Instagram. You know, that app you check way too often and care too much about. Ah yes, that’s the one I’m going to be discussing today. Why? Well after countless conversations with friends and family, many articles read, not to mention tweets, I thought I would take my opinion to the blog and break down my thoughts on it all.
However, if you prefer to see my list of top grammers broken down into categories, simply scroll all the way down and skip over this.
Instagram as we know it is a place where people post pictures of whatever might interest them or catch their eye. Well, to me that has changed to whatever might interest their followers. We, yes myself most definitely included, have all posted pictures simply because they’re guaranteed likes (you know the ones), not because we necessarily love the photo, but we love the satisfaction that the number of likes gives us. This brings me to my first point. Styled grams.
>> Styled Grams (n): An image on instagram that is very strategic, and most definitely does not take place in real life. Examples include, but are not limited to: nail polish perfectly scattered across the floor (#manimonday), reading “scenes”, latte art next to a vogue and upside down glasses, and desk shots. To see more examples click here.
Styled grams. Something we ALL have “liked” and will continue to “like”. But why? What is the point in taking time out of one’s day to set up an imaginary desk scene. I mean if you’re really working hard, then you aren’t going to be taking a break to Instagram it, are you? No. Also, they’re kind of silly… for example my most recent gram is a picture of my mom’s new purse. It wasn’t just laying on a white background like that, I had to alter the straps and open a few shutters. When my parents saw what I was doing they chuckled and said I was silly. Why? Because it is silly! It’s silly to “style” a materialistic object. To me it’s more interesting to take a picture of something that really catches your eye, whether it be your beloved dog playing in the park or a mosaic wall at a cool new art shop. I also believe that my followers feel this way too because that styled picture of the handbag didn’t receive too many likes…
Styled grams also distance the grammer from their followers because they’re presenting a false reality. I mean does one really have time to get a perfect cup coffee and ice cream every.single.day? No. However, there are styled grams that I truly appreciate because they’re basically art… I mean have you seen @julieskitchen‘s grams?!
All of this combined brings comparison. Which as Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” It all starts with “How does she find all those cool spots to shoot at… I wish I could find cool spots”, or “She literally gets ice cream every other day AND stays skinny…”, I know we have all done this. So why don’t we stop comparing and find the accounts that are inspiring, cool, and get our creative juices flowing! Yeah, that sounds nice, doesn’t it?! Whew, this was probably (most definitely) not what you were expecting to be on here this morning, but I thought I’d shake things up.
Pretty Feeds That “Flow”
@ohdeardrea – @oliviaraejames – @anniereeves – @amy_stone – @lucylaucht – @designlovefest – @ruerodier – @blackpigment – @vkrees – @carleyscamera – @charissa_fay – @cannellevanille – @linadelika – @benfwagner – @mell0wfell0w – @lagracieuse – @jengotch
Food Stylist Grammers:
And even after I wrote this entirely too long of a post it’s just a simple app, meant for people to share pictures.
So do as you please! @thebluebijou.