Picture Perfect

Updated: Aug 1, 2020


"Wise women take care of their household matters and their families even if her building techniques are not socially popular. You have an important influence and when all is said and done, you were the builder. " -Alaine Strozier

I have learned a lot about my parenting blogs. Anyone one on any social media platform knows that if you have a great looking picture, you will captivate your audience. Your "likes" will go up and your comments will too. However, if you have a mediocre picture that is old, too dark, too dull etc. your audience will keep right on scrolling even if the content is relevant.  If you post a quote that makes the reader feel good about themselves your "likes" and comments will be great. If you post a quote that is controversial you may get over 100 comments because people like to engage in Facebook wars. If you post a quote that shines the light on darkened places of the heart, forget about the "likes" and comment counts. If you post at certain times during the day you will catch the audience. Sproutsocial.com says this about social media posting rules, "Most consistent engagement: Safe times to post during the week include Wednesday from 8 a.m.–12 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Lowest engagement: Sunday and early morning every day from 12 a.m.–5 a.m." 

So, in other words if I post what makes people feel good about themselves I become popular in respect of "likes" and comments.  If I spend time taking 50 pictures of myself and find 1 that is good to post on social media I win. If I post a headshot of me looking my absolute best then I win again with "likes" and comments. If I post at the right time and ride the wave of social media algorithms I am doing great. I read that, "Used broadly, an “algorithm” refers to a sequence of steps or rules designed to produce a specific outcome from a set of inputs. Inputs from who?  Please understand that when you are growing a business using social media, you need to understand "likes", best posting times, perfect pictures, comments and algorithms. Please note that I follow the trends because I too am building an LLC. 

Dear sister, biblical parenting does not work like that. The picture perfect portrait of parenting does not feel good or look good all of the time. Your standards may not get a lot of "likes" and the comments may come from those who love you as well as from those who think you are over the top. Your parenting may cause a dispute with your extended family because your algorithm does not match their steps and rules. You may be your only audience on the platform of one.  Keep going, I am.

What is popular and what is real may not always appeal to your "friends". Build your home boo. Proverbs 14:1 reminds us to build wisely. Every wise woman buildeth her house. Wise women take care of their household matters and their families even if her building techniques are not socially popular. You have an important influence and when all is said and done, you were the builder. 


Shalom Aleichem  


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