Let’s talk about Instagram.

Something has been making me sad in the world of Social Media again*. Jumping right in: I’ve been dabbling around with Instagram lately and noticed something … If it was just the occasional person I wouldn’t give it much thought. Yet: I see it happening left and right all of the time. Literally every time somebody posts a picture of themselves – aside from ab shots or body builders/fitness IGs – it comes with a semi-joking caption like ‘okay, ready to loose a few more followers again’. Or in the case of several people even – and this made me sad – the excuse of ‘hope it’s okay to post this.’ Am I the only one who gets thinking about our focus and priorities here?

Here’s what I noticed. And yes, I double-checked. Triple-checked. In short: I kept an eye on this during the past few weeks to make sure it wasn’t a mere coincidence within a few profiles. Let’s take the example of a random profile. What goes on in your mind if you see that a package of storebought pasta gets [decidedly] more likes than the pictures of the [subjective but yes] sympathetic couple behind the account?

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* Please note that I’m not generally a sad person :).

Are we really more interested in seeing food picture after food picture than the people behind them?? Their interests? Their hobbies? Quirks? Random things that made them smile?

Along those lines is the issue of people asking their followers what they’d like to see more of. Sorry but really? If I asked and the most popular answer would be ‘monogram-styled bowls of oatmeal and selfies’: would you change your feed and stop posting pictures of your garden/family/whatever else you like to share? Just to please others? Win followers? Loose yourself [allow me to be a little drastic here] ?

No. If somebody enjoys my pictures and captions I will happily welcome them among my followers and check out  their profile in turn – that’s the way to build community. The ‘mission’ shouldn’t be to post for others but yourself.

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Blog for yourself. Post on Instagram for yourself. Share what’s on your mind or important to you. Like minded people will follow. The remainder? So what. As you might have already guessed I’m not somebody you can ask for ‘S4S’ or ‘f4f’. Nope. If that’s your goal than au revoir, mon ami. We won’t be #instafriends anytime soon. Actually,  about that term friends… you know my take on this.

Don’t get me wrong. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want anybody to follow me. But like I mentioned some time ago in regards to blogging I value quality over quantity. The most important and best part of both blogging and Instagram to me still is the community.Even if a picture didn’t get many likes yet a few people commented sharing their thoughts and opinions that would matter so. much. more to me.

On a last note I’m not judging people who treat Instagram differently than me. To each their own. All I’m hoping to do is remind whoever is sad about a small following or unsure why their pictures don’t get as many likes as others: it’s not about you. You are great the way you are as is your Instagram account.

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: Starting a great new book and reading outside in the sunshine.
Tell me whatever comes to your mind: Do you agree? Disagree? What are your experiences?

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20 thoughts on “Let’s talk about Instagram.

  1. GiGi Eats Celebrities says:

    I adore instagram, and my entire feed is all food porn, LOL! But… What I DONT like about Instagram is the “false advertising” so many people post… Everything is photo shopped these days, thanks to apps and what not… To the point that every girl that posts a picture, looks TOO perfect – which is very damaging to impressionable minds. :-/ And some of that FitSpo is just TOOOOOOO much. Yes, I have posted some work out photos in the past, but I have a purpose for doing so… I don’t just post a picture of my taut tush because I am looking for compliments. Ha. Oh and I actually never post pics of my booty, sorry, I am not a booty girl 😉

  2. Kate Bennett says:

    Yeah, the need for fame is a bit underwhelming. Blogging at first was very difficult, because I found it hard to talk about myself- like, who cares? But then I decided to blog for me and it’s made it so much easier! It’s become more for therapy and less for people pleasing.

  3. Emily says:

    I’ve missed you, girl. And your beautiful insight into these things. I personally love instagram but I definitely see where you’re coming from! Do you have an account now?! I would love to catch up soon. xo

  4. sprint2thetable says:

    100% agree. I’ve been unfollowing a lot lately actually. Too many walking advertisements or same gym selfies over and over and over… don’t these people get sick of themselves?!

  5. Chocolaterunsjudy says:

    If people want perfect photos they won’t be following me!

    There are a lot of people who follow me that quite frankly i have no interest in (follow this to get 200 likes!).

    I’ve never been interested in likes for likes sake — of course I like being liked just like the next person, LOL, but I’m much more interested in really connected with people. So I’ll be posting cute dog & cat pics not because they’re popular but because I love my animals & think they’re adorable & I’ll be posting some really unflattering photos of myself working out, too. Because that’s RL.

  6. Amanda @ .running with spoons. says:

    I noticed the same thing. Pictures of food get WAY more likes than selfies or other personal posts. I personally like a little variety in my feed, so I follow a lot of accounts that have nothing to do with food or fitness. And then I go through times where I don’t log into IG for a week or so. It’s a love/hate kind of thing…

  7. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables says:

    Sometimes I do think “oh, should I post this picture?” because I feel like people follow me for food, not for “me” necessarily, haha. But then I’m like, what the heck!? The whole point of having instagram is to have fun! If I can’t have fun with it then I’m not going to do it! So I Try to just relax about it 🙂

  8. Ellie says:

    I totally agree! I just wrote a TOL blog about the people who feel the need to justify their food to their readers. This is the exact same for Instagram. I always tell this to my coworkers “you do you.” There are enough oatmeal bowls out there for us all, my favorite accounts are of people who live a full life.

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      People justifying their food choices are a yet another issue – you’re right about that. I have a post on that – not necessarily Instagram-focuded – planned for next week.
      Like you, I prefer to follow people whose accounts tell you more about their lifes – not just what they eat because that’s such a small part of who we are.

  9. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets says:

    This —> “The ‘mission’ shouldn’t be to post for others but yourself.” So much this.

    I adore instagram. It’s my medium of choice, and I follow who I follow because I want to enjoy the person and connect with them on some level. I have noticed my food pics get more likes than me as a person and I’m fine with it. I still posts lots of me as a person. My IG account is me, and it will always be me. I don’t post to please others. I post to share little glimpses of my life, behind the scenes stuff you wouldn’t normally see on the blog, and if people like it, great. If not, that’s their problem.

    P.S. I’m so glad you’re on Instagram now.

  10. Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood says:

    I love this! TBH, the vast majority of the pictures i post are of my son. But in “real life” I’m a mom and my life centers around seeing and taking care of him. So that’s the real me. I’d rather have less followers and feel comfortable sharing what I want, than have to stress about it and find only the “perfect” pictures, etc.

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      The ‘real’ you – interests, loved ones, everyday life scenes – is exactly what your Instagram feed should portray. I’m happy to hear you’re making your account about you and not what somebody else might like to see.

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