A lot went down over at Instagram the last months and I wanted to talk a little bit about it. I know, I know there are already so many posts on Instagram (follow me here) out there but I hope you read mine anyway.
Now a couple of weeks back all got heated up on Twitter with the whole #BotGate. I didn’t join the actual chats where some people where mentioned but everyone is nosy, aren’t we?! So I just watch from a far (find me here). I talked about the Follow/Unfollow game in this post. So I won’t go into it that much. I just wanna say it’s frustrating and people should just stop. I had in 4 month 1000 people that followed and then unfollowed me again. Like how crazy is this? Who has time or money to do that?! And I personally couldn’t live with myself knowing I hadn’t earned my followers organically.
Anyway leaving the #BotGate, let’s jump right into the algorithm dilemma. We know the old chronological order how posts are shown us will never come back but rather then focusing on the past let’s look forward. I haven’t found the perfect formula for getting your followers up & if you wanna have the truth posting every day didn’t help at all. So I just abadoned that! However the good thing is with the new algorithm it doesn’t matter that much if I missed my posting time – it doesn’t matter that much at all. The likes come in the next few days stadely rather than a lot at the beginning when I post.
During winter I had a really white, pink and blue based theme running through my Instagram but I got tired of it. I can only post my pink jumper so many times until even I get borred of it! And it limited me so much from posting other things! With trips coming up and doing more fashion shoots it just didn’t fit anymore to keep with my white theme. Don’t get me wrong I love theme Instagram feeds. They always look so well put together but I love the loose, random Insta feed too. Some of my fave Instagramers from whom I take my inspiration are @sineadcrowe, @sophierosie & @poschstyle.
As you can see, this is how my feed looks like at the mo. Now I have a new filter and I just post what I want! I still love doing flatlays (like this one) very much which makes my theme somewhat appear consistent – yay to that. But other than that I changed over to a “non-theme” theme. The only consistent thing is my filter and style of editing. (Let me know if you want a post about how I edit my Insta Pics).
With abadoning my white theme something else happened, my mindset towards Instagram changed and it changed quite a bit. I’m a lot more easygoing with how I interact with the app. If I don’t feel like going through the pictures on a day I just don’t. I won’t force myself going onto Insta every day and like pictures & comment. Nothing happens if I leave one day out! Instead I’m actually much more motivated the following day. The pressure to post every day has gone as like I said before, it didn’t help with getting my followers up. (If anyone had the same experience let me know please.)
Going forward with Instagram, I take it day by day and if I can achieve my goal of like 1000 followers by the end of summer – yay. But the world doesn’t end if it doesn’t happen. I rather focus my time and effort on my blog and other social media channels. Don’t get me wrong I still love Instagram. It’s amazing for inspiration and I love following all my fave bloggers. I just don’t see it as a platform where I wanna up my followers every day and get frustrated like so many others when it doesn’t happen. Hope that makes sense.
Without rambling on any longer, congrats to anyone who made it to the end. I just wanted to write my thoughts down and letting you all know how I’m going forward with my Instagram account. Let’s hope after some though month with our beloved app it will get better and more enjoyable again soon! For the time being I just keep uploading what I want when I want and I really do appreciate every like and comment! It’s so nice when I see that someone enjoys my photos as much as I creating them.