Confession… I have had a love/hate relationship with Instagram for about a year now. In the beginning of it all, Instagram functioned as a mini blog or little snippets into my life. It was fun. It was in the moment. Candid. Real. #authentic (I say this with a bit of sarcasm)
Then the Adored Vintage Instagram blew up into mostly about vintage and vintage shop updates. And to be quite honest… it grew old FAST (for me anyway). I remember two summers ago, I was chatting with a friend and telling her how bored I was of instagram. Everyone was posting the same curated beautiful images. I would scroll through my feed and just feel so uninspired. My feed included.
Last Friday I was chatting with my friend Katie of Ponderosa and Thyme and I shared with her how I actually was hating Instagram. I was so tired of trying to balance pictures I actually loved and also posting pictures of vintage shop updates so people knew Adored Vintage got new arrivals in.
So Katie simply said “So why post things you don’t like?” And I started thinking about that. Like really thinking about it.
I’ve been posting images that I think OTHER people will like. I was trying to figure out some magic formula. Trying to please all 60,000+ followers (seriously, I didn’t type out that number to be all big headed, more for emphasis that I’ve been driving myself round the bend trying to guess what all these people will like.)
And so, about a week ago, I posted I was going to try an experiment. I’m only going to post stuff I like, stuff I actually want to share. I stopped posting shop updates, unless I really want to.
Now Instagram is fun again! It’s inspiring again! Now the Adored Vintage is less about selling and shop updates. It’s more about inspiring. I do hope our instagram is a source of inspiration for you!
If you would like to follow along on Instagram, my moniker is Adored Vintage