In a previous post, I opened up about falling out of love with social media. I told you that it was because of personal decisions and society’s current standards. Today, I want to talk to you guys about my love/hate relationship with influencers.
The term influencers aren’t new to you. Chances are, if you have a blog, you may have been influenced by an influencer too. There’s nothing wrong with that. Influencing you to imitate their lifestyle is their main role. What irks me about them are:
- Most of them think they are always right. I’ve had a number of encounters with influencers who always think they are right. Their opinions are the only opinions that matter and you are nothing but a mere speck in the online world while they are more than that. They aren’t very open to new ideas and opinions especially if it’s against what they believe in.
- Most of them do it for the money. I wanted to be an influencer too. I heard the pay wasn’t that bad and you’d get free stuff. Who wouldn’t want that? But there are some who just do it for the money and lose their true self along the way and end up selling a part of themselves.
- They’re all aesthetics. Some claim to be more than just aesthetics but if you look a little closer, you’d see that everything they claim is real, isn’t. Their lives are perfectly curated to only show the good times. They sell you Instagram-worthy things and all you can do is try to be like them.
- Some are too opinionated. There’s nothing wrong with this but being open-minded while having a productive (and peaceful) conversation wouldn’t hurt too. I once tried to communicate with an influencer and she attacked me just because I wasn’t siding with her.
- Some are twisted. Let’s be honest, we all have to make a living and while there is absolutely nothing wrong with being an influencer and gaining from doing something you love, selling out your followers for a couple of bucks isn’t the right way to go.
This is the age we live in. Brands readily turn to influencers to market their products or services. Everyday, advertisements are being shoved down our throats by our favorite influencers. That’s why we, as regular people, must learn how to filter through the garbage and see the truth in a webworld full of lies. Do watch out for the following signs of a few gems who do influence you to do the right thing every now and then.
- They don’t have too many advertisements on their sites. I love reading through the website Zen Habits. Leo does a great job influencing me to focus in on the things that matter all the while still promoting his online courses.
- They are real. They have aesthetics to keep up with. They have numbers to worry about. Amidst this, they don’t forget who they are. They don’t filter themselves and still keep it real. I’ve been watching Joan and Eddy for a long time now and they haven’t changed that much. I hope it stays that way. Much like the Travis family too. They share everything – the good and the bad.
- They filter what they share. OG influencer, Tricia, is still my all time fave. One of the things I love about her is she doesn’t voice out everything that pops into her head. She focuses on her expertise and carefully curates what she wants her followers to see. I don’t find this negative at all. I follow her because of her fashion style and not because of anything else.
- They influence you to be better. They get real down and dirty with their personal stories to teach or share with us a lesson. I recently watched a video from Weylie wherein she talks about body positivity, fuck boys, and relationships. Despite the sponsored videos on her channel, I find this topic to be refreshing because she reminded me that I deserve better, I shouldn’t settle, and she’s just like me.
- They do a good job. I love influencers who are good at what they do. They might not post often but when they do it’s quality content whether it’s sponsored or not. Influencers like Sichen and Cassie and Ricci from to ToThe9s rarely post but their editing skills are so good it’ll make up for it. They definitely influence you to up your game.
At the end of the day, there will always be two sides of a coin. It’s all about learning how to sift through all of the content posted daily
like this and see if there’s value in it. If it’s really worth a like or a thumbs up.
Any thoughts on influencers? What is your take on this new line of advertisements? I’d like to know your thoughts!