I swear the summer must just suck my brain away. No, no--I blame my kids. I'm pretty sure they're to blame.
Also, never write about your kid sleeping unless you want them to wake up. That's always a rule. Always.
Anyway. I was thinking about how people who blog, in general, seem to be posting less. I feel like this has been going on for a while. Less posting of quality, thoughtful posts (me included). More people phasing out of it a little bit. I am starting to think Instagram is to blame. Not fully, obviously, as I know there may actually be a laundry list of reasons, even for me--but hear me out.
Instagram can almost be like a mini-blog. I never, ever would have said that before, but I'm starting to think it's kinda true. Something that you may have been able to make into a long, detailed story before on your blog--you can share in that instant, via a picture and a short caption. There's no remembering it for later. If someone wants details? They ask. You respond. It's simple, it's fast. I feel like our world is going to the simple and fast for everything these days---hello, it's like the fast food mentality.
I have to admit that sometimes when I see a photo post to instagram, and then I see it on facebook (for those who syndicate there), I'm like, didn't I just see this? And I wonder, if that's sort of the same thing when it comes to writing about something you've already posted to IG. Obviously it's more in depth, as you can put more words to a blog post. But it feels kind of like groundhogs day. Am I really writing about this again? (for me) Am I really reading about this again? (for others)
Obviously this doesn't apply to everything you would write about. Or everything you would post photos about it. But, in a way, I can see how instagram has taken away the appeal of a shiny unread post from a favorite writer. That is, if it's a rinse & repeat of something you feel like you've seen or heard about already.
I guess, what I'm asking is---do you feel this way? Has instagram taken away from blogging at all for you? Has it taken away from reading blogs you like if you also follow them on IG? Is it stupid that I'm even thinking about this at all? Probably.
I promise to talk about something of more substance one day.
(disclaimer: I love instagram. If you follow me, you know this. Nothing but love for those tiny little square pics that capture moments in between dragging out my big camera. I have a private account there, my username is (shocker) LovesofLife and if you don't follow me, you can request me. I will say this, though. I am weird about accepting followers who have no profile picture (seriously, I don't like it), those that have no photos of their own, and those that are following no one/have no one following them. That just reads as creepy to me and I don't want just my kids' faces showing up in your feed. I realize it could just be a brand new account--but go ahead and get some more friends, take some photos of your own, and come back to me. Then I will find it less creepy. Hopefully. ;) )
happy hump day.