The other day I read an interesting caption on Instagram. This person wrote about how they had nothing new to share. Even though their brain was full of ideas, they didn’t know whether to capture an image or a video (exclusively for Instagram, please note), and that the whole situation led them to creating nothing. They weren’t against videos except that they take so much time and planning that it just doesn’t happen. The post gained thousands and thousands of likes and hundreds of comments. Most people agreed.
My journey to instagram started over ten years ago with my first blog. I was in love with blogging .. writing, taking photos, and engaging with other bloggers. Instagram was NOT the focus .. until it was.
Eventually I did get caught up in the IG game: taking photos, posting, and waiting for the likes and follows. Slowly and insidiously Instagram became THE focus. Every like and every follow gave me a little shot of that feel-good hormone, dopamine. If an image did great, I created more of the same. If an image didn’t do well, I changed my work to please Instagram. Don’t get me wrong, it was a blast! It was inspiring and energizing. I created so much content and honed my photography skills. Because of Instagram, I have an enormous library of images to use .. kind of like my own private stock photo site. But my photos lived only on Instagram.
This was an image I created exclusively for posting on Instagram in 2019. It’s a selection of beautiful blooms from my flower subscription with Goodland Farms. It was enormously successful on Instagram but has since lingered unseen on my hard drive for years .. it had it’s 15 minutes of fame and it was over .. I barely looked at it again .. until now.
Fast forward to when Instagram announced it was no longer a photo sharing site. My engagement dropped dramatically, and I ended up not picking up a camera for months. Perhaps I just needed a little break anyway. When I did start posting again, it was lovely the way my IG friends welcomed me back .. it was quite touching really, and very heartening.
One morning I got up and I didn’t launch Instagram. Instead I went straight to my website and started tweaking. Hours passed and I felt something in me shift .. if you want to read about what happened, check out my post For the Love of Still Life Photography.
A lot has changed since even that morning. I’ve completely revamped my site for the second time in four months! New host, new theme, new focus. And although I’m not abandoning Instagram any time soon, here I post for the love of posting .. it’s not about the likes.