Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Why I Chose an Instagram Theme

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Instagram themes. Some love 'em, some loathe 'em. For me, it was a case for a very long time of loathing. Who has the time and energy to be so organised? To capture 20 different flatlays in one day? I certainly didn't - I had real life to deal with. 

Then, last February, I rebranded my blog and set myself a real schedule that I could stick to, so ultimately there came a revamp of my social medias, with Instagram being at the forefront of this big change. I'd taken inspiration from a lot of my own favourite accounts and decided it was time to bite the bullet and see if it worked - the dreaded Instagram theme. I had a lot of free time and decided to start bulk taking my blog photographs, so what difference would it be, really, to take bulk photos solely for my Instagram account? 

There are actually a lot of benefits to themed accounts, even if it's not for everybody. Some people know it won't work for them, and that's fine, but I'm really glad I tried it. I hated the intial idea of everything being perfect and polished, but at the same time, I enjoyed these accounts myself on Instagram. I still enjoy perfect clothing and makeup flatlays, and I love creative make-up. I've fallen out of love with overly-perfect, Photoshopped beauty accounts but for the most part, I still dig IG themes. 

I also want to add that mine isn't a strict theme. I mostly post make-up selfys and beauty or outfit flatlays, and I almost always use a white or light background. I also always add a small white border to my photos. That said, sometimes I post OOTDs, my art and I've been enjoying holding products against my white brick wall wallpaper too. Overall though, most of what I post is rather similar.


My day-to-day life isn't that exciting. I spent most of my time when I first got Instagram sick from work and not having much money, and nowadays, with working full-time night shift, I spend my days asleep or at work. I don't have as much time to see friends and go out as much as I'd like, so essentially, anything I posted of my day-to-day life would be incredibly boring. Since I bulk take photographs where I can, I've got plenty of choices when I go into my Dropbox and can find something to post, whatever my mood may be. For me, knowing I can simply pick something to post from my folder takes a huge weight off my shoulders. 


Instagram is fickle and incredibly hard to grow a following on. I'm constantly being followed to then be unfollowed after I follow back, or just after a few days because I haven't followed back. I must admit though, acquiring a theme for my page definitely boosted my follower count for the better. Pre-theme, I was sitting at around 80 followers, and in just a few months I'd shot up to about 120. Now, I'm on around 290, which isn't a lot, but it's a lot better than what I was on - especially as I'm only following 150 people as I post this, and most of the accounts I follow are tattoo artists and big bloggers who don't follow me back. Not too shabby, huh? 


Along with an improved following number, my interactions have gotten much, much better too. Whilst I still get the odd 'nice shot!' from a spam account or *love heart emoji* from an Instagram influencer - who doesn't love my posts enough to follow me, lol -, I primarily get kind comments from my fellow bloggers. Whether they're doting on the photo of my latest eyeshadow palette or being incredibly sweet and supportive of a selfy that features my bare-naked face, my interactions are considerably better. I also enjoy many more likes on my photos than I ever used to - although I admit that hashtags do have a role in this too - and my likes and interactions are very consistent nowadays! 

So these are some of the reasons I enjoy an Instagram theme, but what about you guys? Are you for or against themed Instas?


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