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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

thoughts about instagram & blog writing.

The weirdest thing is going on right now. My baby is sleeping in (yes 8am is sleeping in), and my toddler has been driving me crazy since 5:45am. She's currently eating her breakfast on the couch, while I shove crispy bacon down my pie-hole, chug my coffee and write this instead of the other 3 posts I started this week which are of much more substance, but still not flowing the way I want. Why does that always happen to me?

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.

31 comments:

  1. I wonder this all the time. I tend to repost my IG photos in a curated group, later, on the blog. And I feel bad. But not all those people follow me on IG, and it gives me a chance to arrange them into a story. And sometimes add a real story/context. I don't know. I have mixed feelings about it, for sure.

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  2. Oh I definitely think IG is to blame, at least partly. It's like a microblog, really. IG gives the opportunity to be really connected and have discussion and I like that. Good blogging (like anything else good) takes a lot of time and IG is just so quick and fun.

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  3. You know I never thought about it much before, but I do agree. For me it's that I take a picture of Olivia, post to IG and then want to write a post about it - like yesterday's zoo trip.. but then I think to myself that I'm recycling pictures/ideas/situations so I don't bother blogging about it.

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  4. Nail, head. I agree completely.

    I feel like Twitter & Instagram killed my blogging mojo.

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  5. I definitely think we are losing more substance to our posts these days.. I had never really linked it to instagram, but your train of thought is making sense. lol I will say though, that I am not a huge fan of the instagram "link-ups" because that's just asking for people to be bored who already follow you on instagram. I'm trying to think of some great creative helpful posts these days because my brain is literally running dry sometimes, it can be hard! Good luck getting through your funk! :) You're still one of my faves to read about!

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  6. I love IG, mainly because you can post pictures there that are closer watched/private... You can see who is looking at them and allow specific people to view them.

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  7. I have been thinking the same thing! I want to include my IG posts on my blog, so I have a memory of it, but I also don't want to just bore people with a million pictures they've seen before...maybe too many social media sites is too much.

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  8. I love details, so much that I drive my husband crazy with all my questions (he calls it interogation) to get every detail possible. So I don't mind reading blog posts that expand on an IG post.

    And your creeper disclaimer made me laugh!
    xoxo

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  9. Totally agree. I wrote a post a couple of months ago called "Instagram killed the blogging star". And it's totally true!

    I think because of Instagram, we sort of feel "connected" to what's going on throughout the days and so reading, writing, and commenting seems a little less crucial to staying in touch.

    I'm guilty on all fronts--less reading, writing, AND commenting, and it's a combo of the two-kid-flounder and Instagram for me, for sure!

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  10. You took the words right out of my mouth! I've been saying this for months now. IG is like my new form of blogging. Every time I go to blog about something it's kind of like why bother, that's old news by now. No body cares to hear about it again. And blog posts that are IG wrap ups? Bore me and I typically skip them...especially when I've already heard about it on their facebook. Sorry, but two times was enough, three is total overkill in my opinion.

    I miss blogging, I do. And I keep telling myself I'm going to get back to it. But honestly? Instagram is so much easier for this busy working mama!

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  11. Well I don't read many blogs anyway and I only write on a small private blog occasionally, so Instagram is my best friend. I can totally see it knocking the blogging world down a bit though. Having said that, it doesn't really bother me to read an expanded blog post on a picture. Yes, when I read now I tend to scroll past the pictures, but I do still like reading good writing. If you're a good writer, I will stick around regardless of reused photos.

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  12. You might be right! When people do the ig dump?! So boring! I have wanted to blog but you and ap at loved more than carrots always say things so much better than me or I don't have anything to talk about so I don't.

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  13. I actually posted about this a while ago, on both my blog AND IG. lol.

    And as a fun twist I posted Monday about the "back stories" behind my IG photos...

    I agree, it is redundant sometimes to see it on IG and FB and even someone's blog but I pick and choose carefully which IG photos I share elsewhere so I don't think I am that repetitive about it but that could just be me... ;-)

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  14. I would agree with this. With instagram we still catch the glimpses of what is going on in our blog friend's lives so you still feel like you know what's going on. So then when I do read the blog, it's not new "news" anymore.

    I love the casual-ness of IG! it's so easy!

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  15. Never thought about it but until now but it's so true... I check IG, Facebook, twitter, and then if I'm bored doing the day I check blogger. 9 times out of 10 ie already seen everything so why bother but I do still read my favs. I also try not to post my Instagram pics on my blog vice versa. I am also the blocking queen! I screen every single person who follows me and if I feel even a slight sketches out, BLOCK! ;)

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  16. Funny. I just, for the first time, had this thought last night about IG and blogging. So absolutely true, I think!

