Who do you follow?

How many social media channels do you follow? Do you have lots of Pinterest boards, or do you get your inspiration from Instagram? Do you do Facebook, or prefer to get your news from Twitter? I’m assuming you read Blogs, but how are you with YouTube or SnapChat?

I am very slowly starting to do a Digital Declutter which seems to be a common theme with many minimalist/slow living bloggers.

I am trying to do the following:

  1.  reduce the emails I receive. As I now have an email account at work it is just too much to receive endless messages to read and sift through. At home I am getting into the habit of unsubscribing from a few emails every time I log on.
  2. reducing the number of blogs I follow. I recently went through my Blogroll and deleted all those blogs that haven’t posted this year. (However I now follow their Twitter and Instagram profiles)
  3. really thinking about those social media channels I do use.                                                                                                                                           I have an on-off relationship with Facebook. I can go for days weeks without logging on – hence my secondhandtales Facebook page has few posts. I know, for some bloggers, Facebook is the most important social media channel they use to engage with readers and create new followers. When you look at research figures Facebook is the most used social media   channel. But it just doesn’t really work for me. Likewise, I don’t always engage with Twitter. But that is because I find it too addictive and can easily waste half an hour mindlessly scrolling through my feed. I tend to only use it when following a breaking news story – or when it comes to promoting the Repair Cafe.

However, I do find that Instagram really works for me. I like the visual element to it and the fact that it can become a micro-blogging platform – or in normal speak, it allows people to tell brief stories. I find it is more personal than Twitter but more focused than Facebook can be.

I am also enjoying YouTube more and have a list of slow living/zero waste/minimalist vloggers whose videos I regularly watch (any suggestions welcome!). I still follow Pinterest but have no intention of taking on Snapchat as I feel too old for that!

What are your thoughts on Social Media? Where do you get most of your information and inspiration from? I would be really interested to know if blogs are your channel of choice? If you are active on Instagram I’d love to know (and follow) – are there other accounts you can recommend too?

And speaking of social media, you can find me  on pinterest, facebook , twitter, instagram