I’ve never been very good at social media. Up until last August, I only really used it share useless things, and I never really thought about the numbers until I really got into blogger over Christmas.
Like many bloggers out there, I depend on Twitter for engagement, views, and networking. It is my favourite social media, because of how instant and reliable it is for me in particular. I’ve been able to gain readership, friends and mentors via Twitter, and I’m forever grateful for that – but as you may have guessed from the title of this post today – I’m not so pally with Instagram.
I’m going to come clean with you all, many of you may unfollow me for this, you may hate me and you may judge me, but let me just say, I’ ashamed of this and I wish I’d never done it, but I did, so there we have it.
When I first got Instagram (God knows how old I was? 15/16?) I bought 100 followers. Within minutes of buying them I was excited and loved the look of that number, but it was short lived. I received no engagement from them – and it was so obvious that I’d done what I did, and yet, I still was glad I did it. Yet, after around a day or two, all of those followers that I’d bought had pretty much unfollowed me – leaving behind a handful of “gain followers quick” profiles, that to this day I forgot were even following me…
Let me just say sorry for that now – I’m a fake, a fraud and I promise I haven’t done it since.
Fast forward a few years and here we are today. February 2018.
I’m 23, a lot smarter with my money and I’m trying to grow an engaging and organic following, but I’ve noticed something.
Yestersay, I had 893 Instagram followers, yet an average post was only reaching 236 people? I then sat and went through every single person who was following me and realised almost half of them are either no longer active, or I’ve never seen before in my life – not what I need to help grow an engaging social media platform.
I’ve so far blocked/unblocked over 100 people and I’ve down to 721 followers, but I still have another 300 to go before I’ve ridded my Instagram completely of those who are in-active/no longer exist.
I wish there was a simpler way of doing this (is there? Help!), I wish Instagram could give me a way to rid my platform of these people, it makes my engagement look fake and it in all honesty, makes me feel like somedays I’m not good enough.
I don’t have a photographer boyfriend/best friend/mother/etc. or a amazing style to show off or gorgeous clothes to model – I don’t even know how to shoot outfit photographs.
So I understand my Instagram isn’t #goals and isn’t going to be anytime soon, but I still put a lot of effort into making it the best that I can – I just don’t want to make my life look more glamorous than it is. I’m real, most of my photos are me at home – because that’s where I am most of the time. I rarely look glam and that’s okay, that’s my Instagram.
So yeah… I hate Instagram. I’m trying to learn to love it again but it’s going to take a while… If by any chance you want to help a sister out, click HERE to head over to my Instagram and we can be friends – I do follow you back after I’ve taken a look at your feed, so hopefully we can help each other in the darkness that is Instagram.