Instagram has been a little source of contention for me lately. Instagram six/seven years ago was fun. There wasn’t the pressure of getting a ton of likes, followers or anything. I was inspired and intrigued by the images posted and the people themselves behind the camera. But now?? I find myself rolling my eyes at the things people do for likes and follows. I started to wonder why I was becoming so annoyed with my beloved Instagram. Then it came to me, it’s not the images themselves that were starting to annoy me, but the person behind the lens. Yes, thats right the Influencer or blogger that is “getting on my nerves.” Hear me out!
Now this post isn’t to bash anyone or hold anyone responsible for not keeping my interest on Instagram. But, I am sure we all at the age where we can tell someone is not their “cup of tea” or hey, we just do not have anything in common! Thats mainly why my unfollow game became so strong. I started to notice people personalities (maybe lack there of) and their overall vibe which forced me to question, “who the heck am I following?”
I’m not asking for you to entertain me or meet a certain level of expectation. But really, who are you? Most of the accounts I follow on Instagram are fashion bloggers or influencers. So yes, it can get a bit repetitive in seeing similar styles and looks because it seems no one is an individual anymore. I digress, thats a whole other blog post! But, I’m just getting to the point where I want to know who you are behind all the pretty pictures. Feel me?
So who do I unfollow on Instagram?!
There are some bloggers who basically just sell their outfits of the day or promote their blog posts ALL THE DARN TIME. You are pretty much the sales person I walk around to avoid at the store because I am not in the mood to be bothered. Every caption on Instagram is about the top you’re wearing, your Instagram stories is about telling people you have a new blog post up and to sign up for LiketoKnow.It. just about every week. Meanwhile, I don’t even know if you have a dog, cat or a goldfish. Isn’t there anything else about you besides you trying to earn likes, follows and commission sales? This is why I unfollow on Instagram! I’ve had to hit the unfollow button on these Influencers so many times. I just simply cannot!
Let’s discuss those bloggers who will not respond to any questions in their comments or DMs. I also know quite a few bloggers who literally have said in their stories, “do not DM me about what I am wearing, head to my blog and go to my “SHOP” page to find out.” What?! This is such a huge, missed opportunity to properly engage with your audience. I do understand that some bloggers have a tremendous following, so they may not be able to respond to every DM about a pair of shoes they have on. But, I was taught, “its not what you say, its HOW you say it!” Its your followers that are helping you to pay for that Chanel bag or your rent and car payment each month. Treat us with a little decency. Actually, don’t even worry about it. Let me hit that unfollow button! Bye!
Here’s a quick one that I just had to understand and move on from. Influencers who only wear high end designers that I’ll never be able to afford (cause, you know I got daycare bills the amount of a mortgage payment over here). Who wears a lace cami or satin top for $600 with a pair of jeans or a summer dress thats $900 that literally has me at “hello!” I’m sure I could find a look for less, but obviously your brand is not catering for my high-low, I’ll wear a Target piece with a quickness self. So why am I here? Let me move on and unfollow on Instagram! Its been real girl!
Ok, here’s a hard one that I gotta keep it real about. The ones who captions beg for sympathy and empathy basically all the darn time. I mean, whats really going on over there girl? Are you just going through a bad season in life or is this you every single day? Because I can keep you lifted in prayer, but are you popping up on my feed with signs of depression or some issues you need to let go and let God…. Y’all don’t come for me on this one. I honestly question if people are doing this to increase likes and get engagement on an Instagram post. Again, I’ve had to unfollow on Instagram. I can’t have this kind of negativity and bad energy come up every time I log into Instagram. I told you my unfollow game is strong. I’m not playing!
How do you feel about my thoughts on Instagram?
I know this blog post is unexpected. But, I feel by now you guys know I try to switch it up on the blog and discuss some topics that have been on my mind. My friend always laugh at me when I tell her “oh I unfollowed them” because she know I don’t play with entertaining the foolery lol. I just think its important to show people different facets of who you are. What makes you laugh? What’s important to you? Are you a foodie? Whats your favorite cocktail? What do you do to unwind or what you cooked for dinner? Something, anything to let us know that you have other interests other than what you present on Instagram. You know–in the perfect lighting, with the perfect filter and telling me to buy your shirt and it comes in five different colors. Insert eye roll here.
Ok, I’ve ranted long enough! Let me know your thoughts!