Why I’m over instagram

Why I'm over instagram

Oh Instagram. The photo sharing app that pretty much every blogger uses. For the majority of the year I uploaded every single day without fail and I loved it. It helped me to improve on my photography and I spent ages trying to make sure I had a cohesive theme that was very ‘me’. I was never a huge instagram success… I averaged about 100 likes per photo. But despite that I was perfectly content with instagram. Until recently that is.

Recently my already pretty crappy likes, got even worse. Instead of averaging 100 odd likes a photo, a lot weren’t even making it past 70. I was getting even less likes than I did when I had a few hundred less followers. And I mean, don’t get me wrong, I know numbers aren’t everything, but it was still disheartening.

The worse my likes started to get, the more critical I became of my feed. I would spend ages looking over my feed from months ago and I soon realised that my photos where a lot better back at the start of summer. I didn’t like my current style, I felt everything was very repetitive and everything was just lacking something.

After a lot of thinking, I soon came to realise that I was forcing myself to upload for the sake of it. I’ve been lacking creativity and motivation, but I’ve been forcing myself to do it. Don’t get me wrong- sometimes it’s good to push yourself when you’re lacking motivation. But it’s not a good idea to share content you aren’t 100% happy with. And as such I haven’t posted in like a week. And do you know what? I’m ok with that.

So that brings me on to my next point. I’m going to try to blogmas again this year (today’s actually day 1). It was a huge success for me last year, and I’m hoping I can replicate that success again this year. But I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself. If I don’t post then I’m going to be fine with that. Between work, classes and a social life, I’ve hardly had any time to blog this past few months, and I’m only going to get busier in the run up to Christmas. So everyone wish me luck.

  • I love your feed Lauren!! Instagram annoys me so much and I’ve thought about about deleting the account for my blog as I just don’t use it much. Xxxxxx


  • Instagram is really annoying at the moment, the algorithm really sucks. So don’t be too hard on yourself Lauren! Good luck with blogmas 🙂
    Coco Bella Blog

  • Instagram has been grinding my gears lately! Sometimes I get 200+ likes, sometimes I barely get 100. I become critical of my feed/content also, I think to myself, is it me? is it the crappy algorithm?! It’s so annoying. Also, I’ve been losing followers like CRAZY. Again, is it because of me or is Instagram clearing out inactive profiles?! Good luck with blogmas!

    Sophie x | http://www.snippetofsophie.com

  • Completely hear and feel you.
    I recently lost my blogging/writing and commenting mojo. In turn meant I also didn’t use much social media. Although it was good, I can’t say I was even planning my next move, as I really wasn’t.
    I do feel your Insta pain though. I love the platform, but I really cannot grow on it.
    I recently started posting again, but I’m not pushing myself to.
    Good luck with Blogmas.


  • Sian…

    Instagram is such a pain, isn’t it? Since the algorithm change, it’s been a nightmare to build your following! My likes too have gone down, similar figures to yours to be honest. It’s so frustrating! Most of my friends don’t even have Instagram so I can’t bribe them for likes haha!

    Sian x