Monday, 7 May 2018

Why I Deleted My Social Media Accounts



I often get asked here on my blog, why I decided to delete my social media accounts for my blog. It wasn’t a decision that I went into lightly, I really had to think about it and I was terrified when I finally clicked the delete buttons on all of them. When I first started my blog at the start of 2015, I created social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr. For my full-time job, I work in marketing, so I know just how valuable social media can be to businesses, so believe me when I say that I didn’t just rush into deleting the accounts. But, I thought that for this post, I would share with you some for reasons why I took the plunge and decided to delete my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

One of the first reasons why I decided to delete them was just because of the pressure. I can remember getting in from work on a Friday evening after a full week of work and I then had to start planning and scheduling my social media posts for the next week. It was just far too much work. I think sometimes people can’t see how much work goes into blogging anyway, without the additional pressures of social media on top of that, never mind working a full-time job. I just thought that there are much more important things in life and I would rather have a little more time to myself and to my friends and family then planning social media and counting the likes.


Another reason was just the sheer amount of time that goes into it. For each social media outlet, I had to adjust my content and my posts for that channel. Like I said earlier, I work in marketing, so I have an idea of what kind of posts work on certain outlets. So, to sit and plan for 5 different social media channels, it just took such a bloody long time. I would use Hootsuite and a whole barrage of tools to try and help me out, but that still didn’t reduce the amount of time that things took. I know that hell of a lot of you out there reading this post, do it all and smash it and I take my hat off to you, I would just rather put my effort into other things.

Which takes me on to the amount of traffic to my blog from social media. When I looked at the analytics for my blog, the traffic from social media outlets was so minimum compared to the amount of effort that went into it. Don’t get me wrong, I did get other opportunities from social media and a lot of PR companies noticed me through Instagram, but looking at the numbers, it just didn’t stack up. I knew that if I put the free time from not working on social media into looking at content and SEO, I would be able to organically boost the figures, without social media.

So, I decided just to go for it and delete them. I did leave my Pinterest and Tumblr, because they did generate a fair amount of traffic. I quickly noticed that soon after my traffic levels actually increased. Because my energy was being focused on other aspects of SEO, I saw a boost. Now, I’m not saying that it is the right thing to do, but it was the right thing for me to do at the time. Never know, one day, I may bring them back or introduce my blog into my personal Instagram, but at the moment I am loving how things are going with my blog and I don’t see myself wanting to change it any time soon!
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  1. Oh wow I could never! I have a love/ hate relationship with social media.

    Candice | Natalya Amour

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    1. I am just completely over it and loving the freedom!

      Danielle xx

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  2. I'm sure if people do this, it's their right decision, just to keep them sane. I personally could never delete all my accounts, but I'm really only focussing on instagram for my blog nowadays, and I find it's a great way to discover other likeminded people through the hashtags.

    Shame I can't go and give you a follow on there though! Would have loved to see your content on there. But You should do whatever makes you the happiest. I wish I could be so ruthless ;-)

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog  

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    1. You never know, one day I might bring it back, but for the time being I am very happy!

      Danielle xx
      https://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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  3. I honestly don't blame you! It really is too much work and for that reason I really only bother with Instagram and even then I find it a drag. I haven't got time for scheduling tweets on Twitter and I have a Facebook page which I only share posts as and when they're published. There is more to life than social media. Most of my views come from google and bloglovin. Xx

    Toni | sheergloss

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    1. Exactly, I love that. Life is so much more than social media and I think more people need to recognise that!

      Danielle xx
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  4. I can definitely see where you are coming from! I also feel the pressure considering I was a blogging medical student. Now as a Resident/Doctor I will be even more busy and I try for my blog to take priority. I decided to link my personal IG to my blog and as such I have a lot more flexibility in the content I post. Thanks for sharing!!

    Jani | My Life in Medicine

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    1. I was considering linking my personal Instagram, but I like to keep a divide between my personal life and my blogging life. You never know, I might do it one day!

      Danielle xx

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  5. Really love the honesty in this post! It's not easy being a content creator and it can get overwhelming. Life has more to offer than being stuck on social media! Happy for you!

    KHVDIJA | http://www.khvdija.co.uk

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    1. Exactly honey, thank you for reading!

