16 October 2017

Is It Compulsory To Have An Instagram Theme?

I was scrolling through Twitter the other night and I seen a blog retweeting page having the topical conversation about Instagram. One of the questions being asked was whether we have an Instagram theme and whether bloggers should have one or not.

This question got me thinking, as I type this draft post in Notes on my IPhone, do we really need to post the same or similar pictures just to conform to a theme?
But before anyone starts judging, I'm more than happy to look at other bloggers Instagram pages and be in awe of how they manage to keep to their theme and not post anything that doesn't reflect their theme or photo grid, but it just isn't for me.

For me personally, if I turned my Instagram page into purely just a photo grid based on my blog, I'd get very bored of it and feel pressurised of trying to take the most eye catching photos (which, let's face it, we would all like to do anyway) all the time, as much as Instagram is being a pain in the bum with the low engagement and shadow-banning, Instagram should be about showing the person you are. I usually post the things that mean a lot to me or show the sort of person I am and the things I like.

I do post blog relating posts on a weekly basis, I'll admit that, Instagram is one brilliant way of bringing in the readers for your blog posts, good pictures will always draw people in. But I don't post blog related pictures all of the time, I don't think I could do it! But I'm trying my best!

But I do have huge admiration for the bloggers who keep to their theme and post absolutely stunning photos on a daily basis, you're all bloody amazing!

For a while now, I have started sticking to one thing - keeping to the same filter. I found the most simple but very effective VSCO filters via Pinterest which literally works on all my photos. VSCO has become my photo's life saver.

I even have a board just for VSCO filters alone.

To sum up, we all have a preference. If you are more than happy to stick to a theme, then that's fine. But just because you don't stick to a theme, it doesn't mean you're not a great blogger. It's about the stuff you write and the pictures just come as part of the package. I'm always more interested in what has been written, it shows to me the writer and the person you are.

Since I've started blogging, I've had to find a way to include blogging photos with my personal photos on Instagram, I don't want my photo grid to look mixed up if that makes sense, but I'm getting there!

This book 'Capture Your Style' by Aimee Song, which is in most bloggers homes sitting on their book shelves or bedside table, gives amazing tips on how to edit and use Instagram to its full advantage.
What are your views on Instagram themes fellow bloggers?
Lucy
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