Guys, I have a real dilemma on my hands. Since I normally join Thinking Out Loud on Thursdays, I thought today would be a good day to talk through my thoughts and get some advice from you all.
The dilemma is…Instagram Stories – is it worth it?
Okay maybe this isn’t an earth-shattering dilemma but it is something I’m torn about. Snapchat was something I was never really big on and I was okay with that because as a blog/business, I don’t think it’s the best platform to grow on. However, Instagram stories are completely different. The reach is much wider and it has me thinking about whether or not I should invest the time into it. But I have two main concerns…
It’s pretty clear that video is the hottest type of media platform right now. Millenials love video, but truthfully, I don’t. I almost never watch Instagram stories, I scroll past any videos in my Facebook feed and I rarely venture onto You Tube. Because I don’t enjoy consuming video, I don’t necessarily like or think about making video content.
My other concern with Instagram stories is that I don’t like being on my phone all the time. The stories are a great way to showcase real life and behind the scenes stuff, but I don’t necessarily want to take photos or showcase every part of my life. I value privacy and I don’t want to feel like I have to be doing something interesting to share on my stories. And call me old school but I really am pretty strict about my phone usage when I’m with people. When I’m hanging out with someone, I want to be present, not taking photos and sharing it on social media.
It’s for these reasons that I really haven’t been active on Instagram stories so far. But the other day I was talking to someone who said her engagement is so much higher on her stories than her photos on Instagram. She has noticed a big drop in likes/comments on her photos since the introduction of the stories. So while the stories aren’t necessarily the platform I prefer, I wonder if I’m missing out on engagement and growth by not participating.
So I’ve mostly been rambling about my thoughts on Instagram Stories and now what I really want is to hear from you! I’d love your advice, experience, or anything you can tell me.
- Are you using Instagram stories
- Do you find it beneficial to your blog/brand/self?
- Do you watch Instagram stories?
- Do you view Instagram photos less because of stories?
- Would you want to see me on Instagram stories?
- What’s your favourite type of content to see on Instagram stories?
Linking up with Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud Thursday