First off, I was just want to make it clear that this is not a post on how to get really popular on Instagram, nor is it about how I got thousands of followers or anything (because, as you can clearly see, I don't). These days it seems like the only way to increase your follower count on Instagram is to either buy them, or delve into the follow/unfollow game - two things that I am not about.
I improved my Instagram by not focusing on numbers, and instead tried to remember why I fell in love with Instagram in the first place - which was because it enabled me to share snippets of my life that I wanted to remember. It was about the moments I was overcome with feelings and just had to take a photo and post it, right then and there.
Now, I put a lot more time and effort into my photos, and I am okay with that. I like doing that because it appeals to my creative side, but for a while there I did focus far too much time on analysing what photos would generate the best response. In a way, I am sort of glad that Instagram has completely fallen apart, as it has made a lot of people forget about their numbers and go back to posting what they want - because it doesn't really matter anymore, since no one sees your posts anyway 😂 😅
So when I say I "improved my Instagram", I don't mean I became really popular, I mean that I created a feed that made me happy, and was still pleasing to look at. I improved my overall experience of Instagram, because now I can look at my feed and know that it's an accurate representation of the things I fill my life with, and the things that make my heart happy. So here are the ways that I improved my Instagram:
STARTED TAKING PHOTOS WITH MY CAMERA + USING DROPBOX.
Whilst I will still upload photos from my phone every now and then because you can't always plan what moments you're going to want to share (such as a quick lunch date, or a pretty view), I really enjoy using my camera as it makes me take more time with the photos I'm taking, and encourages me to try out different angles and takes on things.
I also find that the photos I take on my camera look so much better when you're browsing Instagram on your computer, just look at the first photo I linked above compared to 99% of my other photos! I also started using Dropbox to send the photos from my camera to my phone as it keeps the qualities of the photos pretty well. I used to just send the photos to my phone via messenger on Facebook and it would ruin the photos, so I'm really glad I found another way to do it!
Okay, these are still pretty new to me, but I can already tell what a great improvement they're going to make. Our house has awful lighting, so once the natural lighting is gone by mid-afternoon, taking a nice photo used to be impossible - until I bought these soft boxes! I am still yet to play around with their positioning to see how it affects the shadows and whatnot, but the fact that I can have decent lighting at any time of the day now makes them worth the investment 100%. I cannot recommend them enough!
STARTED USING PREVIEW.
Preview is a complete free app that lets you upload photos to see how they will look within your feed. You can upload as many photos as you want if you'd like to plan out your photos for the next week or even month, and you can move them around as much as you'd like as well!
I absolutely love it, and it has stopped me from constantly deleting photos because I didn't like how they looked in my feed. Even though I like my Instagram to reflect all parts of me life and be as genuinely "me" as possible, I still like to have a cohesive feed, and this app helps with that so, so much!
STOPPED POSTING EVERY DAY.
I feel like I'm breaking one of the top blogger rules by saying this, but it was definitely the right choice for me. So often I would post a photo just because I felt like I had to, and I would end up hating it and how it sat within my feed, and would end up deleting it the next day.
If the Instagram algorithm ever goes back to normal, I would probably try to go back to posting every day as much as I could, but since it doesn't guarantee that your posts are going to show up in people's feeds anymore than posting once a week is, I am not going to bother with it. Now I just post when I have something that I think is worth posting, and it's been really nice not to have to worry about being so consistent!
There you have it, how I improved my Instagram and made myself fall in love with the app again. In these dark days of not knowing who is going to see your posts, I think it's important to make sure that you genuinely like your posts, and go from there. If you don't enjoy your own content then something is definitely wrong. Remember that you should be creating for yourself first, and everyone else second!
Until next time,