My Baffling Instagram Relationship

So I've been on Instagram for about a month, and I'm not sure how to describe my feeling about it. My refusal to join for a very long time was as a result of so many things including the fact that I hardly take pictures and its promotion and encouragement of narcissism.

Sometime last month, I just had this inexplicably urge to open an Instagram account even though I had absolutely no idea of what I would post on it. I informed Berry about the urge, and she basically asked me to just go ahead and open it.

So I opened the account and posted a flyer of one of my speaking engagements at oriental hotel. I followed some friends on Facebook and before I could say jack, got some decades of followers.

Right from them, I have observed some things about Instagram, and this is what I plan to share.

Instagram is too expensive to maintain, like a greedy mistress. It embezzles all my data without a care in the world. So after a week of being on it, I began to blame myself for getting on it in the first place.

Selfies and posies get the best likes. For every like you get on a quote picture, you can get 20 likes for selfie, posie picture or pouting pictures. So if you are more concerned about likes, go the route of narcissism. This was an issue for me because of course, I don't take pictures. So I have decided to accept that I won't have many likes. It is fine.

The only pictures I actually go out of my way to take are pictures of my food. I am a bit adventurous with food, but I'm not a foodie, if you get what I mean. I am an extreme healthy food enthusiast, and I like to make cheap food with whatever is readily available, yet not be boring. I therefore take pictures to keep records. I have loads and loads of pictures of my food. So once in a while, I post pictures of these on Instagram, letting people know they can have cheap healthy food right in their houses. These pictures also get more likes than the quotes.

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When it occurred to me that I will have to find something worthwhile to do with my Instagram account since I'm not a posie, and not exactly a foodie, I decided that it was best to put out my own intellectual property, in form of pictures. So I started making my pictures right from the scratch, using excerpts of my spoken word performance. This for me is the most genius thing I have ever done with the IG account, because I believe they are actually spoken word lines that jump at the reader and they have a strong message. Unfortunately, these get the least likes.

I was baffled at first. I thought it was something I was doing wrong. It was later I realised it was just the way it was. People would rather like a selfie than a quote. Most people don't go on Instagram to read, they just want to see another picture of a pretty face. Anyway I have decided to just be myself and keep posting my excerpts. If I do anything else, I'm sure I will shut the account down in less than 24 hours.

As for me, what kind of pictures do I like on Instagram? Since, I am more about content, I like pictures that have a clear message. Be it a quote, food, selfie, posie, once it has a clear message, I'm game. So I'm the kind of person who will like a picture with someone dancing with one leg over his head than with him just posing for the camera, because he is sending me a clear message that he is crazy and carefree.

Basically, if it speaks to me, I like it. If it's just another picture in the world of pictures, I will pass.

So here's what I learnt from Instagram. I will rather be myself than gun for likes. Narcissism is like greed. It can never be fed full. The more you get, the more you will want. It is best not to even go down that road. It's not cool to be that person who would take a million selfies just to gain approval on Instagram, but if it’s your cup of tea, be my guest.

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In the meantime, I will keep doing what suits me, whether I get likes or not, and that is to picturise my excerpts.

So after all said and done, please follow me on Instagram by clicking here or searching hattylolla001, and you will see pictures like the one below. Please let me know what you think about my pictures below.







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  1. I have similar feelings I planned to talk about FB, in fact, I have titled it 'My FB likes', in my draft. You captured it well. I don't have Instagram nor twitter account, because I can't cope,
    Simply continue to do YOU!

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    1. Oya, post fast o. I am waiting, lol.

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  2. Interesting thoughts indeed. I'll search for you on there. Have a nice week!

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    1. Please do, and follow me o. lol.

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  3. Welcome to the world of Instagram. LOL. A lot of people do it for the likes in hope for popularity. Whatever rocks their boat.
    I am on Instagram because I am a photo addict and love pictures. Keep doing you. There are several pages dedicated to numerous courses on instagram ranging from food, art, quotes, tattoo, nail crafts,make up, hair, just shoes, aso-ebi and other stuff.
    I'll follow you now. I love the spoken words above.

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    1. If I consider the point you have made, it is very painful cos I love these things too, but I don't have time and internet data to use on them, lol.

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  4. I would give your "picturised" excerpts many likes lol. They are thought provoking!

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    1. Thanks very much anonymous. So I'm hoping you have liked the in reality, lol.

