I have truly been itching to write this post for a couple of months now! If you’re a fellow blogger, content creator, or just a general lover of Instagram, you might be interested in the topic I’m chatting about today, or perhaps even relate to my thoughts…
Over the past year, there have been various Instagram-related discussions involving the content that people are choosing to put out there, and how ‘authentic’ it really is.
I’ve seen more and more content creators feeling the need to justify why they only post the ‘perfect’ moments, and to reassure followers that life really isn’t that perfect at all. And while I totally respect and understand that, I wanted to talk about it from a different point of view…
Since I started blogging and began to really enjoy taking photos for my blog, I naturally changed the way I used Instagram. I no longer use it to purely document the social aspects of my life (that’s saved for my stories!), and I instead use it as a platform that I create and style content for, which I absolutely love doing. I use Instagram as a place for me to be artistic and capture beautiful flatlays and style new outfits in the best possible way, and yes, this often means I make the house look tidy AF and make it look like I’m not freezing to death when posing in a T-shirt whilst laughing outside. Hell, I sometimes even go somewhere with the main purpose of being able to get a good Instagram, but I don’t think there is anything wrong with that in the slightest.
Everyone uses social media platforms for different reasons and it’s strange, because I always thought that this was an accepted thing. But I guess as the platform has grown and bloggers and content creators have grown alongside it, more attention is being given to the content that people are putting out there.
I’ve seen content creators being slated for staging photos and scenarios that are far too perfect for real life. Some celebrities have even posted about why it’s important to be completely ‘real’ and post the honest truths of real life on social media, but surely Instagram doesn’t have to be about representing real life. Instead and for some people, it can be about creating content that inspires others and is beautiful to look at.
It’s All About Perspective
When I follow beautiful accounts and people who look like they have the absolute perfect life, I know that Instagram is only a small fraction of a person’s life and being, and I understand that you never really know what goes on behind closed doors. People choose what they want to share. Some people decide to keep the more personal moments to themselves, whereas others prefer to show the more raw and honest truths of everyday life (messy house and no-makeup selfies included!). Although these methods are different, they’re surely both okay, right?
When you think about it, it’s a pretty similar concept to having friends round and tidying the hell out of your house even though it never actually looks that tidy when no one is there. Your friends probably know that you’ve tidied for their arrival and they understand that your house probably isn’t always that pristine, but they relate to the fact that you want it to look nice for guests. With Instagram, some people choose to share their most beautiful moments and arrange photos in the best possible way because that’s what they want people to see.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s refreshing to see those messy ‘behind the scenes’ and ‘instagram vs. real life’ shots, and I choose to follow some accounts because of their hilarity and honesty. But I also follow others for their beautiful photography, settings, outfits and editing – both ends of the spectrum are inspiring in their own way!
I know some people have commented on the pressure they feel to create those ‘perfect’ moments for the ‘gram, but let’s face it, not everyone has the time, ability, resources or energy to do so. And that’s okay! Everyone has the opportunity to create their own style of content, whether it’s being hilariously real or artistically creative – that’s the beauty of Instagram. Your followers follow you for you and your style, and you don’t need to be or do anything you feel you need to do.
At the end of the day, I think it’s important for everyone to recognise that a person’s life goes far beyond their Instagram grid. No one should feel disheartened based on the content that people are sharing, because it’s only a fraction of someone’s life that is being seen. No one is perfect and living the perfect life, no matter how their Instagram feed looks, but it shouldn’t matter if people are choosing not to share these imperfections with the rest of the world.
What do you guys think?