Why I Prefer WordPress Vs Social Media

WordPress Vs Social Media

I have been on WordPress for over four years now and I’ve been using social media for quite a while as well. Over the years I have found that I much rather prefer my time on WordPress and that social media can be quite toxic in some ways. I think Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and other social platforms are fun but blogging has been the only way for me to truly express myself and actually form genuine connections with people. Here are all the reasons why I prefer WordPress over social media:

It’s more personal

From what I’ve seen on social media it seems that it’s ironically a lot less social than WordPress. The connections just feel very fake. Like people only comment very basic and non-specific comments on your posts just to get you to check out their page. One thing I absolutely love about WordPress is how it feels like a community and you’re able to have real conversations and connections with people. I feel like I’ve actually made friends here and have connected with people in a way that doesn’t really happen on social media.

The follow/unfollow game

I think this is what I hate most about social media and it’s pissing me off that people have started this on WordPress too although luckily it’s not too bad on here yet. It’s basically when someone follows you for a follow back and when you do follow them back they unfollow you after a while. It’s sad and pathetic and super unethical- also there are apps that help you find unfollowers so you can unfollow them back so like what is the point of it even? Anyway I’m very glad that the majority of bloggers don’t do that on WordPress.
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I can express myself better

Since I can post much longer posts on WordPress compared to social media it’s just easier for me to express myself better here. With social media you can’t really post in the same way that you would post on WordPress. I love that I can fully express myself here and that when I do I have so many people responding with genuine comments. There’s also a lot of negativity on social media when you do express yourself which is something I don’t like. It makes me feel uncomfortable and anxious. I have had hate on WordPress but much less compared to social media.

Social media is kind of creepy and superficial 

So like I mentioned Instagram and Twitter are the only social media pages I have for the blog at the moment and I’ve had some creepy encounters on there especially on Instagram. For the most part WordPress is a lot more wholesome. I also don’t like how Instagram in particular can be pretty superficial and puts too much emphasis on outer appearance. WordPress on the other hand feels like an actual community and people actually want to connect with one another. People want to actually talk about stuff, get to know one another and connect.

Your thoughts?

Are you on social media and if you are what are your thoughts on the topic? Do you prefer social media or WordPress and why? I would love to hear your opinion on this so be sure to let me know in the comments below!
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251 thoughts on “Why I Prefer WordPress Vs Social Media

  1. I definitely agree that WordPress is more personal and the comments are more genuine. I feel like it’s more of a community here than on IG. The comments on IG are very basic and superficial, like there isn’t much engagement.

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  2. I love Twitter and WordPress for very different reasons. Twitter is like a racecar and WordPress is like a truck. Both have scared the living daylights out of me, but both have inspired me, and I’ve met great people on both that I doubt I’d have met on the other.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, PoojaG. They are all platforms where you can get fake people, WordPress is just good, you can blog and express yourself/ tell your story into many words.
    Social media is limited; I mean, you have a few seconds to capture someone’s attention, which is the world we are living in now.
    I have seen great community in social Apps helping out each other and giving difference.
    I think with social media, you can communicate with 1000s of people within a shot time. With wordPress, you have to take time and read which is a good thing because it’s a bit deep.
    Robots/fake people will always be there to like and pass on, or comment some fire emojis and hearts which is strange; I mean, if you can write an article, you can definitely have more words than fire / hearts / and likes.
    Again, this is just my opinion or maybe it is just that I am working in the technology industry and living in what people call ”a geek household”.
    Just UI and UX.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I agree with you- there are fake people on both and bots on both. I just like that there are more genuine people here and that I can properly express myself.

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  4. This is so true. I have often felt this. I only have Twitter but I can so relate to this all. I’ve lately been using WordPress a lot more and it is certainly a lot more satisfying!

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  5. I’ve been thinking writing something on this for a few days (along with a whole bunch of other ideas I have down!). I have two people on my Facebook who I don’t get on with, but is friends with my husband so even if she’s on limited profile, if I tag him in it, she can see it. The other is a good friend’s girlfriend and she doesn’t hold back in what she thinks! I’ve been so tempted to ditch Facebook for WordPress, I have 10x more followers than I have Facebook friends. The only reason that I haven’t is because my mum uses Facebook to contact me.

