Trying Not To Care About Instagram
I’ve been having this struggle lately about Instagram. If any of you are bloggers, I assume you are as well.
When I first started on the app, I used it like an average person. . .posting heavily filtered selfies, food shots or anything I found interesting at that time. There were no planned layouts or color schemes or extreme hashtagging. It was just what I found interesting at that particular moment in time.
When I started this official blog, that goal changed. Instead there was this innate desire to show the best of myself, to carefully edit everything to make it seem perfect. Photos stopped getting posted on the spur of the moment. I started trying to carefully curate my posts and it all started to feel a little bit. . .fake.
I came to this realization a few months ago and I’ve spent that time trying to come to a happy medium. There’s a part of me that would love to just post any photo without thinking of how it would look in my current feed. . .but there’s also a part of me that knows and acknowledges that there are sponsored content for which I get paid and that brands do look at my Instagram. There’s that difference between a personal and a business account, and if I’m marketing myself as business account then maybe I shouldn’t post a photo of my cat laying in a pile of clothes.
Instead, what I’ve been trying to do is live a more creative life, so that what I’m currently experiencing at the moment is more truthful than false. That could mean something little like always cleaning my desk area so it’s ready for a flatlay snap or making sure to look up when I walk so I catch interesting storefronts or locations (rather than always looking at my phone). It means carefully noticing my surroundings and trying to find beauty and creativity in unknown places, like the tiles at my feet or the way the tree branch places a shadow on the concrete.
It’s still something that I struggle with today but I’m trying to be a little more transparent about it and rather than trying to write a picture perfect caption or take picture perfect shots, I’m just trying to show myself.
Tell me, what are your struggles with Instagram?