Today’s post is a little bit different than my typical; I’m sharing my thoughts on something you may or may not be (consciously) aware of. To be completely honest, I had this drafted weeks before launching the blog. #realtalk
It has to do with the whole Instagramming facade and blogging world. Something that I’ve noticed many of us conforming to. Falling into the trap, if you will.
Instagram started out as a fun social media platform for all of us to share photos of moments and things we love. Do all of the moments and things you love look the same? Maybe. But probably not. Would I create the same make up look on every individual’s face? Absolutely not.
The truth is, bloggers and “influencers” get sucked into thinking that our feeds have to look a certain way. This cookie-cutter standard often has me fighting with the way my photos have been taken; I’m talking about the filter on filter…four apps later to modify the colours. But who are we even kidding? When we go out, do things and see the world, it’s a vibrant mashup of uncoordinated textures, colours, overall sights and sounds.
As much as I may be subconsciously attracted to these magazine-like grids, it has more recently occurred to me that our everyday lives don’t resemble this false reality or unauthentic approach. I’m not saying you can’t look put together and live a pretty life, but why must we stay within such rigid lines?
Some of you reading this use Instagram for the sole purpose of sharing photos and may not be aware of these suggested guidelines for bloggers and business owners. The rest of you reading this know that in a blogger’s world, many have proven a perfectly curated grid to translate into having more followers, becoming insta-famous, and ultimately becoming successful (cha-ching cha-ching $$$).
Here’s an example of what I’m referring to:
When you search “how to grow your Instagram” on Google, you end up on a list that includes something along the lines of:
“It is so important to choose a few colors to constantly incorporate in your photos”
Excuse me? I have to limit my grid to 3-4 colours?? Constantly incorporate?? CONSTANTLY?
Hunny, let me liiive.
We often complain about there not being enough hours in the day. Time is money and sure, the blogging gig makes some people money, but why the need to constantly curate a colour-coordinated flat lay or even worse, a forced laughing shot with your kids? Can’t we be successful otherwise? You know, with real laughter and a rainbow of colour?
In the grand scheme of things this repetition may look like a picture-perfect glossy magazine spread but it is just that – Repetitive. Redundant. Photos look duplicated.
My point is, I don’t think any of us have to follow this specific formula, even when it’s an #ad. I’m not hating on anyone who does follow it, I’m just arguing that we shouldn’t have to.
Life is too short, too colourful and way too exciting to be bound to a preset. There is far too much beauty to see for all of our days to resemble each other.
I really believe that now is the time to stop comparing your feed or your life to others. Let’s stay true to who we are and allow our photos to reflect that. Embrace your individuality and post each photo for the beauty it portrays independently! After all, wouldn’t you rather attract raw followers who appreciate differentiation and character?
Remember, the premise of blogging and Instagramming is to be real, authentic, impressive (whatever that might mean to you) yet attainable. I’m not about compiling a library of fake photos that don’t truly represent who I am or my lifestyle. It’s just not a true representation of who I am, regardless of how many Instagram followers I’d gain or hits on the blog.
What do you think about fitting this mold? I’d love to read your honest thoughts below.