Tuesday, April 4, 2017

never gonna be instagram famous

I'm torn between not giving a damn that my blog and instagram aren't "big" and wondering why they aren't growing because I've been at this for four (!!!) years now and I feel like some people started posting yesterday and they have 10K followers (or more). Sometimes I want to do better but most of the time,  I like the fact that I might be an acquired taste and if I did some of the things that the big accounts do, then I wouldn't really be me anymore...

Things like:

Wear the right clothes. I can't tell you how many big bloggers wear clothes that I would never want to wear in real life. Off-shoulder tops may be great for you, but strapless bras are not great for me. I look like a poorly-dressed window when I wear large ruffles. And those huge bell sleeves that girls are wearing this spring? I mean great if it works for you, but I go out to eat way too much and reach across far too many tables to ever keep those looking clean, never mind Instagram-worthy. And don't get me started on shoes. Heels are my nightmare, those lace-up sandals look way too difficult, and shoes bought to perfectly match one outfit just seem... expensive? I'm just too cheap to follow the trends. Where's the not-so IG-worthy group of women in their t-shirts and jeans?

Be a creative photographer. A lot of bloggers have an eye for highlighting beautiful parts of life around us. I like following them. I'm just bad at that. Other bloggers get... er, creative... in how they present their lives. You guys, I'm never going to hold my arms over my head to take a photo of my legs and my laptop from above. I would feel like a fool, my husband would laugh at me, and I would inevitably get an unflattering angle featuring my stomach that I would analyze for days to come. I can't stage a flat lay to save my life, either. If I try to pile some cute-yet-disparate items together and photograph them, it just ends up looking like I bumped into my table and a bunch of random stuff fell over. If you can pull it off, then let me know what I'm missing.

Liking color too much. True story, I'm terrible at decorating. When Andrew and I first moved in together, the color scheme I settled on was blue and brown. Everything was blue or brown because I didn't know how to add in anything else (Also? It was 2007. Don't judge). When it came time to redecorate a few years ago, I decided I wanted our house to be all the colors. Almost anything goes and I want to make anything work if I love it enough. My house is cozy, but it's never going to be a place someone else is dying to copy. There is nothing white, or marbled, or subway tiled. And that's okay. My cat would eat one of those sheepskin rugs, anyway.

#liketoknowit. I'll admit, I've never signed up for Like To Know It. This isn't about you not being able to make money from your blog. You do you. This is about me not wanting yet another email in my inbox because I liked your t-shirt once. But like we've already talked about, the clothes I feel best in are rarely featured on instagram anyway, so I don't think I'm missing out on much. I would also be terrible at using the service since most of my clothes are a) from Target b) concert or food t-shirts c) hand-me-downs from my previous coworkers (they had good taste, never tried things on, and were generous with things that didn't work for them!) - I don't think those are options you can tag.

I could go on. I'm a terrible hashtagger, inconsistent with posting, and my captions are a little long. But, I always like to show something that I think is real and worth sharing and interesting to me. And if only (let me see...) 312 people are into that, then that should be enough for me.

After all, as far as I'm concerned, there are few things in life that are heels and strapless bra worthy. Instagram isn't one of them.

20 comments:

  1. Haha I love this. I think IG is SO good for people really trying to build a following, make money social media marketing, etc, but it's also just such a great platform to chronicle life...and I'm okay with that :)

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  2. So my IG has actually grown significantly since I started actively trying back in the middle/end of December. However, it's still not HUGE & my blog definitely isn't either. I am still trying to grow a following but I've already decided that my blog especially, which I'm more ok with, will never be famous. I've had a blog for 7 years & my IG for 5 now. I'll never understand how people blow up over night either.

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  3. I am so like this too. I am not digging a lot of the fashions and I couldn't see myself in some of them. I did get daring lately and have Stitch Fix coming in so I did model my first fix which was fun, but a majority of the clothes were my style so it was fun. But yeah agreed my Instagram isn't bustling with followers but it's still fun anyways!

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  4. I'm with you on all of these points. Anything I wear isn't Instagram worthy. I don't want like to know it emails either. Sounds like too much hassle. I want to be better about photography to get good pictures of Zoe and stuff but I don't care much about take flat lays of anything but food for the most part lol

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  5. Well I follow you because I like what you post! Plus, not everyone does have an eye for those things - which I think is good, otherwise it wouldn't be interesting! I think your IG stuff about food and Texas type things are interesting - you know so much about BBQ! Just focus on the things that you do like/know about - that's all any of us are here for anyway. ;)

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  6. White is a bad choice for house decor most of the time.
    When we got married, I went with brown too because we moved twice in the first two years and I have no idea what we'd be walking into. Now I go with more grays/blues.
    And if I don't put on heels and jewelry and red lips to go to work, I'm not doing it for IG pictures on the weekend. No way. Real life is Target sandals and chapstick.

