To be clear…
This is not a slam-fest against Instagram. It’s a fun, interactive site! Maybe TOO interactive, which is the problem. But I’m (as usual) getting ahead of myself.
We’ve talked a million-kazillion times about creation and destruction, haven’t we?
The difference this time is that I’ve given it a lot – A LOT – of thought.
You know I’ve been watching what I eat. I’ve been using an app, like the cool kids do. I’ve also been watching my time online… thanks to another app.
Of course, I need to be online to write my blog posts and everything that surrounds that, from research to getting links, to downloading photos. That’s expected.
What’s NOT expected is to wake up in the morning, spend two hours online before ever getting out of bed, and once I do, having nothing to show for it. Well, maybe that is kinda expected but what I mean is… lately, I’ve *noticed* it.
One of my huge time-kills is Instagram. And worse yet, it is a program that’s doing NOTHING to further my personal agenda, which is (was) to dazzle followers with my amateur photography skills and hopefully guide them (gently, of course) to … uh … HERE. As in, this blog.
Neither of the above has occurred.
If you remember, I wrote a whole post about another of my socials, Pinterest, which sends people over here at a nice clip. So does my Facebook page. If you look at this photo, which I took straight from my stats, you will see from where viewers are referred…
Notice that Instagram is… below everything except LinkedIn, which I don’t even share here because it’s a personal page for finding work.
Surprisingly, even Twitter does a better job at referring readers, and while I do automatically share posts there, I almost never tweet!
You know… I spent hours creating cute, clever sayings… and I know they weren’t perfect, but I liked them. Here’s an actual one I shared…
I even bought special paper, pens, pastels and worked on my calligraphy skills (ahem, I still have none! LOL Calligraphy’s hard!). I even bought black paper and white pens!
And I shared photos… so many photos… of the beauty that surrounds me.
Like this one…
I loved all my photos but I could love them by… uh… just looking at them on my phone or computer. It’s not like anyone else was looking…
So, to me, it was all for… basically … nada.
To be overly-honest, an average of three people liked what I was sharing… unless it was pics of our cats. Then, I’d get… like… 13 likes and a comment… maybe two.
Meanwhile, someone would put up a photo of their leggings, a bagel, or a breast feeding baby and get 200 or 10,000 likes and comments. And no, not all were celebrities.
It. Was. Maddening.
I’ve been watching and waiting until the perfect time… which is… it turns out… today. Who’da guessed?
Fall IS the time to let the dead things fall. And my Insta, good or bad, was mostly dead.
So, buh bye…
It was nice knowing you…
But also, kinda NOT.
And so we come to the time for me to ask you if there’s anything you need to let go of? Any time-sinks or black-holes?
This is the time to do it. The falling leaves told me so!