      Danielle xx
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  6. If it's getting overwhelming, I always take a step back! I much prefer blogs to social media xx

    Beautylymin| SummerBodyPrepBundleGiveaway

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    1. Exactly, I may as well just stick to what I like!

      Danielle xx
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  7. I can totally understand where you coming from, managing all the social media chanels is sometimes overwhelming.

    Nina's Style Blog

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    1. It can be a drag sometimes, life is so much more than being stuck behind a screen!

      Danielle xx
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  8. I've also noticed how I don't get much traffic from my social media accounts to my blog which is surprising! I understand your point about it taking a lot of time too!
    Chloe X http://chloelxuise.com

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    1. Exactly, I may as well focus on the areas that do generate traffic!

      Danielle xx

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  9. Social media can get a bit much at times and i take a step back from it every now and then x

    franklyflawless.com

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    1. I think it is so healthy just to step back and put things into perspective!

      Danielle xx

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  10. I know exactly what you mean, and for the same reasons I stopped focusing on Instagram and just focused on my blog and Pinterest. It makes no sense to spend so many hours a week working on something that brings little results. It can get so overwhelming, it's so nice to see another blogger share their thoughts on this!!

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

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    1. Exactly, I feel like it is a controversial thing, because some people have made it quite clear that they think I am crazy, but each to their own!

      Danielle xx

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  11. I totally relate to this. Social media can be ssooooo draining and time consuming. I often think about deleting my accounts but then I know i'd loose alot of my audience. I have certainly stopped obsessing over my feed looking 'perfect' on insta and I'm so glad

    http://www.thewhimsicalwildling.com/

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    1. Exactly, there is so much to think about when you are trying to be a blogger, this just made it easier for me!

      Danielle xx

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  12. I don't think i can do this but i understand and i think you have the right to do.managing all the social media chanels is very hard :/

    Kiu x
    http://www.lipstickvoyage.com/en/

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    1. I think that you just have to do what is right for you, and this was right for me!

      Danielle xx

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  13. I understand what you mean. Sometimes people on social media can become online bullies as well. Or they are jealous because you are good at what you do or have like a nice designer bag ext..I have had some of that on Facebook when I used to have an account few years ago. I no longer have a Facebook now. I never regretted deleting it to be honest. I just prefer my Instagram, Pinterest, And Twitter. I don't like any other social media. Thanks for sharing this post because it is refreshing and real :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2018/05/wedding-season-white-dress-so-out-white.html

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    1. For me, Pinterest is where it is at. I can sit on here for hours at a time and I get much more engagement!

      Danielle xx

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  14. Wow, what a great decision that i could never do til now, yet :)

    - Lily Kanaya
    www.Glowlicious.Me | @GlowliciousMe

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    1. It was liberating, I still think that I made the right decision!

      Danielle xx
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  15. Wow you are so brave! I wish I could do the same but after five years it would feel like such a waste but I hate how obsessed with social media I am it's so unhealthy xx

    Gemma Etc. ❤️

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    1. It felt so good to finally get rid of them all!

      Danielle xx

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  16. Thanks for sharing your info. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further write ups thanks once again.!
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  17. I know what you mean; social media has become an entire things in itself! Instagram in particular is so time-consuming with little payoff...

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. Exactly, it just got to a point where I had enough and decided to make a change!

      Danielle xx

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  18. Social media takes up so much of our time.
    Uncomplicating your life is a wise decision.

    Nice pics and love your candid post.

    Ann
    https://roomsofinspiration.blogspot.com/

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    1. Honestly, it was one of the best things that I have ever done!

      Danielle xx

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  19. Wow, that is so amazing but I totally understand where you're coming from. There is definitely pressure but believe it or not, I do not plan any scheduled post for SM. I just go with the flow and post whatever I want when I want because that way it is less stress for me especially since I have kids and a new start up company. I really don't have the time to waste on IG or twitter so I do not do separate posts for any SM outlets. SM is stressful enough so I don't spend a lot of time on it. I actually focus more on my blog as well and SEOs and I rarely rely on SM. Great post. x

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com/

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    1. I cannot even imagine how challenging it must be when you are starting a company and with children in the mix. Hats off to you lady!

      Danielle xx
      https://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you for checking our my post sweetie!

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