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15 Ways To Be More Expressive & Authentic With Your Instagram Posts

Start by exploring what your personal aesthetic is.
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It's common to have a love-hate relationship with Instagram, and people are sure to have differing opinions on the app's influence on the world. 

It's perfectly understandable, though... on one hand, scrolling through Instagram posts is one of the most immersive ways to be part of the zeitgeist. You soak up so much culture in just a few swipes, from hacks and designs, to travel photos, or even a peek into people's milestones-slash-deepest confessions. It's also a good way to stay updated on current events and see what's happening around the world.

However, it's also been criticized for being a platform that pushes for a culture of perfectionism, helping raise this generation of teens and 20-somethings think that validation in the form of likes is a measure of self-worth.

While the debate goes on, many of us stay online simply to connect with others and express ourselves. 

To keep our relationship with IG healthy, instead of limiting yourself to what you think others want to see, focus on your message and an aesthetic you feel represents your personality (no need to overthink this as it can evolve over time).

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Below, a list of things you can post on IG if you want to expand your content in a way that feels more like *you*:

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1. Goofy moments

Remember, it's okay to let your guard down online and show people your wackier side. It'll even encourage people on your feed not to overthink their posts.

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You can also post cute moments with your bbs:

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2. Small businesses you discovered

Is it a cookie shop your blockmates from accounting class started? Or your cousin's offering Zoom classes (and you might not afford signing up for a class yet...) Now, more than ever, is the time to share and help spread the word about small businesses that need more exposure.

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3. Creative self-portraits

You don't need to be a photographer to get artsy on IG. Try getting expressive with your portraits and explore different angles of your face, body, and personality.

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4. Infographics and inspirational quotes

Aside from snapshots, you can also diversify your content by posting some text as images. It could be a quote from a movie you're watching or your fave book.

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5. Your advocacies

Is it the environment and sustainability? Animal Welfare? Mental health? Body Positivity? Pride and the LGBTQIA+ community? Talk about the communities and advocacies you support, and help spread awareness on their inititatives.

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6. All the things you miss

Keep the throwbacks coming! Who says you can't repost old travel pics? To add context to your content, try sharing something you learned on the trip or a quote that represents your headspace in the moment.

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7. Your wellness journey

Are you trying to reach a body goal, practicing an old skill, or adopting a new routine? Share your updates for extra motivation from your followers.

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8. Your works in progress

Don't be afraid to laugh at yourself for not being the best at something (especially if you're learning a skill or just simply out of practice!). Share your works in progress or first time trying something again to inspire a friend online.

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9. Book or movie recos

Are you a die hard fan of K-dramas or this new Netflix show? Getting some reading done and found something incredibly moving? Post your recos online and find like-minded communities.

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10. Experimental makeup looks that highlight your features

All dolled up with nowhere to go? Post your beauty experiments on IG and share your technique.

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11. A photo of a photo of a photo...

For a vintage and meta vibe, take a pic of your Instax or phone photo!

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12. Your *Masterchef* creations

Cooked something new in quarantine? Post your creations and plating (of course) on social media!

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 13. Superzoom

Focus on a specific part of your beauty look or OOTD, and crop the rest!

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14. Everyday things in ~aesthetic~ snaps

If you're feeling a bit mysterious or don't want to divulge too much of your personal life, you can always post more visual representations of your mood or interests.

Start by posting things you already love, design wise. Do you lean towards loud, extravagant prints, accent pieces, or do you have a more minimalist aesthetic? If you're not sure, Pinterest is a good place to look.

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15. The botanicals in your surroundings

If you love floral arragements, plants, or nature, incorporate them into your grid for a refreshing and earthy touch. Try mixing neutrals with accent pieces to really contrast the color.

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