Happy Wednesday Babes!
I came to a realization the other day and it’s been incredibly eye-opening and incredibly inspiring at the same time. I like to think I’m speaking for most bloggers when I say I hate Instagram. But, maybe I’m not, so I’ll just speak for myself and say it again…. I hate Instagram. And I’ll tell you why shortly…
The one thing I do love, however, is creating appealing photos and seeing ideas come to life. So before I share my thoughts on Instagram, I wanted to share a few of my favorite photos that I’ve recently posted.
I mean…. I look like such a diva here! I love it because I look like a totally different person than the awkward, homebody I actually am. This off the shoulder top is probably my favorite thing in my closet at the moment and it’s only $15 so I picked it up in both colors!
I haven’t been a J.Crew girl for a while now. Once Marissa Webb joined Banana Republic, I was hooked and J.Crew just wasn’t cutting it. Well, since the queen herself is no longer at BR, I just haven’t been feeling their designs lately and have actually been drawn back into J.Crew. When I received their newest style guide and saw all of the shades of pink, I was totally inspired to gather up all my pretty in pink and girly things. Shop my J.Crew faves below!
I’ve done my fair share of eating and indulging this summer so I’ve been really into working out lately to try and get the perfect fall body. A girl’s gotta look good in those jeans, ya know! Some people may say that clothes aren’t going to make you work out, but I totally disagree. When I think I look good, I work out harder and it totally motivates me to go to the gym if I know I have something great to wear. So, in addition to being into working out, I’ve been loving Victoria’s Secret sport merchandise. It’s all so cute and so comfy for working out! I linked a few of my favorite pieces that I own below!
I la la looove stripes. So, when I saw this top at Zara, I knew it needed to be mine. Blue & white stripes, a tie waist and an embroidered detail?! I mean, it’s my dream come true. Although I’m definitely looking forward to fall, the summer stripes & Starbucks mango black iced tea lemonade can stick around. Shop more of my striped favorites below!
One of my favorite things to do in NYC is go to The MET. I can honestly spend hours getting lost in there and be perfectly content about it. I’m also super excited for fall so I can start wearing and buying more sneakers. I never thought I would be into sneakers or find a way to work them into my wardrobe, but I’m hooked. I linked a few faves below!
I scooped up this navy cape last winter on sale and I’m so happy I did. It’s so comfortable and cozy, but also so cute! It’s the perfect addition to a simple outfit like this all white one because it just adds a little something extra. It’s back in stock for this season and comes in 5 different colors!
WHY I HATE INSTAGRAM
Now, let’s get into the heart of this post. I’m going to try and make all of my thoughts clear, but I may ramble so please bear with me!
The other day I posted a photo and the likes were rolling in at an embarrassingly slow pace. I know that our worth is not measured by likes and all that, believe me I totally believe in that, but at the same time, I put my heart into everything I do and I genuinely like taking photos and producing content so it’s a little heartbreaking when you put so much effort into something and it doesn’t get the outcome you hoped for. I quickly realized that the reason my photo wasn’t doing well was because it wasn’t being seen, thanks to Instagram’s algorithm and me not posting on Friday and the whole weekend.
Listen, I naturally struggle with social media because I’m a natural born introvert and I’m an only child! So I’m used to being alone and doing my own thing so when I have to put myself out there and mix and mingle, I get a little anxious since it doesn’t come naturally to me. I used to love Instagram because it was so simple, post a photo in real time, see it there and then and interact if you want. Wam, bam, thank you ma’am. Now with this new algorithm, it makes things so complicated. It’s not that I don’t want to be social and put myself out there, but it’s that I don’t have time every single day to do the necessary outreach to make sure my photo is seen and I just feel that even though someone may interact with my photo on Monday, they may not see my new photo the next day because I definitely know I don’t see the photos I want to see. Plus, I think as bloggers we should focus on quality over quantity, but this algorithm forces us to forget about quality and focus all on quantity.
Putting the blogging business aside, it’s frustrating as a user as well. When I scroll through my feed, I see one blogger and her three photos posted totally out of order. So, even if I want to interact with it, I feel as if I’m commenting on old news and it’s also a little overload from one person. Plus I’m not seeing photos from people I want to see and people I interact with. Instead, I’m seeing one day old photos from middle school friends that I didn’t even know I still followed. Personally, I think Instagram became popular because it was a simple photo sharing app and now it’s getting too complicated in the worst way. And I know everyone is talking so it’s also frustrating that all of our concerns are being ignored.
Ok, rant over because there is actually a positive point to this. If this algorithm nonsense has taught me anything, it’s that I can’t control social media. None of us can. Change is inevitable and we may not like it, but we can’t change it. As bloggers, the only thing we can control is our own site. I feel as if I put so much energy towards Instagram and if I feel discouraged by the gram then I neglect my site even more. So, as much as I want to cancel my Instagram, I won’t because the reality is, it’s just part of the blogging business. But, I’m going to start focusing more on my actual site, this little space of the internet I call my own. Frankly I’m not sure what I want to change or what I want to add, but I just know that I’m going to make this site my priority and make it the best it can be since it’s the one thing I can control. I just decided to channel my anger and annoyance at Instagram into something positive for LiveLaughLinda.com and I’m just feeling inspired to make it amazing.
Woof, that was a long one! If you got through it then first off thank you for reading and secondly I would love to know your thoughts on Instagram!