At the risk of sounding like a major grandmother: do you remember what life was like before we had smartphones? If you do, we most likely share an age group or you’re older than me (and are now slightly offended that I consider myself to be “of age” already). If you don’t – you’re probably part of a generation I don’t fully understand anymore at my 28-year-old-self (note: one can officially say that when the current boybands no longer appeal to you in any way whatsoever).
After spending almost half a decade in this online world that is blogging, I can testify that it doesn’t take long to grow quite fond (read: obsessed) of your smartphone. In fact, it doesn’t take long until your hand becomes one with that thing (Correct, that is a subtle Spice Girls reference. High five if you got that right away.) The social media slash online addiction is almost common in this day and age – as is the need to feel like we’re always supposed to be showing the best version of our lives online. I know that isn’t only true for bloggers, but it’s definitely more true for bloggers. Fed by the growing commercialization of the blogging industry, there seems to be a loss of authenticity and an increase in showing off your perfect life. I understand the appeal in the glitz and glam we’re confronted with everyday in our feeds. I too, am drawn to it and can daydream about being a full-time fashion/travel blogger that gets to see the world’s most exciting locations and wear the most beautiful clothes. I too, can get inspired by seeing all those beautiful things and successful people. But then there are days when I get fed up by all that constant “beautiful” information – and the way it can make me feel like my own life isn’t nearly good enough.
There are days when my own urge for that perfect Instagram shot or checking my feed actually makes me want to throw my phone out the window, just to be relieved of it all. Then, I remember just how much it costs and that I can also opt for simply shutting it off too. You know, hooray for common sense and all.
These are two things that I take into consideration when my offline self is getting fed up with my online self: moderation is important, put that goddamn phone down & comparison is the thief of all joy, unicorns and rainbows in this world. Maybe saying things like that really does have something to do with getting older – ’cause I remember times when the thought of traveling without blogging just wasn’t an option, whereas now I enjoy deconnecting from the process from time to time.
It can be hard to maintain that online – offline balance, especially when you’ve created something that requires you to be online a lot. That’s why it’s good to take a step back every now and then, just to remind yourself there’s a whole lot of joy to be found in the offline world too.
Do you ever struggle in maintaining your online – offline life? I’d love to hear your thoughts!