Sunday, 24 November 2019

Why I Had An Instagram Detox


It is easy to become disheartened with Instagram these days. When posting a photo to the most popular social media app, I tend to hit half the reach and likes that I did this time last year. I know that we shouldn't always focus on likes, but it is a bit frustrating and you do start to compare yourself to others.

I kept thinking, is it me? Is it Instagram? Maybe it is my content, is it good enough? Maybe I don't post enough. Maybe my content isn't very engaging. Honestly, I don't know.

So I decided to remove the comparison out of my life for a bit and take an Instagram Detox.

I deleted the app off my phone and planned to take a week off, which ended up turning into two weeks...


Already after a day without Instagram, my mindset changed.

Instagram makes you focus so much on what other people are doing and sharing and sometimes you get so caught up in what other people are doing, that your unable to step away and think for yourself.

I already felt like I had more time to think for myself, come up with outfit's I want to shoot, blog posts I want to write. I had so many idea's already.

Maybe it is a reflection on me and how I am so influenced by others and can get stuck in the comparison loop, that I can't step away and think outside the box and focus on creating my own unique content. I would love to know if anyone else ever feels like this?

If you are a blogger, how do you step away and keep focused on what you are doing rather than what everyone else is doing?

Another think I have already realised is that I have followed other bloggers tips in the past, that in order to grow on Instagram, you must be active and post regularly. As much as that is probably true, posting frequently doesn't substitute average content. Quality content must be the most important thing.

The time away has made me realise that I just don't think my content is good enough, I don't put enough effort in. I don't feel like I stand out on Instagram. These days it is so saturated, to make people stop scrolling and be interested in what you are sharing is more difficult. I want to create not only good content, but engaging content that people want to see and that has some added value in it. Whether that be an outfit idea, a fashion tip or trick, inspiration on where to shoot. I want my followers to be interested. I have had the same realisation about my blog, I want to focus more on sharing posts that people want to read and that grabs peoples attention and that keeps them coming back for more.


After two weeks off, I 100% missed Instagram. I missed sharing to stories especially, which really helped me realise how much I love stories and video content - which is something I now want to work on in the future.

I did enjoy the two weeks off though, it gave me time as I said before to focus on myself, think about the kind of content I want to be sharing. I want to focus on quality over quantity and to push myself to think outside the box a bit more and share more engaging posts.

I have so many more idea's now for my Instagram and blog, that honestly makes me so excited! Even although I have been absent from the app, I have still been creating content, shooting new looks and planning blog post's behind the scenes, so there is lots to come!!

I am itching to get back to posting today. You can follow me on Instagram here if you like!

Have you ever taken a break from Instagram? How did you find it?

Until next time, Lauren Rose xx

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  1. I think it's important to take some break from social media from time to time. I do it quite often as it helps me reflect on what I want to do and who I really am. Personally, I can't wait for Instagram to remove the likes.

    Mariya | https://www.brunetteondemand.com/

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    1. Totally agree! I think having a break is a really healthy thing to do. Ah yes - I know they trialled this but wonder if they roll it out... Do you think that without likes it will be more positive and there will be less comparison? xx

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  2. You bring up such an important point! Everything is so saturated now that it can actually hinder your unique perspective and style. It's necessary to unplug and find fresh inspiration from culture, books, travel, etc.

    xx
    G
    www.milkwhitemoon.com

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    1. Yes exactly, there are billions of people on the app - it is easy to feel lost but having a break really helped me find inspiration in other ways and brought out my creativity! xx

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  3. as much as I like Instagram the whole algorithm thing can be quite frustrating! Detox is definitely a good idea! xx

    Elegant Duchess xx
    https://www.elegantduchess.com

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    1. Totally agree - I even hate the word algorithm now haha xx

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  4. This is something I have battled with. While I don't feel insecure looking at other people's photos, I do wonder whether mine are interesting enough and whether I'm producing anything relevant. It is really hard to stand out now because there's a pressure to conform to the IG look.
    I think your photos are great! :)

    https://thestyleoflaurajane.com/

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    1. I am the exact same. I am not insecure about my appearance or anything - more just if my content is actually interesting and not as good as others. It is frustrating. Thank you so much Laura - that is so sweet xxx

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  5. Thank you for sharing this girl! I've legit been thinking of doing the same at the end of the year and feel like it's such a good idea. Thank you for bringing it to light!

    xx, mel
    http://melinspired.com/home-enthusiast-gift-guide/

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    1. Ah definitely - give yourself a break over the Christmas period :) xxx

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  6. Instagram (and all social media!) can be so frustrating sometimes. A detox is always a good idea sometimes!

    xx Chelsea
    www.organizedmessblog.com

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    1. Totally agree - it is good to have a break once in a while!! xx

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  7. Social media (and Instagram) can be overwhelming to say the least. I believe we all need a detox from it once in a while. Anyway, what a posh look you have here dear!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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