As a newbie blogger navigating the "in's and out's" of this new world I'm constantly just trying to figure it out.
Like on the daily.
I follow big name bloggers and small name bloggers, all just trying to get their voices heard...me being one of them. With hundreds of thousands of people trying desperately to get noticed everyday you can just about imagine the shock in our eyes when we heard about the Instagram algorithm change. People were/are literally freaking out over this social media shift and they have good reason to.
This change could significantly hurt the voices of us smaller bloggers; it could drastically silence them in fact. That's a scary thought. To think that after all this time...one of our greatest marketing resources could be working against us instead of for us! Ouch!
For the last few days I have scrambled, thinking over and over how I was going to "get my name out there" or strategies I could begin to enact to "be seen" more prominently. And while that wasn't a dumb thing to do, it began to consume me. I began to worry about something that hadn't even happened yet...getting anxious about it even. It felt like I was handing my voice over before it had actually been silenced.
As I laid in my bed yesterday morning, scrolling through my Instagram feed before the children woke up, I began to feel that anxiety begin to rise up again (and it wasn't even 6:30 AM). I watched and read as countless bloggers, shop owners, celebrities, and businesses scrambled to get the word out about the Instagram change. TURN ON YOUR NOTIFICATIONS. Their posts screamed!
We need to be seen! Need to be heard! Don't forget us! Their silent messages read.
I began to feel a similar gut-wrenching reality forming and immediately began writing out a post expressing my desire to be heard by the masses. As I typed it out, I heard it. That voice that comes and goes like the wind. The voice that speaks life and love. The voice that is more powerful than the anxiety-ridden voice in my head and it said:
"Do you not trust me? Why are you allowing Instagram to determine the amount of success you have? Why must your voice be silenced because of it? Aren't MY ways greater than yours?"
And immediately my anxiety left and as I slowly erased the words before me I felt a peace rest over me. The peace that can ONLY come from the heart of the Father.
I realized in that moment that I was beginning to let Instagram...to the let world, determine how strong and how prominent my voice was. I allowed the fears of others to become my own fears and in essence forgot where my voice comes from. Why should our voices be shaken because of the act of one? We are strong, empowering people. We have a voice that can NEVER be taken away. No matter how many algorithm changes, we each have a unique voice that sets us apart.
Don't forget your voice and why you started on this blogging journey in the first place. You are more valuable than you even realize!
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