Do It For You, Not The ‘Likes’

March 15, 2021

By Meghan Greenwood

Listen to this blog: https://anchor.fm/meghan-greenwood/episodes/Do-It-For-You–Not-The-Likes-esl46m

In a social media-centered society, it’s hard not to equate your online presence with your worth.

Think about it. The last time you posted. Were you hurt that your bestie didn’t like it? Or a friend that you just KNEW would love it didn’t even comment?

Algorithms that control post visibility and targeting aside, we must remember to not measure our worth with our ‘Likes’.

I remember the first time I posted a group dance class on YouTube. I was worried about the lack of ‘Likes’. I was nervous about the comments. I could feel the judgement of the dance world before I even hit upload. I knew it wasn’t perfect. But after posting, I heard from several students just how much they loved seeing themselves and enjoyed the ability to practice at home by rewatching the video. Most importantly, it was real and if only those 10 students watched & ‘Liked’, it was good enough for me.

Brene Brown’s beautiful, empowering book “Daring Greatly” frames vulnerability in such a way that should inspire to push forward and do things because you LOVE doing them.

Presumably, you post on social media because you think it will make a positive impact – you will put a smile on someone’s face, you’ll inform friends, you will engage the community, you will spark an interest in what you’re offering, etc, etc. But as you know, you can’t please everyone…and even more notably, social media applies its own set of rules for what others can actually see.

So, if you want to share pieces of yourself with the virtual world, be prepared for the ebbs and flows of ‘Likes’. Just don’t let it hinder your happiness, your productivity, or what you do offline. Make your impact in the real world.

If you’re looking for a way to use social media for good, join my Facebook group “Do Good, Feel Good – a Year of Donations” which equates ‘Likes’ with money donated to notable local and national charities: https://www.facebook.com/groups/338250617230413/

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