Everyday Instagram

Wow, I can’t believe today is Wednesday! Gotta love a short week thanks to Labor Day. Today I’m interrupting my normal posts about fashion and home decor/diy to talk about something different that’s been on my mind lately. If you are what the industry is calling an “influencer” I’m sure you can agree that the pressure is real when it comes to Instagram. I would even go so far as to say that you feel this pressure even if you aren’t an “influencer” but just regularly post on Instagram. 

I’ve shared with this lovely blogiverse here about the pressure social media brings when it comes to decorating our homes. Well, I’ve realized lately just how much pressure social media can put on our entire lives. You may open up your instagram and see all these lovely spaces with amazingly curated decor or you see the perfect on trend outfit and suddenly you feel discontent. When I open up my instagram I often feel like what I’m posting isn’t the best or what I’m wearing could be better. Could the lighting be better? Could I have edited my post more? Did I say the right words? Is anyone even noticing?

What I’ve come to realize lately is does it really matter? No, no it doesn’t. Are there instagrammers, influencers, bloggers and just plain ole’ people who post better pictures and have the perfectly color/filter coordinated feed than I do? Yes, yes there are. But, are there people that enjoy what I’m putting out there? I believe so, and even more importantly do I enjoy sharing my lifestyle and blog with others? Absolutely! 

I seriously connected with the quote above from Jen Hatmaker’s new book and these thoughts have been itching inside of me ever since. So the next time you post something, try not to be so concerned about how many likes it gets or how many new followers you gain. Instead, focus on if sharing a smidge of your life could make someone smile today, make them laugh, inspire them, or simply connect with them. In the end I believe that is the best part of social media. The fact that we can share our lives with people no matter where in the world they may be. And if you are considering becoming an “influencer” there IS room for you. There is no limit of creators and creatives in this world! So get out there, share your #crappyiphonepics and connect with people!