Popular Climbing Instagramer @lizzy.ellison Deletes Account
Social media has a way of connecting and motivating through stories and photos, but there’s no denying many people struggle with its purpose and the unwanted exposure it may bring.
Popular Instagramer @lizzy.ellison has recently deleted her account that had 15,800 followers after posting a story and a post explaining why.
The following is what she posted on Instagram:
A response to my story to answer some questions, and a more in depth explanation of why I’m deleting my gram:
1st) I’ll keep this account til that story goes down so I can make sure I don’t lose contact with friends.
2nd) Yes I think I’ll still make videos occasionally about my trips and climbs and such
3rd) Why I’m deleting my account:
– I don’t want to be in a spotlight. Being known by people before I meet them gives me a weird anxiety. Everyone has ideas about who you are based on ur online personality. And none of them are ever fully accurate.
– I realized I don’t want a career that revolves around that so what’s the point in holding on to this?
– As hard as it is for me to admit, I find it changing my climbing ambitions sometimes. Not always, but sometimes I think about the Instagram post I’ll put up after I send and am excited for that (This picture for example I was saving for when I do this climb and had a caption typed and ready) And that’s so not what drives me internally to climb. I don’t want to strengthen this external motivation, because that could kill my internal drive. And my passion for climbing is priceless to me. I don’t want to endanger it.
– I want to be where I am with who I’m with. Present.
– It’s easy to waste time on here. It’s not worth giving so much of my life to something that doesn’t really exist. Instagram is funny. Having it has opened a lot of doors to me and brought me some of my favorite friends. But I think getting rid of it could do the same thing for me. Much love to everyone who’s been following my crazy life and provided support. Thanks for caring. Now on to real life.
There were dozens of heartfelt comments left on the post including, “My boyfriend and I met you at Joe’s when you were working Worst Case Scenario with a couple of your friends. I had no idea how ambitious of a climber you were or that you competing in major climbing competitions until I started browsing through my Instagram feed while in Joe’s. I just wanted to say, I’m glad that I got to see a snapshot in your life on the gram. You’re an inspiring young female climber and although I’ll miss your climbing posts, good on you for taking this step. Good luck, Lizzy!! – random girl from the crag”
And, “I can probably speak for most of us when I say that I’ll be sad to see you go but support your desire to keep your life a bit more private. It’s a mature decision to make. You should still know that you have quite a talent for capturing and narrating the story of a regular climber’s life. (And give excitement to those of us who are chained to our desk and spend a ton of time daydreaming about climbing). Good Luck to you and I hope to see you on YouTube.”
Ellison’s YouTube page is still up so be sure to check in from time to time for new videos.