My year of Instagram

My year of Instagram

I knew I wasn’t going to be able to grow my blog without social media so, 3 months after starting MemeandHarri, I took the plunge (kicking and screaming) and joined Instagram. I was planning to wait until the new year as it seemed kind of fitting but, let’s face it, December is the most exciting month so I decided to start early in mid December and was instantly hooked.

Here I am a year later and it is a lot tougher than I imagined. A few things I’ve learnt:

  • It is a lot harder to take a good picture than I thought. My husband has always been into his photography – I would show him a picture and say how lovely is this and often he would reply with “it’s terrible quality” or “it’s too dark” and I would never understand – now I do. It can be really hard to get a good picture and I marvel at those Instagram accounts who make photography look so easy.
  •  It takes time to get a good picture. I would look at certain feeds and see a simple picture that previously seemed like it was taken and posted in seconds. I now know (from experience) that it takes a lot of shots to get one good one. I must take about 100 pictures every weekend but only use about 10 of them – it is exhausting and to those people whose Instagram feeds are flawless, hats off to them.
  • People will follow, then unfollow then follow, then unfollow. It can drive you insane. Now I can generally tell who will unfollow me straight away but there are always the odd few people who you have a good online chatter and will then unfollow you – it is baffling! It is all so fickle!
  • Like most things you will fall in and out of love with it. Some days you will feel the pressure to upload at least two pictures a day and then you will just get fed up and not post for days. I guess, like most social media platforms, the more you put into it the more you get out.

All that said, Instagram is very much my favourite social media platform. I love looking at people’s pictures and I also love looking through my own feed seeing our adventures and marvelling how much my girls have grown. I am also trying to be more confident and putting up the odd picture of myself. I have said this before but I am so envious of people who can just put themselves up there with confidence. I made a promise to myself that I would take a few more pictures to document my pregnancy this time around (I have hardly any from my previous pregnancies) and I think Instagram and my blog have encouraged me to do that.

So to all those people who follow me, like my pictures and take the time to comment, thank you – it means a lot. Here’s to another year and as our family expands I am looking forward to capturing all those extra special moments.

9 thoughts on “My year of Instagram

  1. Oh I love your photos! Instagram is probably my favourite platform too. And I agree with you about the people that follow and unfollow. If you’ve had no interaction with them it’s not an issue, they’re just playing a game. But if you interact with them and they then unfollow (always ‘big’ bloggers) that’s just rude.

  2. I LOVE Instagram! I joined a few years ago before I started blogging abd followed celebs and a few friends. Since blogging though I have enjoyed it even more as I have made many friends through it. I can’t stand the whole follow/unfollow thing it drives me mad too. Have a lovely Christmas. Sarah #ablogginggoodtime

  3. Instagram is my happy place and I could (and do) spend hours looking through pretty pictures. I always love the way you capture your girls and enjoy seeing your photos. Yes, people play the follow/unfollow game which drives me mad. How do they have time?!?!? x

  4. I love your IG photos. They are so great! I am also on the same learning curve. There is so much pressure to put on a picture perfect isn’t it. It nice photos is what we enjoy – and I also will try to be a little bit more perfect – but I doubt it. lol! Have a lovely Christmas! 🙂 xx #TheList

  5. Oh I know exactly what you mean – I love instagram but I also hate it a bit too! I just went past 3K and being around a whole number made me realise how the figure fluctuates so much! It was up and down like a yo yo that week – so many unfollows with every new follow. I salute those that make it to the double figure Ks!

    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub x

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