November on Instagram

2018, lifestyle, photography

Hello!

Taking photos and spending time planning and creating Instagram content is something I’ve really grown to enjoy this year and I’ve been posting pretty consistently for a couple of months now and I’m really proud of the content I’ve made and the theme I’ve designed for myself.

So I thought I’d do a rundown of the photos I’ve posted this month – currently I’m working on a colour by line theme basis and once every three days it looks amazing, in the in between it just looks a little odd!

Every photo is linked in the caption. Enjoy!

I had kind of gotten to a point on Instagram where I didn’t show my face very often and it’s something that I’ve kind of gotten into the habit of convincing myself that no one wants to see but it’s a confidence thing that I definitely need (and want) to work on!

One of my favourite photos from the entire month was the WW1 Remembrance shadows that were placed all around my town in advance of Remembrance Sunday.

I got excited about my new bedroom carpet, I tried to work on my self-confidence and take a photo in a dance studio before my tap class on a Tuesday and the beautiful blue skies have faded to grey.

This is my absolutely favourite row of the month – I got to show off my new feature wall in my bedroom, brainstorm about what hair colour I want to go next (I have a whole plan that I could make into a blog post if anyone’s interested?) and the last photo was a bit of a panic because we’d taken a very spontaneous trip to Bournemouth to see my sister and then I realised the lining of my bag was a brilliant purple.

It may not all match perfectly as the same shade as purple, but I feel like these photos really showcase my creativity and however pretentious that sounds, I still really love this row.

And lastly, my most recent posts with a preview of what I’ll be posting tomorrow!

unpacking boxes (not yet posted ooooh edgy) – a ‘moody’ (grumpy) selfiea bus stop

I want to make my feed more personal, showing snippets of what I’m doing and really captivating everyday life! I’m seriously considering rejigging my theme a little bit and figuring out something else that works and is a bit easier for me to maintain as well as showcasing a bit more of me in my real, everyday life rather than these cultivated colours that I’ve been working with so far.

So, a picture of a bus stop! A selfie! And a sneak peek at tomorrow’s post – a little look at all the latest unpacking from moving out of my storage unit (the new office is really starting to come together and I’m very excited about it)!

Now I would like to ask you something – is this the kind of post you like seeing? Or are you already following me on Instagram and have seen these posts already? Is there anything in particular you’d like to see from me and my blog?? Please do let me know! With the New Year coming up I’m thinking ahead to next year’s content and what I really want to make and do with this blog so I’d love to hear!

This turned out to be a bit of a long one! Thank you so much for reading,

Sophie xx

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what’s the point of an Instagram theme?

2017, lifestyle, photography, student

Hello!

Instagram is both a wonderful and an awful thing – it’s a great platform for sharing what you’ve been up to, showing pictures you’re proud of and cross-promoting content like blog posts and YouTube videos. But it also means the Kardashian’s think they’re important so, pros and cons.

Regardless, Instagram is my favourite social media platform – I love taking photos, editing the photos and sharing it with emojis and hashtags. It’s the little things that keep my entertained, you know?

One thing that’s been growing in popularity recently is having a theme on Instagram – so your photos are all edited the same way or some people like to post three photos at once or they only post using the same background.

And I’ve thought about this (a lot) – I don’t have time to plan a whole theme and make sure everything fits in my theme and not post some stuff because it doesn’t fit my theme.

I like posting whatever I like on Instagram and the freedom, without the limitation of a theme. Though I have noticed that any photos that has my face in it gets significantly less likes.

Does wonders for the self esteem right?

But does having a theme matter? Those with a theme tend to have a prettier page at first glance but does this make the content better or does it just grab peoples attention?

Will having an Instagram theme drive more traffic to my blog or YouTube channel? Or is it just a waste of time because most people using Instagram view it through the news feed and tag searches.

I don’t know, I personally look at peoples profiles very rarely and I think a theme is a waste of time I don’t have – the thought of only putting some photos on Instagram sounds like a lot of stress to me.

But I’m intrigued – what do you think? Do you have an Instagram theme and if so, why? I want to hear about people who don’t have the same opinion as me. Let’s have a chat in the comments!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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