I wish I was more serious about monitoring my analytics sometimes, because I bet if I looked back to my Instagram stats this time last year, they would be exactly the same. There has been absolutely no movement whatsoever. No growth, no improvement, nada. That’s despite my photography improving (at least I’m happier with it anyway!), being active on the platform while supporting other bloggers/Instagrammers, meeting new people and posting content almost daily. And I know I’m definitely not alone in this.
Instagram used to be my favourite social media platform. I loved catching up on everyone’s snaps at the end of the day. I used to find so much inspiration from it, on places to visit, how to improve my own photography, different clothes and makeup to try out, and how to nail that blogger fave, “the flatlay”. Then, BAM, along came that freaking algorithm and all the fun was just sucked out of Instagram like that.
It’s shit. It’s disheartening when you’re working hard to grow your audience, and I miss out on so many of my favourite bloggers’ snaps because they’re not coming up on my timeline. I just wish that Instagram would bloody listen to its users, but in the mean time I’m going to change up the way I use Instagram and focus on posting what’s right for me.
I want to share more memories. Pictures of people I love and places that I’ve visited, funny friendship selfies and pictures of my family. I want my feed to be more real, a digital photo album that I can look back on in years to come and remember what fun I had.
I want to follow more types of platform, even though it’s almost impossible to keep up with those I do follow already. There are so many amazing platforms out there, and I do feel like I miss out on a lot of them because I’m not following enough people.
I want to utilise my Instagram stories more. I’ve only recently got into this because I always tend to use Snapchat, but I really love seeing the people behind the profile and getting to know the people I follow on a more personal level. I’m intrigued by what people are getting up to on a Saturday night, and I love those funny ramblings so many post. I’m not going to go into full-on vlogging mode, but I want to share a little more of my life on there.
Finally, I want to post for myself. Forget themes and structure, I want to use the platform for essentially what it is; to share visual memories. We don’t know what the future holds for Instagram, maybe the algorithm will be abolished and our Insta-prayers will be answered. Who knows? But here’s to 2018 and a whole new overview for me.
Lots of love. xoxo