The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into I, move with it, and join the dance – Alan W. Watts.
Hey. Hi. Hello. It’s been a short while since I’ve typed away on this blog. Every time I even think about it, I end up getting distracted and doing something else with my time. One of those things is curating new images for my Instagram. Instagram has been so hard recently. I was finally getting somewhere. Growing an audience. Posting daily. And then, the followers turned out to be bots which dropped like flies and were never seen again. I know I’m spewing the same old story that many of us (who are trying to create a small platform for ourselves) also talk about online, but it is very disheartening.
SO, WHAT AM I DOING DIFFERENT?
First of all, my outlook on Instagram is different. It isn’t the be all and end all of my life. I have other priorities, including my life. I don’t want my happiness to be caused by the growing or decreasing of numbers on a tiny screen. This is how I’m feeling at this moment in time; this could change any day, maybe once I put way more effort back into my grid. I think that when you don’t pressurise yourself with social media, it flows naturally. People will want to interact with you more instead of feeling as though they are being forced to. Perhaps that is why I have fallen a little out of love with pods at the moment. I don’t want to comment on every single photo; sometimes I will share the love, especially if it is an influencer I love, a blogger friend, or a photo and comment I completely resonate with. I want to take the more relaxed route; to be completely genuine online and offline in the blogging community.
Secondly, I’m bringing more of what I love into my feed.
WHAT I LOVE IS BOOKS.
I love reading books. I love talking about books. I love writing about books. And, I love creating content with books in them. Bookstagram is a huge part of the Instagram community. There are so many gorgeous feeds that I idolise. I can scroll through them for hours on end because every single image is stunning. I wonder how they create the photographs; I wonder if they have an unlimited amount of books. I wonder how much time they spend reading books. With Bookstagram, my queries are endless.
The content I have been creating has been really fun to do! It is a huge part of why I love curating my current Instagram feed. Simply placing books with props and perfecting the square image, then editing it is fun! It doesn’t feel like a chore; some of the other blogger aspects feel like they are just a tick on a to do list. Plus, it gives me an excuse to get more books off my shelf and really appreciate every one of them. Despite the bookshelf being at the end of my bed, I tend to turn a blind eye to it, which is crazy.
From now on, I am solely creating Instagram content for myself. If other people love it, that is great big fat bonus. Instagram should be fun; a platform to play around with colours and themes and style. Or, a place to share all of the amazing memories we create. Whatever you use Instagram for, it is yours and as long as you enjoy it, that’s all that really matters.
How do you feel about Instagram? Do you create content for yourself, or for your audience?
Love, Faye xo