Instagram in 2018

Instagram in 2018

When it comes to social media, I love it. I always have and believe that I always will. It is of our generation. Since the good old days of MySpace I have had some form of social media, I use it to keep in touch with friends, share new things and of course more recently I use it to promote my blog. As you know, my blog is not my job, it is just a hobby that I run and have done so for the last six years. Not many hobbies of mine tend to see this length of time, therefore I guess that it goes to show just how much I love blogging and creating new content. That being said, it seems that it is becoming harder and harder to get your content seen.

I am a firm believer that to get your content seen that you need to create exciting new stuff to keep people engaged and that you are responsible for that, however, I still think that it is becoming more difficult to get your voice heard. Instagram for instance has been my favourite social media app now for over five years (so much so that I used to do Instagram updates on here), I love it and to this day still enjoy posting new pictures and discovering new people to follow. I love how it inspires you and pushes you to create more. However, despite posting regularly it is now so difficult to grow your following.  Of course I know so many others are experiencing the same issues so I know that I am not alone; it is such a shame to see so many people disheartened over the platform. Despite this I continue to press on, I still find it enjoyable and if I am honest I find it more enjoyable than ever, but it would be nice if new people could discover my page and likewise it would be nice if I could discover others.

The explore page is pretty interesting, there are so many people on there and I often find myself browsing it of an evening, however I do wonder just how many people are not coming up. I know for a fact that I do not see half the posts of the people I follow on my feed unless I actively search for their name and visit their profile, I am then greeted with so many new photos that never once popped up which I find really sad as I know what it can feel like to have a photo totally flop and to feel like nobody likes your content. Of course, it is not all about the followers, if it was I would have given up a long time ago, as now six years on I still have a small following. I have other interests such as learning guitar and taking photos that do not relate to beauty blogging in the slightest. I also have a very busy job outside of my blog; I cannot put my time into this fully and that is ok.

There is an awful follow for follow nature which never really existed at the extent that it does now until the algorithm changed on Instagram. It seemed to develop overnight and I find it beyond irritating. I follow accounts because I enjoy their photos, whether they have a small following or huge it does not matter and I certainly do not expect them to follow me back, nor do I unfollow them a few hours/days later because they didn’t.

I try not to fall into a negative mind frame in respect of Instagram because it can be so good. I just wish it was more user friendly these days and fairer on all of those using it. In all honesty I don’t really know the solution, all I know is that Instagram and the powers that be need to listen to their audience more and I hope that they will do just that in time.

In a bid to balance this post and share a bit of love here are five accounts that I follow which I love! Go take a peek and let me know some of your favourites in the comments below.

@breakfastatellies 

@darn.b

@alexandra_p_hobson

@theballoondiary 

@simplyabbi 

Oh and if you fancy it, you can follow me at The July Rose!

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