The Positive I Found In Being Shadow Banned On Instagram
As many of you know a few weeks ago Instagram was hacked. As a precautionary measure, all accounts that were hacked were shadow banned on hashtags for 14 days. Although they did this to make sure the accounts weren’t spam/fake, it was still a bit upsetting at first. This meant that none of my photos posted showed under hashtags unless you followed me. Although this lowered my engagement and likes on my account, I actually found quite a lot of positive things that came from been banned. I thought I would share with you the positive and negative, so if you ever get shadow banned (hopefully this won’t happen), or if you have been you may be able to relate!
I enjoyed going on Instagram more because I focused less on likes. I usually like to get close to 100 likes before I go to bed. During those two weeks I stopped caring how much I got because it was out of my control. And even though I am always grateful to get any amount of likes, I was more grateful during the shadow ban and now after it.
Less people played the follow/unfollow game during this time because they couldn’t find my account under hashtags. More people followed me because they liked my account, which was a refreshing change.
I found the engagement and interactions on my photos were more genuine and meaningful. I got more comments that were related to the photo and had more conversations with people who followed me. And more people who follow me started liking my photos than they normally do.
I saw more people that I follow photos than before, because I was interacting with them more. It was a nice way to beat the new algorithm for a little while.
Overall I spent less time on Instagram and was less stressed. I had more time to do other things that I enjoy, like reading and spending more time with family. And Instagram became more enjoyable to spend time on.
The only negative was that I didn’t get as many likes as I normally did before the ban. I also didn’t get as many new people finding my account, but often times most people just want a follow back.
Overall I actually enjoyed being shadow banned on Instagram (which is a bit weird, I know). It taught to appreciate more the likes and interactions that I do get, and to not focus on numbers too much. I also have come to love Instagram more now since it has become less stressful.
And that is my positive and negative of being shadow banned on Instagram! Let me know if you’ve ever has this happen, and how you felt/dealt with it. And you can follow along with my Instagram here.
Hi there! Kara'sCloset is a lifestyle blog where I sharing my adventure through my twenties, life's simple moments, and blogging tips with lots of outfits in between. I'm glad you're here, and I hope you find some inspiration!
Hi there! Kara'sCloset is a lifestyle blog where I share my adventure through my twenties, life's simple moments, and blogging tips with lots of outfits in between. I'm glad you're here, and I hope you find some inspiration!