Now that I’m a year into blogging, I’ve been reevaluating my blogging routine & determining what works & what doesn’t. In the beginning, I watched a lot of videos saying I needed to be on all social media platforms for success. As a minimalist, having my digital footprint stretch this far wasn’t ideal but I was willing to try it out when it came to this passion project. I’ve come to the conclusion blogging looks different for everyone & what works for one person may not work for someone else. In my case, Instagram was that platform that gave me the most trouble. I started out strong, but as the months went on, it felt like the harder I worked at this platform the less traffic I received. And I have had enough! Although my account is still active, I don’t really post on there any longer. I focus on Twitter & I do just fine. As I said, I know every blogger’s journey is different & some of you may be reading this thinking Instagram is great for you as a creator. But for me, it’s just not. Not only has stepping away from Instagram been beneficial to my blogging routine, but it has also been helpful with maintaining better mental health. So, here’s why I’m better off without Instagram:
I Was Starting To Compare My Life To Everyone Else Again
In the past, I talk about how I had to delete my personal Instagram account because of this toxic behavior of comparing my life to everyone else. And sadly, I was repeating the behavior again with my blogging account. The lines were blurred between posting just blogging content as well as personal content. I started friending people in my real life & slowly the habits I had in the past started reappearing. I’d watch stories from my friends & instantly get FOMO or I’d compare my success to another blogger. What I realized was we must not compare our growth & success from someone else. It’s more beneficial to just focus on our own journeys & better ourselves instead of being worried about what others are doing. I think when we start comparing our lives to other’s lives, this is when we become stuck in our tracks.
I Was Losing a Sense of Creativity
I was constantly brainstorming ideas to try to make my Instagram account better. I’d spend hours making videos for reels & taking photos in different styles. Nothing seemed to really work & I was starting to question my abilities all together. For some reason, Instagram’s algorithm is favoriting reels & videos more so than photos. Naturally, I decided to try my hand with reels. Again, I was having a lot of fun creating these videos & felt really proud of myself – until I posted them. I was getting very little engagement. I’d spent hours upon hours for what? It was making me feel exhausted & I was even beginning to feel like quitting blogging all together because I felt like a failure.
I Was Living For The Photo Op
I know people are picture happy now a days & having memories captured is a precious thing. But I was getting back into the habit of only doing things for the perfect photo. I was worrying about my appearance or whether I could filter a photo to fit my aesthetic. Again, it’s such an exhausting way to live. I’m someone who adores photography & the beauty of photos, but I felt like I wasn’t living in the moment enough. Time flies & why should we be so caught up in capturing a perfect life on a feed instead of just actually living life? Now that I’m not posting on Instagram, the pressure of a perfect photo is off my shoulders. And funny thing is, when I do take photos, they are better than I’ve ever imagined.
I Was Trying To Prove Something To The World
Whether it was posting a photo of my relationship with a heartfelt dedication or sharing my trials or tribulations about my self growth journey or success, the reasoning behind the posts weren’t always just for my enjoyment. Chances are we post these things to prove something to someone else. We post about our relationship to prove to the world we are in fact in love. We post material items or travels to showcase we are doing well & succeeding. It’s a game of “who’s doing life better.” Honestly, life would be so much less exhausting if we stopped parading it around to the internet.
Now That Instagram Is Off The To-Do List…
I have more time in my day for other priorities. My blogging stats & traffic is doing completely fine without the platform. So, if you are reading this & finding Instagram to be this waste of time, maybe you need to step away from it too. Place your energy on platforms that actually work like Twitter or Pinterest. Don’t work yourself to the bone trying to be successful with everything. Find what works for you & focus on that.
What are your thoughts on Instagram? Do you like it or hate it? Are there other platforms you prefer? Or are there other forms of social media that are equally as tough? Let’s talk about it in the comments.