I'm an Instagram Idiot

by - 9:00 AM

A few weeks ago I suddenly found myself slaying the Instagram game. Now I used to think life was uninstagrammable, so I was pretty surprised when some of my less interesting pictures gathered dozens of likes within the hour. I was so happy. I thought I'd finally figured out how to do the Instagram thing. I was foolish. I did some stupid things. I was a complete Instagram idiot.

It all began when I started scrolling through the pictures I'd clicked this summer. Some were actually pretty decent, so I thought I'd give Instagram a shot again.
That was probably my first mistake, because the last time I tried my hand at Instagram I'd thrown my phone across the room in frustration. Anyway, I started posting on my page again.
The first couple of days everything went great. More than great actually, it went pretty much perfect. I got plenty likes and even gained a few followers. Finally I was playing the Instagram game again and I was playing it well. Not that I had any idea what I was doing. In fact, I didn't even know I had been creating an Instagram theme until the sixth day of posting a picture to said theme. Yes, that's the level I was playing the game on.

Despite my incompetence, things kept going great. I posted daily and enjoyed it more than I expected. The numbers kept going up and up, which meant I got more and more excited with every post, like a real Instagram idiot, unsuspecting of her looming downfall. Downfall wasn't in the near future at that moment though. No, I was going for a milestone rather than downfall: the milestone of 100 likes on one picture. I waited patiently. A pic of flowers in Lithuania inched closer and closer to 100. Then one night, I actually did hit 100. You won't believe how happy I was. All my friends needed to know about it. Screenshots were sent all over the place. I was jumping up and down with excitement and barely slept that night. Pure Instagram idiocy right there.

My high didn't last long. As it always goes with Instagram and me, I suddenly started losing followers rapidly without any apparent reason. One moment I reached an all-time high of 140 followers, the next loads of people unfollowed me. Keeping up with my posting schedule didn't work, neither did using a ridiculous amount of hashtags. I was heart-broken.

For a few days I wanted to give up on Instagram again. Then I realized I was being stupid. I'd had fun editing and sharing my pictures. Giving that up just because of some stats? That would make me a real idiot. So I continued posting. I'll never make it big on Instagram, but then again, who does? Almost everyone I know struggle with Instagram except for a lucky few. I try to ignore the numbers as much as possible now. A lot of liked on my post can still make me happy, but a new follower or two doesn't excite me anymore. That way I'll stay an Instagram idiot, but at least I'll be a happy Instagram idiot.

Stay Awesome!

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12 Fellow Ramblers

  1. ahaha, envy this post was so cute! I feel like at some point we all have the insta-strong game people dream of, and then suddenly it's like nooo. I was doing so well with mine and then I ran out of data, and instagram is blocked on my project's wifi and that was that ahaha! your photos are so pretty though, that's what's important -not the likes! :D xx

    Love,

    Anne // www.aportraitofyouth.co.uk

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    1. There's just no logic behind the Instagram game I think, hahaha. I'm gonna be your Instagram buddy when you can get back on it, okay? Thanks for the compliment, I really appreciate it :) Sometimes I feel like people think my pictures suck just because they don't get a lot of likes, but those likes really shouldn't matter :)

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  2. Im glad you found a way to enjoy instagram :)

    honestly, I'm obsessed with it. lol. but focusing on the amount of likes can get draining. and its pointless.
    but Im glad you found a balance

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    1. I don't think I'm really obsessed with likes in the way that I don't feel terrible for not reaching a certain amount, but some milestones just make me really happy, if that makes any sense :P It took me a while to find balance, but I'm glad I found it. Instagram is so addictive XD

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  3. I can be obsessed with numbers too - from time to time - but then it's important to remember that numbers don't matter, as long as you love what you do. Followers will usually grow over time if you invest in it, that's my experience :) I also hate when lots of people follow me and then unfollow the next day, those are often not even genuinely interested in you but only in getting a follow back :( I think your instagram is great and unique as it is!
    Xx ilse
    www.ilsedanielle.com

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    1. Thank you! Those people who immediately unfollow annoy me too, but these days they only seem to target my Twitter. I invested in Instagram for about a month and that led to 60 new followers, but I just don't have the time to keep investing in it. Soon I'll give it another try though :D I think we al obsess over numbers, especially us bloggers, hahaha

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  4. I definitely relate to this post! I'm a little too obsessed with numbers on instagram but this is definitely making me look at things a bit differently x

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    1. You're doing so well on Instagram though! You deserve to be happy with your page :D

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  5. I love reading posts like this because learning how other people view their social media incredibly intrigues me. I think, because I get bored so easily, numbers on social media go from mattering a lot to me to just being there as an annoyance. I go in and out caring about Instagram, but seeing you be a happy “idiot” makes me want to be one with you.

    (つ≧▽≦)つ

    mchi (@mchiouji) | http://blog.mchiouji.me ❤

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    1. We can be happy idiots together now :D I always go in and out caring about Instagram as well, but right now I can't get bored with it at all ^-^

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  6. This is such a relatable post! I think everyone gets obsessed with number on instagram, including me, but I have had some blog traffic through there so it's working :D

    Blog: quirksandqueries.blogspot.com

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    1. Tell me your secrets! I honestly have no idea how to get traffic through Instagram, I'm really just winging it :P

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