Quitting Instagram

by Leandra Medine
August 24, 2012
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Last week I took an almost pathetically short two day Instagram hiatus. The telltale signs of addiction had manifested into full blown codependency on the app. In the minutes and hours post-upload I found myself maniacally checking comments and likes as if my life depended on it, much to the dismay of those around me.

This made me think about what would happen if I were to cut it out of my life, just for the sake of proving something. The idea of stripping myself the validation of thousands of likes was worth it in the name of an innocent case study – which garnered results that surprised me. I removed the photo-sharing app from my phone–I had grown so accustomed to checking it that I worried if I hadn’t removed it, I probably would have, by habit, checked it unconsciously.

In the initial hours, I felt no change at all. I knew I could do this, I thought. But in the first moments of downtime, I found myself moseying around my iPhone home screen, looking for an app that no longer existed, diverting the situation the only way I knew how: by checking twitter. I was pleased to find myself being redirected from tweets to interesting links rather than from obscure photo page of pretentious beauty shot to even more obscure photo page of blatantly obnoxious beauty shot.

Tapping into the psyches of people I barely knew, if at all, through intimate photo representation was making me feel dirty. Once I resolved this, the end 36 hours of the challenge were essentially a piece of brick and mortar cake.

I read Hunter S. Thompson, enjoyed a view for the sake of looking at it, not filtering it, took note of my walk home from the nearest subway–a walk I take almost every single day–recognizing three buildings I never had before–one, a flamboyantly amazing, superbly gay gym, and I think most importantly, I felt myself sincerely vindicated while sitting in a room, listening to people talk about X doing Y on Instagram and having no fucking idea what they meant. If this is what being on the outside is like, I thought, I never want back in.

The minute the novelty of my experiment wore off though and the full 48 hours were over, I went back in. I didn’t look back, I didn’t even look forward. I just checked my page and signed out. Curious to see if my absence had effected my presence on Man Repeller the site, I looked into the back-end and noticed that my page-views were 16% higher than they had been in the previous two days. The wavering is typical but this felt particularly unusual considering the time of week I chose for this experiment: Saturday-Sunday. These are days notoriously recognized by the internet as the hollow black hole for page views. (Unless, you know, you have exclusive access to a video of Tom Cruise buying Suri a real life unicorn or something.)

Did this mean that my Instagram absence reflected positively on page-views? And if that was the case, was my mobile presence detracting from that of my web presence? I got to thinking about a conversation that I’d had just a few weeks earlier in which I almost referred to a blog as an elongated Pinterest board. I stopped myself, afraid of where the conversation might go. How could a stream of short character photos replace lengthy, thoughtful stories about real things (like crowns and Balenciaga shoes, for example.)

And then I realized, why wouldn’t they? If the blogger mission statement is to induce inspiration and that inspiration is now capable of being consumed in a few quick scrolls, where do full sites continue to flourish?

You know, my Instagram to Twitter ratio had originally impressed me. I couldn’t believe that my following on the former platform could exceed my following on the latter in such a short span of time. But like Twitter exceeded Facebook even though Facebook had been around longer, Instagram was claiming its new-age throne.

Does an impressive following on an app cancel out the consideration and work that goes into scribing a blog though? If bookstores like Barnes and Noble can find themselves on the brink of irrelevancy (being bailed out because of books like Fifty Shades of Grey) due to the rise of kindles and iPads, will bloggers see a similar fate, finding themselves on the brink of change because of snappy, quick-and-easy-to-consume inspiration?

Recently, a reader commented on a post of mine noting independently that style has become so tormented by Pinterest, it’s hard to wear anything lace paired with denim anymore without feeling the self-consciousness of having to wonder: do I look like a human pin?

Maybe history is repeating itself. If video killed the radio star, will Pinstagram kill the personal style blog?

…I’m really asking you that, I don’t have an answer.

REPLIES
  • roomkeymag

    Yep. Instagram has changed things and professional Internet attention seekers aka bloggers who haven’t recognized this are on super thin ice. That said, there’s always the next platform waiting to explode #suchaslifeinthefastlanebitches

  • Nicholas A. Nieves

    I’d sincerely like to think not, “Pinstagram” as so charmingly coined is, in itself, undoubtedly what most would consider an evolutionary extension upon what the very idea of Style blogging itself is founded upon – giving the purveyor a window into your and every other aficionado’s day-to-day discoveries and interesting insight in the world of Fashion and actual life itself. Now, whether that view is considered second-hand or not, it’s a welcoming refresher none the less.

  • http://twitter.com/naeemac Naeema Campbell

    To be honest I think pinstagram and the like just make personal style blog more accessible. Being a new fashion follower and jewelry admirer these various outlets make fashion real to me. It’s no longer something that the super rich and wealthy have access to. And to be honest I would have never found your blog if it wasn’t for Twitter. Yes, your twitter feed is entertaining, but your blog has the quality content that keeps me reading.

  • Holly

    This is your best post ever. I joined instagram, pinterest and twitter only a month ago. In that month, my fb presence has gone nearly negative (I used to love ranting about political goings on). I was surprised that these three apps have replaced my insatiable need to comment on every article a friend posts on fb…until I realized they were just swapping some form of attention-seeking for another. I don’t garner much attention so I can see this would be a concern for you:)

    I never thought stalking fashion tweets and pics would trump intellectual pursuits in terms of enjoyment but that makes sense if both are used as a vehicle of recognition…

    Holly@silkandsparkle

  • http://www.facebook.com/AaNnAaLuNnAa Ana Luna

    I had no clue who you were a week ago. I couldn’t have even imagined a person like you. I found you on the popular page of Instagram. I now read the blog and follow your twitter. I love your style of writing. However the pictures just add more detail. But I like reading so these days I might be a minority. I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t quit Instagram:/ but I still applaud your ability to do so.

  • jentine

    I use Instagram to augment my blog. On my blog, I prance, pose and look demurely to the side and on Instagram I show you that I got invited to the birthday party of a 60 year old (it shall be awesome) and that my cats are way cuter than your cats. I think it gives a more complete picture of who I am.
    However, I do notice that the way to get the most positive feedback on Insta is to show your arm party or your baby. I try to limit my arm parties and I have no kidlets, so I am out of luck…:(
    But yet I love Instagram and it’s the one form of social media I am wholly addicted too. And yes, its instant format can easily kill the blog form. Especially image based blogging… If they had a side bar with ads and cash money links on Insta, fashion blogging as we know it could become obsolete…

  • Colton Dixon Winger

    I temporarily disagree. I think the relationship between Pinterest vs. Instagram vs. Blog can be clearly defined. With that said, I think the influence of pop culture is deferring what each of these avenues really mean. Unfortunately, they all mean something different to each individual. But I also think there can be a definite break between all three. For instance, I use Instagram to capture real moments in my personal & professional life. Pinterest to stay organized and inspired with clients & my blog SWHW as my go to for fashion&style word vomit. Does there really need to be overlap? I think not, but the rest of the world has jumped into all avenues head first and the overlap can be overwhelming- Why can’t they all be a cluster of applications to maintain and share a persona?

  • Sana Khan

    Really enjoyed this piece as I tried an Instagram-fast this week as well. I was on this verge of addiction with instagram and twitter, so I tried to cut down the amount I tweeted and posted photos since I firmly believe in the golden rule of moderation. I think this day and age, its almost impossible to survive without social media. Just this week, I taught my 63 year old technology handicapped (she only knows how to click sign in for her gmail account) mother how to use her new gifted-iPad. I almost thought it was impossible but she was really excited to learn how to click one little icon to get access to her email (versus sitting and waiting on a slow desktop to load her 30 plus unread emails mostly filled with spam messages from Obama or Romney’s campaign). I was the type to Instagram 3-4 photos a day, and I always felt “Man I must be so annoying to people, I feel too much.” It bothered me how socially adapted I was to all these tools. I literally would post something on Facebook, then shorten it to 140 characters for Twitter, hashmark it for Instagram, and then pin it on Pinterest.
    So then a friend said, make a Tumblr, one site, to do all 4things at once. To me it made sense but it stilled annoyed me that I had to depend on social media. However she was right, now that I made my Tumblr, I reduced the unnecessary posts on the other social media sites. I accepted that I can’t get away from it. I just can’t help it, I enjoy reading and updating on current events, I love posting and sharing news and cool things I come across. I love be social conscious, and hate being ‘M.I.A.’ Its just not my cup of tea. Its who I am. Whats funny is right after accepting this, another friend noted that she really thinks its cool how savy I am with social media and up to date. She said she wishes she could be more adaptive to it all as I have been as she finds the benefit of it (especially in our line of work: politics, public relations, international relations and development).
    Even when I was job hunting earlier this year, many work requirements for PR firms, Government offices, businesses etc all requested information for your Twitter account, Pinterest, and Tumblr. Our world has become dependent on it and its a tool that can be used for the benefit of it if we’re smart about it. I love my iPad to read news and write updates and notes, yet I still enjoy going to a bookstore and purchasing a hardcopy of a novel. I love taking Instagram photos of fashion pieces and food but I’m still saving money for a SLR camera. I check Twitter and Facebook for news updates but I absolutely love listening to NPR via the radio on my way to work.
    Basically, moderation is key, and intentions are behind all actions. So intend well, and use it wisely.

