Wow, it has been A MINUTE since my last post. Almost four months to be exact. If you read this post or follow me on Instagram, you may have known that I somewhat recently started a new job. After two years, I left the comfort of the VS corporate office to venture off to something new. While it has been an adjustment and a little scary; in these four months I’ve learned so much, challenged myself and had moments of highs and lows. But honestly, I don’t regret any minute of it. I took a little break on the blog to focus on myself, this next step in my career, and take time to process this change. So I just want to say thank you so much for allowing me the time I needed to process this big life change and always welcoming me back with open arms.
With that being said, today I’m sharing my first outfit post from my Puerto Rico trip back in May! This was one of my favorite outfits and favorite dresses that I picked up.
My Thoughts on Instagram and the New Instagram Algorithm
You guys know that I like to ramble. So before we get into that, let me sum up today’s post on my thoughts on Instagram or the Instagram algorithm in 5 words… I don’t give a damn!
Hear me out. After our first full day in Puerto Rico, I sat down with my family for dinner. As we were waiting for our food, I was scrolling through the photos we had taken that day; and was just really proud and happy with the photos. It’s no secret that I love Puerto Rico, I think it’s truly one of the most beautiful places ever. So I was extremely happy to be back and have it as my backdrop for photos.
The thing is, I hadn’t posted a photo in a while and frankly have been struggling for over a year on keeping a consistent schedule for the Instagram algorithm. Seriously, I have a plethora of photos on my phone that have died in the graveyard of favorites because I never got around to posting them. And as much as I love to think it was because I was too busy; frankly, it was because I was too scared. We live in a generation where like it or not, likes and followers and your online status matters. I was embarrassed to have friends, coworkers and family follow me only to see my photos get 30+ likes. I was also frustrated that I would put so much effort into editing a photo; only to have it fail.
I know, it’s stupid and superficial. And in the grand scheme of life it does not matter. But I’m human, and I will admit that all of that got to me.
So, as I sat down to dinner with my family, I said: “I’m just going to post my photos because I love them and I don’t care if I get likes or not.” I was so proud of my newfound revelation. You should have seen me sit there, basking in my new outlook of being a grown and progressive woman. You should have also seen my family staring at me with “duh!” expressions.
My mother said, “yeah Lin, just post it, who cares?”
And my boyfriend looked at me and said, “Shouldn’t you have been doing that this whole time?”
Okay, guess I was behind on this newfound Instagram revelation rather than ahead of it.
So, my point is this. I missed the time when Instagram first started; and I was in college, posting anything I wanted. A book, an iPad selfie, 10 throwback high school selfies in one day. Whatever I wanted. I also miss the day when my feed was in chronological order and I could post my photo every day at 9:45 and know for certain I would get 100+ likes. But, the reality is, the Instagram algorithm isn’t like that anymore; and that’s okay. Life goes on.
I enjoyed Instagram because I loved creating content and taking photos and editing photos and planning out my feed. As small and stupid as that stuff seemed, I loved it. And I only stopped loving it because I got in my own way. I started caring about likes and how everyone else perceived me rather than doing it for me and staying in my own lane and focusing on myself. And, I had promised myself I would always do it for myself and not for anyone else when I started blogging. So I’m going to start sharing all the photos I have and be proud of them and not get caught up on likes and all that jazz and instead just focus on doing something that makes me happy.
Okay, rant over! Although I will say, I’m pretty proud of myself for not actually ranting.
But, it feels so good to have a new post up and I want to sincerely thank you so much for supporting me and sending me well wishes when I mentioned I was starting a new job. And thank you so much for reading this post and coming back and keep up with my inconsistent schedule. I really appreciate it!
What are your thoughts on the Instagram algorithm? Share in comment below!