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  7. I totally understand what you mean. I have definitely been making a little more effort to capture more "glamorous" pictures, but when it comes to fashion, I'm just not loving all the trendy things on Instagram right now. Like those super chunky, brown wedges that literally EVERYONE has and the chokers. They didn't look goo don me in the 90s and I don't want to do it again, haha. I do like off shoulder tops, but I got rid of all mine in college last time they went out of style and I'm too cheap to buy them again since I can't wear it to work LOL.

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  8. No to strapless bras, heels, or flat lays. I love angles and snapping a pic of one that's interesting or pretty, but I don't like moving things for photos.

    I only like Instagram accounts that are real people doing real things and seeing some beautiful stuff along the way. I don't like curated shit where everything looks the same.

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  9. Don't overthink it! My IG page isn't really an extension of my blog - I just like taking photos. They're usually of landscapes (NYC, the beach, sunsets, etc.) but it's also my personal account so you're gonna see a lot of my friends + family in there, too. I am guilty of the occasional overly-posed blogger photo, but I don't put too much stock into any of this stuff. Some of those curated perfect IG accounts are a litttttle much for me. Do you, girlllll! I'm a fan.

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  10. I've been blogging on & off for like 8 years now, and while part of me likes the idea of it being a "big" thing...it never will. I can't keep up with all the fashions, etc. And my house is blue/green/tan, haha.

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  11. Loved reading this-- my instagram is private, which is like the biggest blogger faux pas out there. #liketoknow is definitely one of my biggest pet peeves. I've never used it, and if I see something I really like I'm more likely to go on google, or nordstrom (bc it's usually from there) and type in a description and most of the time I can find what I was looking for without having to sign up for a service or app or whatever it is.

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  12. What the hell is #liketoknowit?

    You've seen my IG. I clearly do not care about being IG famous. Also, my picture taking ability is terrible but I don't generally care. Imperfect is my thing.

    I waffle back and forth between not caring that I'm not "big" and caring. What it all comes down to is effort, of which I expend very little. I have no interest in being famous. I just want to be me. Which is why I'm not IG or blog famous. Also, it seems like a ton of pressure. I'm not interested in that, either.

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  13. GIRL YAS.
    I honestly feel ya. Living abroad I get to travel a lot and I feel like I could have a "cool" instagram, but I don't care enough to put in enough effort to really try. So I'm just going to not worry about it, lol.

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  14. I agree with a lot of this. I can't or wouldn't wear some of the outfits that I see. I have several dresses that I found at WalMart for $10 or $15. Never heard of #liketoknow, but it sounds very aggravating. I hate hashtags.

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  15. You took the words right out of my mouth! Seriously I have been having a crisis (OK crisis may be too serious a word but you know) about whether or not I even want to continue using IG. I feel more pressure to have my photo-stream be just so - The right photos and the right variety and the right captions and the right hashtags and the right frequency - and it stresses me out. And the instant feedback of how-many-likes-did-it-get versus someone commenting on a blog post and making a connection with them... Anyway - Glad to hear I'm not the only one. I don't even know what #liketoknowit is as far as fashion goes... I work from home too and we all know how that ends up (AKA 24/7 cozy clothes). ;-)

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  16. Nope, me neither! I often get overwhelmed at the accounts I really admire (usually amazing landscape/architecture photography or travel type instas in general) and feel like giving up because they seem so slick. I didn't log in to Instagram for about 6 months and didn't miss it at all - I've just started up posting again as I want to remember this trip by it, but I'm just posting what makes me happy and sod the rest :)

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  17. I have no idea what #liketoknowit is. Count me in your group of now-famous instagrammers. I quite enjoy ig, but I prefer genuine feeds of day to day life more than staged ones. That's me. Others can love what they love. No judgement.

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  18. I've been blogging for a long time too...still haven't hit the big time! LOL. I could NEVER EVER be Instafamous either! I am simply not envy inducing enough, although there is a part of me that feels that I maybe could be if I tried really really hard, but no. Just no. Too much like work. I like comfy shoes too much, I hate make up, and I don't think I have the energy to stage my whole life.

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  19. for real, off the shoulder tops look really uncomfortable to me. especially because of the strapless bra thing.
    i cared about instagram for like a hot minute but then i realised it's not for me. i don't want fake people following me. i want people i consider 'friends'. you know? i made my instagram private for a little bit too, because i was so sick of the weirdos following then unfollowing. it didn't stop it though, they kept on trying to follow lol. but i say, you do you. all the people doing and wearing the same things? boring. and not boring because that itself is boring, but because they don't stand out as individuals to me anymore, like i'm reading a magazine about people i don't know. which is fine if i am picking up a magazine. otherwise i am nosy and want to really know someone lol.

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