    • liza

      Hi leandra! Like i said in a comment i made a few posts ago, i just felt that for a couple of months your blog has felt more like an aggregated instagram feed rather than an actual blog, and instead of seeing you in the site we’ve increasingly noticed how you just do your usual polyvore-looking layout featuring products you link to. Ive been a fan for many years and still am, but i just feel that sometimes, the blog has become more rehearsed, obviously planned, instead of simply fun and organic (even with us knowing that from the start youve maintained an editorial calendar to run the blog)

      • Leandra Medine

        Thanks for this note–I appreciate your feedback. Ultimately, my intention is to begin uncovering more intriguing ways to produce and present content without having to use myself as the vehicle for that…still working on it!

  • Me Gusta o No Me Gusta

    Surprisingly today I decided to close my windows live messenger on my office hours. I feel kind of liberated. Something similar happends to me with the endless notifications from my smartphone. I find myself always checking at “nothing I care” o unimportant status at every community I’m part of.
    So I believe, doing what you did, might be / should be something every one decides to do in order to “live” real life for real.

    http://www.megustaonomegusta.com

  • Kai

    It is funny that I just read your post right after reading this commentary about facebook a bit ago.
    http://omgstephlol.tumblr.com/image/29503426710.

    The digital world is making us a bit nuts No?

  • http://twitter.com/HeroineChicGirl Hannah Hayes

    I actually think that the huge tendency (understatement alert) of people to obsess over a little thing like an image on Twitpinstigram is a sad sign of the change in our time from appreciating articles of worth to appreciating (or downright obsessing) over things as void of meaning and life as a pair of shoes in a pretty filter. I’m as guilty as the rest of us at pouring over Pinterest and image-heavy blogs in an attempt to better my day but as a writer and a reader, a chunk of gorgeously-written words will always be more inspiring and infinitely more valuable than a couple of pretty images. We are such a visual culture but that doesn’t mean the blogs of intelligent stature and heavy wordage should fall by the wayside. If anything, our society NEEDS more of the (well) written word – or even just the blogger review; the mere conversation of blogger-to-reader – to gain back much of the acumen we’ve lost by staring at pretty pictures for long. We’re not infants. We don’t always have to be entertained.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ms.molly.knott Molly Knott

    I have no idea the answer but thank you for thoughtfully & articulately describing an issue I’ve been pondering too. Wil be chewing on the great food for thought in your remarks. PS – MR is by far my favorite blog EVER!

  • olivia sacha soyons ouf

    same reason i left facebook years ago. i’ve never looked back! you wont regret it.

  • Ashley Garner

    It’s funny you bring this topic up as it was just a featured topic on the IFB main page where a girl discussed how instagram killed her blog. She was referring to how she has gotten so addicted to Insta that she rarely posts things on her blog anymore because she can just share it quickly through a single picture and get whatever her point was across with that.
    The question of whether instagram is going to kill the blogging world is a very interesting one, Blogging, or personal style blogging has become photo obsessed and many blogs don’t include much text outside of a paragraph to coincide with their photos, so the question comes down to how do you want to market yourself? Through a filtered instagram picture or do you want to put in the effort to actually set up a shoot for your outfit with a DSLR vs. an iphone. I feel like Instagram is an app of the moment and is not going to kill personal style blogs as there is a difference in photo quality, professionalism, and overall aesthetic that personal blogs can carry and Instagram tends to filter out (no pun intended).
    http://www.elegantidiosyncrasy.com

  • Kai

    Funny, I just read your post right after I read this commentary on Facebook http://omgstephlol.tumblr.com/image/29503426710

    Social media is making us all a bit nuts. No?

  • paige

    Anything looks good with the right filter; not everything that is written is engaging and thought provoking. Keep blogging, MR! Your wit is part of what makes you special.

  • http://stylecurrent.blogspot.com Ashley Alan

    Yours is the only fashion blog I follow to actually read the content because your writing style is fresh and you quite literally make me laugh out loud. For the other fashion blogs I follow, I honestly just want to see the outfits. We are increasingly becoming a visual culture, and by visual I mean photographic. People want information fast and a photo delivers that. I think Pinstagram has the potential to become way more popular than blogs and even to replace them. Remember pagers?

  • alcessa

    I think you’ve spotted the trend correctly (this time, too). Unfortunately.
    I have never ever felt compelled to “do” Facebook, Twitter, Pinstagram or anything else. As a compulsive reader I very much depend on well-written long blog posts like yours and a few pics that just make things more interesting.
    But I cannot help but notice that good blogs are becoming rare, about as rare as good unicorns, and I thinks this has to do with Facebook and other less “wordy” stuff I am not allowed to care about because of my reading greedy genes …
    You do know that Good Writing is a Man Repellent, don’t you?

  • Morgan

    If you continue your Instagram hiautus, you will be sorely missed. I (like many of your readers, I’m assuming) follow each of your social media channels and enjoy both the quick bouts of inspiration by your amaze arm parties on IG, and your longer prose about designer shoes and flamingos on your blog. Having just started a (very humble) personal style blog myself, I hope that the social media channels can all share – and spread – the following love and continue to provide all sorts of inspiration to the style community at large.
    Sincerely,
    One of your IG addicts, Morgan (aka @momoliti)
    seemomogo.blogspot.com

  • Helios

    DON’T LEAVE INSTAGRAM! NE LAISSE PAS INSTAGRAM!

  • http://www.suspironews.blogspot.com/ Betsy

    Yes, it is. Some of us really don’t want to just see a picture. It is words that allow us readers to get in touch with the blogger’s personality, which is why I love The Man Repeller so much.

    http://www.suspironews.blogspot.com

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ENTUXOUIKYYFI56MIHKTQLJFEM LA

    I believe it could be. But… obsessions and addictions are not good either. I haven’t bought a pack of cigs in two days. I can only hope I don’t cave.

  • Lyndsay Halpin

    I,

  • gem

    Call me old school, but I don’t think “Pinstagram” can ever replace blogs (I’m one of those who believe kindles, et al. cannot replace books or blogs cannot replace magazines). Surely it will have an effect on certain blogs that depend more on visuals than words, but blogs like yours won’t be affected. I don’t follow you on Facebook since I grew out of Facebook a couple of years ago but I love following you on Twitter and I have thoroughly enjoyed your presence on Instagram. Never stopped checking the blog though. Never been “pinterested”, can’t really grasp what pinterest serves for, but I do understand the fuss on these outlets as they satisfy the ever-needy pop culture generation. I remember an essay I read in college naming this situation as “hyperculture” in which the Warholian 15 minutes of fame are rendered into the length of a mere YouTube clip. While I am usually amazed at your ability to style amazing outfits and I believe you have inspired me in many ways, the reason I started obsessively checking your blog was your wit. I was more than happy to see somebody realizing what I had been trying to do for a while, doing it a lot better, branding the whole concept and grounding this seemingly superficial obsession called fashion. I treat this blog more like a column I’d read in the paper. Understandably, your wit shines through both in Instagram and Twitter, but both of these outlets were an enhancement of your blog/persona, never once have I thought they outshined your blog or that you seized to be a good blogger because of all these social media tools. If anything, they made you better since you approach everything critically. Pinstagram might feed the hyperculture for a while, but survival in this paradigm solely depends on a mark of originality, which is very hard to achieve without the actual word, aka the blog.
    After all, it is the blog that creates a forum for discussion requiring some sentences greater than 140 characters.

  • http://twitter.com/MakeItWorkMolly Make It Work Molly

    I work in Social Media for my day to day living, and I have a blog and all of the other apps as well. I think this is something that people will be fascinated with for a time and then something new will come along. That’s the cool thing about social media, in many ways it mimics fashion: items trend and change and evolve. I don’t think it’s killing personal style but rather allowing people to see they can evolve their own style in ways they may not have imagined before.

