You know you’ve been watching too many YouTube videos when your post titles are like basic clickbait links. This post should really be titled: I’m Not Ditching Blogging for Instagram but Book Blogging isn’t as Cool as Bookstagram, but that’s too long so… Whatever, that’s off topic.
I’m really not ditching blogging for Instagram…-ish. Eh, you know, Instagram is a pretty fun place (for me at least). I like styling pictures, taking them, editing them, posting them, and interacting with other book lovers on Instagram. My IG is @pagingserenity, by the way. (Because you know, gotta get that self-promo. It’s been a long day, okay?) Anyways, back to the point, if I’m terribly honest, I like Instagram more than I like blogging. At least right now.
By no means does this mean I’m going to stop blogging. I just think it’s interesting how my hypocrisy is rearing its head. I go on hiatus from blogging because I don’t have time. I say I do my best to prioritize it, but in reality, a bunch of that time I could have used to blog is used to better my Instagram feed. And I’ve never taken an extended break from Instagram, unlike what I have done here on this blog. I think that there are a couple reasons why Instagram appears more appealing to be than blogging does at this moment.
Ooh, New and Shiny
For me, Instagram (or specifically, bookstagram) is still kind of new to me. I’ve only been working on it seriously for about half a year. Blogging, on the other hand, I’ve been doing for a little over four years. Right now, Instagram is that new shiny, sparkly toy while blogging is the old one you love, but have owned for like forever.
Goal? Check… Or Not
I feel like it’s easier for me to meet the goals I set for Instagram verus the ones I set for blogging and thus it feels like the effort that goes to Instagram is worth more than the effort that goes into blogging. Because while I love both, there’s just currently more motivation to post pictures on Instagram everyday than there is to post a post.
For some reason, I feel like it’s easier to interact with other people in Instagram verus blogging. I find responding to comments easier and commenting on other posts more fun. I think part of the reason is that Instagram has so many users. I’m really just a needle in a haystack of other needles. (Or a straw of hay in a haystack?) If I say something and sound dumb, no one will really care or remember. I just won’t gain a follower or I’ll lose one.
When it comes to blogging, I feel like a small fish in a corner with other fish in a big pond. While there are other blogs out there, there’s more pressure to come off as respectful, nice, and intelligent. I also feel like the only people who really comment on my blog are loyal followers and as a result, I tend to overthink and overthink and overthink what I say when I attempt reply. (Yet another reason why I suck at responding to comments). And not to say I don’t respect other Instagramers, it’s just that blogging somehow demands more respect? I don’t know, I’m weird. Long story short, I feel more free to comment whatever on Instagram posts while I feel more pressure to come off a certain way when commenting (and replying to comments) on blogs.
Do you ever feel like giving up blogging for something else book related?
If yes, what?