Instagram is rising to unimaginable popularity. It is no secret that Instagram is the preferred platform for young people. I used to be in love with Instagram. I hopped on it every day, without fail. Lately, I have been exhausted from the platform. Welcome to a new coffee chat, thanks for joining me! Today’s topic will be on Instagram and my grievances about the platform.
Instagram has been rolling out major algorithm changes since 2016. The main aspect people hate is the non-chronological feed. The order of the feed is determined by many factors such as engagement and the likelihood that the person scrolling will react to a photo. Moreover, there are constant changes to the story feature and which hashtags are allowed. A few years ago, the feed was in chronological order and it was easy to see people’s photos. The platform was suitable for personal and business accounts. Now only a handful of your followers will see your work.
I don’t want this post to completely bash the platform, so I’ll start with some positive aspects of Instagram. 1) I’ve noticed the number of robot accounts has gone down. I used to be bombarded by fake accounts and spam messages. Luckily, that has been decreasing in 2019. 2) Instagram is still the most visually pleasing platform. Even with the changes, Instagram is still aesthetically appealing. Also, I think it is more user-friendly than most social media platforms. 3) I’m able to connect with other creators and food bloggers. The silver lining to the algorithm debacle is that it has brought together creators. Bloggers have to stick together now!
Now I want to talk about my woes. 1) Instagram is riddled with advertisements. About every three posts, there is an ad. Usually, I don’t mind ads. But, it has gotten excessive. Because of the drop in engagement, more people are paying to have their posts sponsored. So that means, users see more advertisements. 2) The follow-unfollow situation has intensified. People no longer receive the same number of likes and follows. To remedy this, some people follow a large number of people at a time and then quickly unfollow the accounts. Honestly, this infuriates me because it is taking short cuts. If you do this, you don’t deserve your followers (end of story). 3) It’s not about creativity or talent anymore. A few years ago, if you were a decent photographer, you could do pretty well on the platform. Now, it’s a game. You could be an amazing photographer, but if you are not using the right hashtags or posting at the right time, you will not gain followers. These are my main grievances. There are more (trust me).
When I start to feel down because of Instagram, that’s when I take a break. I don’t post on weekends anymore because that’s my time to have fun and rejuvenate. Also, I am more deliberate with my feed. I’d rather have quality content than tons of likes. I don’t want my name or blog attached to something that is not up to my standards. Briefly, I thought about completing deleting my account. I decided against that because I want to show up for the people who show up for me. Also, I promote my blog on Instagram and that increases my traffic. Instagram is frustrating, but it’s not something to take so seriously. That’s my Instagram rant! Some good things and some annoying things.
Thank you for reading today! I’m sure if you are on Instagram you can relate to this. My ebook is almost finished. I have one more photo and a little bit of editing. If you want to be notified immediately when it comes out, fill out the email sign up on the sidebar. Have a nice evening. If you have any bad Instagram experiences, let me know in the comments!
P.S. My introduction was supposed to sound like a Ted Talk. I’m not sure if it came across that way. My failed attempt at being clever!