Blogging versus Instagram - it's all about connection


illustration in gouache by AppleApricot Wen


Hello sweet friends,

Lately I noticed that there are more and more of my creative friends on instagram. Although I love browsing through the beautiful photos on instagram, I have to say that I'm still not a huge fan nor am I inclined to use it very often. But I do try.




There is just something that I miss in the use of social platforms like instagram. I find it fleeting. Is fleeting the word you would use for this in English? What I mean is that you get to see a glimpse for a second or two of a photo and then move on to the next photo of someone else. What I miss is real connection, a deeper conversation.

What I love about blogging is that someone's blog is kind of someone's creative home. The homes we create online for our creative outlets, where we can visit each other and listen to each other, talk with each other, having a cup of tea. When visiting a blog I take my time to really dive deeper into the creative world of my blog friend.

So I will keep on blogging and visiting the online homes of my creative friends, while trying to be more visible on instagram as well.


embroidery design wip by AppleApricot Wen


How about you?
What's your idea about this?

How do you like instagram? Do you use it?

And how about your blog? Do you blog? Do you wish to go on with blogging?

Let me know, I'm really curious to hear from your experience!


xx Wen


31 comments:

  1. Hi Wen, I started using Instagram shortly after my stroke. It was more for things to do on my Smart Phone. Now, I will be going back to a flip phone because of the cost. I found an online program that will allow me to upload on to instragram from a PC, but I don't know how to scroll thru things. Facebook has become quite ugly and negative (IMHO) and that is why I like Instagram. Pretty pictures and no politics or lectures. Facebook is very insulting. Instagram in my opinion is not. I really want to get back into Blogging, and this may require preset posts and making one day of the week catch up with friends blogs. anyhow, I hope you have a wonderful week! xoxo

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    1. Hello sweetie, hm, yes, I agree on facebook getting more ugly. I will keep on using it though. I understand why you would choose instagram over facebook Nancy. I really hope you can find a way to make instagram and your blogging work for you with your new situation (phone)! I've always loved visiting you on your blog. Uploading from pc to instagram? Wow, I have to find out how to do that too! The camera on my phone is so bad that I use the photos of my "normal" camera. Which is a bit of a hassle, uploading to dropbox first and then from there to instagram. May be that's why I haven't used instagram so much till recently :) Big hugs and wishing you a beautiful week! xx

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  2. Dear Wen,
    A great question to make, - I have been saying NO to Instagram, so long, now as you saw, today- thank you for your kind welcome-- I started very slowly. Dear I totally agree with you, in all this. FB can perhaps, be ugly,- but I tend to only post photos of my creations, nature and a few private photos , now and then. No sharing opinions of political things, no sharing other things from fb, of this and that---- and that leaves me fairly free, of any confrontations. Also I just normally scroll past all that kind of posts there.
    And Instagram..... you are right, no feeling of being in contact with the friends there, only smaller coments- (and for me commenting on fb, takes already long time ) so I have fought it for years. Only there now because of That`s Crafty , and me being DT there.
    NO, lets keep our old good blogs, where we can chat - where we can read and see , longer into the person blogging, and the life they lead.
    Thank you for bringing this up Wen, and a wonderful evening to you.
    I so enjoyed your beautiful book, so very lovely both front and pages you show- and LOVE the colors .
    Hugs, and kisses from Dorthe

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    1. Hello sweet friend, yes that's exactly my feelings too. I haven't used facebook that much, but like you I scroll past the things like political opinions and such, because that's not what I'm on facebook for. And facebook, like instagram, has a more fleeting feeling to me. I'm not taking so much time to dive deeper into what's been shared there, not nearly as much time as for what's been shared on blogs. We would not have had such a lovely friendship, had we not been blogging and visiting each other on our blogs! Thank you for your sweet and thoughtful comment dear, wishing you a beautiful evening, hugs xxx

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  3. I totally agree with Dorthe, I love Blogs and miss reading them regularly. Instagram to me, is like instant gratification without the heart and soul of the artist, which I feel is missing on our new media.
    Instagram ( although I'm on) but rarely post, Luckily I rarely get negative FB or political posts and try and keep my page: RagBagGals and Salvage Chica free of them, and devoted to art, and artists.Continued inspiration and success!
    Jean

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    1. I so agree Jean! That's exactly what I miss on instagram. Because it's a constant feed of so many photos of so many different people, I notice I even hardly take the time to read the caption under the photo. It's a visual overload. A beautiful visual overload, but to me not a personal nor a deep digging one. Thank you for your comment Jean, I love hearing your thoughts on this! xx

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  4. Instagram won't let me play because I don't own a smart phone, but it doesn't break my heart. If I want to just scroll through pictures, there's Pinterest for that. I am only on Facebook for my blog to have access through that medium, and although I will look at some quilting groups now and then, I would rather spend my time living and creating rather than on social media overload.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts Carole! Yes, you're right, it's much nicer and time spend wiser to focus on living and creating in stead of social media overload. And also to really, genuinely connecting with people (be it online or offline). For inspiration I love looking at pinterest :) xx