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    1. I hope you do write a similar post and please let me know if you do I would love to read it! Yeah Facebook and social media can be very toxic. I feel like you are forced to be friends or follow people even though you don’t necessary like them. It just feels very fake. WordPress is a lot more genuine.

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      1. Absolutely, most of my Facebook friends are family and I’ve always had to repress parts of myself because it would make family gatherings extremely awkward. On WordPress, I am part of a community.who think like I do and we.can share and learn from one another. It’s great.

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      2. Yes exactly- I feel the exact same way. My Facebook is private so it’s just friends and family and I can’t fully express myself just because it would be awkward. Here I can be my true self and express myself.

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  6. I’ve nearly cut down on my social media usage. These days twitter is the only one that I use. Yes, there are people who do the follow-unfollow game. WordPress is a content oriented platform. Ever since I stopped opening up Facebook and Instagram everyday, I found that I have a lot of time on my hands?

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    1. I have sooo much more free time now that I don’t post regularly on Instagram and it’s great because I think it can be a real time waster. WordPress is way more genuine with the content and the people.

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  7. I enjoyed your thoughts on the social media blog. I too am on twitter, instagram and FB. However, I really don’t care for twitter or instagram, it seems I only get men wanting to have conversation with me and I have a business account. It’s not personal, but I am not there for a hookup. It’s quite irritating.

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    1. Urghh yes the creepy men are so annoying especially on Instagram. I don’t respond anymore if random guys send me “hi” with nothing else.

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  8. You are right about everything that you mentioned here. I’ve been on Instagram over 7 years now (I mean my personal account, not miss.foodsy) and I am using WordPress since March this year, and the difference is huge. You can tell so much more and communicate and build connections so much better on WordPress. Although I really love and enjoy Instagram (and Pinterest), the follow/unfollow game is so unhealthy and I cannot understand why is the number of followers such I big deal. I use these platforms for inspiration, education, information, and I refuse to become a victim of the vanity and obsess over the follow ratio.

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    1. Yeah people are very obsessed with numbers. It’s sad because you should enjoy what you do not spend your time chasing numbers. It’s especially a problem on Instagram.

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      1. Today I’ve read a lot of the comments, and I’m happy to report that most people (IMHO) are much more focused on words. It’s mainly mainstream media people who push the numbers arguments. To me, numbers are relatively meaningless. If a person is not literate enough to use words, I don’t care much about whether they can click buttons.

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  9. I also prefer WordPress to other Social Media. Some of them, I don’t see the point i.e. just posting pics of everything from your breakfast to pics of your new flip flops? What’s that all about? And people ‘follow’ that?
    I also don’t like the ‘unfollows’ that happen – aarrgghhh!

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    1. Yeah it gets very annoying with the pictures. I mean it’s nice to post pictures of the highlights of your day/week/month but I don’t want to see every tiny detail of someone’s life. It just becomes too much.

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      1. This is growing the world of fake people. We live in a world seeing the same person on social media in reality is almost impossible. . .There’s a whole lot of unsaid said. LOL!

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  10. Great post. I totally agree with everything you said, specifically the toxic part. Instagram sometimes gives me anxiety and I cannot stand someone who follows and then unfollows (which seems like everyone on social media). I absolutely love the WordPress community!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah I get anxiety if I spend too much time on social media as well whereas I feel so much calmer after expressing myself on WordPress. Literally at least three quarter of the people on Instagram just follow to unfollow. It’s so stupid. Not saying it doesn’t happen on WP but it happens wayyyy more on social media.

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  11. Follow and then unfollow!!! Thats horrible…. I love wordpress since I love writing…. I never thought it would be so amazing…. I am enjoying connecting with new friends here…. I don’t have any idea about the issues here…. Lets see….

