Instagram is a topic that seems to appear a lot in twitter chats and on other blog posts, with most people torn between two sides – to have a theme, or to not have a theme. To be honest, whether an instagram has a theme or not does not affect whether I’ll follow. I generally look for photos of things that I’m interested in, a little personality and good photography. And by good photography, I just mean photos that are clear, well lit and not blurred. The odd blurry photo or ‘bad quality’ image doesn’t completely put me off, but a whole feed of just that does.
To theme or not?
I had a theme for a little while and I tried doing two white photos and then one dark because I liked how it looked. It didn’t last very long because I honestly just felt way too restricted. Taking photos in batches made it 10x easier, but then that also just felt a little forced. However, I did notice that when I was trying this theme out, I got a lot more likes and my followers increased a lot compared to before. We’ve all been on those instagram feeds and just looked on in awe right? A consistent theme just does look appealing to the eye. Upon giving up that theme, I decided to really think about the photos that I posted and chose to include random snapshots as well as some more set-up shots. Since doing that, my followers and engagement has gone up even more and with that I say that the quality of your feed is definitely an important factor. I’m happy with how it is looking, and I like my feed a whole lot more now.
I do still have my food instagram, although I’m not using it as much now. I like having all my food related photos in one place so you know, I do actually have a themed instagram account. I also follow plenty of others that follow this theme, and a lot of people who have a book related theme. I’m not against themes at all, and I think it just depends on what you want to post regularly.
The main sort of consenus about themed instagram accounts is that they don’t show ‘real life’. I’m sure instagram actually began as a place to show snapshots of life and to share daily things, but that is changing and as a form of social media it is evolving. Of course, it still is used like that by a lot of people but as more and more brands and bloggers get involved, we’re seeing a definite change. At the end of the day, it really depends on what you want to use instagram for.
I’ve loved photography since I first studied it in high school, and when I was in college, I was constantly on Flickr. I took part in challenges (365 days and 52 weeks being the biggest!) and I loved the community that came with groups on there. I see Instagram as very similar to this.
It’s a place to share photographs and creativity in whichever form you use. I want to use my account as somewhere to really improve my photography, and that means only posting those that I personally think are ‘good’. However, I’m not restricting myself by only posting one type of thing. My ‘theme’ really depends on what I’m doing that week. Sometimes it’s a lot of reading. Sometimes a lot of writing. Sometimes just a lot of cats. In March, you’ll see a lot of travel photography on there as I revisit Lanzarote. But that’s the beauty of it. My instagram shows everything that I am into at this moment in time; it shows my life, my hobbies and my photography.
Too long, didnt read? Well basically this is me saying that I don’t have a set theme, besides trying to only post higher quality images, but I don’t hate them eiher. I do like to see a bit of personal life on there and not just blogging related images though. It’s something that I’m trying to include more of, as well as the area I live.
What do you think? Theme, no theme or indifferent like me?