It was a pretty rash decision. But one that I've been going back and forth on for weeks now. I know a lot of you really enjoyed connecting with us through Instagram and I have to admit, that was one of the best parts of it for me, too. But something had to change. As you noticed, I've been struggling to write on this blog consistently due to most of my time going to spending time with Lexi and the addition of Daily Mom. I have a lot to share and talk about but only 24 hours a day and a toddler that literally needs me 20 of those 24 hours, as well as a fairly large website to run. So something had to give.
Instagram wasn't ever meant to be an extension of my blog, which it was becoming. I was finding myself resorting to posting on Instagram when I should have been posting on the blog, connecting with followers there rather than here. My Instagram account was meant to be private and personal, like my personal facebook account. Only people I know in real life or have become friends on the Internet. However, it morphed into something more and it was really nice for a period of time. In fact, I would probably continue it if it wasn't for the need to cut something to give me more time. Since Instagram is the one place where I "hung out" most, it had to be it.
So anyways, I am now Instagram free and I didn't think I would last more than a few days without posting (I do have a personal account but it's meant for following my friends, not posting). It's been almost 2 week now and I have not uploaded a single picture or spent much time looking at friends' feeds. It was sort of an addiction and I feel I have a real chance of turning it around and saving some time there. It has also been pretty purifying. Just dropping it. No turning around. It was kinda awesome! I don't feel the need to constantly check Instagram or upload new photos, my focus is finally where it should be. I much more prefer blogging to quick photos there.
That is not saying that Instagram doesn't have its own place and isn't a great social website. I just can't do it right now. So I feel a bit sad for just leaving some of you guys, but I really hope we are just going to get to connect here instead. Maybe in the future (when Lexi is pre-school or something), I will start it over again, but in the meantime, this will actually allow me to post more short posts on the blog, as well as spend more time with Lexi that isn't interrupted by Instagram uploads or comment responses. Cheers!
P.S. If time allows, I might post some of the photos and videos I would have otherwise posted on Instagram here instead.