Let's talk about Instagram

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

(Me from 2014, how cute)
There's been so much talk about the negativity of online tools such as Instagram lately. With the issues of the 'Instabots' (if you don't know what I'm talking about, where have you been?) and the pressure to make your Instagram look prettier than everyone else's (#instagoals am I right?), Instagram isn't always the positive and useful thing it can be.

I've always enjoyed using Instagram. I love being able to flick back down through my pictures from 2/3/4 years ago and see how I've changed and remember some of the really fun things I've done in the past, it's like a visual diary which is quite cool, especially to someone who loves reminiscing

I have a personal account and a blog account and enjoy having that separation and being able to tailor what I post on each one. For example: it might not be appropriate for me to post a picture of my friends on my blogging Instagram because you're probably not all that interested and they might not want their picture being accessible to people they don't know. In the same way I probably won't go posting EVERY SINGLE make up product I buy on my personal account because that's not what it's there for and I honestly doubt my friends care about the latest edition of Glossybox no matter how hard they try. However, that's not to say there's no crossover at all!

The thing I noticed once I started posting more on my blogging Instagram again was, in a way, how rigid and structured some people's accounts are. I'm that kind of person that just posts whatever they feel may be relevant even if it doesn't stick to a 'theme' or look particularly 'aesthetically pleasing' because I'm trying to come across as genuine as I can. That's not to say that people who have these beautiful themes aren't, it just is perhaps a more rose tinted version of their lives, which I can understand.

I applaud any blogger who manages to keep up an Instagram theme because honestly I don't have the time or the patience. I'm a full time student who barely gets her work in on time, an Instagram theme is the least of my worries!

Another thing I worry about with Instagram is the idealist image that some (bigger bloggers mainly) give out to their followers. They always have perfect hair, outfits, all the latest products and some really pretty backgrounds. As someone who has always really struggled with self-confidence and body-image, I do find myself getting jealous of people who seemingly have it all, don't we all? However, I love seeing bloggers living their dream and am so proud; that 'jealousy' definitely drives me forward and makes me want to do bigger and better things!

Oh and as for the Insta bot thing, I kinda get why people do it, the pressures can be so big. However, what I don't like is people who have been working hard for years get opportunities snatched off them from people who've made it big in a very short time frame from using these methods. Some of my favourite bloggers are honestly people with 2/300 followers who have absolutely amazing content. I respect people who have gone about blogging in entirely honest and authentic way because I have so much respect for people who've worked hard to make their dreams come true.

There's definitely some more things I'd like to address in the future but these are just a few of my current thoughts on the topic. let me know what you think!

To sum up:

You are not defined by how many followers you have on Instagram
You don't always have to look 'perfect' on camera, nobody does all the time
Post what you want and do it for yourself, it's your account after all!

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