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  12. I love this post because I totally agree! In the last 6 months I have actually really gotten into using WordPress more frequently & I’m loving it! I love that I get to read articles by some really talented writers that are so interesting, and I learn a lot from using WordPress. Other social media apps just don’t really fulfil me as much – its so easy to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others and it affecting your self-confidence. I just feel as though I don’t fall into that trap on WordPress as much as I do on other platforms hence why I enjoy it more 🙂

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  13. I’m not really on social media that much, besides WP, but I COMPLETELY agree with all that.
    At the top of my list would be THE COMMENTS. I have been on WP for four years, and I’ve started regularly reading others’ blog posts about 1yr ago, and considering the quarantine I’ve read more blog posts than I care to say, yet I have NEVER, EVER seen a negative comment on WordPress. They are all inquisitive, genuine like you said, and thoughtful. On the other hand, pop on any YouTube video and you’ll find people from half way across the Earth swearing at each other because one person corrected a grammar mistake in the video. (Oh that’s another thing. I’ve seen maybe two swear words in the comments, total.)
    *Sigh.*

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    1. Oh, and one more thing. This doesn’t necessarily make WP better, but it’s just something I’ve noticed.
      Unlike social media, I’ve noticed it’s extremely rare that if you comment on a blog post, someone else will reply besides the author of the post.

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    2. Yeah for the most part the WP community is really positive, open minded and supportive. Even if we don’t agree with each other on everything people on WP rarely leave negative comments- if they don’t like the post they just move on. I have gotten a number of negative comments on WP but it’s nothing compared to YouTube where like you said the majority of comments are just trolls.

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      1. Yes, exactly. I mean once one gets popular they are bound to have haters… the more fans you have the more haters you have… you know what I mean. Totally agree.

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      1. I think you got me wrong. I meant that I can’t agree less with you. That is, I can’t disagree with you. Lol!

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  14. I’ve long ago dumped the follower frenzy. I can’t always follow back. Internet acces after we moved out of the city about 3 weeks ago, is rather challenging. We have fast, uncapped fibre – but the catch is that the entire town is connected to the same tower that beams to the city forty miles away. I am more offline than on. Therefore, internet is for essentials. Spotify comes second and TikTok stands no chance.

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      1. I can only inagine! A friend in Serakunde, the Gambia, sits on the fastest internet in Africa. In a little country with virtually no GDP.

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  15. I posted a comment yesterday that had a link in it (to a comment Joe Rogan made about blogs & blogging) … in case it got lost, here’s a copy (w/o the http prefix 😉 )
    If people are interested in what Joe Rogan recently had to say about blogs + blogging, then you can find the quote here:
    podcasts.video.blog/2020/06/07/who-are-the-bad-guys
    Krystal Ball followed it up with a little rant about “Who are the bad guys?”, and she referred to Matt Taibbi’s “Hate, Inc.” (which I haven’t read).

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  16. The only social media I use is WordPress and LinkedIn. I have shied away from everything else because I had the sense they were toxic as you described. Even LinkedIn, which is supposed to be a professional platform, has some posts that are out of line and clearly not professional. I am curious, though, why you didn’t mention Facebook. I have friends so loyal to Facebook that I have lost my connection with them because I don’t use it.

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    1. Yeah LinkedIn can be toxic sometimes as well. I didn’t mention Facebook since I don’t have a Facebook page for lifesfinewhine at the moment so I don’t have much experience with it or how toxic can be. I only use Twitter and Instagram right now so that’s what I focused on for this post.

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  17. Pooja,
    I will largely agree with your views. However socials addresses other things vs wordpress (blog).
    I was not sure that why you will have the line which says
    “Enjoyed this post? Then follow me on social media:
    Twitter Instagram Pinterest LinkedIn HubPages”
    Is this line not self contradictory? May be I am wrong.

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    1. Thanks for reading the post and commenting! As you have mentioned in your comment social media addresses different things and for my blog it is a quite useful marketing tool. I use that line in every post and the reason I choose to have it in my posts is because although I do think social media has multiple cons it also has it’s pros which is the reason I called this post Why I PREFER WP over Social Media and not why Why I Hate Social Media or Why I Don’t Use Social Media. Not sure if you’ve read any of my posts on WP but I have written multiple posts about the problems I’ve faced on WP too and yet here I am using it daily. Every platform has it’s pros and cons and this post was simply my way of expressing some of the frustrations I have with social media, it was not me denouncing all my social media accounts in any shape or form.

