It can be easy to get overwhelmed with Instagram.
Here are my top three tips for keeping it ultra-intentional…
One: Pick your palette
The feeds I enjoy looking at the most are the pretty, inspiring ones.
I think Instagram can be more that a simple snapshot of your life and can become a beautiful piece of art in itself.
If this is the vibe you’re going for, think about your feed as you would plan a patchwork quilt: consider the colours in your photos and how each picture relates to the squares around it.
Two: Play the stylist – then keep it real
My aim for my feed has always been to alternate my scrapbooking work with glimpses of my everyday life.
Sure, you may lose a few followers that way, but if they didn’t dig you as a complete package, perhaps they weren’t ones you wanted anyway.
Showing up like this helps me to appreciate the everyday beauty around me and helps me to make peace with my right now – however that looks.
Yes, it’s super fun to stage photos and make sure everything’s looking immaculate, but it’s also good to photograph the ‘beautiful messes’ every now and then.
3. Pop on your photo, then enjoy your day
I’m deliberately not following anyone other than a handful of scrapbooking companies, as I know what a distracting pull Instagram can be for me.
That’s not to say I don’t check in on friends’ feeds from time to time – oh, I’m having a sneaky-sneak! – but I make sure it’s an intentional move on my part and not a knee-jerk response to needing some distraction or comfort.
What’s working for me is planning ahead by staging and editing my photos as I spot cute things during my day, then picking one photo to add to my feed each day. Not terribly ‘insta,’ but hey.
Then it’s on with my day and I’ll check back in online only when it’s time for a planned break.
What are your tips for intentionality around social media? I’d love if you shared them!