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  1. Love this post Hannah, so interesting! I decided to leave all the pods I was in before Christmas too and I’m enjoying the app so much more now. Although like you say the safety net has gone and some posts may get less engagement, I know the comments etc are genuine and not forced. I’m seeing a more varied range of content now too. I always love your instagram! xx

    Amelia | http://rosetintedpics.co.uk

    • Thank you, that means a lot! Yes, definitely agree that its so much better without the added pressure of Pods. Yeah that safety nets gone, but at least everything is more natural now. Thank you so much, I always love your posts too xx

  2. I enjoy Instagram a LOT more when I’m not in a comment pod, I prefer organic comments rather than “nice pic”, “great shot”, I want comments from people who genuinely want to engage with my content too and don’t feel forced to like you said. At first it can be a little bit of a downer seeing your engagement go down but after a while, it starts to pick up again and you’re like I DON’T NEED COMMENT PODS ANYWAY hahah

    Fran | http://www.franciscarockey.co.uk

    • Yes, totally with you! It’s so much more enjoyable. Those comments are the worst! Yes same here, when people don’t have to comment it’s much more rewarding. I get what you mean and that is so true!!xx

  3. I was late to Instagram so I don’t remember the good old days before the algorithm! I left a few pods last year but am still in a few – really just with friends whose photos I would be commenting on anyway so I don’t feel like it’s a chore. I don’t like spending loads of time looking at my phone so I think that it’s tricky as people say that you need to engage for an hours after you post a pic but I just couldn’t be bothered doing that & I’d get a headache if I was looking at my screen for that long! Your photos are stunning so I don’t think you’ve anything to worry about with regards engagement xx

    Beautylymin | Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette Giveaway

    • haha aw no! They were good days to be fair haha! Yeah that’s definitely a lot better to be in a Pod like that then the strict ones. Yes I know what you mean, spending all day on Instagram is not the one. Thank you so much xx

  4. This is such an interesting post hun! I’ve been enjoying using Instagram a lot more now ever since I stopped caring about numbers, it literally changes your perspective. I only post whenever I want and I spend more time interacting with others. Your pictures are gorgeous and I love your feed on Instagram!


    • Thank you, I’m glad you think so! Yes it’s definitely a lot better to enjoy it for what is rather than stressing over numbers. That’s the best way to be. Thank you so much xx

  5. I’m another who’s left all the pods I was in. Life is so much easier now the pressure has been lifted. I still have good comment engagement but I think that comes from showing up and returning engagement. I can’t say I’ve noticed much else in terms of reach or more likes etc but I’m working on it! Loved the post, very insightful. x

    Samantha | https://thebeautyspyglass.com

    • Definitely agree with you, it’s better to not have that knowledge in that there’s a lot of posts to catch up on. That’s true, it’s a better to return engagement that’s been shown naturally rather than they’ve been forced too. Your account is gorgeous though, so I’m sure you’ll see a difference soon! Thank you so much xx

  6. I’m glad, you enjoy using Instagram more now. I don’t know about pods, but I try to comment back on all my Insta friends that comment on my pictures genuinely. It’s fun to interact with them. Happy Monday dear. xx

    Nina’s Style Blog

    • Thank you! That’s true and a good way to be, it’s a better feeling to return natural engagement rather than someone who has to comment, it’s definitely a better experience! Happy Monday xx

  7. Loved this post! I have such a love/hate relationship with Instagram. I like the photos I’ve been posting but the unfollow game is still going on so it seems so hard to grow! It’s like no matter what we do, very little works. I feel really mixed about pods. I’m in a few and it’s nice to get that engagement but also some are so strict, it’s so hard to keep up! I’ve also found there are others who also just send their posts and never return which is so annoying. I’ve been thinking about leaving them for a while and seeing how it goes with just natural engagement, it sounds like it’s worked for you! So glad you’re enjoying Instagram a bit more now xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    • Thank you so much! Yes the unfollow/ follow game is so annoying! I just don’t follow anyone back unless I like their account, and then it doesn’t get to me as much. I hate the strict ones, when it becomes a chore it’s no longer fun and that’s what Instagram should be; fun. I’m glad you’re in some that you enjoy though! Yes that’s so annoying, when they expect it back, but don’t give anything! I just think it’s more enjoyable without knowing you have loads to comment and like on all the time. Thank you so much xx

  8. I no longer worry about my following count on Instagram – I just follow people who I really admire / can relate too! I sometimes find myself using Twitter more so than Instagram. Although twitter is becoming a bit of a place to moan now.