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  5. Wen dear I am so happy you have asked these questions regarding blogging and IG. I am not a fan of instant social media and only use FB for simple quick thank you’s or updates. I really have no use for IG...it is completely impersonal and short attention span. I truly still love blogging and feel much more connected to my wonderful friends I have acquired through blogging. Dorthe has said it so well above...and she is one of my most treasured online friends. I admit I haven’t been as frequent in my blogging as I would like however our home has been listed for this entire past year so that and my husband have been a priority. Please don’t stop blogging! <3

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    1. Hello Sherry, thank you for your comment! I will not stop blogging no :) Actually I want to blog more than I did, because of this deeper connection. It's so nice to hear that my blog friends think alike in this and prefer the deeper connection too! It's why kept on blogging in the first place. Let's keep our blogs and blog-visiting alive! Hugs xx

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  6. I so agree with you, Wen! I think the very word "Insta"gram speaks volumes. For artists, I think it is especially a shame because we work very hard from tiny sparks of inspiration to a finished work of art, no matter how small. It deserves more than a fleeting (perfect word, BTW) glance and the touch of heart, maybe a single word or two!! When I first started blogging six years ago, very few people were leaving comments and if they did, they were just saying a quick "beautiful," "great," etc. I have loved watching our community become more friendly and more open in both posts and commenting and, thereby, connecting. While I don't judge them, especially young women with children, I'm sad to see so many of my friends leaving that environment for the insta-bility of something quick. You see how I did that? Instability! I karack myself up! The point is, I miss them and our "chats" every week very much.

    I've been wanting to do a blog post about this for months, but I was afraid it would just sound like an old out-of-touch grandma talking. Thank you for talking about it and doing it so succinctly! Oh, and I applaud you for having the energy to do both! I'm on IG just so see my family photos of the boys and the dogs, but I just can't.do.more.than.that and maintain my blog and all the hundreds of friendships I've been blessed with. Darn it, I'm finally slowing down, lol!! Blessings to you, Darnell

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    1. You're such a master in words, Darnell! Insta-bility, lol :) You never sound like an old out-of-touch grandma, ever. You have way too much humor in your writing for that. So please share your thoughts about these things.
      I do like instagram, but I would not like to have it as the only way to connect with the creative community. Instagram can serve a purpose if you need social media for building a business or something like that. Or when you're waiting at the dentist and need an instant anxiety reliever :) Like you I was missing the weekly chats and catching up with blog friends. And like you say, the work and heart and soul we put into what we create and share with each other deserves more than just a hit on the like-button. So much of the inspiration (if not all) I get for my work comes from seeing the work of others. Leaving a thank you and thoughtful comment is in place then! I must admit that I should do better in leaving comments. I do not always leave a comment, especially if I haven't had some form of contact with the blogger before. But I'm sure every blogger loves to receives comments, so here's another good topic to touch on! :) xx hugs

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  7. I really enjoy reading blogs and miss all the ones that do not blog now including my own which I stopped about a year ago. I am thinking I will go back to blogging again. It is not only for friends but for family in distant places to keep up with what is going on in our daily life.

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    1. Yes please do come back to blogging Freda! I will come visit you! xx

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    2. Yes please Freda - I miss you!!!!

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  8. Dear Wen
    So good of you to raise this subject! I have always been a fan of blogging until two years ago when I decided to join facebook as a way of widening my audience and spreading the word about my teaching to be honest and also to provide an opportunity in opening doors to websites and artists that were not blogging and that has been a successful move for me and along the way I have made new friends and learned and shared so many forms of different artworks as well as meeting other teachers running on-line courses.However, the downside of that has been the lack of connectedness and deeper sharing of thoughts and ideas which blogging has always provided. Many people do not have the time for this and for them fb is more convenient, however, my main love has always been with blogging and I feel sad that so many wonderful friends have left this world because, lets face it, is very difficult to keep up all the different avenues of social media. I recently joined Instagram but it leaves me rather cold with the quick photo sharing and the one line comments! I tend not to use it really!
    I think blogging is the only platform that provides a way of sharing art, lifestyles and maintaining friendships which take a long time to form which are treasured and which don't come through sharing and commenting on a particular photo! Please keep blogging and what's more we need to keep encouraging others to do the same!
    Love and hugs and thanks for your friendship too my dear friend,
    Suzy xox

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    1. Hello sweet friend, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this subject! Like you I see the opportunities social media give us and I embrace them. I will keep on using them too. But I hope that our friends who quit blogging will come back to it. I have been kind of MIA myself as well for a while, but I missed it so much. It made me sad to see the wonderful world of blogs shrink. And I resolved to do better now! Like I said to Dorthe, we would never have become friends if it were up to the fleeting social media snapshots. It's the sharing of thoughts and heart and souls that help grow these friendships. Friendships that I really treasure! Yes let's encourage and support each other! Sending you big hugs xx

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  9. Dear Wen I failed to tell you also how much I love your beautiful Book of Bloom with your precious artwork and lovely autumnal fabrics you have used to create it. I so love those beautiful bird paintings especially the one on the leaf - you are such a clever girl and I am so pleased to see you enjoying your artwork so very much!
    It helps to keep us more in the moment rather than rushing from one social media form to another in order to be always trying to keep up.
    Enjoy what you are doing and thanks for taking such gorgeous images to share with us all!
    Big hugs,
    Suzy xox

