As a lifestyle blogger who frequents Instagram, I often find myself irritated and annoyed with Social Media. There is this constant change of themes, algorithms, and statistics. I feel like I am constantly bombarded with Influencers and social media gurus constantly pushing how to have a more aesthetically pleasing feed to gain more followers. Because I share my life with others online and write about different things God is showing me, it can be hard to find pictures that relate to those different things through an array of perfectly stacked books, coffee shops, and cityscapes
Social Media Can Be Used for Good (but it can also be harmful)
A few weeks ago, Cody and I recorded an episode of social media on our podcast, The Reckless Pursuit. We talk about how social media can be used for good as well as how social media can be harmful. One of my biggest problems with Instagram lately is that in order to have a great following, you must stick to a specific theme. I’ve often used various themes ranging from orange grunge tones to black and moody and I simply cannot stick to one. This may be a personality thing but sometimes I like to change things up and start fresh. I may like a certain theme but may post something that I believe looks better with a different them instead.
Often I have toyed around with different themes because I felt inspired by other bloggers, influencers, and friends alike. I know that there is a huge push for an aesthetically pleasing Instagram feed and one of the ways to accomplish this is to stay consistent. If you’re not consistent and constantly glued to your phone, your followers will drop and often times, so will your self-esteem. In fact, a lot of social anxiety and depression stems from social media. We are constantly in comparison to how our feeds look and if they represent true creativity better than someone else’s feed. I am here to say that your Instagram aesthetic does not define you!
Creativity isn’t Always “Aesthetically Pleasing”
Maybe its because I am always wanting to create something new or I am easily bored with looking at the same style over and over again but I really cannot seem to stick with anything for more than a few single posts. Sometimes I am in the mood to post nature photos because of a fun hike I took with my husband. Sometimes I am in the mood to post cityscapes and coffee shops because I love old, architectural buildings. Other times, I am in the mood to post art, things I’ve made, or my outfit of the day because I feel confident.
That’s okay, though! I think in life, it is essential to push beyond our boundaries and learn different aspects of art and the world around us. As human beings, we are always changing into who God is creating us to be. We change our clothes, we change our hair, and we change the music we listen to so why should social media be any different?
I may have a love-hate relationship with Instagram. But, I think that if we are more in tune of how we are feeling and what we like to post, we should be able to post whatever we want to. The best part of social media is that your profile is personally yours. You should never feel inferior because of random strangers on Instagram. Life isn’t always about looking good. Stop trying to make sure everything looks perfect.
If Algorithms Can Change, So Can You
We have flaws, we make mistakes, and we are messy. We try new things and we focus on what makes us happy. If you genuinely want to freshen up your content, by all means, go for it. But if you’re unhappy with your feed because it doesn’t look like someone else’s, start focusing on what makes your profile unique. If Instagram’s analytics are always changing, so can you.
We all have our own struggles to worry about. Our social media feeds shouldn’t be one of those.
Your Instagram aesthetic does not define you.