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✖ why I deleted my Instagram?

If you've been following me for a while, you know that I disappeared, went completely MIA from Instagram for a short period of time. It kind of looked like all was going well, there was no sign of the things I have had gone through and while I was scrolling my old account, I felt like it wasn't mine - if you know what I mean.

I wanted to be on Instagram as myself. Not some sort of a random Finnish woman who happens to be some sort of a mum blogger while her life is all sunny days and daisies. I mean, don't get me wrong - my old Instagram was themed, it was insanely carefully thought, all captions and hashtags were planned and the struggle of growing the account was weighing on my shoulders.

✖ just another paper cut survivor, who also happens to be into photography, coffee, rock music & coding.
Instagram is such a mind-fuck app, don't you think? We are all loving and hating it at the same time. I recently read somewhere (would link the source here if I was able to remember where I read it from), that negative things are something people are more interested in, whether they want it or not. When something creates negative content, the engagement is better and it creates more conversation. And why did I brought this up? Because I believe that Instagram, as an app, is one of the most negative things I've ever stumbled upon. It's not the fault of its designers, it's not even fault of the Facebook.

It's not necessarily anyone's fault, in the meaning of the word "fault" but it's the way most of us are using it. The original designers left the whole damn thing shortly after Facebook bought the app. The team over at Facebook has come up with so many updates, that unless you're not willing to buy your followers there's no deal for you there until you've reached that magical 10k for the swipe up feature. The way people are using it, which is amazing and so very creative and beautiful, but while one after another is posting more beautiful, more creative and more amazing photos out there, it's easy to forget the fact that there are real lives behind those photos. Real lives, whose lives might not even be as glorious even though their instafeed might suggest you differently. #liveauthentic has lost its meaning.

However, those were just reasons why I think Instagram is such a negative app. It's not the reason why I deleted my Instagram account. I got sidetracked, and my ear is living its own life currently.
*types in Google "how long ear infections last"*

In December last year, I found myself thinking about deleting my account more often. I'd lose all my few thousand followers and like I've always rooted, I've never really cared about how many followers I had. I mean, it would have been nice to reach the magical 10k, but I wasn't obsessing over to the follower count. When I eventually deleted my account, I felt like a massive weight had lifted from my shoulders. Let's dig into that "weight" more closely, shall we?

✖ the followers
"But you would lose all your followers, doesn't it feel scary?" It actually didn't. It was an easy choice. I felt like I was following so many people I didn't actually want to follow (been slowly following the ones again I used to love, I just can't remember their handles) and I found the easiest way to declutter that all, was deleting the whole damn thing.

✖ the grid
My grid was filled with pictures of everything. But why I didn't just archive them all? It would have not been the same. I wanted to get rid of it all to start off from a clean table.

✖ the bio
As you look closely to my new bio, I haven't labelled myself as anything. I'm just another person in the world of Instagram, who just happens to be into a bunch of stuff. My previous bio told that I was a potato enthusiast, wanderlust, mum, blogger, and while I still identify as those things, it's just as all over the place as my old feed was.

✖ authenticity, the heat of the moment, instant photo-sharing
Those are three things I'm going to base this blog. Those are three things I'm going to base my Instagram. I don't want to plan ahead like a maniac, take a bunch of stress out of it and oh my, think in what order the pictures look perfect on my grid. If I feel like I want to post a picture of my wool socks, I'll be damn right to post a picture of my wool socks. I want to be in the moment. And with my old account, I wasn't.

So while I went from roughly a few thousand followers to less than 200, it was the best decision I've ever made. It's part of this whole identity crisis I'm going through and a lot like this blog, I want to make Instagram as my own. There will be things that I'm passioned about, sarcastic quotes, pictures from my travels and casual day-to-day stories.

Have you ever thought of deleting your Instagram?
Would you have the courage to do that?

If you want to check my new account out, here's where you can do so.

29 comments

  1. I applaud you and your decision! I've moved away from Instagram of late. It was so much work for so little in return. I just got my head around Pinterest and I'm addicted now - it's so much easier and interesting!!!

    Ashley
    https://lellalee.com

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    1. Haha thanks! Pinterest is one of my faves, could scroll through it for ages at one sitting!

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  2. I never really gave it a thought! I've deleted my social media on several occasions. I think I went cold turkey for about 6 months before and it was amazing.
    The number game sucks and insta feels like it's so full of fake BS sometimes! Congratulations on taking the leap!

