Why Is Instagram So Difficult?

Oh the struggle is real, any blogger who has Instagram will know how difficult it can be. There has been so much chat about Instagram lately, whether it is Instagram Pods, the use of bots and the algorithm, it’s becoming even harder for people to grow and basically for anyone to see the posts you actually post. I am getting to the point where I’m having to search for my favourites just see their posts, but end up seeing posts from about 2 weeks ago. It’s like Instagram is stuck in time and it forgets that it’s not about 2 weeks ago.

Ever since the big update known to man has been the fact that the algorithm seems to like to play a ridiculous game of hide and seek. By hide and seek I mean show Instagram posts from about 2 weeks ago and hide all the new posts for about 2 weeks until it decides to raise it’s head and tell me that I’m 2 weeks behind on supporting people I love.

Then there are the bots, we have all seen all the fall out from the bots, I know so many people have been talking about the use of bots which something I do not condone at all, I in all honesty don’t believe in them. I think Instagram regardless of how hard it is to grow it is important do it all yourself. It has taken me so long to get to this point, I started with nothing and I feel like I’ve come so far, it makes me appreciate it because I worked so damn hard.

The follow/unfollow game is another one. It’s one of those things that I personally have talked about so much on my little blog! It is beyond annoying and messes with my stats completely because people will follow you for a day then unfollow just because you don’t follow back. It has to be one of the most irritating things known to man. I always get so annoyed because I think if you don’t want to follow me, don’t follow me in the first place. The only time I ever unfollow is if I don’t relate to someone anymore.

I’ve decided to have a different approach to Instagram now, because my thoughts on blogging is it is supposed to be fun, I’m supposed to enjoy it, but right now with the way I am looking at it, I’m not. I’m not worrying too much about the stats, it’s more about the practices that people use like following/unfollowing and everything I have discussed. All of these things have a knock on effect.

From now on, I’m focusing on making my photos absolutely fantastic, I’m focusing on appreciating other people’s incredible hard work, being creative with photography, and being a happy human. Instagram is such a creative platform, I don’t want to take anything anyway from that. Other people shouldn’t be allowed to control my feelings towards a platform like that.

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18 Comments

  1. 26/06/2017 / 7:31 am

    I used to really enjoy Instagram, but find it so hard with the algorithm to gain more followers! Now it’s just a case of enjoying it and my non-themed profile x

    Everything But The Kitchen

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      02/07/2017 / 12:46 pm

      The algorithm is honestly such a pain in the backside! xxxx

  2. 26/06/2017 / 8:21 am

    I used to love ig but I’m really finding if hard these days!!!! It’s so hard!!!!!!!!

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      02/07/2017 / 12:46 pm

      It really is and I never seem to be getting anywhere! xxxx

  3. 26/06/2017 / 10:55 am

    Instagram is SO difficult isnt it – as new blogger I’m finding it almost impossible to grow and every time I think I’m making progress I just takes a few more steps back! The follow/unfollow business is my pet hate, it drives me insane. Like you I am just trying to focus on uploading photos I really love, appreciating other people’s work and enjoying it.
    Sophie xxx | Sophar So Good

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      02/07/2017 / 12:47 pm

      I totally agree my lovely, with the follow/unfollow it’s a bloody nightmare! xxxx

  4. 26/06/2017 / 3:33 pm

    Instagram is so mean at the moment. xD We just shouldn’t bother too much with it, likes or following. Maybe that’s like a secret lesson, so we rather enjoy the pictures instead of only looking at numbers? Who knows. 🙂

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      02/07/2017 / 12:49 pm

      Instagram is such a pain in the backside! That is what I’m doing right now, that is the most important thing! xxxx

  5. 26/06/2017 / 10:39 pm

    At the moment im not focusing on how many followers I have, I am just enjoying people’s pictures and trying to enjoy it like I used to.

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      02/07/2017 / 12:50 pm

      I am definitely drawing inspiration from Instagram more than anything to be honest! xxxx

  6. Megan McCoig
    27/06/2017 / 9:52 am

    I’m finding it super difficult to at the minute. I try so hard and don’t seem to get much back anymore! Wish it went back to its old algorithm xx

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      02/07/2017 / 12:51 pm

      Me too! I want a chronological feed back! xxxx

  7. 27/06/2017 / 11:57 am

    Fantastic post Amie – spot on. I feel the same…like Instagram has been ruined for me a little bit in the last few months and it makes it so sad. I want to get back to a place of enjoying it again too x

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      02/07/2017 / 12:53 pm

      Thank you my darling! It really does the same to me too to be honest, it is awful because I want to start properly enjoying it again and enjoy creating again! xxx

  8. 27/06/2017 / 10:55 pm

    Such a good post, I 100% agree with everything you said! I hate the new update, if I have even a day away from my blog Instagram my feed is a nightmare as soon as I log back in, encompassing everything from 30 seconds ago to last week. I do love Instagram though, and like you said I’m just going to enjoy using it.

    Maddie x

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      02/07/2017 / 12:55 pm

      The new update is awful! I want to love it like I used to, I feel like with the way it is now, it stops people from actually seeing your posts! xxxx

  9. 18/07/2017 / 10:44 am

    Instagram honestly depresses me so much right now! I feel like I’m getting nowhere and then seeing other bloggers let it run their lives! But if you take a day to get away from it all you lose maybe 10 followers! Eurgh!

    Rachel || http://wordofrachel.com

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      18/07/2017 / 1:36 pm

      Same Rachel, it is such a massive balancing act and I’m definitely losing the balancing act! xxxx