Me As A Social Media Influencer
I remember starting this online journal back in 2008 when my husband gifted me with my very first laptop. At that time, I rediscovered my love for writing and was excited at the thought of stringing words into meaningful sentences again. All I wanted then was to write, write, and write. I didn’t care much if people read my posts. I was my own writer, reader, and follower.
When one of my blogpost about my experience as a scoliotic patient got quite a number of hits from people suffering from the same physical condition as mine, I began seeing blogging in a different light. When people started turning to me for questions and referrals on how to best deal with their situation, I realized that without intending to, I have become a social media influencer myself.
From then on, I started taking my passion for writing and sharing ideas seriously. Since I envision this little space to be a source of inspiration to others, I began presenting information here in a way that would empower readers and make them take proactive steps to change the/their situtation. And as Blancnotes become more and more visible in the netosphere, I also felt a pressing need to be extra mindful of my duties and responsibilities as a social media influencer. If you are wondering what a Social Media Infuencer is, here’s a video from Janette Toral which pretty much sums it all up.
You As A Social Media Influencer
Nowadays, social media influencing isn’t only confined to bloggers. In fact anyone who posts his reactions, thoughts, and opinions in their own blog page, facebook, twitter, google, and IG accounts is considered a social media influencer himself. As each one of us engage in some form of social networking activity everyday, we are influencing and forming other people’s thoughts. Therefore proper care especially in the choice of words to be used must be exercised for whatever consequences that may arise from our innocent article or simple status message can proved to be irreversible.
Our Role As A Social Media Influencer
With the elections in the offing, a lot of candidates are turning to social media influencers to make their online presence known. I have to admit that at some point I have written a couple of articles here on some electoral candidates that turned out to be quite a disappointment. I have to agree though with Ms.Janette Toral in her article Tapping Social Media Influencer To Inform or Misinform that, “If we have helped in the past in spreading the word about them and their advocacies – and having doubts at the moment, I think it is important for that to be articulated and let those who interacted with us then and now help process our thoughts on this subject.” The job of a social media influencer doesn’t stop when the article gets published or when the status message have been posted, we always have to set things straight if need be. As social media influencers we have to make our online presence count by promoting fair, honest, and truthful exchange of opinion and ideas.
In the end, our aim as social media influencer should not be about gaining some sort of power with our words. It is about affecting change, inciting people to think, and mobilizing them to take action whether it be in major decisions that would affect our country such as the upcoming election or in pressing environmental concerns and issues that affect our community.
Do you think you have become an effective and responsible Social Media Influencer yourself? I will be happy to read your thoughts here.