Recently, Instagram has been a platform that I have rediscovered and fallen in love with.
Why I love the platform!
Instagram allows me to express myself creatively and truthfully, or does it? I have been reading criticisms of feeds that are over stylised. In fact, I even wrote a post where I shared my concerns about the Instagram feeds that depict the perfect life. However, I now wonder if I am equally guilty. Some people would argue that I am. Yet, to me my feed means something different altogether.
What is in my Instagram feed?
I love using the Instagram platform; scrolling down and sharing the love. My taste in Instagram feeds is eclectic at best. I like a range. One day I might find myself craving very interior led photos, the next day it might be cute photos of babies. It simply depends on my mood. On the surface my tastes might appear very different, yet one thing links them all, the feel-good factor. For me, Instagram is about the feel-good factor. It’s about offering a little peek into your world and sharing it with others. Even when that day is going pants, it means that by sharing it you are looking for support and comfort.
What my Instagram feed says about me
Yes, my Instagram feed is, on the whole, offering a rather stylised version of my life. I don’t show the breakfast bowls piled up in my washing up bowl, I don’t show the kids’ room looking like a tip. However, that is because for me that isn’t what my Instagram feed is about. My Instagram feed tends to feature my two girls out and about in Jersey. The reason that my backdrop tends to be Jersey highlights my struggle with living here. When I started writing and taking photos for this blog, I was really struggling with living on Jersey. I was struggling with being a stay-at-home mum. Through photographing Jersey and writing about Jersey, I have begun to appreciate what a fantastic place it is to live, I have come to realise how lucky I am to be a stay-at-home Mum. My Instagram feed on the surface might speak of the perfect life but to me it represents my struggles of living here. That feed is me coming to terms with living in Jersey.
I like to craft a beautiful feed
Scroll back through my photos, right back to the beginning and you will see how I am trying to find my feet. I think my first photo got two likes.
I am clearly not sure what I should be photographing. Then scroll back to now. You will see how the photos have changed and how they reflect the journey I have been on. I haven’t deleted them to tidy up my feed, I have kept them because they reflect my life. I think they show how I have become happier. I have gone from being stuck indoors; feeling fed-up, to embracing life and exploring all that Jersey has to offer.
I will concede that now I like a pretty feed. My reasoning for that is life can be pretty tough. There have been many reminders this year of how we can’t control life. One thing I can control is my Instagram feed. Perhaps subconsciously I am trying to craft the perfect life. Who knows? Perhaps I am just superficial and like the pretty things in life.
A themed feed
You read that you should have a themed feed, that they work better. I have always scoffed at that until I realised that my Instagram feed is rather themed. Jersey themed. I will say that since I have gone in this direction I have been getting more likes, still not huge amounts mind. My feed also tends to change with the season. In the summer I tend to use lots of bright filters (yes, I use filters), in the autumn I have found myself going more dark and moody. Again, perhaps reflective of me in general. Ha-ha.
Do I have a strategy when it comes to my Instagram feed?
Nope, again I have read that you should have but I can barely think about what I am going to write the next day without worrying what comes next in my feed. No strategy. The only thing I do is to try to post one photo a day, first thing. The only thing I know that Instagram is no longer “insta”
Yes, I will admit it, I love a good filter. But why wouldn’t you. I take all of my photos on my phone and therefore I use a filter to enhance it. I love a good filter, now I need to find one that erases wrinkles from my face! 😉
Is Instagram really feel-good?
For me, like I said earlier, Instagram is all about the feel-good. It’s where I go when I want to feel good. However, I follow such a wide range of feeds that I don’t just get the pretty feeds, I also see the feeds that show real life as it is. There have been claims that your Instagram feed can make you depressed. I can believe that. If you are only following feeds that offer the perfect life then you might find yourself feeling rather envious. That’s why we should mix it up a bit. Following a variety of feeds is good for the soul. What I will say though is that next time you see a beautiful photo don’t feel envious. It’s hard not to though, on a platform that is so image driven. A snapshot never tells the whole story, who knows what is really going on in that person’s life. Instagram is simply about escapism. Well it is for me.
On Instagram I have created my perfect life in Jersey. On Instagram I am positive about Jersey.
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