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    1. Instagram definitely is one mind-fuck app at times haha, thanks!

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  3. Oh my God this is so relatable. I haven't posted on mine since November and I don't even want to go back. I find it so stressful and I hate that everything has to look so perfect x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. Exactly that! I'm glad to hear this was relatable. I struggled with it for a really long time.

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  4. Great read! I definitely feel that there is an overwhelming pressure to produce on instagram, while the reward is not quite as apparent for your blog as is other social media platforms. Instagram is hard work with little payoff from a blogging perspective, however I hear it can be great from an affiliate marketing perspective. I applaud you for deleting your instagram! Personally I have thought of it, but I prefer to take breaks here and there. I let my followers know and if I lose them along the way then that's something I cannot help. So glad you posted this, made me think alot!

    Cyn
    www.cynspo.com

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    1. I can imagine it's perfect for affiliate marketing, especially if you have the swipe up feature! But that would require that 10k of following which is quite hard to reach. Of course, hard work pays off but when does it turn to too much of a hard work, that could be the question asked here.

      I'm so glad you read it! Thank you :-)

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  5. OMG how I relate to this so much. It's been 5 months since i deleted mine and i do not regret the decision I made. Great post.

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    1. Sometimes it's just needed! Thank you :-)

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  6. I never could put my finger on it about why I hated instagram. There is more going on than the algorithm and it is how people use it!

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    1. I don't think it's the algorithm why people are actually hating the whole app, I think it's the general atmosphere but the algorithm is something you can easily put a blame on.

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  7. It's so refreshing to hear someone talk about Instagram truthfully. I feel like we're all subconsciously aware of the negative side of it, but nobody really wants to point it out in fear of being the first to do so. I gave up posting on my grid back in October after I put too much pressure on myself regarding the theme I was using at the time. I still love the story's feature but I don't really grow on there. Good luck with your new account, though; I hope posting more of what you want to will help you enjoy the app more!

    Rebekah Gillian | https://rebekahgillian.co.uk/

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    1. Instagram Stories is definitely one of the best updates they've ever made!
      It actually made me enjoy the app more, which makes me happy. It's like going back to the good old days with a 2019 twist and better quality photos. Thank you!

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  8. Very nice written. We all are just jelaous because of the perfect life of others on Instagram. You are right. It's such a negative app...

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    1. Thank you! I don't think we're necessarily jealous because of the perfect life of others. I believe it's more like falling in love with the idea of having that perfect Instagram life and then trying to pursue it for ourselves. The perfection on Instagram has an effect on it, but isn't necessarily the deepest reason why it makes us feel bad with our own lives, as it's all about the perspective and way you are looking at things. I think it's more about forgetting that behind every single photo on Instagram can be basically anything that isn't showing on the picture or in the caption of it. It's difficult to put in words.

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  9. Such a great post, there is definitely such a pressure to create content on instagram and I do definitely feel a little deflated if one post for my blogger instagram doesn't perform so well I do wonder what I've done wrong! I've never considered deleting my Instagram before but this post has really got me thinking!

    Sara | http://www.copperandsun.co.uk

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    1. It can be a game changer! But only if you're comfortable with the decision :-)

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  10. This was beautiful. Thank you for your perspective. I’m kind of right there with you. Trying to live authentically!

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    1. Thank you for reading, means the world!

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  11. This is so relatable. I basically gave up on my blog's Instagram. I was so focused on trying to come up with content that it wasn't fun and wasn't me. Good for you for starting over!

    Lauren | Creatively Lauren

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  12. I deleted my Instagram in 2015 sometime, it was so liberating. Same with my Tumblr. They no longer brought me joy per se and caused me a lot of anxiety with looking perfect. My Twitter on the other hand... I could never part with!

    Rachel || http://anotherstationanothermile.com

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    1. I could never delete Twitter either hahah!

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  13. Such an honest post darlin congrats 💖 I couldn't agree more as I've just come back from a long break from all social media. Lots of love sunshine x

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed reading this!

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  14. I am so glad that I stumbled across this post. I deleted my account yesterday. Instagram was so negative and really damaged my mental health. I’m hoping I can move forward without it and feel good....

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    1. I hope everything works out well for you!

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  15. I’ve been thinking about deleting Instagram as well! Way too much pressure and negativity with little reward

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