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    1. Thank you so much sweetie :) It's wonderful to work in this book now and then and fill it with little treasures. Where would we be without creating I wonder :) Hugshugs xx

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  10. I do love instagram, much more than facebook and twitter- reading blogs and blogging is still my favorite too. I have found new blogs to follow with instagram

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    1. I haven't even tried twitter yet, it doesn't appeal to me at all to be honest. How wonderful to have found new blogs with instagram! Yes I did find new bloggers to follow through instagram and facebook as well. Thank you for sharing your thoughts Sue! Hugs xx

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  11. I have been blogging for 6 years and definitely plan on continuing. I have made so many friends through it, who I hope to meet in person someday! I have met one so far. I can't stand Facebook and I am only on it to promote my blog and my Etsy shop. I am afraid I don't do that much at all :-( When Instagram came along I fell in love! I love having little snippets of someones's life that I can see, heart and maybe leave a small comment. I find it to be less annoying than most of what is posted on FB. I have found more blogs to explore through Instagram and I have even sold a few of my Etsy items through my link there. It works for me right now. I have a Twitter account but do not use it at all!

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts AnnMarie! I'm happy to hear you enjoy instagram so much and that it works so well for you. I do like to visit beautiful peaceful styled feeds on instagram once in a while, it relaxes my mind, like it would when I go watch the sea. Hugs xx

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  12. I do not use instagram, like you say I like the relationships you can build through blogging and I just feel I get more out of it.

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    1. Another good reason for me to keep on blogging then, because otherwise I would miss the connection we have Connie, and with other blog friends too who do not use instagram or do not like to use it. Hugs xx

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  13. Well, there is a prime example why I have such a limited visibility on the internet!!! I was in the middle of writing a long comment for you and then noticed that Freda B had mentioned that she was thinking about returning to blogging and I switched gears to say that I hoped she did and now my original comment has gone 'poof'. Perhaps it attached to my reply to Freda???
    As I was saying....I'm not on Instagram and nor do I tweet, twitter or chirp. I like blogs and I like blogging - because I feel there is more personal connection that way. Society now seems to want everything to be instantaneous and no one wants to take time to connect. I see people sitting in public places, obviously supposedly spending time together, and everyone is on their phones. Are they carrying on conversations on those instead of with each other? Makes one wonder. Pretty soon we will be a society that is unable to converse and will be behind closed doors, rarely venturing out. Scary thought. All that (and what I said previously) to say that I love blogging and won't be giving it up anytime soon.

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    1. Oh dear, I'm afraid your initial comment is indeed poof gone, there was no other comment besides this one and your reply to Freda. What you say here is one of my concerns too. It makes me sad when I notice it around me. Luckily there are enough people around that do still do value the real life connection and that will always value this above phone-connection. And I'm sure those will stay too. People are starting to complain about this phone addiction, more and more. Here in the Netherlands there's even a mobile phone company that launched a television ad to promote real life connection over phone-connection, can you believe it? I know it's to promote their own product, but still I like the message they send out. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! Hugs xx

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  14. Tja.....ook ik ben bezig met Instagram, maar gebruik dat vooral voor creatieve foto's met weinig tekst.
    Ik blijf het bloggen leuk vinden en blijf dat ook zeker doen.
    Ik plaats vaak meerdere foto's en vertel uitgebreid wat ik doe en hoe ik iets gemaakt hebt op mijn blog.
    Op Instagram doe ik, als ik wat plaats, korte berichtjes.
    Vind het contact via blog ook veel te gezellig 😉

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    1. ja precies, het is zo gezellig op de blogs en je krijgt een veel uitgebreider beeld en verhaal. Daar hebben we misschien niet altijd de tijd voor, maar het is en blijft hartstikke leuk om te doen en elkaar te bezoeken. Fijn dat je ook gewoon lekker door blijft bloggen :) Liefs xx

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  15. Oh dear Wen!
    I am ever so happy you stopped by my blog! I stopped receiving emails from your blog and I don not know why, so I lost track of you, I am sorry. "(
    What a perfect post for me to pop back in on as I feel the same as you about Instagram, and it is kinda the same on FB although some really do take the time to make comments.
    I prefer the blogging platform as well and I am glad to hear you will continue this way- as I was browsing back, i see i have missed so many wonderful posts- I will have to do catch-up!
    Do you have a follow by email on here or a subscribe? I would like to receive your posts regular-please let me know.
    thank you for your lovely comments- they mean so much!
    Love & hugs,Jackie ")

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    1. Hello sweetie, I have no idea how that could happen. May be it's because I removed the widget for following through mail? I'll put it back on, see what happens... I also deleted the old google friend connect widget, because google stopped doing maintenance on that widget. Right now the best way to follow my blog would be bloglovin or google+ I think. But may be I should just re-add email and gfc options too. Thank you for telling me Jackie! Hugs xx

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Thank you so much for leaving me a sweet message, I love reading your comments. Hugs and happy day to you! xx Wen