I am the first to admit I was slow to catch on the to Instagram trend. I figured, I have Facebook and barely care when I scroll through that, why add yet another time wasting app? (cuz hi, I’ve got birds to angrily throw at pigs, my time is spoken for). Then, after significant peer pressure from my two bloggin buddies, I finally downloaded the illustrious Instagram. And I was immediately hooked. I mean, Instagram offers an honest (well honest-ish, we all know those photos are posed and edited, no one drinks coffee with their phone and sunglasses perfectly angled like that!) glimpse into a person’s everyday life. As a girl who loves to know what’s going on (ok…snoop), I couldn’t image much better.
The flip side of that is I have to offer a little peek into my own life too. I thought I’d hate that, feeling the pressure to have photographic proof of things I am doing, but I kind of like the little reminder to always be looking for the beautiful. And, funny story, this outfit is actually a testament to the power of Instagram. A few weeks ago I wore an outfit that I personally dug. In fact, I liked it enough that I ran outside and took an outfit selfie of it, one of those downward facing headless shots that are all the rage with kids these days, and I posted the photo to FBC’s Instagram page. All the sudden, comments are pouring in (ok there’s like 7, but still!) of people saying they liked my look. This outfit that made me happy all the sudden was making others happy too, maybe even inspiring them to try a similar look of their own. Seriously, how cool is that? And then the positive feedback inspired me to try a variation on the outfit, which you’re seeing right now (it’s the circle of fashion life, just like Rafiki sang about!).
It’s easy to say that social media is all about ego, that it’s a place where all of us special little snowflakes can force others to listen to whatever thought comes into our head, but I think it’s more than that. I think it provides a platform for those of us with an idea to throw it against the wall and see if it sticks. It offers an audience, almost a focus group, to say “yeah, this is great” or “hmm, maybe not.” And, it lets us connect to people all over the world through our similar interests and passions. So while initially I may have been a social media naysayer, when it comes to Instagram, I officially give it one red heart.