Jessica Cantell - The pressures of social media
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Why I’m giving up on Instagram (sort of)

Hello!

Okay, so I’ll admit the title isn’t entirely true, I’m not giving up on Instagram completely. Instagram is a slightly touchy subject these days and I have heard of a number of bloggers that have decided to throw in the towel and stop posting. It all started when they changed the dreaded algorithm. Personally, I have noticed a change since when I first started posting on Instagram to now. There is definitely a lack of engagement! So what does this mean going forwards..?

Enjoyment

Not all that long ago, I was trapped by the ‘pressures’ of Instagram. I didn’t realise at the time, but I was letting it control my free time, my spending, and it was basically consuming nearly all of my thoughts throughout the day. When something starts to be your central focus like that, I think it is important to assess the situation and leave it. At least for a time.

That is exactly what I did. I stopped feeling the need to post every day and just took a much needed break! When you’re running a blog and social media channels, it is like a second full time job! You have to be really committed. But do you really have to be or do anything? Absolutely not! There was such a sense freedom when I stopped letting it dictate my free time, and I found a real enjoyment in it that I hadn’t done before. I used to look at my audience statistics, and be really on top of the best times for posting to get the highest engagement. I’d feel like I couldn’t post my own personal photos for fear of ‘ruining my feed’, and what was it all for? I’m not really sure to be honest!

Jessica Cantell - Social Media pressures

Moving onward…

I’d like to be able to use Instagram, and all my social media channels in a more healthy way. It is very easy to fall back into old habits and get slightly addicted to the pressures of posting, but I don’t want to do that this time. social media is supposed to be something that you enjoy, as an addition to your lifestyle. I’ve decided that from now on, I won’t use it so seriously. This means posting whatever I want to post! If I see some pretty flowers then why not post them! If I’m out with friends, then why not share these memories! If I feel like doing some outfit shots, then yes.. I’ll post them too! I’m not going to feel so restricted.

I actually think I prefer using Twitter to Instagram on the whole anyway. It is a much more social platform and you can actually really interact with other bloggers! I’ve started trying to do that on Instagram too now and it’s much nicer and friendlier.

To sum up.

So after all that, I’m not really sure what I was trying to say with this post! Really, I think I just wanted to make a point that you don’t have to feel trapped by posting on social media. It can be a very powerful platform, but also an extremely controlling one if you let it be. The process can be very slow and you might not notice at first, but if you feel like it might be taking over, then maybe it’s a good idea for you to have a break too. Let me know if you’d like to have a chat about anything I’ve written, or if you’d like some advice. I’d love to hear from you, I really would!

To end this post, I’m going to share the link to my Instagram… So that you can see first hand how I am trying to post whatever I want, whenever I want!

www.instagram.com/jessicacantell

Goodbye for now, Jessica x

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