I thought I’d update you on why I’m not on Instagram anymore. Well- truthfully, my account is still there, but I’ve not posted to my Instagram account since November of last year. I wanted to try to explain my reasons for that, what it’s meant for this little business of mine and what I’m planning going forward.
I loved the community that I had on Instagram. There were so many nice women there who were supportive and super smart in the blogging/creator world.
If you aren’t part of the blogging industry, you may not know that companies gauge a lot of how much they will pay you to work with them, based on your Instagram following. So, in a nutshell- the bigger and more engaged your audience, the more you post on stories- the more income you can potentially make. That’s why your shares, likes, follows and comments are worth so much!
Why I’m Not Posting on Instagram
Y’all, it totally began to affect me. The pressure to produce a picture-perfect square every day or even every week, had me in what I felt was an unhealthy head space. IG says they don’t prioritize those perfect images over others, but the algorithm is designed to do just that. So you scroll and scroll and scroll through perfectly filtered perfection. And in order to “grow” followers , you have to spend a LOT of time on the gram liking and commenting. It began to feel so inauthentic.
In all honesty, my pulse would rise just logging into the app. And when I did manage to post a picture that I actually felt was a decent photo- the feeling I got wasn’t one of satisfaction at all. It felt empty.
Don’t get me wrong here- not throwing any shade at all. There are bloggers and creators on IG that are insanely creative and I love to see their work. They post the most beautiful images that truly inspire me and there’s nothing wrong with the Instagram platform (I mean- no more than any other social media platform).
But what I was doing, just didn’t feel like me. It didn’t feel like reality. I had to carve it out like a rotted piece of vine.
What Happened When I left Instagram?
The relief I felt was almost instant (a great way to know you’ve made the right choice, lol). I made the choice to work on my other platforms, which have a different feel to them and were driving most of the traffic to my blog anyway. For my blogging business, it honestly hasn’t hurt me as much as I expected. In terms of followers I was still a tiny speck on the IG stage, so making the decision was easier. I have to hustle harder to get collaborations with brands, since I’m only here on my blog, Facebook , LTK and Pinterest. But the ones I do get are much more authentic and mean so much more to me and hopefully to you.
I never want anyone to come to my space here and feel “less than” or like they NEED more , etc. I want to cultivate a space that has true value for you. Y’all know I love talking about all the fun, “girly” stuff on here-the outfits, makeup and hair products…….I love that stuff! But at the end of the day- that’s all just “stuff” and it’s my hope to leave you with something that will help, even in the tiniest way, to improve your day and make life a little easier.
Will I ever get back on Instagram? Who knows. I don’t plan to delete my account, but for now this really feels right. I’m thinking of starting a private Facebook Group for this blog, which I think could be a lot of fun- I love it when we can share things, interact and learn tips and hacks from each other. I’m also totally enjoying the new changes to the LTK app as a good way to share.(Update your app if you haven’t recently, it’s gotten really good- and I’d love for you to follow me there.) I LOVE that app for shopping and sharing!
I felt like I needed to share why I’m not on Instagram anymore, because many of you followed me on there and I can’t tell you how much I appreciated that, as well as your sweet messages! So, thank you from the bottom of my heart for sticking around my little space here. For reading what I write, for looking at the images I create. Your presence here means the world to me. I’ll still talk about all the fun, girly stuff and the things that will make our days easier, but I’ll strive to do that with a giant dose of reality- because that’s where we all actually live.
In whatever capacity you follow me, thank you so much for being a part of this community! Love y’all loads!