When it comes to social media, it can be tempting to find yourself posting what the majority of your followers seem to like the most.
But that might not always be the best route if your aim is to flourish as an individual.
Here are some things I’ve become aware of as I’ve paddled back into the Insta-waters…
It can become all about new stuff if you’re not careful
Cute things get likes and I’m constantly reminding myself that while I love to share any new treats I may be lucky enough to get, I also want to be ‘promoting’ a simpler lifestyle – one that’s as much about second-hand as it is new goodies.
There’s no reason to limit real life stuff
I’ve found myself naturally ‘demoting’ some of my pics to my Instagram stories, but only because I’m trying to keep a lid on my tendencies to over-gram.
If numbers fall off because I’m sharing one too many pictures of my cats, then so be it, as far as I’m concerned (what’s the expression? Love me, love my cat? Ha!)
For scrappy followers, invest hours on projects
Which is my number one reason for deciding not to give a jot about follower numbers!
If keeping and growing my following is dependant on me slaving away for hours on highly-laboured, ‘fancy’ projects that bring me little creative joy (and are even less about experimentation) then I’m well and truly out.
I’m not being snarky here, I promise; anything highly worked is just not my thing and that’s more about me placing a high value on time and life balance, than any feelings about style.
I guess so long as creativity isn’t my job, I’m just not prepared to work very hard at it!
This thing has to stay about the creativity and joy for me, not what anyone else may want to see me make.
I’m not about to drop the white, light thing
There’s a lot of “nobody’s life really looks like that!”-chat about Instagram feeds that are highly edited, and while I agree that some pics you see can be edited beyond reality, I don’t think mine ever are.
Sure, I brighten each picture to within an inch of it’s life, but that’s just how I think things look their prettiest.
Tricks like covering second-hand couches in white throws, using white backdrops and choosing neutrals every time we need anything from Ikea, are no-brainer decisions to me and not in the least bit fancy.
How about you? Do you have intentional plans for your Instagram feed?