What’s with Instagram these days?
To tell you the truth, Instagram has been really getting at me lately with it’s new algorithm changes, and I know I’m not the only one feeling like this – I’ve recently seen my fellow bloggers and Instagrammers post about their Instagram woes too. We are all trying so hard to get that perfect feed, the perfect looking pictures, the right hashtags, posting at the right time and getting fixated over the numbers. I totally know how that feels!
Seeing the number of followers become stagnant and engagement decreasing was disheartening after putting a lot of effort into my Instagram, and I started feeling demotivated to carry on creating content and posting regularly on the social media platform. At one point I just felt like giving up and began doubting my own ability. To add to the stress, coming across other people’s feeds that are “feed goals” would create more unnecessary stress over what should look like a perfect feed.
I came to realise that these things are just not important, what’s important is being happy with what I’m creating and having fun in the process. We are focusing too much on the numbers that we’re forgetting to focus on ourselves and who we are as individuals. Stop looking down at our digital flatlays and start living – go outside and get inspired by life, do the things you want to do, things that bring you joy and helps you to grow as a person, because life is too short to be worrying about Instagram stats! This goes for anything work-related not just Instagram, as we all need time to focus on ourselves.
So with Instagram, I’m going to go back to basics. I started my Instagram and blog as a creative outlet and posted pictures for fun, not to please anyone but myself. When you stop trying to please others and stop comparing yourself with other people, your mind will be in a happier place. We should not be using numbers on a dashboard to determine our self-worth or define who we are.
Hopefully this has helped some of you that have been feeling the same way, it’s great to connect with like-minded people and share our thoughts. Thank you for reading this post 🙂