  9. Interesting post, Hannah! Instagram is a tough one to crack, isn’t it? Before I started my blog, I was OBSESSED with Instagram. You know, those awfully annoying ‘shout out for shout out’ people? That was me. I was obsessed with the numbers. But once I started blogging, I eventually changed my account and started from scratch and now I use it because it’s fun, I enjoy it and I like to use is as an extension of my blog as well as a place to post personal things too. I don’t think about the numbers and it’s SO much more fun that way!

    I’ve never been in an Instagram pod but I’m in a fair few blog comment pods and can definitely relate. Some can be really strict and there’s always some people in there who aren’t active and never return anything. It’s hard to keep track!


    • Thank you, I’m so glad you think so! It really is, I’ve learnt to stop trying to crack it and just go with it. I’m so glad you changed your outlook and started to enjoy it more. Totally with you, it should be fun not something to stress about.

      Yeah, they’re pretty similar! Yes, they’re very hit and miss as some people only post their own and never comment on anyone else’s which is rude. Thank you for the comment xx

  10. This is a really interesting post Hannah! I’m not in any Instagram pods, I’m not sure I can keep up with anything else right now, lol. I like the idea of going it alone and any comments you get are natural. I always enjoy getting unexpected comments when people genuinely like the photo, it does make Instagram a more enjoyable and friendly place 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts! <3 xx

    • Thank you so much, I’m glad you think so! Yes, Instagram Pods can be hard to keep up with. Yes, it’s definitely a lot better. It means a lot more too when it’s natural. Definitely agree with you! It’s no problem, thank you for reading xx

  11. I really relate to this post! I’ve been in a fair few pods in my time and some of them just feel like work and really suck the fun out of being on the app. It’s also super annoying when you give so much support to others without seeing any back though. I’m enjoying the app a lot more recently too!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    • I’m glad you find it relatable! Yes, some of them can be really draining, and it completely defeats the purpose of the app. Yes, that can be the worst! I’m glad you’re enjoying it too xx

  12. I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on Instagram at the moment! I joined a comment pod at the start of 2017 and it really did help me get better at commenting on other people’s Instagram photos. But after a while it just felt too forced and I left, and honestly it made me love Instagram more too! It’s nice to be able to interact with who you want and know that people aren’t commenting because they have to.

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net/

  13. Great read! I’ve always been far too terrified to join a pod just in case Insta make a change of some sort that penalizes this sort of activity. Instead, when I get a spare hour I set myself the task of leaving s certain amount of people comments. It doesn’t gaurantee return engagement but at least my feed is full of stuff I find interesting.

    • Thank you so much! Yeah, there has always been a lot of rumours that people in Pods get penalised, but nothing happened to me after being in them for quite a long time. That’s definitely a better way to go about it anyway, and like you say, it keeps your feed more tailored to you xx

  14. This was totally not a pointless post. In fact I liked it a lot! I’ve heard about pods but they seem like so much forced work and that it makes instagram less fun. I love that you laid it all out. You gave it a good shot and I appreciate you sharing it with all of us!

    Danielle | FollowMyGut.com <3

  15. I’m glad you’re enjoying Instagram again after your break! I got SO MANY messages over Christmas about wanting me to join Instagram pods but I know they are against the terms of service so I’ve never done it – they must be working for people for me to get so many messages though, haha! It’s quite strange!

    I’m trying to be more regular with using Instagram – I’ve realised if I haven’t used it in a day or two it fills my feed with 3 day old posts and I never get to see any new ones, but it’s a pain to have to remind myself to use it every day to avoid that!

    Hope that you are having a great start to your week 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Thank you! Yeah, there a lot going around and I always see people asking to join on Twitter. Ah I never knew they were against the terms of service though!

      That’s so true! It’s frustrating how they start showing you content from days ago!

      Thank you, and I hope you’re having a great week too xx

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