22 August 2013

If I Were Still On Instagram ...

I'd have greeted you this morning with a gratuitous 'coffee in pyjamas' photo.


I'd then, more than likely, have shared a colourful coffee table snapshot.  (Ever so slightly contrived in that the sunflowers were actually on the mantelpiece five minutes previously and the magazine on the floor.)


I may well have mentioned the fact that I'd bought Mollie Makes purely for the 'pretty rose cross stitch kit' attached to the front (all the time looking over my shoulder to ensure that Blondie Daughter wasn't lurking and witnessing my shameful hypocrisy; I've lost count of the number of times I've scolded her for spending her pocket money on a comic, just for the freebie.)

I would definitely have included a picture of my new Next (via eBay) duvet cover.  It's like sleeping in a ditsy floral cloud and pleases me hugely.


I would have confirmed that, absolutely yes, peaches and parma ham are indeed a match made in heaven.


Without a shadow of a doubt, I would have shared pictures of my new shoes.  Proper grown-up clip-cloppy shoes with heels but with a Mary Jane twist.  I would explain to you that I'm normally a flip-flop or ballet flats kinda girl so as to emphasise the resonance of such a purchase.


But I'm not on Instagram any more.  I took the leap.  It was beginning to irk* rather than inspire.  So my dear blog friends, you got the pictures instead!!!  It's a surprisingly hard habit to break.

xxx

*I did post a little farewell message before I left - to those who missed it, I'm sorry.  I was wavering about leaving anyway.  I fell in love with Instagram for the exchange of ideas and chatty interaction with lovely likeminded friends (I miss you).  Sadly, it seems now to be heavily-laden with giveaways and self-promotion.  The current preoccupation with weight loss and obsessive exercise makes me feel a little uneasy too.  But maybe that's just me.

35 comments:

  1. I have only just discovered your blog and I love it. I am also not on instagram so am delighted to see little snapshots from your day :-)I don't think there is any need to break that habit.

    SmallP
    xx

    P.S. Completely love the shoes. What a fab colour.

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    1. Thank you so much SmallP, I'm glad you found me too! Would you believe the shoes are from Clarks? And to think we were supposed to be there for school shoes!!! x

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  2. Sooooo glad you're back in the land of blog again. Love all your pictures today and glad we got them ! Kate x

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  3. Lovely post and I am a new visitor to your blog and agree with you about Instagram. Ann

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  4. Lovely to have you back in blog land :-). I'm too much of a dinosaur to have got into Instagram (and Facebook), and although I no longer post on here I still enjoy reading the genuine (non promotional 'look what I've been sent for free' posts. The shoes (and dress) are fab! xx

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  5. Guess who deleted IG off her phone this week.......

    xxxxxxxx

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  6. Hello!

    Yes I have noticed a lot of giveaway posts recently which annoys me a little too. I don't go on IG half as much as I used to anyway.

    Love your photos!

    Gemma xxx

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  7. Well Im glad you are back and hope to see more of you,I never did Instagram .Xx

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  8. Lovely post with lovely, pretty pictures. I have never done Instagram so am very happy that you are sharing on your blog instead...
    M x

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  9. Instagram's loss and our gain - love the shoes x

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  10. IG is only a half arsed blog post anyways if we are honest.
    Considering a right old moan about it on my blog too, just to amuse myself. Wondering how far I can go....
    X
    p.s buying that mag was naughty!

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  11. More, more, more pictures please Heather! IG has passed me by, and from the sounds of it maybe that's not such a bad thing! I want to step into your world, it looks lovely there. I have serious shoe envy! Those snippets you've shared are wonderful x

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  12. This made me giggle! I've just got on that bandwagon and so far, it is early days, I'm having fun! As with my blog, Facebook etc, etc its for me about connecting with like minded souls, if ever I run out of things to say or it's stops being fun, well I'll stop! I love your blog, there's always a bit of inspiration here for me and that's what it's all about :) x

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  13. It's quite liberating sometimes to do that. Good for you! I 'came off' Facebook 2 years ago and don't regret it at all, plus the main thing is we haven't got time for everything and sometimes you need to jump off the bandwagon/roundabout.

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  14. Whatever floats your boat is great ,..... And your pictures really do send mine floating. Love the tongue in cheek references to orchestrated pics

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  15. Lol - I've had an Instagram account forever & only just started using it. My day to day would bore the pants off people, so I don't envisage getting any followers. I've so nearly brought that magazine for the freebie! Have a great bank holiday weekend. Lx

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  16. Wow! Loving the shoes. Such a lovely colour.
    I've yet to discover the delights of Instagram, I just don't seem to have the time mostly.
    Hope your weekend is fab.
    Melanie x

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  17. I would read a blog post rather than Instagram anyday, especially one with such lovely images as these. The continuous forced spontaneity of Instagram is bewildering.

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  18. Hello you... must agree with the weight loss/exercise bit... (can't complain about giveaways too much as I just won a lovely necklace. But I don't repost many as they get a bit irksome and tbh some of them are a bit odd/naff)

    But I love your new shoes and hehe at the magazine... My Mum always whinged at me about buying magazines for the freebies which I still do to this day ;)

    I'm trying to get back into reading blogs and blogging than random tweets and facebooking. Love my IG too much to give that up but I think IG and blogging is more than enough I think!

