I joined Instagram a couple of years ago as an opportunity to get inspiration for children’s clothes and interiors.
I had no idea of the impact of Instagram, the mechanics of it and the community feel it holds.
After a few months of using the app to solely post photos with filters (before I owned a snazzy camera and found my love of natural light!), I started chatting to other women, some mothers, some not. I found women I connected with in a way that you would want to connect with someone when you make a friend for life.
It felt odd in a way to “make friends” with people I didn’t know. I’ve always had that cautious streak of ‘what if it’s a 45 year old man pretending to be a woman my age’ but you really can get to know people and develop genuine friendships – the kind where you desperately wish they lived closer so you could meet for coffee and play dates.
I’m grateful for the support I’ve received from these amazing friends I’ve made. Last year I met up with Ainsley from Life with Oaks and Olive and it was like meeting up with a long lost friend. I hope to turn more “virtual friendships” into real ones this year and meet up with more lovely people.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all flowers and rainbows, there are some people who aren’t supportive or make negative comments but at the end of the day, not everything I post will be everyone’s cup of tea and I’m fine with that.
I used to be hung up on followers (and I still love to see my following grow) but that focus has shifted now. I just roll with it and enjoy sharing and chatting – very brady bunch sounding I know!
What I think I’m trying to say is how Instagram started as a photo sharing tool for me but has become a place I can curate and share my style, but more importantly connect with likeminded people and develop real friendships.
These are the people that are sharing the challenges of working busy jobs and raising families; women who have thrown their all into developing a platform to share messages/ideas/support; small businesses that have beautiful products and deserve to get their names out there; women with beautiful interior styling who will answer 50 questions about paint when you ask them (you know who you are ladies!); fathers who give us a snapshot of their everyday lives.
The Instagram collective is a varied one which is what I love so much about it. Women, men, business owners from across the globe coming together. Despite the algorithms messing up the views on instagram, this is the main reason it’s still my favourite social platform.
Some of my favourite (and most supportive) accounts:
- Jennifer from Jennifer Dewett
- Carly from Carly and Teds
- Anna from Blossoming Birds
- Colin from Father of the Birds
- Jess from The Hoppy Home
- Vickie from This Jones Life
- Jo from Little Village House
- Jenna from Jenna’s Life With Her Boys
- Elle from Feathering the Empty Nest
- Lauren from Hunters and Heels
- Ainsley from Life with Oaks and Olive
- Megan from Little Miss Tiggy
I could go on for days as there are so many beautiful and supportive friends I’ve made though Instagram but I have to stop somewhere!