  • Mil

    You’re so the Carrie Bradshaw of our time :-)

  • gaowmichelle

    of course you won’t leave instagram. but it’s good to take the time to realize that it’s both an obsession and a representation of the “backlash” of our digital age. we don’t really notice things when we walk down the street anymore and we cling to our phones while we wait for our to go orders in fear of standing on the street alone with seemingly nothing to do. Whatever though. In the end it doesn’t really matter. Pinstagram won’t kill the radio star. What makes you unique is your word-smithing and that will always keep people coming back for more.

    http://www.prettydinos.com

  • Gussie Roc

    i was wondering why my instagram feed was so empty

  • http://twitter.com/taradois Tara Doís Chacón

    All our appreciable thoughts find their way to our audiences by way of some digital conduit or communicative means, but I think it’s always important to recognize that the inherent depth of any thought or idea is almost always directly proportionate to the limit of the medium it occupies. Is the notion of a deeply profound Instagram/Twitter post is not just kind of laughable? The blog is the last great space for unadulterated, individual thought, and though your audience may diminish in the absence of other social media occupancies, the quality of said audience will inevitably grow. Less can be more… I mean, in theory. What I’m saying is- i READ your blog. Anyone can take a photo, but not everyone can eloquently articulate the striking visual parallels between a fancy jacket and the folds of a vagina. #justsayin

  • http://www.facebook.com/beth.mensi Elizabeth Mensi

    Funny..I just joined instagram…i never used it before since I am a stickler for using my own digital camera and editting those images with PHOTOSHOP…however, I feel like a an old man coming to grips with technology that all my time effort and artistic thoughts could instantly be brought to life by a “touch” (no longer click) of a screen!

    Pinstigram is not killing the personal blog……PICTURES WILL ALWAYS SAY A 1000 WORDS… but finding the right words to say makes the pictures come alive…and that’s when you have a successful blog.

    A little instagram, a little pinning and a little blogging…makes for an all around good read!

  • Lori

    i felt the same, like i always had to catch up which prevented me from enjoying the pictures, so i made it a point to only check it at work, on my 15 minute break, everyday. i knew i’d see it everyday and it allowed me enough time to not obsess over other pics/or my pics and get back to life and not care about filters. i try to see it as inspiration, as something pretty to distract me, and that’s enough for me.

  • Chrissy

    This is a very interesting read, considering that I’ve noticed that many fashion blogs now are just pictures with no content. This sparked a conversation between me and my husband, similar to what you wrote about here, do people even care about content or do they just want to see pictures? I sometimes feel that it is shifting that way, but I also feel that if you have a strong voice, like yourself, than you will always have a strong, loyal audience. I’m sure your stats went up also because people kept on checking to see when you were going to post your next picture. because everyone loves your pictures and more importantly your witty commentary. xx

    adahliavolk.com

  • debbie

    Interesting thoughts. I had some of these thoughts lately (mr. Tom Cruise wasn’t included, truth to be told). I use fb and twitter just to promote the links of the posts and etc. I can’t spend time on these platforms too, posting different things here and there like that. Mt day has not 30 hours and I can give my 100% to 4 different sites. I spent so much time to build my blog so I think it deserves a little more time. There are so much trend sites right now and it’s natural that every one of them has it’s own audience. We will see in the near future their future.

     In Whirl of Inspiration

  • Emma

    For the span of the relevance of social media platforms, I don’t think the blog will take the back burner at all. Despite all the easy access we can get from outlets such as Tumblr and Pinterest, it’ll never be the same as a blog. There is a total disconnect between follower and content on those sites. For example, we pin or reblog a picture of a pretty blonde girl wearing studded denim cutoffs with cool, somewhat discreet tattoos. Boom. Done. I’ve lost interest in who it may be over the duration of these platforms. Once I used to wonder who it might be, where they are from, what they do. Now it is just merely a motion. That’s why fashion/style blogs are actually becoming increasingly more refreshing to me. It gives content a sense of home and origin that has totally been lost with the easy access of other sites. I enjoy my visits to your site even more. Get more excited if I haven’t been on Man Repeller in a couple of days and see 2-3+ posts I get to read, laugh and ponder. This connection – allbeit still cyber – is much greater than the likes of other sites. I think this also goes back to your Manstagram post about the DIY beading. There’s something gratifying about discovering a new blog to add to the collection…all on your own! To find the content and feel a sense of celebration when you have years of archives to peruse, to get to “know” the blogger at hand. Whereas those denim cutoffs on the all-too-regular blonde girl via tumblr or pinterest fade away. To get cliché, those pictures are certainly not worth a thousand words.
    Instagram, on the other hand, I think you should keep up. Primarily because it still does come right from the source (like your blog): you. I actually think that I visit your blog more now that I have been following you on Instagram. I see a picture and then click the link on your site to see if you have a continuance of a funny caption via the Manstagram feature.
    Anything that gets lost in content that, at that point, has been floating around in the cyber cloud too long, is not worth the fuss. It’s not genuine, it’s just there and there’s no sense of personality behind that stuff.

  • marinacasapu

    i’ve tried the experiment with Facebook and after a while it seamed to me so pathetic and uninteresting. But it is very easy to being obsessed again…
    I’m surprised to know that you actually read the comments as I was thinking that users with thousands of followers don’t care anymore:)
    Good luck on being instagram sober!!!
    http://www.live-love-fashion.com

  • Lana

    Very interesting, never really thought about this. There is merit to the fact that if a craft blogger posts, say, those yarn ball things, their craft could became famous via pinterest, but no one would bother to read all those extra words on the blog when there’s the 140-character captions.

    http://thecraftingklutz.blogspot.com/

  • Denise

    Yes. Instagram is killing the personal style blog. Especially when bloggers are now just reposting their instagram pictures as original content. That really irritates me. It’s halfassed blogging. And if you use your blog as your main form of income, and you profit off of this forum, then I would hope you would put as much effort into original instagram content as you do an original blog post. Not exactly you, per say, but to the majority of bloggers.

  • Me Myself and Airin

    Please dont stop posting on your blog! It is more than just a pic.

  • http://diamondsandspikes.com/ Eugenia

    IM NOT SURE, BUT I THINK THESE MIGHT SIMPLY SEPARATE DIFFERENT AUDIENCES.. SOME WANT INSPIRATION AND SOME WANT TO SEE REAL PICTURES OF PEOPLE WITH PERSONAL STYLE AND SOMETHING TO SAY.. YOU CAN USE BOTH AND COMMUNICATE YOUR MOOD,FEELINGS AND THOUGHTS DIFFERENT WAYS, BUT IM PRETTY SURE WRITERS LIKE YOU WILL STAY AND KEEP BLOGGING. WHILE READERS LIKE ME WILL CONTINUE TO READ AND ENJOY EVERY SECOND OF IT.

    COLLAR NECKLACE GIVEAWAY: http://diamondsandspikes.com/2012/08/17/giveaway-hm-collar-necklace/

    http://www.facebook.com/diamondsandspikes
    http://diamondsandspikes.com/

  • http://twitter.com/TheStyleConfess TheStyleConfessions

    Possibly one of your best articles yet! Very thought-inspiring. I really hope blogs do not become irrelevant, or that we can keep ourselves relevant in the age of quick image consumption. I never really got into instagram myself though I like pinterest a lot. Personally I find the constant use of my phone apps kind of obnoxious,mso I avoid it.

  • the (un?)social butterfly

    I have quit Facebook a few years ago, and I have never even opened a twitter or Instagram account. I think these are basically tools for self-promotion that lacks in content (I don´t mind self-promotion that´s actually interesting!) and gossip that is uninteresting and somewhat brain damaging. I only read blogs and the longer the (good) texts, for me, the better. A blog with real texts can never be replaced by a picture and 140 characters, as much as a real photograph can never be replaced by whatever shit I have photographed with my shitty smartphone camera and to which I have later applied a filter to make my lack of talent in photographing look sort of artsy.
    This is not to say that there is no power in being precise with concision, but to say there is and always will be power in being precise no matter how many words or images you need to bring your point about.
    http://humanwomen.wordpress.com

  • Michaella W.