    As always lovely to read your blog x

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  19. Yay, I'm very happy to get my 'pinkmilk40' IG feed fix on your blog. Even better because there is no pesky giveaway's in-between! ;) Your bedding and the crochet are all gorgeous but those shoes are divine! Adore the colour. Yum!

    S x

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  20. Ha your post made me laugh! I much prefer blogland to IG but I'm a big hypocrite because I still go and look over there and then tut and shake my head over it. I need to just stop looking at it! Love your sweet shoes Heather! xxxx

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  21. Gorgeous post as always hunni...I certainly don't mind looking at all your lovely photos :)

    Wow, love your shoes, what a scrumptious colour!

    Caroline xx

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  22. So lovely to see your beautiful photos here, Heather! Love your amusing commentary too :) your new shoes are gorgeous, and so is your sweet ditsy duvet cover. Wishing you a wonderful bank holiday weekend.
    Helen x

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  23. Hi Heather,Absolutely looooooooove your new duvet!!!It must be bliss to sleep under such a happy flowery cover!!!!Love your new shoes too!!!Have a fab weekend!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  24. I'm just happy we get to see you more here:)

    You may have noticed me joining IG just as you left it. For me it's handy for sharing project related stuff that won't make it to the blog, like freshly dyed stuff hung to dry ... kinda proof that I really do do the things I say I do!

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  25. Hi Heather...Well, I won't be joining Instagram. I've done a fair bit of pondering about time spent on the internet and decided I have to make sure it's valuable (too much of it just isn't and even worse my days just seem to fly by)
    I feel I'm finally finding a balance and I'm much happier for it...
    Love all your pics (and especially your new shoes!)
    Susan x

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  26. Hi Heather, I was really enjoying IG but it is starting to fade a wee bit, I too am over the giveaways, dieting etc. I love how I can keep up with my 'over the pond' friends so that is a plus to it. I am missing seeing you and a few others who had beautiful photos to share tho' I have neglected my blog somewhat as I have lost my voice so to speak, feel like I have nothing much to share, it seems that all I do is work and not much else, bit boring.
    xx Sandi (twiggytoes)

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  27. Hello Heather, So pleased that I am still able to keep in contact and view all of your lovely pictures on here. I love your shoes, I did try on the court shoe style and fell in love but unfortunately my shoe budget had already been spent on two small boys (well on shoes for them, I didn't actually buy two small boys!!). Looking forward to reading your other posts. Love Rebecca (manicsundays) xx

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  28. IG. Yeah. Hmmmmmmm I do still like it but I don't LOVE it like I used to. Statigram has kind of buggered it up for me because it makes me frightened to stop following someone whose feed doesn't inspire me.

    I don't like the playground bitchiness that has sprung up nor the reading wrongly the tone of a comment which then leads to said bitchiness. I particularly hate it when someone disagrees with another persons comment or takes offence when none was meant. They then delete the comment and do a text pic saying they are getting bullied. Then all their followers go on and 'support' the wounded victim without having all the facts. I saw this happen the other day. I saw someone get slated by their good friend because their good friend didn't have all the facts to hand because the comment had been deleted. It's just so wearing. In fact it's worse than that, it's borderline slander/defamation of character/liable... and if someone which the guts, brainas, money or contacts got umpty about it, they could really go for the person who felt "bullied". It's a bit scary!

    I hate all the reposts, give aways, "Happy Wednesday!", like for likes, follow for follow, get more followers rubbish. Don't get me wrong, the occasional giveaway is fab but the other day I swear to god I had 25 pics in a row on my feed of the same giveaway. Grrrrrrr Some people I follow seem to have given up with posting their own pics and are reposting giveawys alone. If I unfollow I might get named and shamed like Ness did. Gosh I miss her.

    xxx

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  29. I'm not on Instagram or Facebook...and I don't tweet either. My blog is just about all I can handle and I don't even to that well! Love those shoes by the way! xo :)

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  31. I do miss you on IG but am so looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday! Bring it on! Big hug petal. Xxx

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  32. Only just seen this x I wondered where you had gone on instagram...I don't think I'm savvy enough to know all the downsides so I just plod on in my own way, but you'll be missed for sure x x x
    Cute crochet and shoes ;) xx

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  33. Just come to find your blog today - was thinking about your lovely instagram pictures as it happens. and thought I'd have a nosey.
    I was a late arrival to the instagram party and love the creative group I stumbled across but agree about the seemingly constant reposts and wondering if I can unfollow someone or whether it will be noticed?
    I came off Facebook 12 months ago which gave me so much more free time, and I then found instagram! I keep thinking should I just get rid but I have found some lovely lovely people that I feel like I now know ( I know I don't really) but I wouldn't have any way of keeping in contact really as I don't blog - I don't think I have anything to say really (looks back at everything I've just wrote - hmmmm) anyway I will leave you be but really just wanted to say hello, love the shoes and that you are missed but I fully understand why - take care xx

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  34. Lovely to see you and your pics again...so pleased I stopped by!! xx Janelle@awhitefarm

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