Day 18: Why We Post on Facebook

Throughout the day, as I scroll through my Facebook newsfeed, quickly glance at my Twitter updates, and browse my friend’s recently-posted Pins, I can’t help but think how the social media bubble just seemed to burst one day into an eruption of everyone’s thoughts, feelings and ideas.

“I didn’t know he/she did that.”

“Why are they talking about that?”

These are just a few of my random responses to everyone’s daily ramblings.  And, it happens a lot.  It’s easy to label my reactions as a weakness: stop judging people, Caitlin.

Upon further reflection, however, I have to laugh at myself.  Who am I to judge you?  I write a blog.  I stamp my pictures, words and some deep-seeded emotions onto a public URL a couple of times a week and then, if that wasn’t enough, facebook post and tweet about the article.

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When I think about why I write,  I have to agree that it’s because I have a message that I want to craft.  I have stories that I want to tell.  I wish that answer was different; that I could tell you it’s for myself, it’s for my grandmother, which, it still is for several reasons.  But, a large part of me wants you to hear me.

It’s no surprise that parts of us get excited when someone likes or comments on our facebook post, when another retweets our tweet.  “Wow, someone liked what I said.”  It’s reassurance that we have a voice.  It’s confirmation that someone is listening and agrees.

So, the next time we want to quickly judge or overlook someone’s outlet through social media, maybe we should take a step back and think.  Aren’t we all just telling our stories?

*I’m participating in a 31 Days series with numerous other writers.  To read my entire series, please view this page.

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