Instagram seems like such a sore topic lately… well for the past however long really. Everyone hates the algorithm, but as it’s been the way it is for so long it doesn’t seem like it’s going to change any time soon. I still miss the maps feature, but each to their own.
Around Christmas time I took a break from Instagram and the internet as a whole with the intention to get back on it in the New Year. Which has slowly started to happen. I’m posting on Instagram and trying my best with Twitter. You may not notice it, but I have changed my attitude to Instagram completely.
Being Involved in Instagram Pods
I feel like I was caught up in the whole algorithm talk, that I changed how I used the app. The main change was that I got involved in pods. Cue dramatic music… not really, but you get the idea. I’m not saying that pods are bad or anything. I just realised that they completely changed my attitude to the app.
If you don’t know what I mean about ‘Pods’, it’s basically a group chat with the intention to share your recent post and interact with each other. This means you’re pretty much guaranteed around 10 likes and comments when you post. The only catch is that you have to like and comment on their photos too. It’s only fair, it’s I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine. I’ve been in a fair few pods in my time and some can be really strict, but others are more laid back. If a pods strict it’s better to get out quickly, as it’s not fun and keeping up can be tough.
Going it Alone
I’ve been in pods ever since the algorithm changed, and I left at the beginning of this year. Already I’m enjoying Instagram a lot more. Even though there’s a part of me that feels like I’m going about it on my own now, as that safety blanket of the pod has been whipped away. It’s better to see comments and likes from people who don’t have to do so.
I’ve also noticed a huge change in my feed, as I’ve figured out that the way the algorithm works; is that you see more of who you engage with. I’m 90% sure on this okay. This meant that the photos that come up first on my feed are the ones I was in a pod with. As I engage with their photos more, as I like and comment on every single one of their posts, so of course Instagram is going to push their content to me first. This meant I was seeing a lot of the same content, and by the time I had commented on their photos I didn’t want to engage with others, as I needed an Instagram break. Sometimes there is a lot to catch up on.
Now that I’ve left the pods, I’m seeing a variation of posts on my timeline and I’m enjoying interacting with the accounts that I forgot I followed, as I never saw their posts before. It feels like a huge step forward for me, and I’m enjoying using Instagram again. Don’t get me wrong the algorithm is still a pain and getting likes isn’t easy, but I’m not focused on that anymore. I just want to enjoy using the app for what it is, instead of trying to beat it.
It’s also given me the motivation to really get it together with my content. Which is a kick that I’ve needed for a while now.
Starting a Conversation
I feel like this is the most pointless post. As I’m not here to make you leave your pods and go it alone. It’s just something I wanted to talk about, and see what your opinion is. I’d love to get a discussion going in the comments.
Well it’s been a while since I’ve rambled on and called it a blog post, so it was overdue really. I feel like an Instagram weight has been lifted
Thank you for reading.