Whenever I scroll through Instagram, I see all my favourite bloggers’ snaps at cute coffee shops or in the most beautiful scenery. It seems like they’re always up to something whether that’s venturing off to somewhere new for a shoot or meeting a blogger pal for a drink and in comparison, my life seems boring af.
I go to work five days a week and when I’m not there, I’m at home or Toby’s house and a few nights a week I’ll go to the pub with my friends but that’s it. Realistically, I spend most of my week in womens’ grey sweatshirts (or mens for that matter), jeans and Converse and life just isn’t that magical or exciting.
I even tweeted about it a few months ago and received a crazy response (449 likes to be exact so I’m basically a social media superstar now) from people who either feel sorry for me (I hope not) or can relate to working a busy schedule and struggling to find the time to fit coffees and brunches into it. I’m so glad I’m not the only who feels like this because I was starting to think it was just me who feels like they’re boring and anti-social!
It might just be that I’m not keeping up with the rapid pace the blogging and social media world is evolving at so I feel out of touch and like my very average and normal life isn’t ‘blogger’ enough. Does anyone really want to see a picture of me posing in my garden or is that too 2012? Bloggers are up to some incredible things nowadays whether that’s staying in luxury hotels around the globe or attending a crazy product launch at the top of a skyscraper in London and it makes me feel like my content can’t keep up or compete with that. Why would someone choose to follow my Instagram when there are thousands of others out there with much more inspiring content (which probably isn’t taken on a tripod in their garden)?
Yes, I know you shouldn’t compare yourself but it’s natural isn’t it? And maybe it’s not always straight up comparing, sometimes it’s more like looking for inspiration and ways you can improve your own blog or social media.. Or am I just trying to justify me constantly comparing myself?!
I just feel like my life is way too boring for Instagram unless I’ve just been on holiday (I’m currently going through that period where I’ve got loads of holiday photos to post which makes me very happy) and maybe if I were to shoot my outfits on the streets of London or in a cute little coffee shop then my posts would see more engagement and maybe even followers. It’s just in reality, I struggle to do that. I live in Kent (GREEN EVERYWHERE – hence the Instagram theme); in a teeny village with not a lot of exciting places around and anywhere you do go, you have to drive; I rarely have the disposable income to go for a proper day out anywhere cause it ain’t cheap sunshine; don’t have anyone to shoot me (Toby works weekends); am not photogenic at all and get super embarrassed if a randomer sees me taking photos so it’s not the best concoction for Instagram perfection but I do try!
Please say I’m not the only one who feels like this! I don’t want to be one of those people who take social media too seriously but at the same time, I’d like to grow my channels and not let anything hold me back!
Do you ever feel like your lifestyle holds your Instagram or blog back?