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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