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Why I deleted Instagram

Well it happened! I deleted Instagram!


Why did I delete Instagram?

The main reason that I deleted my Instagram account, was because I found it had become too much of a distraction.

I realised this when I checked my activity on the app, and I was shocked to see that I spent on average, 90 minutes per day! Let me tell you now that I sure as hell didn’t spend 90 minutes uploading images trying to market my business, so what was I doing?

I would say that 99% of those 90 minutes, was just scrolling through a lot of shit! And it sounds harsh to say but 99% of what is on there, is just that… Knowing the amount of time wasted, which equated to around 23 entire days a year! I knew I had to do something about it.

I thought to myself, that if I was to spend 90 minutes a day, focusing on my business, networking, marketing. Then that would be far more beneficial than looking at pictures that mean nothing what so ever to me.

So that is exactly what I did. I put a story up on Instagram for anyone who cares that is 24 hours I’ll be deleting my account for good… And out of my 1000 followers or so that I had, only 1 person reached out to find the reason why I was deleting it.

24 hours later and 5 days ago at the time of writing this post. It has gone!

 

 

How does it feel, now its gone?

I have not missed Instagram at all! It feels like a weight has been lifted, now that I don’t have to meet any expectations if there were any.
I have since decided to write x2 blog posts per week, better use of the free time. Spend more time actually doing something rather than scrolling through my phone. My blog is my space to get my opinions out there on a platform where it will remain and be visible to those who follow my blog. Not get lost in the millions on pictures that get uploaded to Insta every minute.

I feel free again… I feel unrestricted!


How do you feel about Instagram?

If you have similar feelings about Instagram or any other social media platform, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments, or send me an email!

Cheers!

Photography projects - re-visited

Almost 2 years ago I wrote a blog post about photography project ideas (Post here). In this post I went over a few projects that I am working on.

2 of the 3 I am still dedicated to, and 1 of those 2 happens every day. My ‘Home’ project

The project has been going for at least 7 years and I’ve spoken to friends regarding this and what I want to achieve with it. For me this is a very personal project that is not likely to see the light of day in form of a book or zine. I’m not going to say it won’t happen, but I can’t see other people taking an interest in my family.
One thing it has taught me over the years, is the style I shoot. It has taken a long time to realize, but I think I can finally see it coming through.


Off of the back of my Home project, it has started a mini project of its own, documenting my wife Kim. I would say it is a more personal/intimate documentation of her in our Home.
This side project I could see one day running a limited print of zines, but I may have to beg for her permission on that one…


As always, my projects will continue and I think I’ll be working more on the project of my Wife. She isn’t too keen on it but what do you do? Keep shooting!

I’d love to hear about your projects you’re working on!

Let me know in the comments!

Cheers!