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  5. You can also showcase your hair products, it's a great place to advertise.

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    1. Lol. African Naturalistas has had an Instagram page for quite sometime now, and it is run by very competent hands. I try as much to make a clear separation between my person and the brand.

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  6. Atilola ooooo,yaff come again!
    I do love love your picture quotes too.
    I like instagram cos I like pictures!! I love the comedy, DIY, hair (my fave) and some other accounts.
    Not everyone is crazy about likes or follow backs on there.
    And I agree with ya it's a data embezzler...

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    1. Oh and am off to find ya..* winks*

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    2. Aww, thanks. I saw your likes o. The data thing is so annoying. I will most likely uninstall it from my phone this month, and have it on my iPad only.

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  7. You know what else you could do? Instead of posting a whole stanza, post 1 or 2 lines that still make sense. And don't forget to use the almighty hashtags!!! You might not be after "likes" but it doesn't hurt to spread your poetry farther.

    #Christian #wisdom #instaquote #poetry etc.

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    1. Looolll. Berry o. Do you read them? Believe me, those are the summarised versions of the excerpts. If I remove any more lines, they won't make any sense again. I use hashtags all the time. Doesn't everyone?

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  8. Berry is right. Hashtags springs up followers from no where. Most people are not in it for the gains but are more interested in things that is of less benefit to them
    www.debrasmuse.com

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    1. Thanks for the insight. I agree with you. As for me, I am very deliberate about what I do. If there's no tangible reason for something, I don't even bother.

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  9. Instagram hustle is too real. Me, I am just trying my best to hit 100 likes before Christmas. So hELp me God

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    2. Amen to your heartfelt prayers. I've noticed that trend too. As much as I don't get mind boggling likes for my selfies when it comes to screenshots of my write-ups uploaded on Instagram, the likes are even fewer. I can count them on one hand. I don't bother mehn but my love for Instagram still remains. I get a whole lot of tips on how to style my hair, fashion tips, some cooooooool recipe and quotes like the ones you put up *winks*

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    3. Loooolll. NSG no go kill me. 100 likes before Christmas??? Popular Jingo like you? Your mates in the kardashian clan are doing 1 million in one hour o

      @ Oyinlola, ye there are many tips to gain on IG, if only it wouldn't chop all my internet data.

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  10. Ah instagram...I need to take my instagram career more seriously LOL. Please we want your selfies!

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    1. Lol. It's just not my personality jare.

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  11. mehn I thought I was the only one that thinks like this. If not cos instagram is an avenue to advertise your work, I will definately not be on there...but then everything has both its advantages and disadvantages.
    In other news, You can follow me on Instagram @mz_moby and I shall follow back. Thanks.
    A friend of mine thinks its stupid to beg for follow backs...what do you think Ati?

    www.mylifeasmoby.com

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    1. Lol. I will find you, and I will follow you. *In Liam Neeson's voice*

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  12. LOL. It's really not that serious. I honestly cannot be that bothered about Likes (of course it feels good when I have plenty), I just love Instagram for its great entertainment value. on some days it's the most exciting thing in my life. And the jokes! Oh Instagram jokes, I wonder how I survived without them before I joined IG.

    Just to repeat what Berry said, keep it brief. Nobody goes on IG to read, that's what your blog is for. That said, I love your poetry. LOL @ paying for the fact that he kept you waiting for so long.

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    1. My exact thoughts.
      I don't see the need for there to be a "hustle " although I am pleased when I do get the likes.
      I went on your page Ati and the first thing that I noticed about the pictures were that they had quite alot of lines on them so I would do as has already been said here :)

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    2. @Thelma: Instagrram can be the most exciting thing in your life? I plead the blood on you, lol. What happened to novels and movies? Commmmooonnnn

      @Dido: Thanks for the advice. I am trying for the context not to be lost, and they aren't exactly punchlines.

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  13. It`s either pose or nothing on instagram lol.. people see text and just hit the back button..followed you :)

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  14. You remember that photo shoot you did? Oya post a few of your favs on Instagram.

    P.S: I always read your posts but i sometimes run away without commenting because #Fatigue #laziness

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  15. YAY!! You've joined too :)! Would follow you asap...

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  16. Argghhh!! Instagram? Where almost everyone tries to be someone else and end up being noone when not on Instagram.

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