Hello, everyone. This post is near and dear to my heart. I have been in social media for about five years now. I love social media because it is a way to express myself but it is also a way to share and have an exchange with like-minded people. I find a lot of joy and I am sincerely happy with the people that I have met via social media. I have to admit that it is very hard to navigate your way through the maze of originality in social media, why? because social media is a popularity show. If you are not in the in crowd you are (out). This is something that is not said, but, it is a fact.
Some people have given up being themselves and showing what they can bring to the table because they are afraid of the isolation and the backlash. When people found out that they can make money with numerous social media websites it is becoming a competition and greed is rearing its ugly head. Being yourself takes a back seat to the many imitators who have decided that they will mirror someone's life and style to make the amount of money they want and to gain popularity.
Imitation is a form of flattery but you will always be known as a copycat. I have seen so many people making up fake stories to gain views and social media prestige. Later on, if you decide to be yourself will you get the attention that you need? No, because, a lot of times, people do not like change.
I would urge people to be their original selves and you will find your rightful place in social media. To promote yourself and grow is hard work but you will find more pride and peace of mind, knowing that you have made it by your own measure. Never compare yourself to someone's beginning because you don't know what their end will be. Allow your own light to shine and you will receive your own accolades and glory.