I'm going to go ahead and give some unpopular advice about outlook and tone on social media: Don't be so afraid to be negative online.
Social media tips and best practices agree on few things but a lot of them will say that you should keep things positive online. And, for the most part, this is true. Nobody likes a Negative Nancy online or off, and if you're only complaining or hating on everyone, you're going to turn people off.
But we all have bad days, or weeks, or months, or a full year. You're human and you know what? So are your followers. If you're having a crappy day, it's okay to vent.
Maybe somebody will unfollow you afterwards but people will generally ignore it and, if you've got a great community, you're actually going to find yourself getting quite a bit of support. When I've gone negative on social media, I've received everything from e-cards to practical advice on a problem I was having. I felt heard and loved, and not just by people I know in real life. I've been on the other end of this too and offered help and virtual hugs to somebody who needed it.
So while I agree that you shouldn't take to twitter only when you've got something to rant about, I do think you should go ahead and be real.
If you lose a person or two along the way, who cares? Contrary to what a lot of people will have you believe, social media is not all about quantity, it's about quality, and if the people who remain can help you when you're down, that's quality.
I'd love to hear from you: Do you allow yourself to be negative online? How do you react to negativity from others?
Sally A. Mercedes is a sacred artist, teacher, and healer. She helps you express yourself fully and authentically, reconnect with your voice, live your truth, and share your story. Her writing covers feminism, politics, news, entertainment, and more, and her singing has an even bigger range.