    8 is sleeping in around here, too. ;)

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  17. I agree that it seems redundant to post pictures again for a "formal" blog post. I tend to save a few pictures to have a legit post instead of putting them all on instagram (msdeyle if you want to follow). But then again... I haven't been using instagram all that much so things will probably change (and I'll get lazier maybe?) as I get used to using it more often.

    But sometimes, fast isn't always better... right...?

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  18. Well. For some, I can see this. So many of my fave bloggers don't blog much anymore. But for me? I don't really blog about anything. No rhyme or reason, brain spilling over into verbiage.

    IG hasn't affected my blogging at all. Except that I feel like I know people better than I used to.

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  19. Well, I'm one of the last people on the earth that doesn't have an iphone, so my instagram feed is a little sad. If I had a fancy phone? Girl, your feed would be blowing up with Noah's face. haha.
    So for me, blogging is still my go to. Plus I think my brain would clog up and I'd go cross-eyed if I didn't write more than a sentence every now and then. :)

    I do see what you're saying though. Even "big" bloggers aren't posting as much as they used to, because it's already been shown on instagram.

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  20. I think it has.

    It is hard to resist being able to share a fun or momentous occasion with all your friends in an instant rather than waiting to blog about it later. I worry that the thoughts in that moment might be gone or forgotten by the time I make it to my computer.

    I'm sure people are bored with seeing it on IG, FB and then a day later on the blog, but I usually go deeper into what was going on, details, feelings, etc.

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  21. I can completely see your point on this. However for me, I used to follow you and other bloggers on IG as well as celebrities or other "famous people." I found myself really engrossed in y'all's lives. I was waiting with baited breath for Lucy to be born and for Kelle Hampton to have Dash and for Olympic Volleyball star Kerri Walsh to have her daughter Scout.
    I had a come to Jesus moment with myself where i was like "I have never met these people! I don't know them! I shouldn't be this engrossed in their lives!" So I stopped following everyone that I didn't know personally on IG. (Twitter, too.)

    For me, I still love reading everyone's blog, but I feel like less of a "creeper" when I am not seeing pictures of everyone's lives multiple times a day.

    This is totally just me, and it has a lot to do with how I spend my free time and where I place value in my own life and etc. etc. etc.

    But, as a blog reader who purposely doesn't follow you on IG since we've never met in person (no offense!), I still love your blog.

    Does that make any sense? I hope so. :)

    Joy, Sara

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  22. Oh, I SO agree. Instagram is just so easy... it totally steals my (tiny) blog's thunder :)

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  23. I haven't been blogging as much lately, and I've also noticed others have been blogging less as well. Maybe it's just the season and nicer weather keeping people out? That's not really the case for me, work's just been busy. It's definitely not Instagram, because I've been neglecting that as well. I'm trying to write more this week, and I wish some of my favorites would do the same :p It makes me a little sad when awesome people blog less and less.

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  24. I agree with this completely. I'd much rather use IG over blogging any day. It's quick, it's easy and it gets my same points/stories across. :)

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  25. I don't know if it's Instagram or the fact that life is just extra crazy and I'm not sure how I have time to sleep, let along blog. But I do feel like I share more quick moments on Instagram that I would have used to do a blog post about.

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  26. As much as I love IG I hope it doesn't replace regular blogging. I love getting little glimpses of people's lives outside of the blog world though, I feel like I know people a little more intimately {not in a creepy way}. And yeah, no profile pic, one follower, no thank you.

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  27. Oh! I think you might be right. I've shied away from IG lately and have been blogging a lot more.

    I'm nosey and like IG but it's so hard for me to follow. I'd rather let blog posts pile up in my reader then go tackle them at once, rather than see photos from all my friends all in one feed.

    www.hautemommyblog.com

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  28. You are so right. I think for me, I got out of the blog rhythm during a job change, and it's just hard to get back to that place. I'm getting caught up on reading, writing and commenting this weekend, and it's given me that push I need to get inspired again!

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  29. Yes, there's a number of blogs that I check much less frequently because I follow them on instagram. I can see their daily updates to know how life is going and check their blogs every once in a while when I want to (and have time to) "read." I kind of like it. :)

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  30. I so guilty of this!!! I often go back and post instagram things on my blog purely so I can one day look back and have record of them on my blog. Oh and I'm lazy and phone pictures are all I've got :) I so agree that the blog world isn't what it used to be. I think certain arenas are still active (like in the adoption world for example) when people are seeking information... But I literally don't have time to read blogs, even the ones that I love. Maybe one day when our kids are all in school we will all have time again?? Haha yea right :)

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  31. IG is TOTALLY to blame. All the things I used to save up to blog about, I post about in the moment (or shortly thereafter) on IG. I haven't even posted on my blog about Gwenner starting to walk. Why would I?? I feel like I already told everyone. Although I don't love this because I miss that wee blog of mine.

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