Before I really delve into this post, Instagram is an app which I have loved since I first downloaded the app in 2014. I love sharing photos from my photo album, being inspired by my favourite creators with their wonderful images and talent and just liking photos in general! Yet I’ve gotten to a stage where I think Instagram has descended it’s hate onto my profile. It’s not showing my photo on my follower’s feeds, hashtags don’t work for me (even the ones that used to work for me in the past) and no matter how much I communicate with others on the app, Instagram doesn’t seem to appreciate that. Sigh. Here’s the thing though guys – I really don’t care anymore. Ok, it does sound like I care a little, but honestly, I don’t care half as much as I used to.
Instagram was originally made for us to share photos from our lives, whether it be a memory we want to share, a cure photo of our dog or cat, a meal we were about to eat in a nice pub or restaurant or your most relatable quote. Nowadays, it feels like so much thought, analysis, blood, sweat and tears have to go into posting a simple photo or reel. You have to post at a specific time to get the best reach, you have to analyse which of the 30 magic hashtags to use out of millions on your post to reach out to those who don’t already follow you. You have to donate your kidney to get your post the amount of likes you would it to receive. That does sound a little dramatic I know.
Remember the days of seeing photos in chronological order? Ah, fun times. Then the infamous Instagram algorithm came along, something the platform introduced into the app a long time ago. Since then, I’ve seen so many blogger’s try to crack the code and give out advice on how to do that. However, these days, the advice I have seen is all the stuff we have heard before – and will continue to hear.
To put it simply, the Da Vinci Code is more solvable than the Instagram algorithm. I don’t think anybody is going to find the solution or equation to it. It’s going to be with us forever and we just have to accept that.
I’ve come to the conclusion that I cannot be bothered to listen to those supposed Instagram algorithm “experts” saying they have cracked the code. More often than not, they’re just spieling the same stuff as each other and it does my head in. There’s only a very small handful of people who I listen in terms of their Instagram tips and advice cause they don’t talk random shit or talk about the same thing repeatedly.
I have reached a point now in my Instagram posting life that I just want to post photo’s that bring me joy, make me smile and raise awareness, whether that be about Cystic Fibrosis or mental health. I joined Instagram for that reason. I kind of forgot that during a period of time as likes, mentions and comments became more of a priority. I set my priorities right now and I’m glad that I have. It’s made me enjoy Instagram again.
I’ve reined myself in and accepted the fact that I will never succeed at Instagram and get thousands of followers. Actually, I never thought I would. Sounds defeatist, I know. Seriously though, hats off to those who have made a huge success out of Instagram, you should be so proud of yourselves and I admire you for working so hard to get to where you are today.
To sum up, Instagram advice is something I rarely take on board anymore purely because it’s just the same jargon being repeated by different people. Like I said above, those three women know what they’re talking about and I will always take their advice on board.
What are your feelings on people giving out Instagram advice?