15 Ways To Be More Expressive & Authentic With Your Instagram Posts
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).
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*:
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.
You can also post cute moments with your bbs:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
11. A photo of a photo of a photo...
For a vintage and meta vibe, take a pic of your Instax or phone photo!
12. Your *Masterchef* creations
Cooked something new in quarantine? Post your creations and plating (of course) on social media!
Focus on a specific part of your beauty look or OOTD, and crop the rest!
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.
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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Hi! It's been so long since I planned to post my story in another platform aside from wattpad and now here I am, hoping that my story can be featured here.
My story is entitle "Who Are You," it's a tagalog-english teen fiction story so I hope, those filipinos who visit here can read my story!
WHO ARE YOU: PRELUDE
Sinungaling na ba ako kung sasabihin ko sa inyo ang pangalan ko? Hindi ako sure kung anong sasabihin kong pangalan ko pero may nagsasabi sa aking wag nalang magpakilala sa inyo.
May gusto lang naman akong itanong... Paano kung may makilala ka sa kasalukuyan na nagpapaalala sayo sa nakaraan? Anong gagawin mo kung ang nakilala mo sa kasalukuyan ay may tinatago pa lang sikreto na kahit siya mismo ay walang alam pero may kinalaman sa iyong nakaraan? Anong gagawin mo kung ang dalawang ito ay may koneksyon? Anong pipiliin mo? Ang nakilala mo sa nakaraan? O ang nagpakilala bilang ibang tao sa kasalukuyan? Past? Or Present?
There was this guy I dated for a while but things didn't turn out well. I was so into him that one night I can't stop thinking about him, I've decided to send his MOM a message on facebook confessing how much I like her son. I wish it ended there but no. I had to make it so emotional, lengthy and detailed like the drama queen I am. Luckily, it went to message request so I'm hoping she hasn't really read it yet. Up until this day it makes me cringe whenever I think about it but hey, whenever it pops in my mind I make myself laugh too so thank you self for being unbelievably shameless and brave when it comes to love. I may age faster because I have made a lot of cringe-worthy moments that I constantly make faces out of embarrassment just reflecting on my antics but I know I've made more hilarious memories than what ifs and somehow that makes the disappointments feel more like assurances that I have gave it my all and I have lived as honest (maybe a little to honest) as I could. #ItsOnlyNatural #CanBnatural
I've been investing in arts, photography, and writing. I've also got back to reading the other day and I finished reading this amazing book entitled 300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas. It is all about the things the author hopes his readers to do in all aspects of life. So, I decided to make a version of it with all of the things I'm hoping for.
I hope I get to see my friends be successful in life. I hope to make a big mural someday. I hope to be a well-known artist like the artists I look up to. I hope to marry the person I am in love with today. I hope to be a little kinder to myself. I hope to see happiness even in the smallest things. I hope to travel the world. I hope to be a good mother and a wife to my future family. I hope to have my artworks displayed in a gallery or an exhibit. I hope to learn more about creative writing. I hope I won't learn how to get tired and give up my passion. I hope I won't get too hard on myself whenever I don't get the results I've been wanting to see in my works. I hope to love myself more even on the days I hate it the most. I hope to lead and empower women; to be their voice and for them to believe in themselves that they can be the woman they look up to. And when I've reached my limit of these things, I hope I won't get tired of reminding myself that my emotions don't make me weak, hence, makes me stronger. These are some of the things I always hope for. What about you? What are you hoping for?
I started fixing myself this quarantine. I mean, I started trying makeup products. As a teen, I'm on my phone almost every hour of the day, scroll on my social media accounts, especially Instagram, and also Pinterest where you get to see nice and pleasing photography by bunch of amazing and beautiful people from different parts of the world. So I started taking my own as well. I did not know that taking your own photo and try to get an Instagramable one is sooooooooo hard, it's exhausting. I do not have alot of space in my room, and I would definitely not do it outside our house because of Corona Virus, and I don't want to be seen by our neighbors HAHA so I have no choice but to make tiis inside my room.
Out of atleast 25 shots, only 2 are a nice picture. While I'm all sweaty and tired, I am proud of what I could do beyond my comfort zone. And this definitely built my self confidence, (and I secret love the compliments I received from both people I know and don't know) It's not my first time visiting in here, Candy! But I'm new to writing my thoughts and experiences, so bare with me HAHA.
Until next time!