Today I want to follow up on my previous blog post about social media. I’ve been wanting to write this post for awhile now, but for some reason, I thought it might be a bad idea.. Anyway, this time I’d like to talk about Instagram. I’m sure you all know what Insta is, so I’ll skip the introduction part.
When we speak of this platform, it’s all about how to gain audience, how to grow your business, how to engage with your followers or how you should edit your pictures or pose on Insta in order to get an attrictive feed. Instagram surely has a lot of advantages, whether you have a business or personal account. It’s so easy to reach a wider audience all over the world. It also brings people together with similar interests and you can even build real friendships through Instagram.
I’ve been on this platform for a couple of years now and I’ve used so many tips and tricks in order to get some appreciation, to create a follow-worthy account. Spending half of my time looking for new (fashion) people, scrolling, scrolling, hashtags, hashtags, watching Insta stories, trying to be kind, engaging with others, taking insta worthy pictures, repeat. Just like others, I wanted to grow my account and earn money so I can turn my hobby into a business one day. Who doesn’t want to quit their job to pursue their passion?
Well, I believe everything has a good and a bad side. So does Instagram. I don’t know about you, but I came to realize that I’ve spent way too much time on Instagram again. Yup, even after my social media detox of 2016. I guess I’ve made the same mistake. Scrolling through pictures of others, liking, commenting, replying, following, creating pictures, posting..This is all because I wanted to get noticed (Hiii, it’s me! I also take Insta-worthy pictures!). It made my heart jump when I saw a little increase, but it made me down when I saw a drop too. Pretty crazy how much an online platform controls one’s mood, right?
I think the moment that I got back to work after maternity leave was a wake-up call for me. Time has literally flown by and I felt guilty for not spending more time with ‘real people’ like my family and friends.
Now that I’m a mom, I finally understand how important time (management) is. Instead of focusing on what picture I need to post, whether I would get some appreciation or not, I now pay more attention to my family. Yes, I know I’ve said it a zillion times now, but I just need to remind myself that time is so precious, especially with my little boy, Aiden. As I’m a working mommy, I probably would miss some of his milestones. So spending quality time with him means a world to me. Watching my baby grow is more important than the growth of my Instagram account.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Until next time,