For the past few years, I’ve been quite active on social media. In my last role as an employee, social media management was a key part of my role.
These days, I use social media alongside my blog. I also regard blogging as quite a social thing in itself.
All very dull I know, but I wanted to give you a bit of context.
Because here’s the thing. If somebody takes the time to read my blog and leave a comment, I always reply. If that person has a blog of their own, I make a point of reading it and leaving them a comment too.
The same goes for twitter and Instagram, if someone follows me, I follow back. Unless they are either selling something I don’t agree with or their account seems a bit spammy. I always reply to tweets and comments. Sadly, I think I do miss some when notifications are coming thick and fast, but I try not to.
On Facebook I find it a bit harder, I always respond to comments but can’t always find people’s blog pages to like if they have liked mine. But I do try.
And quite frankly, I expect the same in return. Not because I’m bothered about how many people follow me, like my page or comment on my blog. But because I think its common courtesy.
If someone spoke to me in the street and I ignored them, I would be rude. Why is it any different online?
I know its different for celebrities, and even perhaps for some of the more popular bloggers. They can’t respond to everyone. But for me, it’s just common courtesy.
I do unfollow people who don’t follow back, or who don’t reply to me on any medium. I genuinely believe that this whole process should be a two way street, just like everyday life.
I believe that if someone takes an interest in me, it is common courtesy to return the favour. And if someone doesn’t have any interest in my drivel that’s fine, but don’t expect me to stick around to hear all about what you had for dinner.
One of the things I love about working from home is that I don’t have to go into the office every day. In fact, on many days my office has a view like this.
I don’t have to socialise either, and quite frankly I rarely miss it. In fact, I am probably the least sociable person I know.
And yet the social niceties of everyday life don’t completely pass me by, and when I’m online I can’t help but feel that they still apply.
I know that not everyone will be with me on this, so I’d love to hear your point of view, especially if you disagree.