What it made me become & how I hated myself for it.
This year I’m taking a step back from social media. Not just for my wedding but also for my overall well-being.
Ever since the algorithm changed on instagram, I’ve become obsessed with the numbers. From the following, to the likes, and even to my impressions/reach. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like this. It’s become so unhealthy that I lost sight of the real reason why I started my instagram account in the first place.
It all started because I needed a fun hobby. I had just moved to San Francisco at that time and had no friends, just my fiance. On my days off from work, I would like to dress up but had no where to go. So I decided to snap a picture of myself and share my outfits on the daily. Who knew my account would be such a hit?
From there, I continued to create content because it was fun and brought me joy. It was my little creative outlet from work, and the one thing I looked forward to on my days off.
I felt like my instagram was doing well until I hit a plateau when the algorithm changed. I was forever stuck at 25K.
At that point I was at a loss and kind of lost hope… I felt frustrated because I would put so much effort into my content & it wasn’t getting as much traffic as it used to.
I continued to be obsessed over my following and engagement for months…
Then I was invited to join what’s called a comment/like pod. This group was supposed to help increase my engagement so that my followers would see my post at the top of their feed. In these pods, it works by you sharing a photo after you have finished liking and commenting on everyone’s post within the group. And in return, everyone in the group will like & comment on your post. These pods worked well for awhile, but it was draining the life out of me. Instagram was no longer fun & soon it felt like an everyday chore. I would spend hours liking & commenting on people’s posts until I got to share my one photo of the day.
At that point, I felt like I had the need to post once a day because I did all that work & didn’t want it to go to waste. I was pushing content that was lacking quality.
Once I couldn’t handle the pods anymore, I resorted to what’s called the follow/unfollow method. I tried this method out for a short time to gain new followers & exposure. And what do I have to say about it? I completely hated it. I hated it when other accounts did this to me, so why did I do this to others? I felt this unbearable guilt & soon realized what a horrible person I had become. I have lost myself in this social media madness.
So now that all of that is out in the light, this year I vow to stay true to myself.
To engage organically with the accounts I love & my followers. But also to find that joy again that started thy.time in the first place. And also to improve my content and creativity.
Because in the end, I do believe there are NO short cuts to real success. And if you keep working hard at it, it will soon be recognized.
Thank you everyone for all of your support since the beginning of thytime ❤️ and sorry for such a sappy post, but it feels great to finally get this off my chest.
So here’s to a less-stress, happier, and better me!
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- Diana Youn @the.chic.diary