    IFB (Independent Fashion Bloggers) wrote an article about how Instagram can ruin a personal style blog (http://heartifb.com/2012/08/06/how-instagram-ruined-my-blog/). I don’t have Instagram but it seems like everyone I know is obsessed with it. My mom even has Instagram and it’s gotten to the point where she’ll take a picture of something while she’s driving, then attempt to Instagram it while driving. It’s madness! I’ll admit that I’m obsessed with Pinterest but I feel like it actually helps me blog. We all know that feeling of staring into your closet and thinking “Oh. My. Gosh. I have nothing to wear!” or getting onto the computer and preparing to write a post but then thinking “What am I supposed to write about?!”. If I go on Pinterest and see a really rad outfit or picture someone pinned, it can inspire me to pick out an outfit to photograph and blog about. So I think the answer to your question is that it depends on the blogger. If you’re using Instagram and Pinterest to gather ideas and inspiration for your personal style blog, then it will benefit you and your blog. On the other hand, if you spend all your time Instagramming and pinning what you could be blogging, then it could hurt your blog.
    xx Michaella http://fashionableunicorn.blogspot.com/

  • Pelin Ersavas

    That’s an interesting observation and I believe that’s true. You will always have loyal readers but mostly it will be easier for everybody to go through your pictures on other social media tools. Leandra, if you remember me, I am the Turkish, computer geek from LA. I have some business ideas just on this topic. I will be in NY during fashion week. And I’d love to talk to you about that if you can spare some time. I will email you in advance. Best.

  • Catherine

    All good points! Sometimes I feel as if my creativity is being placed in a box rather than being outside the box because of places like Pinterest and Instagram. They try to package ideas, etc. and “sell” them to the awaiting public eye in a sense. I find myself caught in the middle– is this me or is this too pinstagrammy? Help! Just let me dress myself in the comfort of my own imagination!

  • http://twitter.com/BlueCollaredGrl Blue Collared Girl

    I couldn’t agree more. With Instagram and Pinterest giving these “quick inspirations” to people there is a lack of “personal style” and more of the “Pinterest style.”

  • http://twitter.com/LJohn_R Lisa John Rogers

    I think this is a really interesting post. What keeps me coming back to your site isn’t even your personal style (which I like) so much as your writer’s voice. I think you have a strong voice which makes you a good writer. Not everyone who is interested in style or showing their personal style is also able to structure a post or an idea well, especially without repeating a lot of cliché words or phrases. What I have always enjoyed about blogs is the variety of ways audiences have access to different information. I still read magazines and books in print but I like having blogs like yours to turn to when I want some free instant gratification as well as thoughtful and funny writing. Though there are days when I’ve been reading or looking at words on a screen for so long that I just want to look at images, but lately I have been so over stimulated by just visual images that I find myself desperate for enjoyable reading material from around the web- which is why I come here! The longer I belong to those visual website the less I use them, I’ve been using Pinterest less and less, Instagram I like because it’s nice way to keep in touch and post obnoxious pictures of my dog. Even though it’s the world we live in, not everyone is a “visual” person. There’s no way blogs will die out any time soon, but maybe it’s just me avoiding the idea of more change.

  • Sarah

    This brings forth an interesting discussion. I see instagram and pinterest changing the format of blogs but not replacing them since most days, I don’t even go to blog sites rather I just scroll posts through google reader. I see instagram affecting twitter too as it allows one to like a photo or comment rather than having to reply or retweet it. Also, most bloggers tweet an instagram picture and if you already viewed the image on instagram why bother with twitter. We are obsessed with imagery thus the explosion of instagram, pinterest, tumblr and blogs. It’ll be interesting to see what becomes of it all.

  • http://twitter.com/MichelleSohl1 Michelle Sohl

    Very interesting post- I too became Instagram addicted for a short while and started to wonder if it was all that I needed? Not to mention Pinterest was flaming an uncontrollable fire on my Facebook feed too- I wondered if people will start to lose interest in bloggers seeking style advice elsewhere? Guess we will have to wait and see?

  • http://twitter.com/aleeemartinezz aleeemartinezz

    Sometimes I wish history did repeat itself, like when are slap bracelets coming back? When will I be able to wake up and slap-on fashion so starling? So no, “Pinstagram” is not killing the personal style blog; on the contrary i think “Pinstagram” is the reason peoples personal style blogs are so superb. Pinstagram is the reason people are constantly competing with each other to start the next big trend or be the next person who inspires a 20 year old college student still living at home to wear her Nike run shoes with her brothers jeans (because she doesn’t have boyfriend) rolled up and her middle school juicy charm bracelet on her ankle(guilty as charged).

    ps. Instagram your socks with googly eyes and that will be the next thing I pin.

    • http://twitter.com/aleeemartinezz aleeemartinezz

      WOOOOOOOOO. you went googly crazy.

  • Christina

    If one thing’s for sure it’s that everything is adapting all the time. One thing is also always true and that is that people are curious- they want to know things about people and feel that they have some sort of connection to them other than their mutual re-pin or love of instagram. That’s where blogs come into play! Sure, twitter and tumblr offer a glimpse into what someone is doing or thinking, but blogs are where readers can actually read a fully developed story with real sentences using proper grammar in more than 140 characters! I think it’s rather refreshing in this instant world we live in.

    Christina, bohemianwild.blogspot.com

  • Alex

    I will shamefully admit that due to my following you on Instagram, I feel like it’s not as necessary to look at TMR online all the time. Not only do I get snapshots of your daily life that you don’t include on TMR, but then I also get previews of your posts- which help me to then determine if I’m intrigued enough to go to the site and read the full story.

  • Lori

    i enjoy all platforms of your social media! each has something different to offer. i check your site when you link a page on ur instagram, cuz i usually check instgram first since its most convenient on my phone. but… if u don’t post anything on instagram, ill usually always check your site usual every 2-3 days! KEEP WRITING. we love it!

  • Natasha

    Great piece, and i completely understand- sometimes i can’t help but think of all the things i’m probably missing out on because im staring at some social networking page, or if i’ve missed the real beauty of something in front of me because i’m too busy putting a bloody filter on it. I’ve even considered going on a complete blog/twitter/instagram/tumblr detox because i’m finding it hard differentiating whether i actually like certain aspects of culture/fashion/art because i like them or because i’ve seen them somewhere online. And sometimes it’s just all too much information…

    But with all that said, keep doing what your doing, i personally love your instagram posts!

  • http://twitter.com/looksharpWI Look Sharp Sconnie

    Whoa. I seriously loved this post. Especially the nod to the whole “obsessively check views, shamefully derive validation from likes, grin at grossly flattering comments” part of blogging. I think your’e onto the next step in blogging : stop glossing over reality. It’s getting old and detrimentally unbelievable. Every second of an outfit post is embarrassing and awkward, yet our goal is to make it look anything but?

    Anyhow. I think people accept the simplest option they’re given. If they can get their inspiration in half a millisecond, they’re not going to wait through two pages of text. It’s the same with pictures. Ever notice how when scrolling through a blog, you’ll spend a lot more time looking at a single picture when there IS only one?? When there are1000 to scroll through, though, you don’t bother with the details of each, because it’s so easy not to.

    Pinterest + Instagram = tons of shallow visual fare, very little thought, ideal human scenario.

    Baddabingbaddaboom
    -Gabrielle

    • beeboop

      agreed agreed agreed

  • Aurora

    I have to admit i’m a Pinterest virgin. Never been on, doesn’t interest me. Twitter and Instagram on the other hand..oh boy. Don’t worry MR i follow your blog not only for the pictures and inspiration but for your quirky writing. So tired of posy picture bloggers. I am sure I am not the only one who feels this way. You would be sorely missed on Instagram, if not for your photo’s , then for your captions.

  • Jennifer

    I am pretty addicted to Instagram too! I love following people with great photos.

    xo Jennifer
    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  • Sabina

    is Pinstagram is killing the personal style blog?

    Echhhh I hope not. It certainly isn’t for me. For me inspiration is something you can lose yourself in rather than glance at while also consciously or unconsciously looking at half a dozen other things. That means thought provoking posts and articles with interesting imagery, not teaser tweets and bare minimum effort insta-photos.

    Sabina
    http://sabinamollot.com

  • eliseschmalise

    I’m not going to write a response that mirrors a thesis paper (no one likes an over achiever) but I will say “I love your blog and found it by way of instagram.” and if I had a dime for ever time I said that I would have one dime…

  • s

    The way you write is so reminiscent of Carrie Bradshaw. This cuts into the originality, for me, and I wish it didn’t. Anywho, I mostly enjoy your site.

