27 July 2016

Instagram vs. Blogging

For those of you that are active on Instagram and also have a blog, do you find that you spend more time on one than the other?

Since joining Instagram, my blogging has taken a serious nosedive.  Coupled with non-sewing things going on right now, I don't take the time to write blog posts as much as I used to.  However, I check and post to Instagram more often. 

What are your thoughts? Do you favor one over the other? 

L

20 comments:

  1. You probably know my answer, but I shall chime in anyway!

    BLOGS!!!!!

    IG is fun and I like the 'at a glance' part. But I like to read about the project. For the same reason, I rarely read blog posts that are basically "here's this thing I made with this fabric - I like it!" I like the details. What worked, what didn't, what challenges you encountered, etc.

    I enjoy discussing the particulars too much to give up blogging! I do find that I am reading fewer and fewer blog posts and it makes me sad.

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    1. I like to read about projects too and barely skim those that are of the 'here's what I made' type. So I agree with you.

      I like talking about sewing, though my blogging has tanked considerably. =(

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  2. I'm with you. Getting onto IG more has totally killed my blogging motivation. I'm still writing for the CSC, but I just can't seem to get up the energy to write for my personal blog. Granted, my daughter has been going through a super-clingy phase for the past 6 months or so where if I'm home, she wants to hang out with me. Great for mommy-daughter time, not so great for finding sewing time. And terrible for working mommy guilt. :P

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    1. This is where I am too, Michelle. I try to take pictures as I sew, but when it comes time to write the post, I have no motivation.

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  3. I like the blogs because I can gauge if I can handle the pattern by the review.

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    1. Agreed. Posts that talk about fit, fabric, and construction are very helpful. I want to get out of this funk so that I can share more.

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  4. Looking at the photos in Instagram is fun but I prefer blogs because blogs allow you to tell more of a story.

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    1. Ah yes. Picture book versus text. =) I like reading the construction and fit deets as well.

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  5. I'm highly addicted to IG but I much prefer blogs. Blogs share a backstory that you just can't get on Instagram. But as a news source and an of the minute society medium IG can't be beat especially since I never grew to like Facebook.

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    1. I never grew to like FB either. I have an account, but NEVER post or log on. The last time I logged on was in 2014 to find funeral arrangements for a friend. =/

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  6. I prefer blogs. I check in each day and enjoy that time of my day immensely. I dont participate in other forms of social media and since I dont have unlimited high speed internet on my computer I can no longer even go to blogs that are getting heavy with videos. :) I appreciate everyone who is willing to take the time to share your creations!!

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    1. I appreciate those who take time to share as well. That's it: I am in a slump and not taking time to write the posts. I have stuff to say, believe me! But, I don't have the motivation to write. Hmm...

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  7. Blogs. I like the sit down, me time aspect of writing and reading blogs. IG is a more distracted activity - highly addictive (it's designed that way - our reward centre loves all those likes, so quickly achieved on IG, whereas you have to work for them with blogging). I find I have developed friendships (yourself included - it was a joy to meet you) from blogs, whereas there is not that sense of connection (of course, there are exceptions) on IG. Really, I think Blogging and IG have different functions and appeal to different needs. I try and control my social media use, and blogging is sacrosanct space, whereas IG is used when I am waiting for the kettle to boil - or the iron to heat up. In short, when I am bored.

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    1. Oh SL, you raise very good points.

      "IG is a more distracted activity - highly addictive (it's designed that way - our reward centre loves all those likes, so quickly achieved on IG, whereas you have to work for them with blogging)."

      Truth!

      "I find I have developed friendships (yourself included - it was a joy to meet you) from blogs, whereas there is not that sense of connection (of course, there are exceptions) on IG."

      Blogging definitely opens up the possibility for deeper conversations and friendships. I only joined Instagram last year, but have been blogging (albeit sometimes irregularly) since 2007. It's certainly the medium I use the most, but has taken a backseat of late.

      "Really, I think Blogging and IG have different functions and appeal to different needs."

      More truth!

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  8. I like both, for different reasons. IG is fast, fun, and a convenient way to stay connected to the sewing community - and also show that I'm not dead yet since my blogging has screeched to a near-stop! I like to blog and do put up a post after every project but my posts have slowed down because my sewjo takes long hikes and also because I don't have the same computer set-up which made it so much easier. I hate typing on laptops so that kills the blog-jo (not even a word). I really need to buy myself a new home desktop computer but the money always seems to go on something else.

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    1. Agreed! I like the convenience of IG and the ability to check in quickly with folks.

      LOL at "blog-jo." That's totally a a word! Before I got my new computer last year, I used a laptop and hated typing on it, so I understand where you're coming from. Plus it was a work laptop, so I didn't want to do too much personal stuff on it.

      Even though your blogging is down, I enjoy reading what you write - whenever you can. =)

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  9. Blogs! I love the eye candy aspect of insta, but blogs are what have made my sewing better. I'm on vacation now, and have just a little time each day online. I use it to read blogs and will catch up on my blog reading. I won't catch up on insta. But, I'm much more likely to leave a comment or heart on insta. Lots of times it's hard to leave a comment on a blog, so I'll wait until I see the pic on insta and leave what I have to say there. I don't have a sewing blog, but have done some blogging before and it's a lot of work!!! I appreciate so much those of you who have given so much to the community.

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    1. IG as eye candy, yes! Blogs made my sewing better too. The structure of IG doesn't allow for details about a project. I like them both, but have declined in blog writing and reading recently. Like you, I will catch up on blogs, but not always on IG.

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  10. I started sewing a couple years ago and have learnt most of what I know from blogs, I follow a lot and the tips and advice both general or specific to a pattern/fabric have been invaluable. Also before I buy a pattern I google/Pinterest it and read the old blog posts to get honest reviews and know what I might need to change.

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    1. I didn't know blog posts could be found through Pinterest. I just started using Pinterest more often and have to check this out.

      When I first started sewing, I used blogs for information as well. Like Nakisha said, a lot of blogs have gone from substance and (some) detail to photoshoots. While it's nice to see pictures of the finished item, I like to know about sizing, alterations, and construction (special techniques, hiccups, etc.). I appreciate those who do it and hope what I write is helpful as well.

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