This has been playing on my mind for a few weeks now, so I feel like I just need to get it out there and off my chest! Prior to starting my blog back in January this year I had very little to do with social media. I had a personal Facebook account and I occasionally used Snapchat but that was as far as it went. I knew when I started my blog, Twitter and Instagram was hugely important for me to get my blog out there in the big wide world, so I fully embraced the social world and threw myself into it. I had a lot to learn and of course it took a bit of time but Instagram soon become life and I found and still find myself scrolling for hours admiring pretty content. This is where the problem lays.
The Insta Life
Now we all know what goes into Instagram content and we all know that 90% of the content we see and post ourselves is highly staged and shows off the ‘best parts’ of our lives. I’m guilty of it myself, I set up photo shoots with my Fiancé who is a photographer purely to get Instagram content to share! I NEVER took photos pre-Instagram and you would very rarely see a selfie on my camera roll, so this is all new to me but I kind of enjoy it (when I’m in the right mood!). I always have it in the back of my head when I’m out, what will look good on Insta and what places can I go to get the best photos! It’s crazy how much it is starting to play a part in my life and how much it starts to take over.
Influenced by Instagram
I can quickly see how I am changing the way I think about things and the things I want to buy based on what I’m seeing on social media. After hours of seeing beautiful locations, pretty girls and stylish outfits you start to want that for yourself! It’s crazy! As I reached my late 20’s I grew thick skin and really didn’t care what people thought of me. I spent too many years as a teenager worried and shy and I finally found ‘me’. I very much had/have the attitude of if you don’t like what you see, tough! But over the last few months this attitude is slowly slipping away and I don’t like it! Not only have I noticed this, I was having a chat with my fiancé, the man that knows me better than anyone and he has started to notice how Instagram has started to impact me.
Not all Negatives
Now don’t get me wrong, Instagram has played a huge part in me getting my blog out there and also helped me build relationships with amazing people who I would have never have met unless I had this platform. I’m not the most social person, I don’t have a huge amount of friends and I can find it awkward to get to know new people. But Instagram has given me the opportunity to form friendships with like minded girls that hopefully one day I will get to meet in person!
I guess what I’m trying to say is that it’s so important to remember who YOU are and remember that Instagram is just a snippet of someone’s life. We aren’t all perfect and we all have our struggles. You never know what is going on behind the scenes and what looks like glamour and glitz is just a small part of the story.
I put a lot of pressure on myself to post regularly and to get the prettiest pictures that sometimes I forget why I started in the first place! We all need to realise that if we don’t scroll for a few hours, a day or even a week, nothing bad will happen, Instagram will still be there when we go back to it and the people who are genuinely interested in what we are doing will be there waiting for us to post!
Lady Like Laura