Like for like! RT for RT! Follow me and I’ll follow back! Rate me and I’ll rate you back! Social media has always been plagued with these people. I remember the days on Facebook when people from school you’ve never even spoken to before would ask you to comment on their profile image for them to return the favour on yours, or when Twitter came along and we had to gain followers by asking for a follow in return. It was pretty innocent back then, I think it was anyway, but those days were in High School, we didn’t really know what we were doing and gaining likes on a status were more important than our year nine SAT results. At the age of twenty two, I’m honestly quite surprised that these kinda games still exist, only this time these methods are used without shouting on a roof top and the other person gains nothing in return other than an unfollow the following day.
Last week I saw the quote – in today’s society, we have to continuously grow, accelerate and innovate in order to keep up. Growing up, I thought I’d have met ‘the one’ by the age of 20, I’d be married at 25, have children soon after, know exactly what career I’d love by 21, and I thought university would be the only option if I wanted my dream career. None of which are true, and they are expectations delivered by society telling us what we should and shouldn’t do during particular points in our life. I’m currently twenty two years old, unemployed, more confused about my future than I have been, and I’m feeling extremely lost. A month ago, this would’ve freaked me out, but now, I’m feeling a little more relaxed about it all.
Blogging has played a big part in my life for nearly two years. I remember the day I started, I chose the name ‘Isla Rose’ to hide my new hobby away from personal accounts, I took the worst images of stationary because I thought it was the thing to do, every single night I’d take part in Twitter chats or sat down and wrote out blog posts until 3am, and it I loved it. I felt good to be experiencing something different and it provided me with the opportunity to switch off from the real world and mingle with likeminded people who were in the same boat as I was. Despite reading posts from the bigger bloggers on a regular basis, I wasn’t too sure how it all worked. I remember tagging the wrong genre of accounts and I had no idea what it took to gain regular page views, so I just took it all for what it was, I didn’t particularly care about traffic – views were just a bonus that I didn’t take much notice of.
I first began blogging during on a whim back during summer 2016. I’d fallen in love with YouTube many years beforehand; dreaming that one day I’d pluck up the courage to begin a YouTube channel of my own. Still to this day; I wish I could. However, YouTube eventually introduced me to the Blogosphere – a hobby that I could easily begin, and a hobby that I could do anonymously, quietly and secretly.