The whole Instagram hiding likes thing versus drops in engagement has got me thinking recently…
I found myself over the past few days noticing a HUGE drop in the number of “likes” I received on Instagram, of course it worried me. It concerned me that I wasn’t putting out enough good content, it concerned me that my readers weren’t relating to my content anymore. Thankfully I’m old enough and wise enough to not take it personally and to understand that Instagram is going through some changes, but it got me thinking about all the users who do measure their sense of worth and self belief against this tool. Scary thought right? The only reason I ever started paying attention to “likes” is because I know that brands look out for it to measure ROI, but true engagement means so much more then just a heart button.
The amount of times I haven been approached by people on Instagram who want to “get into blogging”, looking for advice on how to start is more than I can count. Before I give advice away, my one response to everyone will always be, is “WHY”? What is your passion? Would you still blog if there was no Instagram? Would you still share your thoughts and stories if there weren’t any “perks”?
Now more then ever, with the changes in algorithms and measures of engagement, you should definitely keep sight of your purpose. It’s one of the reasons why I hate the term “influencer”. Yes, I can fully understand why it’s used, but I truly believe no individual can call rightfully call oneself an “influencer”. People around you can refer to you as one, but an “influencer” should come from a natural place. It should be an honest, first hand experience, not just someone plugging every single branded item. It should come from a place of authenticity. So if you start your blogging career with the aim to “be an influencer”, my suggestion is to walk away. Times are changing.
My “WHY” is, and has always been to help other mothers. In whatever way that may be; whether it’s to inspire you with creative crafts and activities to do with your children, or the best places to go that are child friendly in your area (the top reasons I started my blog up again); I want to help mothers on their journey. If you’re a new mom in that crazy, whirlwind newborn phase, and you don’t know what to do or where to turn, I’m here for you. If you’re starting out on your breastfeeding journey or experimenting with solids for the first time, I can relate, I am just a message away. Motherhood is my “WHY” .
Motherhood is something you can never actually understand or prepare for until you are in it. Becoming a mother for the first time is one of the most confusing, self doubting stages in all your life, whether you are the smartest woman in the world or not, we all experience the same things. I wanted to create a community and a safe space for any mum to reach out. For all mums to know that we are in it together and to create a community where we can all support one another along the way.
I may have gotten caught up a little with measuring my worth against others with more hearts on a social media page, but ultimately, you are all my “why”. So thank you, thank you for staying with me in this journey of motherhood. Thank you for reminding me of why I chose to blog and for being “my why”.
7 thoughts on “Finding Your “WHY” And Remaining True”
Well said Rebecca. And those are some lovely pics of your kids 🙂
Thank you Heather, and thank you for always reading x
I’m with you beautiful mama. I’ll always keep blogging because I love writing and being a soft place to land for other mamas feeling just as lost, tired and overwhelmed as I do. It’s always been about community. Sending you love.
I love that, “a soft place to land”, beautifully put Mari-Louise xx
Sound advice for any blogger or wannabe “influencer”. Find your why and stick to it. Be true to yourself.
Thank you Beth, and thank you for reading xx
This is a fantastic post and reminder to remain true to oneself. I was reading the part about the term “influencer” and found myself nodding inwardly – when you read something at work and inside your mind is like “yes!”. When I hear people being labelled an influencer I sometimes find myself thinking along the lines of “huh, why?”… “… she’s not influencing me”, or what I admit to be the very bitchy thought response of “…influencer? Why? Coz she posts half naked pics?” In those moments when I think I wouldn’t mind being an “influencer” or having hundreds of followers and likes, I also remind myself I started a blog (which is very much neglected but still my blog) because I always enjoyed writing. It’s a pity many view likes and followers as a sign of true influence, when making a real and positive difference in someone’s life runs so much deeper. 🙂