Why I’m Starting To Dislike Social Media…

Please be warned that this post is a bit of a rant, and I may sound unreasonable at times.

Social media. Oh, social media. I have defended you, loved you, and become a fan in equal measure. But I am REALLY SICK of how you’re being used. More specifically; to spread drama, create rumours, and adding ‘fake news’ to the mix. All you seem to do is spread ill will.

I use Twitter and Instagram, to keep in touch with people I know, as well as to promote my blog, this little space on the internet. And it has bought me a wealth of experiences, all of which I am truly grateful for. It contributes to my readership, brands working with me, blog comments, garnering guest posters, getting a favourite writer to follow me, and it keeps me informed of new releases-be it books, albums, monopoly, etc. All is well.

But it’s just so divisive. And I’m starting to dislike social media.

Since when was it ever okay to film someone on Snapchat, without their consent? Post in the same vein on Facebook? Tweet our MP’s death threats? Spread homophobic abuse? Judge other people’s choices? Troll brands? Troll people? Create ‘fake news’? And-for want of another word-slag  off other bloggers? When was any of this every okay, or deemed acceptable to post?

I’m tired of this. So, so tired.

To use social media to harass, bully, demean is disgusting behaviour. And I’m fed up with seeing Blogger pit themselves against each other. I’m sick of seeing an electorate sprout untruths and wish ill will on their representatives. I feel sick to my stomach at all of this. We have to be better than this.

And this fake news. FAKE NEWS! Where, just WHERE is the gain in spreading complete lies? And Facebook has even rolled out a guide as how to spot it.

Technology could be used to better ourselves-start a blog, keep in contact with people you know and love, keep up to date with current affairs. But express whatever opinion you have so that it’s measured. No one should be made to feel afraid. No one should be made to feel isolated.

 

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Interview with Anastacia, singer/songwriter

“I’m out of love, set me free, and let me out this misery..” If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know I love Anastacia’s music; the ‘Little Lady With The Big Voice’, complete with such songs as Left Outside Alone, Paid My Dues, I’m Outta Love, and Take This Chance. As part of the Ultimate Collection Tour, I was lucky enough to meet her as part of the Meet And Greet; there, I asked her for an interview. This is the result of that, and would not have possible without the help of Maria Mcmenemy. (I’m so grateful to her, as well as Anastacia herself.) 

Hello Anastacia, thank you for agreeing to this interview. You’ve come a long way since Not That Kind; what would you consider to be the biggest industry change since then?

Hi there! Thank you for having me! I guess the biggest change I have seen in the industry is definitely social media. It has changed the way we do EVERYTHING as artists, so much so that I took my own Anastacia App on the road this year. If you had told me 10 years ago that would be something I would do, I wouldn’t have ever believed you! I’m a slight technophobe myself and technology tends to just stop working around me. My crew call me ‘techastacia’ which is so true but I am getting more and more in to social media and I’m really having fun with it on this tour. It’s the biggest change but it’s also a really fun way to connect with your fans all over the world which I love.

You’ve also had various health issues, such as Breast Cancer, and Crohns disease; how are you now doing?

I’m back and better than ever! I honestly can’t explain how blessed I feel to be happy and healthy and out on the road doing what I love. I had a rough couple of years with cancer but I had an incredible group of family and friends around me supporting me all the way. Plus, my fans have been with me every single step of the way. I don’t know where I would be without them and just hope I can be a figure of support for anyone going through similar problems as I faced.

I guess the biggest change I have seen in the industry is definitely social media. It has changed the way we do EVERYTHING as artists, so much so that I took my own Anastacia App on the road this year.

-Anastacia on industry changes.

Your Resurrection tour also saw you visit Australia; how was that?

Incredible! I had never taken a live show like it to Australia before and I was amazed by the incredible response. I absolutely loved meeting so many of my Australian fans. I would go back in a heartbeat!

How do you prepare for a show?

I’m quite lucky in that I don’t need really need to warm up before a show, so that doesn’t really take up any time before a show for me. I have a great time in hair and make up with one of my talented make up girls and then usually have a meet and green or some press to do, so it’s always very busy before stage! I like to have 5/10 minutes after that is all done to maybe have a couple of quiet moments to reflect just before I go on stage but I’m usually jumping around backstage, excited to go on stage!

Plus, my fans have been with me every single step of the way. I don’t know where I would be without them and just hope I can be a figure of support for anyone going through similar problems as I faced.

-Anastacia on her fans.

When putting together a touring band, what qualities do you look for?

I have the most amazing group of people working with me, some have been working with me pretty much since day 1 and some are brand new faces, and I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve all been able to do together. I think we have such a good bond because we’re all constantly learning from each other. I look to work with genuine people who work hard and like to laugh.

What motivated the production of your app & has it enhanced your concerts?

I really wanted to do something on this tour that my fans could interact with, and as I have become more and more involved in my social media over the past couple of years, an app seemed like the perfect fit. And it totally has been. Fans have been loving it and it really adds an element of inclusion to the show that really helps me connect with my fans even more than I already am. I love that they can talk to each other on the app too and maybe meet up at shows. It’s like having my fans in my pocket at all times!

I look to work with genuine people who work hard and like to laugh.

-Anastacia on her touring band.

Why did you decide to design a glasses collection?

Well as you may know, I am a sucker for sunglasses. I have worn them all my life and it has always been a dream of mine to launch my own collection with a designer. I have admired and worn Blu Marine designs for years and love the brand, so it was just the perfect time to do it, and I am so thrilled with the collection. I wear them every day!

It’s like having my fans in my pocket at all times!

-Anastacia on her app.

Quick fire-

  Dogs or Cats? Dogs! My sister and mom have a bunch and I am like their cool aunt 

  Heels or flats? Heels!!! I’m tiny I need them!

  Twitter or Facebook? I love scrolling through twitter talking to my fans after shows.

   Manicure or Pedicure? Oooh this is too hard. Can I have both!?

What are your tips for aspiring singers?

Believe in yourself, and keep your chin up. It will get hard sometimes but if you truly believe in what you do, you can achieve anything!

To buy Anastacia’s latest album, click here. Or to visit her website, click here. To download the app, click here for Android, and here for iOS. Finally, to view her glasses collection, click here.