Thursday, January 19, 2023

11 Things I've Come to Love About Social Media

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Let’s face it, social media takes a lot of hard knocks and gathers a good bit of bad press. 

I know I’m guilty of thinking only about the drudgery of doing it, even as I acknowledge the necessity. 

But just like almost anything we have to do—or even love to do—there are good parts and bad parts. 

Today we’re going to concentrate on the good parts!

11 Reasons to Keep Doing Social Media
1. I can reach more people. With the advent of the internet and specifically social media, I can connect with more people than I’d ever been able to in the past. It’s easy to overlook about this advantage, but it’s something that should keep us pushing forward when we get tired.

2. I can help others without having to be in person or even on the telephone. I can offer assistance through a comment, a prayer, a practical link, many of the ways I could before, but without the barrier of location.

3. It gives me a wider perspective. I live in the south, in the United States. Without the benefit of social media, this would give me a fairly specific definition of what normal looks like. But now I have friends and connections all over the country and even the world. Those connections have broadened my horizons and influenced the way I see things. 

4. I can get my message out faster. If I have something I want to share, I can do so almost immediately—with little or no time-lag. 

5. I can connect with others regardless of location. I think we forget what a benefit this is. I know it’s helped me reconnect with old friends, stay in touch with new ones, and even develop relationships with people whom I might never have met in person. 

6. It makes me deliberate about reaching out beyond my inner circle. Social media is a world that grows with momentum. If I’m consistent and diligent about connecting every week, my circle widens. If I don’t, it shrinks. This make me conscious of the need to reach out. Since I’m an introvert, this is good for me. It’s also an attitude that has bled over into my physical community.

7. It has forced me to clarify and shorten my message. There are good and bad things about living in a world of soundbites. One of the good things is that it has forced me to drill down to the core of who I am and how I want to present myself. This makes my presence on social media more effective, but it also makes my in-person presence better.

8. It give me a new skill set and has made me more confident. Doing social media well requires a big jump in skills. By learning all these things, I’ve proven to myself that I’m not too old—or stupid, or lazy, or ______—to grow as a person and as a writer.

9. It has made me more respectful of others. I’d like to think I was already respectful, but I know that wasn’t true in every area of my life. By watching the negative behavior of others, it’s made me more mindful that I need to follow the golden rule and treat others the way I’d like to be treated—online and off. 

10. My definition of community has grown. I grew up believing that my community consisted of those who were physically nearby. Now I know better. My community consists of those with whom I share life, sometimes in person, sometimes online.

11. I have found a new aspect of the ministry God has given me. Many of us feel that God has whispered a unique purpose for our lives to us. With the advent of social media, that purpose has deepened. Where once He could use me to reach a small group in my community, now He can use me to reach the world. Yes, I know God could reach the world through one insignificant person without social media, but I also know that He’s using it in a powerful way.

I know we could (and often do) go on and on about how social media is a drag. But it isn’t it nice to spend a little time focusing instead on how it’s a blessing? I’d love to know what you’ve found positive in your time on social media. Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

And don’t forget to join the conversation!


Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. No matter whether she’s talking to writers, entrepreneurs, or readers, her first advice is always “Find your voice, live your story.” As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives. Connect with her on her website, through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


  1. I will continue to refer to it as "anti-social" media, but I do appreciate your slant to "Look for the Good" Ms. Edie. As I thought about your words, I was moved to prayers of thanksgiving. Without this source of outreach, I would have likely never met wonderful Christian writing friends who support one another, work to make each other better, and increase our ministries/calling. Well said author!

  2. Great insights, Edie! My favorite points are 10 and 11. When we moved about during our time in the military, my idea of "community" initially. But since retiring back to our hometown over a dozen years ago, I'd gotten "stuck" into focusing mostly on community as my hometown. Social media allows me to realize it truly is a big, big world out there! Thanks for these points to ponder!

  3. A great reframe of our often negative view. Thank you, Edie.

  4. I was immediately attracted to the title of your post today, Edie. We all tend to look at SM through a negative lens, but you've reminded us of all the benefits. thanks!

  5. Thank you Edie! Great perspective! I remember you saying, you need to know your why. Think that has helped me with approaching social media. You've outlined it so well!