If there’s one topic that unites and enrages bloggers more than any other, it’s Instagram.
Here’s why Instagram gets my goat, but why I just can’t walk away…
If everybody looked the same…
Ah, the theme. Love it or hate it, it seems the Instagram theme is here to stay.
My main problem with themes is not so much that they exist, but that so many of them are so similar.
We all like light and bright photos, but the white theme with touches of blush pink and grey is so overdone. What will Instagram become if we all start to conform to this one bland colour scheme?
I get the temptation to imitate people who are successful, and to tailor what you’re doing to what people seem to like. But to me, the interesting accounts are the colourful ones, the quirky ones, and the ones with lots going on.
So hard to grow
This is a toughie, because as everyone who blogs will tell you, it isn’t all about the numbers. But on the other hand, we can look at our own photos on our camera roll – we wouldn’t be posting them if we didn’t want other people to see them.
Growing a following on Instagram, in my eyes is bloody impossible. It doesn’t seem to matter how much I engage with other people, how often or when I post, how much I plan out my feed or try to improve my photos – nothing. This leads to me swinging between working really hard on it, and not posting for days.
We all have that one person on our feed with dark, out of focus photos of rubbish looking dinners, and somehow they have 3,000 followers. And then there’s the blogger you love who has a brilliant feed full of amazing photography, and they have 500 followers.
Instagram doesn’t seem to ‘reward’ the right people at all, and it’s really frustrating to see great accounts going unnoticed.
You wake up to notifications saying ten people have followed you. ‘Great!’ you think, ‘I must have hit my milestone!’ But you check your following, and you have five fewer followers than you did before!
We all know about the bots people use to mass follow people in the hope they will follow them back, before unfollowing them straight away.
There’s been lots of attention around ‘fake followings’ recently, but I don’t see this changing any time soon.
Now on to the good points. I’m lucky that there are some lovely people over on Instagram who like and comment on my photos on a regular basis. People I’ve met at events, got chatting to over Twitter or who just like my photos.
As frustrating as the following struggle is, I’m grateful to be part of an active little community and to connect with other people through the medium of highly staged, marble-laden photos.
That feeling when your feed is looking sweet
As I mentioned, I’ve never personally been a big believer in themes, but there’s no denying it’s a very satisfying feeling when your feed just looks good.
It’s sad really, but when you see your last nine looking aesthetically pleasing and your photos balanced, it makes you feel a little warm inside.
What do you love to hate about Instagram?