So, as you may know from this blog post I did back in July, I’ve been finding Instagram a bit of an uphill battle recently.
I get quite a few emails from “companies” that offer things like “1000+ new followers a day” in exchange for money but I’ve never given them a second thought. Something that I’ve noticed popping up quite recently though, in response to the Instagram algorithm, are Instagram pods. To put it frankly, these are online groups that like each other’s posts.
And I decided to join one to see what difference it would make.
Honestly? I hated it. Yes I received a lot more likes on my pictures (between 200-300) but the stress and hassle of it is honestly just not worth it.
Firstly, you have to like everyone else’s pictures from the past 24h before you can post your own, and when your group is of about 1,500 people, this is pretty time consuming and can take about 50-60 minutes.
If you don’t like everyone’s pictures, you’ll either get a message from someone complaining that you missed theirs or a warning from the admin and your link will be removed until you’ve liked everyone’s posts. 3 warnings and you’re out by the way!
Secondly, I noticed that even though my like and impression count was increasing, my follower count was still decreasing.
If you’re really worried about your likes on Instagram, and have an hour to spare every day on liking hundreds of other people’s posts then be my guest. But this was just not for me. Quitting the group was the easiest decision I’ve ever had to make.
I do wish followers and likes didn’t bother me, but it’s honestly just because I put so much effort into my grid and I’m really proud of my pictures. It hurts when you’re proud of something and people are making a conscious effort to go to your profile and unfollow you. But hey, that’s what I’m focusing on now – posting pictures whenever I feel like it and just because I like them, not because I think they’ll get the most likes. Trying not to be upset when my follower number ticks lower and lower.