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Let me preface this post by saying that I didn’t really get Snapchat in the beginning. Having a blog means that you get to spend a fair amount of your time on social media every day, whether it’s creating original content or interacting with your readers. And while I really love blogging and connecting with people, sometimes it can feel like there’s a new social media channel popping up every week. It’s almost impossible to keep up. So after resisting Snapchat for a long time, I finally decided to give it a go and guess what – I’m hooked!

What made me change my mind you may ask?

#1 I can connect with people who follow my adventures in a more personal way

Truth be told, I don’t believe in oversharing and am still much more comfortable behind the lens rather than in front of it. And while I’m very measured in how much I share of myself, Snapchat allows me to share more of my every day adventures in a more direct and personal way. So, instead of bombarding my Instagram or Facebook page with tons of pictures and videos, I can share a great new spot, a beautiful destination or a fun project I’m working on via this platform. And it’s as if we experiencing it together.

#2 There’s no pressure to portray perfection

Bloggers are expected to curate seemingly perfect content. Being a perfectionist by nature, it means that the pressure is on. I love pretty things, the blog is my baby and I want it to be flawless. With Snapchat though, there is no planning or editing. It’s spontaneous, raw and a glimpse into real life – much more anyway than other social media. I follow a lot of blogs myself and from my perspective as a reader, this is like a breath of fresh air. Plus, you get to know me and what I like a little bit better.

#3 I can experiment with video more

One of my blogging resolutions last year was to experiment more with videography. Admittedly, I haven’t managed to put together as many videos as I’d like (you can check out my very first one here) but Snapchat is a great way to practice and share little videos online. Sure, they’re not thoroughly edited but that’s part of its charm. It’s real life over perfection, so I can be goofy, funny and spontaneous – just like in real life! It’s quick and so much fun!

Are you on Snapchat? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below and don’t forget to tell me your username – I’ll make sure to follow you. My username is smarksthespots. Feel free to add me for tips and lots of behind the scenes action from my trips and blog adventures. See you there!



Sandy (@smarksthespots)