I think we can all agree that I’m basically social media trash for doing this, but I started using Instagram again. A lot of what I said in my Why I deleted my Instagram post from a couple of months ago still stands, but completely obliterating my account and starting fresh – with an email address that has never been connected to Instagram or Facebook before – shifted my perspective a bit.
I’m not (currently) sharing Real Photography™ on Instagram (you can always find that here and on DeviantArt though) and I have no interest in following, or being followed by, everyone I’ve ever met. I’m not there to build a brand or be a brand or do anything that involves seeing myself as some sort of entity outside of my human-ness. I’m there partly to share my own ephemeral life fragments and partly to see other people’s. I enjoy it and there’s no deeper meaning than that. It’s actually OK to do things just because you enjoy them.
I keep remembering that I don’t work in internet-world anymore, I’m not running a business and I’m not promoting anyone else’s, so I get to use social media for fun. I mean, I know that, but it’s clearly taking a while for the deeply ingrained sense of obligation to be fully exorcised from my online activities.
So yeah, the adverts are kind of annoying and fuck Farcebook to death, but also I like sharing random snapshots of leaves changing colour and videos of my cat chasing things and Instagram is a nice place to do that.
If you’re also contributing to the downfall of society by posting pictures on a social media app, you can find me at instagram.com/tanyasimonesimpson