but I suppose I’m writing this to represent another side to the story; one in which social media doesn’t play the bad guy.

Over the summer, my IG feed shared a couple of snaps a day  – sometimes more, sometimes less. The main reason for this is because the summer months are to me the most photogenic of all. Being an amateur photographer inspired by nature means that all winter I pine for the moody skies, the blues with fluffy toy story clouds, the beach shots and the hilly landscapes. That couples with the fine British weather and the fact the kids are off, equals plenty of days out and photo opportunities which to me are irresistible to take, and wasted if not shared. You could argue they could be printed and put in an album of course – but don’t worry I do that too. I guess you just gotta make hay when the sun shines? I try not to overthink it, but if I have a lovely shot, it’s damn hard not to click share (writing captions though, I could happily take a six week break there!).

During our holiday to Greece for sure sharing on social media wasn’t at the forefront of my mind. But, even then, those quiet moments connected to wifi made it too hard not to pop a little postcard out on my feed. ‘Wish you were here’.

Social media is obviously a two way street and I can totally understand why some may feel the need to back off if all the ‘look what we are up to’ shots left you feeling a little ‘meh’, but the flip side of this is that in the right frame of mind, and with the right accounts, social media can be an incredibly inspiring and uplifting platform.

For example, a number of local bloggers inspired days out in and around Kent that I would have never known about. Thank you Jordan (@HelloMissJordan) for the tip about Meopham PYO sunflowers and the beautiful White Finch bakery tea rooms.

For body confidence, the months of soaking up Sally’s sparkles (@women_with_sparkle) let me for the first time get my bikini bod out of retirement and celebrate my post baby curves in a way I would never have been able to do before. (I even re pierced my belly button).

Thanks to The Organised Mum I totally feel empowered to get my shit together in our newly extended home – and despite sending me into some cleaning product purchasing frenzy that woman is going to make my house crazy levels of clean I never knew existed.

Reading about your health drives, holidays, family ups and downs is for me a soap opera I don’t want to switch off for six weeks. I need to know what’s happening guys; I enjoy  it and it’s not hurting anyone provided I make sure it has it’s time and place.

I’m also forever grateful to the Mums who show a bit of honest solidarity in the six weeks onslaught and make me feel a little less alone. Yes my friends there were rainy days when the kids wanted / needed to zone out in front of the TV and in those moments, Mummy wanted to zone out too. Through a vast sea of honest parenting blogs, Instagram accounts and memes shared by normal Mums like me, there’s certainly a sense of camaraderie that perhaps can be lacking in real life whilst everyone else you know seems to be off doing something amazing (*probably).

As a stay at home Mum the summer holidays are a real mixed bag – a total joy at times and a test of endurance. With little space to breathe or to make time for yourself, there are some things you have to retain for your own sanity. If like me you are using social media in a way that makes you feel good, then you don’t need to feel guilty  for holding your hands up and saying ‘yep I’m a sucker for it’. And so whilst I shut up the blog shop for a few weeks to take a breather from the commitments, I whole heatedly chose not to do the same with my social media accounts, because I actually love running them.

Equally, if you know you’d benefit from a break from yours, then that’s okay too – your life, your rules. No judgement here. I just might join you in the gloomy October months!

And so, although the kids may argue that they wanted 100% of my attention, and for sure, they REALLY did, I’m going Mum Guilt free that I’m kept a few % back for myself, and for you guys too.

x MMT

 

 

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12 thoughts on “Did Social Media ruin my summer?

  1. craftcartwright Reply

    I did take two weeks with no social media. But I dont think that the other four were affected by me popping pics on my feed #coolmumclub

  2. viewfromthebeachchair Reply

    It is a double edged sword when you blog and use social media for a living. There needs to be a balance. #coolmumclub

  3. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    I guess it’s horses for courses….I shut up shop on Instagram over summer because I had to for health reasons as you know and I’m really pleased I did….but having said that I don’t think it would have ruined my summer had I not! Mucho #coolmumclub love xx

  4. Sara @ Magical Mama Blog Reply

    I basically forgot about my Instagram this summer with it being so busy and got completely out of my blogging groove. My family is also trying to adopt electronic free evenings and that has made my social media presence drop down. As long as you are spending time with your kids and making memories as a family, be on social media as much or as little as it suits you!
    You got some amazing pictures this summer!
    #CoolMumClub

  5. Sandra Reply

    I love the way I have found different places to think of visiting in the future from other bloggers.

  6. nightwisprav3n Reply

    I think that if you want to use social media over the summer to promote your blog or share photos then by all means, do you. You’re not on this planet to make everyone else happy. If posting photos on Instagram (a platform I actually enjoy myself) then go for it. I myself took a break from blogging and had planned to keep using Instagram but then I hardly got outside to take the pictures I wanted to take so it didn’t happen. However, even when I’m active and I do love taking pictures, I don’t post all the time. That’s me and my choices. I don’t think it’s right to judge others for choosing to use social media. Or to not use it. Again I say, Do You! #CoolMumClub

  7. Mrs Mummy Harris Reply

    I think social media can be what you want it to be. Luckily for business purposes there are scheduling tools that allow you to still appear active, but for people like me who work from home and have three kids under three to conversate with; sometimes its a blessing in disguise!
    I’m sure if you try it next summer you’ll either love the time away or find yourself caving after a few days! #coolmumclub

  8. The Queen of Collage Reply

    I’m all for doing what you enjoy and we certainly all need a break from time to time. #CoolMumClub

  9. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... Reply

    I had an enforced break from the internet over the August bank holiday weekend and it made me realise how much time I spend online. I think a break is good if it is planned! #coolmumclub

  10. Liberty on the Lighter Side - (LoLS) Reply

    I wondered about this with my summer break too. Although i also took a break from my blog while we were on a road trip, I deliberately posted on social media. Afterwards I wondered whether i should have just taken a total break but I got some positve feed back fom my posts so decided it was worth it. The problem is I have found it very addictive so definitely need to make boundaries around it. I love how you have highlighted the positives you found though connecting with other accounts. #coolmumclub

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