For me personally Instagram is my favorite social media platform. I love photos + being able to see looks into people’s daily life’s with stories. But almost everyone on Instagram who is making content comes to the point, usually many times, where we focus too much of the numbers side of it. I thought I would share my thoughts on if numbers on Instagram really matter, and some things to keep in mind to help you worry less about them.
As humans we have always been programmed to focus on numbers. Whether it was a grade you got on a test or the amount of time it took to complete something, it’s always numbers because they are something we can actually use to measure things. With social media, the fixation on numbers has increased which is why it’s so important to remember that numbers will never define you. Just like a bad test grade wasn’t the end of the world, the number of followers and likes you get isn’t the most important thing.
It’s hard not to focus on numbers sadly, but you have to remind yourself to be happy with what you have. Sure, someone else might have 10 times the followers or likes you do, but just like the quote says, “a flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms”. Celebrate every milestone, even the smallest, but never let it define you. Focus on creating the best content you can that you love creating, connecting with other people, and having fun.
Although having more followers and likes might get you more collaborations with brands, it might not. There are plenty of people who have small followings that work with amazing brands and start their own businesses online, and it’s because they work hard at creating the content they love. You don’t need to have the biggest following or the most likes out of everyone to still get amazing opportunities. You probably will have to put yourself out there more to brands in order for them to find you, but good opportunities still will come!
We all get so focused on likes, followers, and comments, that we never sit back and look at impressions. Now it’s always great when someone liked your post enough to double tap it and leave a comment. But you should also spend some time focusing on impressions, which are the number of people who actually saw your post. On Instagram you can only see this if you have a business account, but you would be surprised at how many people your photos actually reach.
As slightly morbid as it might be, I always like to ask myself “when I’m coming to the end of my life and looking back on memories, will this be the one I’ll remember the most?”. So ask yourself, when you’re 80, 90, 100, will the amount of likes or followers be something you’ll think about? If no, then spend a little less time worrying about them.
So overall, although having more likes or followers can bring more opportunities, so can hard work and being passionate about what you are creating. You can do anything everyone else on social media is doing as long as you have the right mindset, work hard, and stay true to yourself.
I hope this post helped, and I’d love to know your thoughts on if numbers matter on Instagram!
I’m Kara Callahan, a 22 year old blogger with a camera in one hand and a book in the other. This is my lifestyle blog where I share life’s simple moments, tips + inspiration, slow living, blogging tips, travel photo diaries, book recommendations, and more with a few outfits in between. I hope you get some inspiration and happy reading!