  • Larissa

    your writing is impeccable. fantastic post :-) thankfully i’m not addicted to any social networking sites, but i don’t believe that fast inspo will replace personal style blogs for the sole fact that people realize how much time and effort goes into posts, even inspo ones. or at least, i hope so.

  • Beeboop

    there are a million places out there for great inspiration… So then why does man repeller do so well…. personally, it’s because your a nut and makes me happy. if you didn’t write, the dance moves might suffice, but then we wouldn’t enjoy captions such as “labial folds”.

  • ghrlunltd

    Some delicious food for thought…you have me thinking.

  • http://twitter.com/awesomedavocity Dave Loneragan

    I’m so glad you tried this and thoroughly examined your experience—great comments about the mindset of using these apps and the difference between longer form content.

    My first introduction to Man Repeller was this blog, and it was the highly amusing writing and the whole concept that drew me in. Instagram/Pinterest are just extra layers of flavour, but even together they can’t stand on their own. The format of single image and short text area is bite sized. A roast dinner isn’t much fun without the meat. It’s shallow and leaves me feeling hollow inside. Please continue to serve up the whole dish, with extra nuts please.

  • Nora

    It’s easy to get sucked into the social madness, I think of them as very clever way to get free content, why would you provide free content to others? You work hard to produce your photos and writing, maybe if people cannot get your content free on facebook et al, they indeed would flock to your website more.

  • Catherine and Greer

    The longer your posts get the more I can imagine you as the Editor in Chief of American Vogue, because even though they get longer, I can never make myself stop reading them.

  • Frieda

    These kind of articles make sure that neither Instagram nor Pinterest can actually kill Blogs! Keep writing long and thoughtful posts! And at the same time, don’t abandon Instagram! It’s a quick way to follow your style, which is so important in a world where you are constantly on a run…

    http://www.theprojectstyle.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lena-Mordhorst/1392222517 Lena Mordhorst

    i love people watching but in the city where i live the overall fashion style is rather plain so for me fashion blogs are a great opportunity to see different people and how they express themselves rather than dressing alike.but compared to all the other blogs i follow its just yours that i actually read because it makes me smile.the way you write makes your blog different and its would be a loss if you were not using this talent anymore and just posting snapshots.as long as you keep your blog up i am happy :)

  • Brijetblog

    I completely understand your concern with social media consuming our lives. As a fashion blogger also, I have had the same thought about the effort of sitting down and writing a post compared to posting a quick photo with a few witty hash tags and conveying more or less the same message but the difference is that sure you can post a pic and say ‘here is a new designer I’m obsessed with’ or ‘hey I’m wearing print on print. I look fucking awesome’ but there is no content. No explanation of why that is a trend, how is started, who is doing it, how to wear it. I think there is a difference between our social media outlets. A blog is for a relevant, informative and inspiring, intelligently written post. Instagram relates more to the person behind the blog. I love your IG- not just because I love your blog but because it’s a chance for you to reply to me and for me to see you not just as a fashion writer behind a keyboard but a person. I don’t think that Pinterest or Instagram could kill a blog, just like I don’t think a blog could kill the glossy glory of high fashion magazines.

  • Folio V

    I don’t think so! When I read a blog It’s like I want to learn more about the person, and pinterest and instagram are only snippets of what your blog really is. I love reading my favorite blogs every morning, and I think instagram/pinterest are secondary.

  • V @ thefashionfridge

    I have actually never understood the Instagram craze OR the Pinterest craze, actually. As a teenager, I know so many people my age and beyond who are completely into both of these methods of sharing information through pictures. But really, for me, I like to keep it simple. I can share pictures through my Facebook with the people who truly matter, and to be honest, Instagram filters make photos tacky and cheap. I also have a whole inspiration folder on my computer, which is actually so much better than Pinterest because I have it all with me at all times and I don’t need the internet to access them.
    As for Twitter: Unless you’re a celebrity, nobody cares about what you ate for lunch. Nobody.

    thefashionfridge.blogspot.com

  • Emily Parrett

    I have no answer, sorry. I, in fact, now have more questions. Damn you Man Repeller!

    p.s – I have just cancelled my Tumblr account. Who does tumblr anymore? And it begins…

  • Nik

    Yes, using ALL those forms of social media will probably affect your blog negatively. It begins to water down your content and even your…personality. No longer does anyone think, ponder a thought–hold onto it, and then express it in more thought out way. We instantly GIVE away are humor, our cleverness, etc. Poof, it’s gone in an instant. So then when it’s time to actually write something or post something with a little more depth on the blog, lets say, we aren’t as clever as witty and may not have as much to say. We already GAVE it away. One of the reasons, I’ve slowed down the attention I give to twitter and facebook. I have an instagram and I’m only slightly active–maybe a photo or 2 every-other-day. I just don’t have the time to invest in yet another form of social media.

    I guess the key is finding a balance where using these tools actually help or enhance what your real gig is (I assume blogging?). But I do see it as more hurtful over the long haul.

  • http://www.ohsocynthia.com/ Oh So Cynthia

    I enjoy the platforms but try to live by a “quality vs quantity” theory. You can get so into clicking, filtering and posting that you forget to look around and actually enjoy the experience.

  • Rebekah

    I think embracing anything that is mobile is the way to go. A blogger who doesnt embrace this is like tradition media not embracing digital. Especial anything that is more visual. I really think instagram has affected twitter.

  • StyleNonsense

    I Believe Fashion Blogs Are Taking Over The World! I Think There Are Countless SOurces Of Inspiration But None More Important Than The Other.
    StyleNonsense.blogspot.com

  • Je suis Sophie

    I had Instagram for a while, but as I looked on my fellow Belgian blogs, I noticed they’re constantly doing ‘instagramposts’… I mean come on, could you become any lazier as a blogger? I’m not really saying that instagram isn’t fun but I just don’t want to be a slave of an virtual world, constantly checking my account and likes.
    And I like to search my inspiration on the streets and on a large screen rather then on blurry pictures.

  • sketch42

    Oh wow- So you know how I feel about all this, as we discuss this often.
    1. Over-saturation in the digital handheld world is slowly killing us. At one point last spring, I felt so overwhelmed that I took my email off my iphone!??! I had to look at email on a computer or not at all. At another point, I broke my iphone, and went completely phoneless for 4 days. It felt good. Im back in though, whole hog and it’s a small personal hell.
    2. As a blogger, I’ve changed the way I look at blogging because of pinterest. 3 years ago, “curating” a collection of beautiful images was enough to make a blog good. Now, those blogs ARE glorified pin-boards. And Im not interested in doing or being that blog. So I try my best to create content that other people will find interesting and worthy of pinning. And that means, 10X more work, all original photographs, and that I cant write about interior design that much. (Design is not like fashion, it takes time to put together and cant be changed every day etc…)
    3. Someone sincerely asked me if I still have my blog now that there is Instagram. YES!! Of course I do. And while commenting is down by a billion, and Im pretty sure the people that follow me on insta dont bother to check the blog- the blog’s views have been steady if not better than ever.

    So basically, instagram is a dirty habit thats very fun and as addictive and compulsive as smoking. Pinterest means you need to up your blog content and you cant/shouldn’t just repost old photos (unless you have a really good reason and narrative for the post) and its basically a sink or swim moment for blogging. Be better or fall into oblivion.

  • Nuit Hernandez

    I hope it does not kill it. I enjoy the personal blogs wayyyy too much!

  • Leslie Newhall

    Gosh, I was thinking of downloading Instagram, now I am not so sure!

  • Namrata Kedar

    Just like no amount of ipads and technology can replace books, similarly instagram and pinterest have no weight over blogging. Being a blogger myself, I realize that fashion and lifestyle is beyond just pictures and images. And that something more (read personal touch) can be expressed through words alone. Infact may I dare say, that instagram and pinterest act like a side serving to the main dish- the blog.

