Don’t call it a break.
Call it a comeback. Definition: When a well-known artist, player, entertainer comes back after a long wait with something truly amazing. Thank you Urban Dictionary. What am I referring to exactly? Well, if you haven’t noticed, things have been a bit quiet around my blog…. (cue the crickets). Don’t get me wrong, I’ve still been active. Posting photos on my personal accounts, checking in on the blog traffic, generally just doing what twenty-something’s do in the city. Yes— I went there.
At this point, you may be asking yourself, “Why the interruption, Abbey?” and you know what? I’ve found that I’ve been asking myself the same question. Friends, Family, colleagues… They’ve all asked why I haven’t posted on social media and why I haven’t kept the blog going. GUYS! Have a little faith, I haven’t quit! But honestly, it’s been overwhelming the amount of support I’ve received on social media from this blog.
I think that’s what makes social media so special—it has the power to make or break you. Five or ten years ago, who would have ever thought that you’d be able to stay up-to-date on the lives of everyone you care about by simply placing your finger on a touch screen? So many people have been able to take a peek into my life because I started this blog, have been featured on other blogs, and am sharing moments of my life in text and images. There is an unmistakable sense of community that supports you when you’re down and need to be picked up.
Speaking of community—social media, by definition, is social. So, why not put yourself out there and engage? As I entered the bloggersphere myself, I’ve been introduced to other young professionals that I would have never known if I hadn’t started this blog. Yeah, I know it sounds a little creepy but I’ve become friends with people I’ve never even met! It’s also gotten me back in touch with old acquaintances that I wouldn’t have otherwise. I’ve received endless Instagram direct messages from photographers in my community to other bloggers wanting to feature me in exchange for me featuring them.
So why am I calling this a comeback? Because social media has empowered me to remember just why I started this thing in the first place—to be a part of something just a little bit bigger than myself. To inspire others to live a life worthwhile by sharing moments that they can recreate or engage with and to communicate in a way that is thoughtful and organic. Being able to share these moments with the world is such an incredible opportunity—being able to share a piece of yourself with others and build trust. I think one of the coolest aspects of social media is that it’s constantly iterating to become more sophisticated and complex. It allows you to recreate yourself as you grow and learn more about the person you want to become.
That’s exactly what I plan to do here. Today starts a new journey to recreate myself through social media and self-expression. Here comes the comeback.
Check out my new and improved site, www.twenty-somethinginthecity.com, my Twitter Account: @20_inthe_city, and my Instagram handle: @twenty_inthe_city.