Why I’m Slowly Giving Up on Instagram

*sings loudly and terribly out of tune* I’VE GOT ANOTHER CONFESSION TO MAKE

Yep, it’s time I finally publically confess that I am no longer enjoying my Bookstagramming experience. There has been a number of posts about the new Instagram algorithms, and although I’m not sure if the facts are true, it has made me think.

It’s actually been a year now since I started noticing Instagram changing. I’ve used Instagram for around 5 years now, and I used to own an account with around 10,000 followers. I constantly received likes, comments and followers, and I would only lose followers in Instagrams frequent surges.

I started my Bookstagram account around 3 years ago now, and I’ve posted most days since. I’ve grown a following of nearly 2,000 but there I hit a problem.

I reached 2k a year ago. And I haven’t gained any followers since.

In fact, I’ve lost 30 followers. After steadily growing my accounts daily and seeing a consistent surge, I’ve hit a wall.

A lot has changed in the world of Instagram since I started using it. For example, we now have Stories. There are, of course, a lot more people than there used to be. You can now have a business account, or personal, and view analytics about your posts and Stories. You can like comments and messages. You see sponsered content and can boost your posts. But the biggest thing of all – posts are no longer in chronological order.

That means Instagram is following Facebook – and you don’t actually see the most recent posts first in your feed. Now, you can see posts from 5 days ago right at the top, just because you like more of the posts on that account than other peoples.

I wouldn’t say I’m blaming this on my sudden freeze, but I am definitely blaming Instagram. I’ve researched and please tell me if you think otherwise, but I haven’t changed anything. I am doing nothing wrong.

I’m not one to be hung up on followers – I’ve waited almost a year before mentioning anything about my follower count at all – but this means I’m seeing absolutely no growth in my account. No feedback for all of the hard work I put in. And that, I will admit, is really discouraging. And because of the analytics, I don’t feel as though I’m seeing a range of my followers posts.

Is this just me, or are you noticing a change in Bookstagram too?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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7 thoughts on “Why I’m Slowly Giving Up on Instagram

  1. I just returned to Bookstagram after about a year of inactivity. My following is not huge (I have around 320 ish?), and I find the algorithm to be so annoying! I feel kind of weird liking people’s posts from five days ago, you know? Especially if they’ve posted things since, but I don’t even see them in my feed or know they exist because of the stupid algorithm. I much prefer the simplicity of Instagram in its olden days!💕

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    1. I completely agree, Kayla! I hate liking old photos and then seeing they’ve posted since, and I think the non-chronological way of seeing posts makes it unfair for smaller accounts that may not be liked as much.

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  2. I’ve definitely noticed this change as well (just scrolling through my feed is so confusing now) but I’m tryin to not let it bother me because I really enjoy taking bookish photos and interacting with the bookish community on there. I agree with you, though: it’s really frustrating!!

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