    N
    http://seasoncheck.blogspot.in

  • Louise Guntert

    Your writing is some of the most unique, witty,eccentric and exciting shizz I’ve stumbled upon in the last two years. I don’t mean to gush (there’s a pun in there somewhere) but you and your blog have made me get excited about fashion and style in a way I’ve never had before. I have never just followed trends, mostly I buy/fall in love with things that I feel match ‘me’ and well, that ‘me’ is a bit of a nut! The day i stumbled upon man repeller was the day I realised there are many who share in my ‘nut-dom’. My confidence and love for fashion grew ten folds after reading your blog and maybe this would have happened regardless..but it didn’t and I can’t help but think, would a few pretty pretty pictures by ‘annonymous’ have had the same impact, I sure as hell don’t think so. Blogs carry a personal voice that can sometimes tap into something very special. I do believe words have been around a very long time, alot longer than the internet, if any of us can remember back to such dark times and I have a sneeking suspicion they aint going anywhere….Although could be wrong, could actually turn out that Apes do eventually take over the world and if that turns out to be true. Well then i was very wrong…very wrong indeeeeed!!
    From a reader all the way in foggy London Town x

    http://fourbeatstothebar.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Emma Kepley

    I love this post and feel that what you are saying is correct. I feel that yes Instagram is literally taking over, but for me I enjoy it because I get to see you on the go when I am on the go as well. I have yet to let Instagram take me away from checking the fashion blogs I constantly look at because they have an Instagram as well or Twitter. I love the fact if I am not near my computer I can see fashion inspiration from all the fashion bloggers on my phone and then when I get home I literally go look and see if anyone has updated anything new for me to see. I do agree though in general technology is taking over the world and I hate when I hear people refer to someone’s “Facebook status” or “I saw on Instagram that…” to determine what is going on in their life, like they don’t exist if they don’t post something on their Facebook or Instagram. I hate that constant drama has come from technology as well, like really..you are justifying what someone saw on FB..get real. I hate that talking to someone in person and being social in human form and slowly going away. People don’t know how to be social or actually have a real conversation if it isn’t text message language..which is very sad. The one thing I am well at is talking to people. My personality is me and having to show that through technology is hard because I would much rather talk to someone in person and show them me. I love your post and I agree and love that you are taking a stand.

    xoxo,
    Emma Jane!

  • Paula McClelland

    I’m not so huge i social media.. I do Facebook to keep up with friends and family overseas, but Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Bloglovin – I ALWAYS forget to check and when I go back I am underwhelmed. Having said that, I still turn up to read what you’re up to on Manrepeller.com. It’s your crazy stories and interesting hijinks that keep us all coming back. Also the fact that you don’t ever seem to be selling us something, I hate it when bloggers get a new advertiser on their site and all of a sudden they only wear that brand!

    Keep doing what you’re doing. The day you stop blogging will be a sad day for all :D

  • Alexandra

    This is an interesting question, and one worth thinking about. I often jump right into a new medium and then, after a while, pull back and think about its effect on my life. Like when I noticed that I was obsessively checking ‘likes’ on Facebook or that a friend of mine would only ‘like’ a picture of mine if I had ‘liked’ a recent one of hers, I realized it was probably a negative presence in my life. I’m still new to Twitter, so I’m not entirely sure what I feel about that one. But I think Instagram is actually really cool. I don’t know if it was a conscious goal of the people who created it, but I like how it causes people to look for beauty in their midst and share it with others. Of course, if it causes you to ignore the beauty around you because you’re obsessively checking what others have Instagrammed or what people are saying about your photos, maybe it’s not so good.

    Pinterest, while cool, can lead to everyone just having the same “inspiration,” which isn’t necessarily great. But I think maybe the medium just isn’t my cup of tea. I like finding inspiration in other ways– like real paper books, magazines, blogs…

    To each her own, of course. Inspiration is everywhere, and I think that’s rad. But I do think it’s important to be thoughtful about how we consume media. Because it takes up a ton of our time, and if we’re not careful, we can avoid living our own lives because we’re so caught up in it.

    Thanks for bringing this up! Great topic!!

  • Selena Aponte

    When I first heard of the Man Repeller, you were doing an interview on channel 4 for Thread NY. Afterward, I noticed your brand on websites such as Refinery 29, etc. but my curiosity was catapulted when I began following you on Instacrack…. er Instagram. The fantasy women share of gaining the ability to access high fashion is channelled through you. You are us. “We” can look pretty in a paper Margiela dress, and don’t have to feel silly wanting to wear sneakers with a haute couture gown to our wedding, or (gasps) the dreaded harem pants. How could “you” wear this, and make it look so good?.. dare I say Isabel Marant should cut you a check for single handedly making her sneakers the summer 2012 “it” shoe. We all like how you enjoy exploring and showcasing independent designers who aren’t just designers, but artisans… you make it look so easy. Oh and props to you for hooking us up on all the sales and links to websites where we could have a “piece of you” (no homo).

  • Christine Nicholson

    great piece/ conversation I am very new to blogging and still learning the ins outs and arounds of this thing, but I can relate in regards to obsessively checking instagram to see how many “like” my photo has received as if in reality this system is in fact the new way to validate a person’s likability or coolness. I love the idea of people sharing their lives through beautiful pictures allowing one’s mind to become inspired or informed but I agree that it can be become pretty pretentious and overwhelming.- xo Garden Girl

  • Klay

    You probably won’t see this because as per my usual I am late to the “comment” party but please keep writing and communicating your unique style and take on fashion through WORDS. You are a witty and light hearted writer with a great unique style. Pictures, in this case, are not worth a 1000 of your words.

  • Gizel Maimon

    I do not think that one app will kill another or personal style blogs (FB X Twitter X Instagram X Pinterest) but I do think they do something bad for creativity and self-expression. Instead of being inspired people just copy looks and everyone seems to look exactly the same all over the world, saved only by the seasonal differences between the hemispheres. Many Brazilian “bloggers” , for example, are not more that copy-cats and translators of what goes on in Europe and USA. Some of them don’t even respect copyrights! Pinterest also, the general women’s fashion category is a bunch of look-alikeS. How much more-of-the same can we take? These platforms are the perfect stage for self expression, creativity and exchange of ideas but somehow became a medium for spreading uniformity and incentive consumerism. But wait, I’m preaching to the wrong choir here, this is s fashion blog! :)

  • Cassandra Too

    Oh well, I have second thoughts about these apps. I get obsessed for awhile and it dies down for me later. I don’t know. :/

    Please check backtofive.blogspot.com out! You can also follow me at backtofive’s twitter too!You have to visit Bloggers Against Social Injustice too!
    See you there! :D backtofive.blogspot.com backtofive.blogspot.combacktofive’s twitterxoxo backtofive

  • http://thebasisnyc.com

    I do not have a pintrest and did not know much about it, but know as a blogger it is an important peice of social media to take part in. Your article was very helpful. http://thebasisnyc.com

  • Joy

    Funny enough, Instagram is the social media platform I least use. Tumblr, on the other hand, is my entire life… I am ADDICTED to Tumblr…

  • Alicia

    I really liked this piece of text! Thank you!
    And since I’m in a rush, I’ll quickly tell you my opinion (you asked me) on it.
    Of course “Pinstagram” won’t kill the personal style blog!!!
    Love from Basel (and Barcelona)

  • Misses Robinson

    With a surge of information available during the Vietnam war, the world was changed forever. Now we are so inundated with ways to give and receive information, no one should have an excuse for being ignorant, or for lying publicly for that matter. Unfortunately – and this could be due to my age – the fact that there are four icons (and I know there could be more) for me to “connect with” makes me beyond anxious. It’s absurd, obnoxious, IMMODEST. Some people have rightfully profited from this huge new venue to display their talents but most are just creating pollution and distracting the shit out of those of us who work hard for a living. On the superficial side, I hate wondering every time I get dressed if I look like a fucking collage or a blog post. I stopped stacking bracelets (sorry L. started that years ago), my layering has been put on hold, and I am now asking my 8 year old son to be my style arbiter because he is untainted. In a less superficial vein, I have watched how FB, Twitter, etc. have wreaked havoc in the lives of the teenagers I treat therapeutically.
    Leandra, I thoroughly enjoy your blog and your Manstagrams are my version of Skittles. Keep up the excellent work. I refuse to look at Pin-whateverthefuck. It is disturbing!

  • @mimimishkin

    interestingly I had reached that conclusion long ago… unfortunately I believe so as well. as much as it is a gift, technology kills. and we all have no choice but to keep up

  • @mimimishkin

    oh yeah.. and please dont quittt your the only person I check for updates seriously

  • http://twitter.com/swe3tche3ks stephanie

    I’m in the same boat. I quit facebook only to be reeled in, shortly, by twitter. Next pinterest, shortly thereafter tumblr, and with the acquisition of my first “smart” phone (I liked my non internet capable device better), instagram. All are more visually stimulating or informative than facebook on issues that really might just matter, but still all suck time from real-life relationships. I don’t like to feel vilified if a certain post of mine gets a “like”. I’m certainly more concrete than that.

