An apple a day apparently keeps the doctor away but apples aren’t all good. If reports are to believed they are one of the top 9 choking foods for infants but this doesn’t mean we need to be neurotic when it comes to apples, we just need to chop them into bite size pieces or cook until mushy before serving to infants.
If an apple a day keeps the doctor away…. what does a rotten apple do?
Apples are packed with vitamins, antioxidants and more, making them one of the top ranking fruits for your health but I’m sure we’ve all bitten into an apple or two that didn’t quite taste as good as it looked on the outside and was in fact rotten to the core.
Should one or two bad apples, turn you off eating the fruit altogether?
In terms of blogging I think I’ve been guilty of letting a couple of bad apples ruin things for me lately. I’ve been too focussed and distracted by the negatives, which has me losing sight of the positives and the benefits. It’s left a bad taste in my mouth and quite frankly almost turned me off blogging altogether but a few bad apples shouldn’t ruin things completely. Should it?
Rather than highlight and bring even more focus to the negatives, I’m moving on up this week with a new and hopefully improved direction. In the process, I’m giving you more than a bit of food for thought this Worth Casing Wednesday.
Are there any aspects of blogging you are struggling with or that have left a bad taste in your mouth?
Moving on or Moving on up? A new social media direction
Lately I’ve been finding it difficult to reconcile my desire for creativity and originality with the restraints society places on me and still strive to be an efficient and productive person. There are some online aspects that just don’t sit right with me or my values.
I almost feel like I need to hide my real personality in order to live up to other people’s expectations of me, especially as I get ready to launch the next phase in my online business. For the most part, I try and keep my online persona as real as possible but I have no real control over just how you perceive me or what you take away from the snippets I share online.
I do have certain blogging lines I try not to cross and I often wonder if it really is possible or advisable to have a blog that verges on the personal and keeping it a little too real, if you have or are trying to establish an online business in a professional sense. You tell me?
I love having a no niche blog, it means I can blog where inspiration (and occasionally sponsored content) takes me but the downside is that not everything I post is for everyone. Which is fine here on the blog because you only need to read what appeals and you can skip the rest. You can come and go as you please.
If you aren’t into blog link parties, then you just don’t visit on Wednesday for my Worth Casing Wednesday linkup, if you are not keen on the personal side you might want to skip Mondays where I tend to confess all manner of things as part of I must confess.
Over in Facebook town, it’s a completely different story. It means most days I’m ticking people off, which really does impact your reach on that platform. The people that are following the page for the food review side of things are no doubt rolling their eyes and running in the opposite direction when I post about style or my latest bargain buy. Same goes for the fashion side of things (using that term fairly loosely because I’m never going to be a fashion blogger) but no doubt if you are here for the style you aren’t going to want to hear about food or blogging or anything else I might feel like throwing your way.
Rather than continue to try to be everything to everyone and invest time to make Facebook work for me rather than against me or look to outsource this side of things, I’m hitting delete on our Facebook page for the time being.
Call it a social media experiment (or just plain sense) but if I need to restrict my online time, Facebook (where only 5% of our main blog demographic is hanging out) is the first to go. This doesn’t mean I won’t be participating on Facebook at all, I’m just using my time more wisely and will be concentrating on our Facebook groups. Mainly Blog Exchange which I share with a number of like minded bloggers and the newly formed Aussie Giveaway Linkup group.
If I do return to the Mystery Case Facebook page, I wouldn’t mind exploring and focusing on more of the fun and crazy side of me. The keeping it a little too real, real me because rather than appeal to the masses (something that goes against the grain for me), I just want to be myself. Like it or leave it.
I appreciate that side of me is not exactly for everyone. I wonder if perhaps a new page and a new audience from the get go is in order or I just keep the more personal side of me… under wraps and well personal.
While I explore all my online options… you will find me hanging out in social media town here:
Generally a little visual sneak peek of what I’m getting up to at local events, the occasional worth casing bargain buy or designer treat and everything else in between. There are also my food reviews (mainly brunch and high tea) and I’m about to start ‘Casing the Cocktail’ because why the hell not!
Twitter: @msmysterycase (possible name change coming soon)
I tend to have an all or nothing approach to Twitter at the moment, where twitter is more of a feed on from other platforms and an afterthought and this probably should change. I’m keen to hear your thoughts!
I’m going to be honest here… Pinterest scares the hell out of me. Not that I don’t completely understand the appeal and the potential, so much potential especially if you are a brand with something to sell. It’s more the potential to completely fall down the rabbit hole on that platform and needing to almost join a support group to find your way out again.
Polyvore: Mystery Case
My favourite place to experiment while I’m finding my style and running style challenges (like our current Outfit Under $50 challenge) that doesn’t require me jumping out of my comfort zone and in front of the camera.
WORTH CASING WEDNESDAY
If you have a blog post worth casing this week, this is the place to link up.
Where do you like to hang out in social media town and what platforms are you struggling with the most and why? What aspects of blogging have left a bad taste in your mouth?