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  18. I have tried so many platform: youtube,facebook, twitter,to expressing myself to the world but seems all didn’t work. I just tried wordpress and i think it is the best among all the means of bringing out what is in me. I started long ago, I have few followers but I am happy as you said it makes you express yourself so much. It makes me too! I write new stuff every day because i love to put something on wordpress for people to enjoy good health. Your article is so helpful. Keep it up!

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  19. Love this post! I’ve been on and off word press for about 3 years now. One thing I haven’t really utilized is the connecting part. I’ve been using instagram more for that. I’ve seen okay results but I’m going to start connecting with people more on word-press. Because you’re right the unfollow-follow game is crazy and some of the interactions are just superficial. Anyways thanks a ton!

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  20. Totally agree.. I was just thinking I needed to share this as I HATE social media and am learning what works and what doesn’t but do love this platform.
    I think I have “Real Friends” here with the right intension anyway.

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  21. Definitely agree with this. I found myself addicted to Social media but for no reason. It paints a picture of perfect life, which doesn’t exist, yet everyone strives for. I’ve got back into blogging and rather than being what I think people want me to be and write about, I’m going to do it for me, we will see where that goes but it’s certainly a lot less stressful!

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    1. Yes it’s so much easier to be honest while blogging. Social media is kind of about showing everyone you have the perfect life when in reality no one has a perfect life.

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  22. I completely agree that WordPress is far better than any social media. Social media has become a platform for hatred and trolling. People on WordPress are more genuine. They listen to you even if you rant about your life.

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    1. Yes I agree social media is so filled with trolls that you can’t even be honest and express yourself. You can express your thoughts much better on WP.

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  23. WordPress mostly caters to people who are into writing but I’ve noted over the years a lot of junk mail advertising has intruded. The administrators are fairly good at separating the junk from the more serious writing but its still annoying to have to delete dozens of advertising materials each day. The rest of social media can be quite time consuming so I don’t go there much now.

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  24. You’re 100% correct on the difference between WordPress and the others. I really dont understand the like/unlike game. Maybe that just shows my age but is there some sort of benefit of having more followers than followings?

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    1. There’s a limit to how many people you can follow but no limit to how many people can follow you. People usually follow/unfollow to make it look like their page has lots of followers/is active since they have more followers than they are following. It’s pretty much an extremely unethical way to grow your platform.

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  25. I am new to WordPress and joined for many of the same reasons you write about. I’d really like to exchange ideas and opinions in a civil manner. Still learning the mechanics of WordPress. Thanks keep the good work.

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  26. I like WordPress much more! I like getting to know people better on here and hearing their thoughts. Social media is much more about appearances. The unfollow game really bugs me!

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  27. I’m on Facebook but no other social media. I belong to one or two specific groups and tend to post things to them or to my friends – who are friends, as it happens. If I post publicly then it’s because I’m happy for it to be shared. I’m fairly new to Word Press and until now had not thought of it in terms of social media. I’ll see it in a new light now!

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    1. I’m glad the post made you see WordPress in a different light! In a way it’s a lot like social media but in a way it’s very different too.

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  28. AGREED. I’m really tired of social Media, especially Instagram, it’s just so… sterile? Everyone posts much the same thing. I used to blog as a teen and I’m starting again just because it’s so much more personal and the content you read is waay more interesting.
    Also, I found your blog because you liked my post yesterday, thanks for that! That was my first post and I just posted something to see how different themes would look so I was pleasantly surprised someone liked it hah. Also do you mind me asking, what theme are you using? It’s exactly what I had in mind!

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    1. Yes it’s like everyone on Instagram is kind of the same person and that’s kind of terrifying. I definitely find blogging way more personal.
      You’re welcome and thanks for stopping by as well! I’m using the Olsen theme- I would definitely recommend it. It loads fast and has lots of things you can customize.

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