Friday, 13 October 2017

Changes I'm Making To My Instagram

The early Insta days

When I first joined Instagram back in January, I had just moved to the Lake District to live with my husband for a little bit whilst I was on Christmas holiday from uni and wanted to share all the pictures I was taking at the time. I was then on a break from blogging and didn't feel hugely motivated to return to it but I was missing the feeling you get when you share snippets of your life with others and are able to share in some of their memories too. At this time, I loved sharing pictures of the scenery and I was very much into cooking as well - I was on a bit of a health kick so I had followed a fair few fitness gurus. I would post often twice or even three times a day usually using just my basic Sony camera phone and occasionally my Nikon bridge camera which is what I use for blog pics. I wanted to share pics that looked nice but the memories were the most important part for me.

My most staged period

Almost a year later and I feel like I have lost the original reason why I joined Instagram. I feel pressured to produce perfect content - even at the cost of it having much meaning. My pictures started to become more and more staged and I found that I was no longer sharing things that meant a lot to me. As long as I was sharing something pretty, that's all that matters, right? But even as I pushed to give my rather modest following what I thought they'd want to see, I noticed that likes were dropping. I wasn't getting as much engagement as before. My followers were dropping like flies.

That's when I realised that I had lost the whole point of Instagram. It isn't about posting perfect flatlays or stressing about which filter suits your grid best, it is about sharing a part of your life. It is documenting memories. Creating a photo journal to look back on. With this in mind, I decided that I was wasting too much time obsessing over how my grid looks and whether my photography is good enough. Yes, I'll probably never make it to the explore page but I want my Instagram to feel like a part of me and a reflection of my life rather than something that is staged and generic.

My latest posts

So, I decided it is time that I cut myself loose from this pressure to produce perfect content. I have started posting whatever I feel like. My captions have become longer and more chatty. I don't post at any specific time of the day or push myself to post everyday. I post what I want when I want. And that is how it should be.

What are your thoughts on Instagram?
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6 comments

  1. This is interesting, I now have an insta theme and only post in threes but it actually makes me feel more relaxed. When you post in threes, you're pictures are bound to have some kind of theme so no matter what it is your grid looks pretty. The only problem is though, finding three photos that fit together but I like the challenge. That's why I like instagram though, you can be as creative as you like!
    Marbl☾☽Moon

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  2. I'm also a fan of posting what I want when I want. Coordinated Instagram feeds are very nice to look at no doubt but I don't think I can implement that, at least for now. Glad to read your thoughts on this, first time on your blog and I'm loving it! xx
    Coco Bella Blog

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  3. I agree and your posts definately don't need to be perfect content all the time I actually think some of the best posts can be ones that are just natural and posting whatever you feel! x

    S x
    SHELISES WORLD

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  4. I think I'm starting to get like this with my Instagram as well, the pressure to have a 'perfect' feed is just to frustrating and with the new algorithm I feel like no matter what I do, it's not actually growing my following anyway so I may as well just do what I want!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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  5. I love the way your instagram has been looking! x

    rhymeandribbons.com

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