Now that I am fully back on the blogging scene, I am also back to Instagram. I also have an old Facebook page and Pinterest, but seriously, without a “team” around me, who has the time to keep up with all these? So now, I am always contemplating what to focus on- Blog, Instagram, or Both? As somewhat of an obsessive person, Instagram sucks me in because of the constant updates to your posts. The likes and comments are addictive aren’t they? I studied Psychology long enough to know that these likes and comments trigger some kind of reinforcing chemicals that keep us coming back for more- which I can definitely attest to.
Instagram fires up my competitive nature as well as my obsessive tendencies, but when I strip it down to the basics, Instagram is not really my cup of tea. For me, it’s not that enjoyable because my engagement has become forced and I hate that the posts I care about are hidden in the piles of popular blogger posts. In a “business” stand point, Instagram has also given me very little sponsored posts. Meanwhile, blogging… where it all started. There’s something about blogging that feels more genuine and connected. I write posts that express what I feel, and when I visit other blogs, I really get to know the bloggers. I have also gotten so many sponsored posts, especially clothing boutiques, that I no longer do most of them. Blogging has been much more kind in terms of sponsorship.
So now the question- Blog, Instagram, or both. My heart is at blogging, but it’s hard to easily dismiss Instagram when you have a blog. Even though Instagram (for me) can be tiresome, I understand the value of having it if you have a blog. If you are new to blogging and have very limited time, I suggest you focus on blogging and Instagram will follow. If you absolutely love Instagram as a creative outlet, you can also focus on just Instagram. For me, I have to remind myself to blog first, then worry about Instagram less. I am doing both, blog and Instagram because I think they complement each other well, but like I said, I have to remind myself, blog first.
What about you? How are you juggling blog and Instagram?