As far as bloggers go, I was actually a little late to the Instagram party. I closed my personal Facebook account over a year ago (and don’t miss it one bit, by the way), but loved the idea of being able to share “instant” pictures of moments throughout my day. Or, at least, that’s what I thought I was suppose to be sharing. . .
I read this post last week, and it pretty much hit the nail on the head as to what Instagram has become among a lot of bloggers. Hours and hours of prep work to get a perfectly posed or styled—and often professionally photographed—Instagram picture. Something about that doesn’t feel very “instantaneous” to me. And, it’s kind of disappointing.
The thing is, though, the one with the most perfect Instagram “wins” in the social media race to gain more followers. I’m not saying I don’t follow those accounts. Because I do. And, I like them a lot. But, it makes me rethink how I use Instagram personally—and for my blog. The longest I’ve ever spent styling a photo for Instagram is maybe three minutes tops. I want my pictures to be an extension of my blog, but I also want it to be a look at my life and who/what I really love. You know, those people and places that aren’t online. The ones I actually live with in the real world.
That being said, I understand that most people following me on Instagram aren’t looking for 67 photos of my adorable kids every week. You don’t know them or their sweetness. And, I get that. But, I’m their proud momma, and they’ll surely make an appearance every now and then. Some will love it, some will be annoyed. That’s fine—either way.
I tend to gravitate toward those Instagrammers that show me a little bit of both sides. The really-pretty-but-there’s-no-way-that’s-real-life photos and the my-kid’s-science-project-because-it’s-awesome-and-I’m-proud photos. Like any social media, I want to go there—and leave—feeling more happy and inspired and less like a complete failure in the way I’m mothering, dressing, cooking, and (not) traveling :) You know what I mean, right?
How do you use Instagram? What kind of accounts do you like to follow best?
(If you’re interested, you can follow my very imperfect, usually unstyled life here.)