“You’re not going to post about International Women’s Day, and you’re a content creator and writer?”
I had this thought pop into my brain as I scrolled through Instagram and Twitter, seeing tons of posts discussing supporting women in general, uplifting black women specifically, listening to women, etc. While it may be easier to post about a particular day or theme when that day or theme rolls around, I find it sometimes difficult. Why? Because EVERYONE is posting about it, and I have to sit and evaluate my reasons on why I’m posting about it, if I do choose to do so.
Now, what I’m NOT SAYING is that content creators and public figures who post about International Women’s Day or any other holiday are being fake about it. But I find that we tend to push ourselves to speak about a topic because of a particular day versus just allowing that topic to naturally come up in our lives, and then seeing where that takes us creatively.
I only say this because I am guilty of doing things only because of a particular day or trend. In fact, I’m pretty sure my first Words with Women event was either on the day of International Women’s Day, or around that time a few years ago because I wanted to highlight it like the rest of the world was doing. And, of course, in the world of social media, you have to hop on things fast while they’re popular in order to possibly be seen. But then the question becomes: is it about being seen, or is it about what we truly believe and think?
I’d rather discuss the beauty and power of being a woman + women in general on other days of the year as well rather than focus on it mores on one day than any other day the rest of the year. And that goes for any holiday or highlighted month: Black History Month, National Poetry Month, and any other holiday there is!
This post isn’t to say there is a right or wrong when it comes to this whole social media celebration of things. It’s just a post to cause myself and whoever is reading this to think, and to not feel so much pressure to HAVE to post SOMETHING on a specific day because everyone else is doing so.
All that to say: I DO celebrate women and women history today, tomorrow, and the next day!