Why I quit Snapchat

November 10, 2017

Since I took a break from snapchat I have been receiving messages daily asking where I had gone and would I be back on snapchat soon? To be honest I didn’t quite know what I was going to do. I just knew I needed to take a step back and to take a little bit of pressure off myself. Snapchat took a back seat on my blog environment in favour for it’s rival – insta stories. To be honest I didn’t think anyone would even notice I was missing from their “Snapchat Fam” nor did I think anybody would really care.

Ireland has a large Snapchat community sharing most aspects from their daily life. Even I have to admit to tapping past mundane snapchats; but there is an unsaid pressure to share enough snaps to keep up with everyone else. As my son needs additional care, there are days where I simple cannot snap and I will always put my son’s needs first. This just felt like I couldnt keep up with the ‘snap chat rat race’ and I wanted to throw the towel in once and for all. My typical everyday is not that exciting nor do I pretend it is anything but. I like to use my snapchat as an escapism. To chat about new beauty products, outfits, fitness and to raise Autism awareness. Although I do share some select parts of my son’s life I do keep majority of it private. Each to their own, this is just what I feel most comfortable with. My readers know my Son has a diagnoses of Autism and a learning disability. I talk about this to raise Autism awareness and to try my best to help other parents that may be starting their Autism journey. I am not very vocal about what Dylan may be struggling with from day to day as I feel the need to also protect his privacy. I do feel this is an important part of my blog and I am delighted to have been able to share what I have learned along the way with other parents.

When I stopped posting to snapchat daily, I was still actively using it to chat with people one on one through messages. I am receiving and answering messages daily about beauty products, fashion pieces and Autism questions. When hurricane Harvey hit America I got a message from a Mother that had no electricity for days. She had just charged her phone from a center and used it to send me a question regarding her son whom has Autism. ( which I will be keeping private for obvious reasons.) ;but it really pulled on my heart strings. No matter where in the world you are – the Autism community can support one another. It is truly amazing the connection that social media plays in today’s world.

It has been four months and I am ready to return to post publicly to Snapchat again. There has been moments I have missed it, but I truly and simply had just fallen out of love of using it, and it didn’t feel authentic anymore. Not only was I not posting publicly to snapchat I have not watched anyone’s snapchat story in months either. I needed the detox from it and the constant pressure I put upon myself to share every aspect of my life.

I am excited ( and a little nervous, to be honest) to return to snapchat. On days I feel like not snapping I simply wont , without feeling guilty. I will be easing myself back into snapchat this weekend with a far more healthier mindset.

I am not a long rambler, I tend to get straight to the point and I will never spam you snapchat feed with calous dull snaps…. Promise

Now to use a phrase I thought I’d never use again 🙊😉 Add me on snapchat @Bigbrowsmessyh1

Thank you so much for understanding and to everyone that has messaged me and supported me. I am really looking forward to seeing you there, come say hey.

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