i've had a lot of thoughts bopping around in my head for the past few months regarding blogging and instagram. i received a notification from linkedin reminding me of my 5 year blog anniversary last month. kinda seemed like a sign that i should get all of these words and feelings out in the open!
there are days when i really miss blogging, and there are days when i don't. i think back to when i first started this blog in 2012 (at the beginning of my senior year of college–crazy!), when i had more ideas for blog posts than i could actually write. i still have plenty of post ideas, but between my full-time job and any freelance work i take on, my time is very limited. i could spend a sunny saturday taking pictures and queuing up posts for this blog... or i could take a quick ride to the beach. needless to say, i chose the beach or basically anything over my blog this year.
i have an immense amount of respect for anyone that has a full-time job and consistently posts to their blog and various social channels. it takes passion and determination and i definitely lost that somewhere over the past 2 years. i got seriously burnt out from my blog as well as all of my social channels. i chalk a little bit of this to my desk job which is also in social media, but it's something i truly love as well! it's wonderful that i can give it my all at work, but it's a shame that i don't want to put the time and energy in for myself.
there's nothing i can say about instagram that hasn't already been said by dozens–possibly hundreds–of people before me. i just wish there could be an option where i could pay a fee to see every post show up in my feed in order. part of me is thankful for the stories feature, however, because if for some reason someone's post isn't in my feed, i'm still interacting with them through stories.
i've also noticed that there has been a popular shift from putting emphasis on your blog to having your instagram be your primary source for sharing content. FYI: natalie wrote an excellent post on this! i just want to drive her point home and stress that a blog or website is the only thing you can have complete control over. instagram is an app and who knows what the future holds or what changes may come. remember when pinterest temporarily did away with affiliate links? you just never know...
OKAY, ENOUGH COMPLAINING AND RAMBLING. LET'S WRAP THIS UP.
concluding thoughts on blogging:
- i miss having a catalog of all of the things that have inspired me or caught my eye. i like being able to see how my interests change over the years, even if they make me cringe looking back on them! if i can get up just one post each week of something i discovered or enjoyed, i would be more than pleased with myself.
- i'd like to change the format of some of my posts. i initially started blogging on tumblr in 2009 and got hooked instantly. as much as i loved the pretty pictures and gifs, most of my posts were short and sweet. lots of lists! short lists, long lists, happy lists, a list of movies i want to watch, grocery lists... you get it! i've always been a huge list-er; there's something very personal about it.
- lastly, i would also like to get back into painting and creating consistently. it's one of those things that when i do it, i enjoy it and feel great. but then for some reason i ignore it and don't pick up a brush or pen for weeks at a time.
aaaaaand a few concluding thoughts on instagram:
- i can sit on my phone for hours browsing through instagram. it's an incredible discovery tool. however, in recent years there's definitely been a more serious tone to the app (users can monetize their content, or use their account as a portfolio). i have zero issues with all of this, but sometimes i feel like content is lacking personality. and this 100% applies to myself. i miss being able to connect with people because the photo they shared or the caption they wrote made me laugh or forced me to think.
- there are dozens of people that i follow on instagram purely for inspiration. the photos are beautifully edited, well-lit, and often make me wish i owned a particular handbag or that i could jet off to whatever incredible vacation they're on. as much as i love these kinds of posts, however, i miss the real, everyday photographs that initially drew me into this app. the editing was not so great (hah–nashville and valencia filters 4ever), but the photos weren't staged to perfection and were posted in real time.
- when i start posting on instagram again, i want to have an authentic balance with the content i'm sharing. i'm going to strive to share more "in the moment" shots, and sprinkle in some styled shots here and there (because i do love taking those photos). i want my personality to come through more! so many of the posts i've shared over the years have been just because i liked how the photos looked together. there wasn't really a reason why i was sharing them. i want to get back to sharing actual moments.
that's all for now. i have a few other posts i'm working on. hopefully i'll be back on here soon!