2020: Was It the Year of All Things Social Media?

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We have officially made it to 2021, a year of recovering and hope, a year that seemed to have taken it’s sweet time getting here. 2020 was a devastating year to many, it was a time where the world was locked in their homes, away from friends and family, leaving them to turn to social media to connect. This was the biggest year for social media according to Hootsuite, 3.8 billion people, or 49 percent of the planet’s population, were active on social media. I would be lying if I said looking at my screen time these days didn’t alarm me, I devoted most of my 2020 year to watching TikTok video’s and planning out my Instagram feed, as I am sure many of you can relate.

For a year that was mostly distanced, I did find it one of my most social, I found myself on Facetime, Imessage, and Messenger more then ever before. I had nothing but time to reach out and check up on what some of my friends and family were doing, it confused me as I had never been closer to people, despite the physical distance. The amount of new apps that were downloaded on my phone in 2020 was at an all time high, I had downloaded TikTok the week of the first lockdown, I truly believe it was one of the only things keeping me entertained, as my attention was only needed for a 15-60 second video, until I would swipe to the next, which I did for countless hours and days. I don’t believe that the app would of had as much success as it did if it wasn’t for the pandemic, people chose to laugh and bond over an app that helped escape the reality that was 2020.

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With much of the world in a stay at home order, many people lost their jobs or had to work from home, you could say that people involved in social media work were quite lucky as it was almost like business as usual, but in their pyjamas. Influencers also had the ability to continue working almost as normal, with people turning to their phones more then ever, the attention was on them to grow and promote. Online shopping was heavily abused throughout the year, I can promise I made up a good chunk of that percentage. With people constantly scrolling through their social apps and seeing all the brands and influencers posting about the latest trends, and with nothing on the calendar to look forward to, why not order a little something to keep a lookout for in the mail. In many ways, social media had a hand in keeping 2020 afloat.

So if 2020 was the year of all things social media, what is in store for 2021? Will we top the numbers from the year before? How will this affect us once we return to our normal routines? Will we be doing TikTok dances at our desks? These are the questions I am left asking myself. I am hopeful and excited to see what is to come for 2021 on all things social media and our normal lives. What app did you spend your time on in 2020? What do you think is to come from all of this in 2021? Share your thoughts below!

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COM0014 Blog #6: There’s no such things as regrets just lessons learned!

I’ve started to believe that seeing something as a regret is the only thing to regret, and that sometimes what we call “mistakes” are simply lessons learned the hard way and a new awareness, formed into understanding the self. At least this has been my experience, and why growing up these lessons have helped me better understand.

This process started when I was young and has helped me throughout life make sense of many situations outside my own understanding. It’s also given me a yearning to try, learn and yes sometimes fail but never give up. One thing making mistakes and constantly learned has instilled in me is a sense of resiliency and that has been a tremendous part of what has helped me carry on, along with the help of my family. In fact the harder the lessons the more resilient I’ve become, determined as ever to prove myself against my own setbacks. It is these experiences that helped to shape who I am today with no regrets.

Everyday I’ve learned something new and have discovered something new about myself or the situation to understand better. It’s also helped make my own story interesting contributed to my growth and given me insights that dwelling on these experiences might not have allowed me to do. All those speed bumps and detours may have temporarily been regrets but now as I look back they’ve become lessons, interesting stories, wisdom and proof that I’ve tried many times, all contributing to my story and the message I want to share.


COM 0014 Blog#1 What I Did on My Vacation

Oh how I have been dreaming for a vacation… Since it has been so long since I’ve been on a vacation, I am going to tell you about my dream vacation.

Up at the crack of dawn and off to the airport to catch a flight to Ireland. I am so full of excitement I can barely hold a thought in my head. Just a short (ha) seven hour flight and I am there. Fingers crossed there is no flight delays, problems at customs or lost luggage.

Finally! The fresh Irish air!

My week will be spent in the Dublin city centre, the architecture, the cobblestone street, the history and of course the pubs, more than a week’s worth of sites to see.

With my Lonely Planet travel guide in one hand and camera in the other, I set out to walk the streets and see the sights of Dublin. What a great way to see the city, as my own tour guide, but I will be hoping on the Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off tour bus and a taking a ride down the River Liffey to get my history lesson and of course to cram a few more sights.

The Book of Kells, now that is something to see, dubbed the oldest book in the world and one of Ireland’s treasures. Although I can’t read Latin, the intricate designs are illuminating. The Book of Kells isn’t the only thing drawing me in to Trinity College, I could spend the whole day there but I’m off to the next site… Temple Bar, yes the infamous pub but the area too. The narrow cobblestone walkways, the brick buildings, some painted vibrant colours, some with just a brightly painted door. Live traditional Celtic music and tourists from all around the globe filling the streets, definitely worth spending a night here!

I really wish I could go in to more detail but that will have to wait until I get to Ireland. One detail I won’t leave out is to end it all off, enjoying a Guinness while taking in a 360 degree view of the city at The Guinness Storehouse. What a vacation!


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