I think during the last years, multiple things about Instagram changed and not in a good way. One thing is, that it is impossible to grow fast nowadays and I think I’m not the only one who feels like this, because, otherwise, there wouldn’t be this huge buying follower thing. When I started my fist account in 2011, it was really easy to generate follower by hashtags, like that I got more that 1000 follower and about 100-200 likes per picture after almost half a year. Actually, quite a lot for a 16-year-old that only uploads selfies with friends, flowers and pets.
But meanwhile hashtags are only used for spam and likes fail to appear. I have particularly noted this when I created my secret blog account. Instagram is completely overrun and nobody is interested in small bloggers without a fanbase. It is easier to follow somebody, if he or she already has 100k followers, they are like a seal of approval.
That’s okay and I picked the persons I follow that way too, until I noticed that it gives nothing to me, at least no inspiration, when 100 people post the same. However, on the other hand, I must also say that it really gives no pleasure, to upload content if likes and comments are missing. Sounds very wrong, I know, but in the final effect you don’t upload for yourself.
Thanks to stats and co. I know that my blog grows monthly and don’t have to take Instagram as a measure for success. But Instagram is more than this little fun app it was some year ago. The app belongs to the everyday life of most bloggers and is therefor real work. Nevertheless, it is really annoying when cooperation partners are only interested on what I’m doing on this platform that simply doesn’t represent my blog. I see my self as a classic blogger not instagrammer. I want to be known and noticed for my articles and photoshoots and not for a quick snapshot on my Instagram that looks planned from start to finish. Lately, I really try to ignore all the fake.
Instagram has simply lost it’s ease and gives no more pleasure to me personally. It’s a pity, because it was my favorite app once. Meanwhile it feels like a compulsion to keep the feed updated. Of course, it would probably be more fun if I had a bigger account, but you don’t achieve that with authenticity or just very slowly.
When I started to read blogs, there was no Instagram and the personal hype linked with that app. Even now, it interests me hardly, what my favourite bloggers post on their account. I rather wait, until the photos are published in better quality and with the history behind it on the blog. I am and simply remain the classical blog reader, who doesn’t care for numbers, if I like the blogposts, I come back, no matter whether 50 or 500,000 follower on Instagram.
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