The Problem With Instagram

Okay internet dwellers, I've been in a little bit of a rut with my Instagram recently. It's not for lack of inspiration or pictur...

Okay internet dwellers, I've been in a little bit of a rut with my Instagram recently. It's not for lack of inspiration or pictures, it's for lack of direction, and whether I should let a lack of direction bother me or not.

Let me explain, I'm constantly surrounded by blog posts that tell me how to do the best flat lay, how to create a flawless feed, or how to create a feed that runs alongside your blog. Whilst scrolling through Instagram I can also see so many beautiful pages that have one theme or another; whether that be the aesthetic or the topic.

At the moment, my Instagram feed is just a snapshot into my life; I include food I eat, places I visit, books I'm reading alongside a range of other different things. However, my feed is a mess in comparison to all the 'perfect fitting' pages with their themes; my photos follow different themes, and all have different filters on them depending on what I felt looked good at the time. I don't have the props or backgrounds to create fancy flat lays and I feel as though everyone does them nowadays anyways, nothing's really original - white backgrounds, a bunch of small intricate flowers, a cup of tea. It's almost as if people are saying, "do flat lays or your pictures will look shit" and I don't really like that.

Don't get me wrong, I love aesthetics, I always have; my friends will be picking their favourite smell out of the perfumes in the duty-free, and there's me like, "Ohh, that's pretty packaging". However, I feel as though the internet may have created a stereotype of what the 'perfect' picture (or set of pictures) looks like. There are all these stats floating around about how pictures with white backgrounds get a certain percentage of likes, and pictures with blue in them get another and I can't help but think, ARE YOU SERIOUS?! 

The internet seems to have taken away any kind of fun from creating art and has made it all about the stats by giving you ways to get more likes or followers. This trend seems to have gone into a lot of other mediums online as well, and I think this is largely due to the rise in internet businesses. But, just because you've got to earn money from what you do, it doesn't mean that you shouldn't be happy with what you create, as sometimes I feel being too business-like takes away the you from any situation. You should always be true to yourself and do what you enjoy.

I'm just not sure what I'm going to do, to be honest, but I'm going to do a bit of experimenting and see what I like the best. I'm sure I will keep you up to date.

I'd love to hear your thoughts

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