I have been on @Instagram since 2013 and it has been an instrumental part of me discovering who I am and helping me find myself.
I have used it to express myself in various ways and connect with so many amazing people. Some of the most amazing people in my life are there because of instragm.
I have never had an issue with this app and spent some time putting together a set of hastags related to my business SHE Republic which I also use on my personal account.
These hashtags helped me get more likes and new followers and ensured that my posts are seen and visible to new followers I would not have gotten otherwise.
Apparently though Instagram was not happy about me using the same hastags over and over again on each post and has subsequently cast a #shadowban over my account. Meaning that hastags no longer work on my account. I am not even sure how bad the effects are in terms of people seeing my posts as they did before.
I have had a look at my older posts prior to the shadow ban to see how many likes I got from people following me and honestly I think out of 3411 followers only on average 7 to 25 of my followers like my posts. This is a little shocking to see.
Now I am not saying I live for likes but it’s one those wow moments.
Because of the hastags and likes from non followers I could not see the difference but now I do!
The #shadowban although unsettling at first is actually the best thing that could happen to me on Instagram and it falls in line with me stripping away anything and everything that doesn’t serve me, that isn’t authentic, that isn’t grounding or real in my life.
I can see clearly now the hashtags have gone so to speak hahaha.
What I have also found is that posting content with no hashtags actually makes you less lazy and focus more on your content and caption. It makes you engage more with your followers and appreciate the likes you do get because they are genuine!!!!!
Anyway if you don’t already know this about me you’ll soon discover that I am queen of looking for the upside and the silver lining in everything that may appear to be deemed as “bad”. So even though Instagram seems a little foreign to me right now I am fully loving and appreciating the #shadowban.
Who would have thought it 🙂
Much love Sarah xoxo