March 21, 2018

I was super super reluctant to post this or I was thinking of just putting it in an Instagram caption but I feel I need to dedicate a whole blog post to it, cause it's something I've been thinking a lot about recently.  Some people may relate to this and some people might not understand why I'm bothering to write this. This is definitely going to be the most personal post I've put on my blog so far as well, as I usually don't talk about my life that much. more just what I'm wearing and makeup I'm using. But that's exactly why I'm writing this. 

People who have followed me on Instagram from before I started blogging will notice the type of photos I post on my feed have changed a lot. The pictures I was Instagramming sort of changed gradually without me even realising. Whilst I used to post typical personal pictures of me and my friends from nights out and concerts etc now I post more outfit pictures, flatlays etc with more long chatty captions. I hadn't thought much about this or noticed really until this weekend when me and two of my friends got a picture of us going out. I liked the picture and it was something that I would usually have posted before I started blogging, but now I felt like it kinda looked out of place on my feed. 

 So the question I asked myself was; do people who follow me because the like my blog want to see this? Probably not, was the answer I came up with. So is it impossible to be a blogger with a 'blogger feed' but still post pictures from your personal life. 

I think it maybe more lies with the fact that my blogger type pictures and actual life are so different from each other. Not that I'm posting things that are false, because I loved to get dressed up and show off my outfits and go to events but at the same time I am also a 20 year old Uni Student. I do live in halls, go to parties, go on nights out in Belfast, is my life glamorous all the time? Absolutely not, sometimes there's crazy nights out, but they just don't seem to fit in to my online image anymore. 

Especially cause I've been told it can look 'unprofessional' for me to post pictures like this, if brands were looking at working with me, this might put them off. Maybe some people will see this as a good thing and think I shouldn't be sharing this type of stuff online however I see all my friends and peers posting personal pictures and sometimes it just makes me think I want my old feed back, where I could post 3 pictures a week from going out a no one cared. 

Don't get me wrong I love blogging, I love interacting with other bloggers and I love how Instagram can be used as a platform to promote your blog and show extra content (we'll not talk about algorithm thats one for another day) and I wouldn't change it for the world. However sometimes I wish there wasn't such a stigma to have a perfect feed all the time, because sometimes I just want to post a picture because I like it and it makes me happy not because it's what people expect me to post.

I enjoy doing my Primark faves and OOTD's as much as the next girl but that is only half of my life that I'm showing, that's not what I'm doing every second of every day. And I think a of bloggers would agree with that. I've seen a lot of 'Instagram vs Reality' type posts floating about which i think are great. Because a lot of the time what you see on Instagram isn't the reality. I could be posting an outfit picture I took last week while sitting in bed watching Netflix, sometimes I do have lazy days,  I don't always wear makeup, I don't wear really stylish outfits everyday and I don't have perfect coffees and brunches to document everyday. It doesn't mean I don't enjoy those things and want to post about them I do it's just not my entire life.

So this all sort of made me think do I really need two Instagram accounts one for people who know me and want to see what me and my friends have been up to and one for my blog. Is that really necessary? I'm going to be honest it's a no from me, I'm going to continue to post mostly blog content  on my Instagram and throw a little bit of my life in there too, when I feel like it.

I know this was kinda a different post for me, let me know your thoughts.

Thanks for reading

Hannah x

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