The Social Media Addict ~ #BroadbandandMe

I am a social media addict, yes there I said it and I don’t feel any different to be honest. For many like me social media is a way of life, I am not talking about constantly posting pictures. I am talking about being a blogger and always glued to your phone. Many assume if you’re a blogger then you don’t have to work that much. But actually we do more in the behind the scenes than people realise.

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Take for example this article, before I even started writing I had to think about what I want to cover. 90% of the time posts will start one way and end another but as a blogger you have to remember the reason for the post. For me in this case it’s about my social media habits and how I have become an addict because of it.  Once I have decided what I want to write about, I then start a draft post or if inspiration strikes I go right in.

Upon finishing the article, I check for grammatical errors and see if the article is flowing well. Then there are other SEO pieces that I need to invest in for each post. Once that’s all down, I click publish and some sites I auto-post but others I have to manually submit my article. It is this manual submission and promotion that causes many of us to be social media addicts. Because we have to promote our posts on every platform available to give the article the maximum exposure.

Social Media Habits of a Blogger

As a blogger I am automatically a social media addict with certain social media habits that I have developed. I have alluded to many above but here are a few habits that I constantly struggle with.

First thing and last thing.

When I wake up the first thing I do is reach for my phone, mostly because my alarm is going off. Then before I even open my eyes, my fingers navigate to whatever social media icons are lit. That is social media icons with messages waiting on me and that’s mostly Facebook.

Before bed I always grab my phone to reply to all messages from friends and family. Then it’s checking if I have posts scheduled for the next day and if note start writing new posts. Once done I check my social media accounts like Instagram one more time before I sleep.

Connectivity

For me to be able to be online constantly both for work and for the blog I rely on broadband companies. For me it’s all about internet packages including business fibre broadband with 5x faster download speeds. There is nothing worse that having slow broadband when you’re pressed for time to meet deadlines.

Throughout the day

I am a part-time blogger and a work 9-5 in a corporate gig which I love very much. Throughout the day you will find me glued to my phone and work laptop. When I have a spare moment at work or are on break, I am checking my phone. I try not to use the phone during my working hours except for break times when you will find my neck at breaking point. Often I think the future diseases that will inflict most of us will be neck related because we all looking down.

A point I should make clear is that, not all of us bloggers blog daily even though we sharing daily. Most of us have invested in scheduling tools that allows us to take a necessary break from social media. But there are always times when we find ourselves glued to our devices to meet deadlines.

I must declare that blogging did not make me a social media addict, it just emphasized it more. With the many tools available I could easily schedule posts two weeks in advance and chill. But like doesn’t always work like that.

*Collaborative piece with TalkTalk, all opinions are my own*

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  • Becca Talbot

    I used to work in the marketing team at Three Mobile, so was constantly glued to my phone, pretty much 18 hours a day, doing work as well as social media etc. I’ve managed to curb my phone usage a bit now, but I do still have social media binges before bed 🙁 x

  • Angela Milnes

    I don’t have a cell phone but spend so much time at home it does not make much difference to me as a blogger. I’m glad I don’t have a phone.

  • I am always on the phone as a blogger! I find that it is a bad habit when in social situations though – I always appear to be disconnected to my friends and family. I need to be more disciplined! Tx

  • Im awful for being stuck to my phone all day. I do make an effort when working to limit distractions by popping it on silent but I’m sure I can do more

  • I probably spend too much time on all forms of social media to be honest, I should learn to just put my phone down x

  • Cecile Blaireau

    I am a bit too. Not so much on my phone but on my laptop. I try not to use my phone before going to bed. It is relaxing time so I recently got into a routine of reading instead.

  • Battlemum

    It’s an occupational hazard when you’re a blogger to be a social media addict. I wish it weren’t true but it is. I can’t be without my phone and it’s always blog related. I’ve got a holiday coming up and I’m hoping it’ll be a detox of sorts!

  • Jacinta Zechariah

    I am always on my phone. I so need a digital detox. If I’m not sharing my posts, I’m checking emails or the like.

  • Mellissa Williams

    Yup, I’m a social media addict! It is so easy to get lost in the world of social media, isn’t it?

  • Bex Smith

    I too reach for my phone straight away in the morning! Blogging has definitely made me more of a social media addict than I was before

  • I am a social media addict. I am not even shy to come clean. I was an addict before I became a blogger. And now it’s my job.

  • jennifuchs

    I’m a total social media addict too. Trying to switch off more often.

  • jennifuchs

    I also struggle with the first thing last thing. Trying hard not to let it be the last thing I do at night.

  • Totally agree with your points here! Being a social media addict as a blogger is essential really. Its a form of promotion for us so we do need to be glued to our phones as you say! Well I guess being a blogger comes with its pros and cons!

  • Helen Jacob-Lloyd

    I’m guilty of this! First and last thing at night – a detox every now and again is good 🙂

  • Talya Stone

    I am a total social media addict! I have a piece coming out on how to do a digital detox (by an author on the subject) but quite honestly I don’t even know if I would be able to do this myself!!!

  • I find I Iose far too much time to social media, blogging doesn’t help this but when in work mode properly I silence my phone and refuse to open social media on my laptop which does help productivity

  • Oh wouldn’t life be simple if we scheduled everything a couple of weeks in advance and then just relaxed? lol I think most of us bloggers are digital natives rather than visitors and it is just our norm to be fully immersed in the online world. Mich x

  • Erica Price

    It’s difficult sometimes to separate the blogging social media from the general social media of life. I find that the two increasingly overlap