This Is How I Lose 50% of My Followers

That’s exactly what I said as I shared a post on Instagram on Sunday.

One of my favorite Instagram accounts is Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. Their mission statement on their website says the following:

We rescue farmed animals and give them care and sanctuary, connect animals with people to advance veganism, and advocate for animal rights in alliance with other social justice movements

They posted a imagine on Instagram asking people to sign a petition addressing what is going in the meat industry right now as a result of COVID-19. I do not want to get into here as the details make me too sad, but you can visit their website and decide whether or not you’d like to sign the petition. Their website is

Anyway, I signed the petition like a good activist, and hit share on the post. It moved the image into my Stories section where I wrote the caption, “You can be an omnivore and also not an asshole.”

Then, I pressed share. As I did, I said, “This is how I lose 50% of my followers.”

What’s funny is how much, albeit brief, fear I felt in those two seconds before posting. Obviously, I posted it despite my apprehension, because, among other reasons, I don’t want to feel like social media is cultivating my personality. I’d rather believe I am cultivating the atmosphere of my own social media pages and profiles.

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B.A. Burgess

Barbara Burgess is a writer which is made apparent by the text in this box and the box above. She is best known for being a multi-genre/multi-writing voice author who throws caution to the wind when describing her writing career - "Oh, I write children's books, holiday romance, and sci-fi. Why? What do you do? Just one thing?" In addition to being a writer of all the things, she is the founder of Pilgrim Fowl Press and a writing facilitator bringing permission to write to the masses via Skillshare and Udemy. The only social media she frequents is Instagram (@hellothisisbarbara). Her desert island movie is Stargate (the original with James Spader), and she has been taking daily mug shots of her morning coffee since before Instagram was even a thing.

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