My Current Thoughts on Instagram

Recently I’ve completely fallen out of love with Instagram and I know for a fact that I’m not alone in feeling like this. Once one of my favourite social media platforms, Instagram was a great way for me to share life updates and food pics with my friends and family and keep in touch with everyone. When it came to me starting a blog I was excited to start-up another account to accompany it. This enthusiasm continued for about 6 months with me regularly posting and sharing blog updates and pictures that I’d taken with my followers. I loved that I could have two different separate Instagram accounts for blogging and personal uses. However, over the last month or two my love for Instagram has completely faded away. So… I thought I’d share with you all the reasons why I’m over Instagram at the moment.

Engagement

I’ve heard a lot of bloggers speak about the ‘Instagram Algorithm’ for a while now. And, to be completely honest with you, I’m not entirely sure what that is. However, as far as I’m aware it has to do with the drop in engagement in many of our posts. It’s this drop in engagement that has been my first issue with the platform. It seemed to me that my images were no longer being seen by a lot of my followers and so my likes and comments were dropping significantly. Now, I’m not someone who gets fussed by likes and comments however it annoyed me that my own followers weren’t getting to see my content. What’s the point in sharing images if no one gets to see them??

Advertisement

Honestly I think this is the worst part about Instagram right now. I just feel as if the whole concept of the app has been compromised for advertisements. The number of “swipe up to shop”, “watch my videos” and “paid partnership” advertisements that I’ve seen is just absolutely ridiculous. When did Instagram turn into an online shop?!? I understand completely that Instagram is a huge part of so many people’s income and businesses but I just don’t comprehend why they would change their whole concept to accommodate businesses over personal use. For me the whole concept of it is completely lost at the moment. The only way to gain its credibility back in my eyes is to create a secondary app e.g. Instagram Business. That way the original site could maintain its personal appeal and the business side could flourish.

Staging

Continuing on with the theme of business in Instagram; another issue for me is that Instagram seems to have lost the “instant”. With so much focus on advertisement, everything about photos on the platform is staged. I miss the original idea of taking an image and instantly sharing it on your profile. It seems that now everything is carefully curated and edited, and often isn’t even taken on a mobile phone at all. As amazing as it is to see so many great images and aesthetically pleasing feeds it all just feels fake to me.

Follow/Unfollow

This isn’t something that has suddenly appeared on Instagram and has actually been a thing for a while. I think that’s probably why it’s the least of my concerns and complaints at the moment when it comes to Instagram. The whole “follow to unfollow” idea happens across all social media platforms and is definitely a huge thing within the blogging community. I think because it happens so frequently I’ve just come to accept it recently, but it is still a huge annoyance!

As always, thank you for reading! I really enjoyed writing a slightly new style of post with this one and hopefully you found it to be an interesting read. What’re your thoughts on Instagram at the moment? Are you still loving it or, like me, are you questioning it’s place? I, for one, am taking a break from the app. Comment your thoughts below because I’d really love to hear them and discuss the topic!

Female Original

16 Comments

  1. Chloe
    July 13, 2018

    I find Instagram so confusing these days! I miss when there used to be super-edited photos and frames etc as filters. There’s so much to consider and I still find it difficult to grow!

    chloexlizabeth.com ❤

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 14, 2018

      Same here! It’s just not the same anymore xx

      Reply
  2. Alys
    July 13, 2018

    I can totally understand your point of view with this. I’ve been in that mindset before too (actually wrote a post kinda about it a while back hah) and to an extent still am. I think I’m a lot happier with instagram since I decided to just make it about sharing my photography that I love. Now I’m posting for me to create a gallery of images I like and if others like them too that’s a bonus! It’s not the perfect platform but it can be fun xx
    Alys
    https://alysjournals.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 14, 2018

      That sounds like such a good way to enjoy using the app again! Maybe I’ll give that a go if I decide to try it again 🙂 xx

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  3. Lucy
    July 13, 2018

    I completely agree with your thoughts on insta, ive not long been using it for my blog and only recently noticed how strange the algorithm is X

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 14, 2018

      It’s so annoying how suddenly it’s all changed! Xx

      Reply
  4. hatterell
    July 14, 2018

    Totally agree! Especially about photos not being taken and posted in an instant anymore – I have a personal account on which I just post pictures for my friends, which is fun and I don’t really care about follower count, and I also run a book related Instagram account as that’s my main interest. However, after I took about a year off, I came back and found that people weren’t just quickly taking and posting pictures of their books anymore – gorgeous photos that must have taken hours to set up were being posted by accounts with 10’s of thousands of followers who were constantly sent packages by publishers! I don’t want to create images like that, and I certainly don’t have the time to, but it’s disheartening as there is now very little enagagement/interest in the account that I’m super proud of.
    My followers stay pretty static (I gain followers but there’s a lot of follow/unfollow going on) but I’m just not inspired to create in that way anymore, when I used to love it so much.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 14, 2018

      I completely agree with you there! All the follow and unfollowing that’s happening can get annoying and it’s a shame that people can’t just follow you because they like your images xx

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  5. Aleeha
    July 14, 2018

    Instagram is honestly such a pain – I really don’t like it anymore, as a blogger anyway. I have one Instagram account which is both my personal and blogger account. I think if it was just a blogger account, I would 100% not be using it anymore.
    Aleeha xXx
    https://www.halesaaw.co.uk/

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 14, 2018

      Yeah I think because I have two separate accounts I’ve just completely given up on my blogging account now xx

      Reply
  6. Britney
    July 15, 2018

    I completely agree with you! The advertisement doesn’t bother me as much, but the engagement and follow/unfollow is so darn annoying! It’s really hard to gain legit followers and have them engage with you. I have 1k followers, yet I get very little interaction. My engagement has dropped tremendously. I’m lucky if I get 50 likes on a photo anymore.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 15, 2018

      I’m exactly the same! I have around 500 followers and my engagement has dropped to only about 30/40 likes per post if I’m lucky. Looking forward to a little break from it to be honest! xx

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  7. Jenna
    July 15, 2018

    Great post – I love this review of Instagram! I also hate how there is so much advertising on the app; when I just scrolling through my personal feed, I don’t want to see paid promotions every other post! Thanks for sharing – your blog is super cute!
    -Jenna <3
    Follow me back? The Chic Cupcake

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 16, 2018

      Glad to hear I’m not alone in thinking this! Thank you so much 🙂 xx

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  8. Stef
    July 15, 2018

    Great post! I totally feel the same way. Instagram has def changed over the past couple years and it’s really starting to become my least favourite platform. Maybe they will notice all the negative thoughts on Instagram recently and revert back to the original Instagram platform (but I doubt it..).

    Stef | forkandveg.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 16, 2018

      I hope so because I really want to love it again! I’m hoping that taking a break will make me eager to give it another go soon 🙂 xx

      Reply

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