Trying Not To Care About Instagram

Trying Not To Care About Instagram

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.

Trying Not To Care About Instagram

Trying Not To Care About Instagram

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.

Trying Not To Care About Instagram

Trying Not To Care About Instagram

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.

Trying Not To Care About Instagram

Trying Not To Care About Instagram

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.

Trying Not To Care About Instagram

Tell me, what are your struggles with Instagram?

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  • Samjah

    What a great post. Girl I feel the same way. It’s hard these days posting on IG when it used to be fun. Posting whatever I got my hands on. But the way you are looking at it now makes a great deal of sense to me. I want to get back to capturing moments instead of just outfits, and structuring my life to do so makes sense. Thanks for this post!

  • Candace

    I need to start being more creative about my shots too and relax more on shots I don’t see as perfect, but others may like. Instagram definitely shouldn’t be a burden, but fun!

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

  • Samira Radmehr

    I completely agree with you babe! Instagram is not the way it used to and I am indifferent about it. Sometimes I want to just post whatever it is in the moment but I often times don’t follow through with it and keep it with my more structured layout!

    xo Samira

    http://www.leathertolunch.com

  • Oh my gosh girl preach! I have the exact same struggles. I agree that as a blogger, you want to show the best of yourself on Instagram in order to compete with all the hot young 20 something bloggers who has the perfect feed with perfect filters, and yes it can seem overly filtered and processed but that stuff just sells! But as a creative blogger, I try to do more that is out of my comfort zone to keep things in perspective and interesting. I don’t have the best suggestion as to how to get out of this Instagram funk, but I do more unfiltered Instastory so that my followers sees the unedited, unfiltered, makeup free me and can relate to my day to day 🙂

    xo Sheree
    PoshClassyMom.com

  • Isabelle Collins

    I completely agree with this, Instagram used to be so easy and laid back but it’s just, well, not anymore and I really feel the pressure of having to post ‘perfect’ photos that don’t feel true to myself.

    http://www.taintedblues.co.uk

  • Gina Diaz

    I used to post random pictures of my trips or anything I found interested. It was fun and I enjoyed it. Now, I prefer to organize and plan the content for my feed ahead of time. It works better for me. xx. Gina

  • Zivanka Markovic

    I totally feel you with the instagram aesthetic! I wish there were days I could just post whatever I wanted, but blogging is a business so we have to look at our overall feed as a whole and maybe posting random shots on the IG stories will help you!

    Sweet as Fiction xx

    http://www.sweetasfiction.com

  • Lana Luu

    Same here, and it is so difficult to gain followers nowadays, maybe because people feel this fakeness too. Maybe you should have 2 accounts, I know what it sounds ridiculous, but it can solve the problem. One is for business purposes and second is your private one, for you, your friends and family, where you can post whatever you want.

    http://lanaluu.com

  • 100% agree with you and now Instagram Limits Everything! Comments, Likes, your Photos not appearing on the feed etc.
    I have for example 2 accounts, one personal one business…
    And I use a lot now IG stories too.
    Ps: Loved your Watch and Look
    Kisses Karina

  • I agree with Karina keeping two separate accounts sounds like a great idea! By the way, loving your look in this post!

    Xo
    Hadasah
    http://www.styletolove.com

  • Jennifer Quattrucci

    I absolutely agree with this post and can totally relate to the frustration ! I started out on Instagram with a personal account and know I feel I have to be so careful about what I post! It’s hard to be creative and genuine and also be professional for brands. I definitely think 2 accounts is an awesome idea !!

  • Thomas Falkenstedt

    I love your way of thinking and I actually have kept some of my old posts on my grind just to show people where I began and where I am now as it’s been quite a journey. 🙂 I love your take on life however and that way it’s never fake as that’s the life you live, although I would love to see that cat on a pile of dirty clothes, haha. 🙂
    Thomas xx

  • Meghan Knudson

    Having two accounts sounds like a great idea. It is hard to balance both the work aspect and the personal aspect with friends. So tricky.

  • Finding a ‘happy medium’ is a great way to put it. I totally get what you mean about finding a balance between keeping your feed beautifully curated and authentic at the same time. I also think it can be both though. Just because something is not in the moment, it doesn’t mean it’s not authentic. How we decide and plan to create something is a reflection of our personal tastes and our individuality as well.

  • We are totally on the same boat- now that my Instagram account is pretty much my business account, it kind of does suck I can’t post whatever I want anymore but it also forces me to be creative with whatever I post. I actually love the way my feed looks now than it did before!
    http://www.samanthamariko.com