  • Dani

    I don’t think Pinstagram can replace the personal style blog, the same way a delicious paella cannot replace a prime steak au point.
    I like to think of new technologies and platforms in terms of the discovery and conquest of new continents: The new ones don’t replace the old ones, they add on instead, they come with infinite possibilities (wich take a long time to even fathom) and yes, unfortunately, a lot of blood is spilt in the process.

    In terms of instagram, i’m not even on instagram but i did enjoy your Manstagram section, mainly because i found your captions brilliant and hilarious. Moderation might be the key, or treat it as a special event… What’s your favorite number? Let’s call it “x”. Why not post x number of instagrams every x of the month?

  • http://girllovescolor.blogspot.com/ Maya

    This is a great post. There is so much pressure for bloggers nowadays to conform to social media trends – i.e. it’s almost assumed that you HAVE Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, etc. At one point I felt tempted to link my Instagram more closely with my blog, but I have realized that I am supremely content having it as a personal feed of photography. Although, now that I downloaded another image editing software, I don’t know if I need it anymore. (I do like seeing my friends’ photos though!)

  • dany

    the eternal question for all bloggers, am i too exposed? ugh, who knows.

    xxo, dany

    http://lovesprettythings.blogspot.com/

  • Courtne Smith

    Great post!
    I think that so many people (bloggers and non-bloggers…basically everyone) have become so hooked on the feeling of receiving instant feedback or instant “gratification” through many of these social media platforms. If you really analyze it, it’s sad. I’m not sure how or why, but instagram seems to be the fastest (post a picture and within 5 minutes you can have 100 likes). At the end of the day…what does that really do for any of us? After those first few minutes of checking likes and reading comments, it’s not enough…you’re unsatisfied…you want more….you want to do it again. Kind of like a drug addict lol.
    It says a lot about you and your brand that you were willing to hop off that quickly from something that is deemed “so important to have as a blogger”. Good for you!

  • ANA

    WILL MISS YOUR MANSTAGRAMS…They kept me tuned. my opinion is simple, but following blogs is an entertainment for most of us. This blog is a simple detail capable of making me smile in my daily life.

  • http://twitter.com/EnidSeymore Enid Seymore

    I’m still in love with both instagram and Pinterest so I’m not relating as much to this post but I do see your point. I’m there with fb and sometimes with twitter but twitter has served as a great information source at times. It may be the only one that lasts.
    Enids.tumblr.com

  • steph

    hm, i never used instagram and i like and appreciate blogs with text. like this. so maybe pinstagram is the future, but there will always be oldfashioned german girls like me who like blogreading better.

  • Lisa

    You can use Instagram for the camera/filter feature and turn off the feed. That’s what I do. All my pics are private. I don’t want everyone looking at my pics, so I just use it to take photos and share as I see fit on Twitter, FB, and my blog.

    • Lisa

      Since the photos are saved in your photo album, they’re all there just as normal pics you’d take. That’s how I use it and I love it.

  • Mónica Cardoso

    Maybe it will and then something greater will kill it. That is like stage evolution. I think.
    Love,
    http://www.chicksinfeathers.co.cc

  • http://twitter.com/ragsNredbottoms Sonia V. Baines

    Hi my name is Sonia( everybody reply HI SONIA). I have to admit I am a victim of the sudden instagram addiction. I carelessly bump into people in the streets of New York walking head down because I am perusing the creative photo ops of those I know and don’t know. Despite the innovative and creative technological advancements… I feel there are some things that cannot and will not be replaced such as a book to a kindle, a laptop to an iPad, and lastly a blog to instagram. A kindle cannot replace the feel of a read weathered book. Lets be honest a kindle does not occupy the space of a book shelve like a ton of books(strategically placed to impress a first date that “Yes I am a reader.”) With that being said a well strung feed of photos will not and cannot replace and well thought out blog. One of the reasons I follow this blog is because of the commentary and creativity behind it. Although a picture speaks a thousand words you can only assume but so much about the person in the pic( or the one taking it). I can assume through your photos that your an eclectic individual(which is just a nice way of saying your a fucking weirdo…hahaha J/K) In reality I like to think your blog gives me a little more in-depth description of who you are as a person. Through this I get that you have a keen fashion sense and your a hilarious, intelligent person. There is more to you than meets the eye, there is more to you and your work than instagram or pinterest could supply. I think the viewpoint just depends on how one perceives life. I could go to a Spanish restaurant and eat tapas or I could go to Spain and eat tapas. Shit I would rather go to Spain.

  • http://twitter.com/gimmemar Martina Kiridzija

    THANK YOU for posting this. This new day addiction is everywhere, and it’s upsetting because the important things in life are being ignored. And as for bloggers, well, established bloggers at least, who write paragraphs of good written words and beautiful photos of style and inspiration like you do… instagram crushes those talents and labels un-talented people who happen to take “good” pictures as something TALENTED. It’s ridiculous. Everyone can be a photographer now, and everything is overrated. Everything is viewable everywhere. It sometimes makes me feel like I am turning skitsofrantic with so much being open for reach by clicking and touching. It makes me sick – yet I do it myself (re: addiction).
    HOWEVER. For people that are on the rise to showing what they are made of. I’m not going to lie, it feels good to have unknown fans of people “liking” your photos. Whether it be on Instagram or Facebook. That’s the hard part. You can ignore the social media, but then you’re out of the loop and who cares if you’re talented? THAT is my dilemma.

    But Man Repeller, it was a good read, and I appreciate your appreciation of disciplining yourself to look at life like it was BEFORE instagram. That’s some old school shit! As for my answer to your question… I think Pinstagram has definitely killed the personal style blogs, it’s time for the next big thing.
    - Martina :)

  • jade

    i love you!!
    never quit instagram cuz one day the laptop will die and the only thing ill have is instgram but the graphics on my phone for websites aren’t as awesome as the ones this computer.

  • Ploy

    In Thailand (the land of smiles I hail from) celebrities only outlets are through instagram because typing in Thai on Twitter and Facebook is just so friggin difficult (plus, stereotypically, Asians just love photos of everything, right?). In fact, one of the BIGGEST fashion bloggers in Bangkok started her blog because of the outrageous numbers of Instafollowers she had – they propelled her to be able to start her own blog, get recognized as a stylist at Topshop and blahblah. Perhaps it’s all too soon to gauge whether this new form of media will be a trend or a necessity but there’s no harm in experimenting. Especially when you have so many fans who LOVE your writing and your pictures.

    http://imakekimoralooksmall.tumblr.com

  • M F

    you are just great. thank you.

  • Ana

    Well..it’s really hard to let go of instagram..but I really enjoyed seeing your photos and funny comments over there. And this is making me for sure come more often here and enjoy your great posts!!
    http://ana.ciorici.com

  • http://twitter.com/katemariela Kate Lapekas

    I really enjoyed reading this post. I live in Spain, where neither Instagram nor Pinterest have infiltrated fully yet, and Twitter is just getting its addictive reins around the general populace. Being from the US I do use both and as a new blogger have often felt the need to focus more time on those outlets rather than on the actual written content of my blog. I started blogging because I wanted to share my perspective and love to write but when all the bloggers that I idolize obsessively tweet/pin/instasnap it made me question whether I needed to do the same if I were to ever share some of the success of the “great” blogs. Here in Spain the culture is so much less consumer driven than in the States that I find it rare to encounter a person that needs to market themselves, or receive validation through social media. Here people concentrate on living, and I mean really living. Looking at their friends when they speak, rather than merely nodding or muttering the occasional “oh really” during a story from behind the iPhone/smart phone screen. They take sunday strolls and enjoy the architecture. Coca-Cola is still served in the traditional glass bottles and the concept of “coffee to-go” doesn´t exist. I think that most importantly we need to make sure that life comes before our social media presence. When we reach our last days the important moments wont be the day we reached 10,000 or 100,000 followers nor a comment made by a complete stranger (as nice or inspiring as that comment may have been) it will be the day that we discovered something new and amazing because we put our phones down and were receptive to the possibility of that new experience.

  • http://twitter.com/jessarb jess arb

    There are already signs of photo-frenzy-fatigue. I believe Tumblr is the worst of the two combined. Imagery humanizes big ideas, but there still needs to be context, and I mean “good” context – that comes with good writing. Personally, I am interested to see where Ariana Huffington’s “GPS for the Soul” efforts take bloggers like you and like me. Have you heard of it?

  • Erika

    Most interesting post to date (and your blog is the first fashion blog on my bookmark bar). I spend at least a couple of hours a day reviewing blogs, pinterest, and instagram. I have to say as someone who enjoys both readying and writing, I will never get tired of following my favorite blogs. I do agree that there is a definite shift in the inspiration realm. This is so sad! We are becoming much more easily pleased and the inspiration high just doesn’t last. I have found myself referencing my old art books and fashion magazines again, just to get my hands on some good ol’ fashion PAPER INSPIRATION.

    Love your blog Man Repeller! I’ll keep reading!

  • socialyteco

    Not replace, more like enhance, or for lack of a better word broaden.

    For bloggers, Pinterest should be used as a promotional tool to reach new readers who are passively or actively seeking great content. Each image acts as a potential lead to drive traffic to your site and share a sneak peak at your goodies.

    Instagram doesn’t offer this type of interaction, so it’s more of a tool to add another layer to your story. A real time window for fans on the move. A mobile connection to your content.

    The blog will always be for those who want to engulf themselves in the experience you offer. A one-stop Manrepelling shop for fans.

    Books were replaced by Kindles, leading to the shuttering of bookstores, but this was more about the introduction of a revolutionary new technology and the evolution of business models and industries. Kind of like what Apple’s iPod did to Tower Records.

    If history stutters, printed magazines are the most at risk for extinction.

    Blogs are still new, in the scope of things, and while Pinterest is great for media consumption, there will always be a group of people who want you to not only show them, but also tell them.

    Storytelling will never be solely owned by a single medium.

    Eventually (within the next couple of months) someone will figure out how to get blogging content syndicated through mobile in a more network-style manner, like Instagram for Blogs. If the app mixes in tools that allow you to create content (photos, videos, text), with tagging, sharing, shared ad-revenue, and link monetization similar to RewardStyle, it would be a major contendor in being the next major media publisher.

    At that point, any form of traditional publishing (print) will also be at risk if they refuse to evolve. Advertisers will drop them for a more evolved process of reaching the consumer.

  • http://twitter.com/Alexa_Curtis Alexa Curtis

    I’m totally addicted to all social media. However, my opinion is that you are so recognized and famous for what you wear and that taking yourself off of these sites would ruin you because people follow you so closely. People are pinning pictures of you in your favorite Acne jeans and lace top because you look incredible. Don’t let that make you change the way you look at every outfit.

    http://www.alifeinthefashionlane.blogspot.com

    xo

  • Jennifer Fuller

    Here’s the thing:

    a) Your web traffic increasd over the weekend because your ‘true’ fans wondered what the fuck happened to you, and why they weren’t seeing your shit on Instagram.
    b) If you ditch instagram it’s only a matter of time before said ‘true’ fans will find a replacement for you.
    c) I just popped my comment cherry. Right here. Right now. And it feels dirtier than I ever could’ve imagined.

  • Ricks

    I have been faithfully reading fashion blogs (having about 100+ bookmarked) since 2006. Very few of them I actually read. I simply find an outfit I like and would save it in a folder. Now with Pinterest I can simply link the photos there. My point is, I think it will get to a point where fashion blogs will become irrelevant. I mean how many people actually want to read about your troubled life of not being able to find some coveted shoes in your size? Or how much you love macarons (sp?) EVERY week? Or you and the “boy”? I mean most of it is cheesy writing, cheesy posing, and shallow issues. So a simple photo will suffice. A reminder that I wanted to buy a pencil skirt like the one I saw on ThisTime Tomorrow. Not hearing why she is so tormented to go through her closet. Read that story on so many blogs so many times.

  • Ricks

    I get it, you only keep comments you want to hear. A delete wasn’t necessary. It is a true observation about blogs.

    • Leandra Medine

      Your comment is right below…I don’t delete comments. Alternating opinions are important for the conversation at large.

  • Tami

    Your words (like these), are reasons that will keep me coming back here. If your blog doesn’t have it, well then I’ll make sure to follow your Pinstagram.

  • http://www.taylormoseleyjewelry.wordpress.com/ allison {Taylor Moseley}

    Pinning, tweeting, and Instagraming get kinda boring after a while. I prefer blogging.

  • Maria

    Thanks for quitting instagram, it’s soo annoying that almost all my favourite bloggers have reduced their blogs to instagram-pictures, beacuse, well, I’m not on instagram and I don’t want to be ither. Thre’s just too many social networks to keep up with and you have to draw the line somewhere. I’m so happy you’re back as usual on your blog!

  • laurent sander

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    these instagram followers have given me a lot of contribution in my blogs. As now
    a day’s people are only commenting on other profiles for likes.
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  • http://agirlastyle.com/ A Girl, A Style

    I really appreciate this thoughtful post Leandra! Here’s the way I look at it: I see a really great Instagram feed (like yours) as a way to enhance a blog, not replace it. I rarely have time to look at every single post of my favourite blogs during the week (I usually binge read yours on a weekend), but a good Instagram feed will keep me interested during the week, and remind me to check that blog out. Similarly, it offers an outlet for interesting bits in a blogger’s life which, if turned into an entire blog post, would be obnoxious or tediously self-indulgent.

    Conversely, I find people who are really active on Twitter and Instagram but who don’t have a blog (I have some readers who are hardcore fans and talk to every single person I talk to on Twitter (to the point where I don’t want to talk to my actual friends on Twitter in case they start tweet-stalking them) or like every single picture I like), and frankly, I find that a bit hollow and weird. I realise that’s incredibly blog-biased to say, but that’s just how I see it: Instagram exists to enhance blogs.
    Sorry for the epic Instagram-musing!
    Briony xx

  • http://twitter.com/newfoundlust newfoundlust.com

    Well, I can let you know how I got to know your blog and in the end what I appreciate about it. Initially I did find you through outfit pictures, not sure where or how, probably from pinterest. While looking at the pictures posted is obviously fun and engaging, I prefer a blog from someone that actually knows how to write, expresses an opinion and does it despite of the accompanying pictures. (And I’m not referring to “I love to pair a skirt with sheer pants” or “Skirt: Prada” which is the type of writing you get these days in most “style” blogs). For me, what will never be replaced by pinstagramming or whatever comes next, is the actual art and love of writing which is what blogs were created for. I haven’t been following you for a long time though, however, I know I like your written voice and the good news is that it can come with or without the pictures.

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  • phil

    I
    think that the use that so many people give to Instagram is a little bit worrying
    and it might affect many relationships in no time. While there are decent and
    talented users, the general vibration of the site is so low that many people
    who start with an interest for photography, end up developing exhibitionist
    tendencies and an addiction to on line flirting. Some too young, others mature,
    single, in a relationship and married, some igers flirt with several people in
    the same time, vote and comment on revealing pictures, encouraging each other’s
    weaknesses and vices. Obviously one can look very nice and have his/her partner
    totally seduced but that is not enough anymore, people need to post pics on
    line trying to get some strangers’ attention and comments. Women can’t try a
    new top, dress, shoes, nails polish, bikini or underwear without posting it. Since
    when someone screaming for attention day by day, exhibiting his/her body parts
    and someone else’s addiction to on line flirting has become the normal social
    media interaction? I prefer facebook, most of the people know each other and
    show some respect and responsibility when posting. However there are also some good
    nice pictures on Instagram and people who are not obsessed with their looks but
    interested in the world around them

  • Figgs

    Good post!

  • Marquis of Fashion

    No. There will be factions of uniques who… read your content and get a lot out of it, and there will be another portion that prefer to get inspiration through images and gifs through time constraints or laziness (I’m thinking the latter).
    Now if the question was: Will bloggers who use their blogs as image upload dumping grounds hop on the Pinstagram wagon and discontinue posting to their site… I would answer yes. It’s what they’ve always done. those social media sites simply make it easier with an instant kickback (a like or a re-pin).
    There is no replacing well written content. An image says a thousand words but rarely does it tell a story.
    Never stop writing.

  • Imouttahere

    Yep. I took this bold step and deleted my instagram accounts, deactivated my facebook account and deleted all hoarded songs on my youtube channel. Clean cut. No more social dependancy.
    It’s hard though. Over 5 years I had created a narcisstic dependancy on social media (or collecting likes.) Truth is being popular on instagram (or elsewhere for that matter) is like being rich while playing Monopoly… It’s not real so stop gloating or obsessing. The Internet has slowly evolved from emails in 1990 to surpassing that of television. Could we as a society just pull the plug and walk away? Or would that be as utopian as all the cool people in Atlas Shrugged disappearing to create some new society/economy?

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