Instagram Feedback And A Silver Moment

lifestyle blogger naty michele wearing a silver skirt with black sock bootsI’ve had some interesting conversations about Instagram lately, so I would love to get some much needed feedback from you guys. I did a little poll on IG stories yesterday asking if you would prefer to see more iPhone photos on my Instagram instead of camera photos. The poll is still up, but so far 65% want more iPhone photos.

This is actually very helpful for me. I’ve been feeling super complacent when it comes to Instagram. I haven’t grown in over a year. My reach and engagement continues to drop and while I’ve worked so hard to stop stressing numbers, I want to make sure that those who still follow me enjoy the content that I am putting out.

I’ve played around with the color scheme and filters of my feed so many times. I don’t stress the curation like I used to. I’ve learned to have a better balance with that. I’m actually a bit conflicted with this though because I see it from two different sides.

So, I’m very curious. How do you guys feel about cohesive feeds? Does this play a part in choosing to follow someone? Do you think a cohesive filter/color scheme makes the person seem less relatable or do you find it more inspiring?

From day one, I have said that I never want to portray a perfect life. Even if I post pretty photos, I make sure to get real in my captions and conversations with you guys. I do my best to share my point of view and tell a story. I share as much as I can via IG stories too. I always want you to feel as though you can relate to my content. I want to make sure that you can relate to ME!

I really just wanted to open up this conversation. In order for me to continue being my authentic self, I have to keep posting what makes me happy, but I do love hearing from you guys about things like this and getting a different perspective. Feel free to leave a comment below or send me a private message!

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Outfit Details
Skirt: Halston [similar style here] | Sweater: Forever21 [old, similar here] | Sock Boots: Zara [similar here & here] | Hat: H&M [similar] | Bag: Sugar

 

My mom and I went back to an old favorite location for this shoot. This time, we tried to play around with the scenery to capture a different angle. I definitely got some stares for walking around in a metallic silver skirt in the middle of the afternoon. I still get a little uncomfortable taking photos in front of strangers sometimes. They look at me like I’m crazy! I always want to shout, “Haven’t you seen someone take a photo before?” lol

I’ve noticed that two big trends this season are metallics and sock boots. I’m here for both of them. It wasn’t until I found this pair of boots at Zara that I fell completely in love. No lie, they are the most comfortable shoes that I own. I literally just want to wear them every single day. They work so well for both the day and the night. I’ve worn them several times already with skirts and jeans. I’m all about the low chunky heel too.

I’ve always been more of a gold girl, but I’m definitely having a silver moment right now. Metallics are usually fun to wear this time of year as we head into the holiday season. This skirt would be perfect for those types of festivities, but I loved toning this down with a simple black sweater and wide brim hat. It gave it more of a casual feel and took it from “holiday inspired” to “every day.” How do you feel about these two trends?

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I look forward to chatting with you guys!

P.S. I updated my post on Puerto Rico with another site to donate and get involved. I hope you check it out if you haven’t already! Also, please take a look at my friend Erika’s post on ways you can help by sponsoring families from Puerto Rico in need. ❤️

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  1. As a fellow influencer, I notice a curated fred more than the average person might, but that doesn’t necessarily drive why I follow someone. {I stick with the same filter for all of my pics, so that’s as cohesive as it gets! Lol!} I LOVE how you balance style with keeping it real. That’s one of the main reasons I follow you + I even try to do the same when it comes to my content because it is so inspiring. Keep doin’ what you’re doin’ girl! I’ve come to the conclusion that IG doesn’t want us to be great! Hahaha!

    • Naty

      Haha at IG doesn’t want to make us great! Thank you so much for the feedback girl! I just love to get a different perspective from others to see what they’re gravitating towards or what inspires them. It means a lot to me that you think I have created a good balance of style and also keeping it real! That’s definitely been my goal and I will continue to develop on that! xoxo

  2. Sakura

    Pardon me while I ramble a little 😜 I feel that content creators on Instagram are pulled in so many directions that it’s difficult to point at one and say “ok, this one, allons-y!” And it’s as you said, growth and change is also important, so that’s another wrench in the machine, isn’t it? 😂 I can’t really place my finger on what it is that ultimately entices me to click “follow” 🤔 Cohesiveness certainly plays a role on some profiles, yet on others it may just be the subject matter (followed a couple of flower profiles recently to bring more blooms to my feed 💐). I’m at a loss myself as far as my Instagram profile: I don’t have a set color scheme (trying to do oranges and reds at the moment but 😒), I don’t use just one filter, I don’t shoot in consistent lighting conditions. Creating content seems a lot more fun when you don’t need to put it into a box… 📦

    • Naty

      I love what you said about it being more fun when you don’t need to be put into a box. So true! We definitely do get pulled in different directions, especially when doing this for so long you want to experiment and play around with new ideas. The app is constantly changing so sometimes it’s hard to keep up! I think it’s ok that you don’t have a set color scheme! For me personally, that’s not usually why I will choose to follow someone. We just have to have fun with our content and just make sure that we love whatever we put out. Thank you so much for your insight and taking the time to chat with me about this! xo

  3. Love this post girl!! I hear ya on the stresses of insta growth being at a stall… I read somewhere that people aren’t just randomly following people that much anymore bc insta just isn’t that “new”… Anyway it’s feustrating regardless!! You always stuck out to me for being so genuine and have great petite style (I swear we’re so similar sometimes lol) … keep on keepin on! Xo

    • Naty

      Thank you Christine! You’re always so sweet and supportive. I definitely think what you said is true about people not randomly following as much as before. More than anything though I just wish more of my IG fam would get to see the content that I’m putting out. I’m so happy that I’ve stuck out to you for those reasons. Yay for petite style! Love following you too! xo

  4. As a parent, time is of the essence. Between drop off‘s, school functions, doctors appointments and anything else you can think of, I’m super busy. But I try to make time for my Instagram. I curate my feed and overly stressed about how cohesive it looks. I recently decided to change it up just a bit which Angel are you doing. I also very much enjoy creating content as it is so it’s almost like my fun little hobby that I’ve discovered about myself. Or a “mom break “as I like to put it . There’s definitely no right or wrong answer. I love your feed and I find so much inspiration and what you write. The pretty pictures of yourself just complement your captions! So, I think that you’re doing a great job and I wouldn’t change anything. Keep being honest because that’s what’s most important! I struggle with this exact topic all the time 🙂

    • Naty

      I’ve always loved your feed and creativity! I used to over stress mine a lot too, but by stressing it so much I sometimes felt like I was forcing it, so I had to stop. I agree. There is no right or wrong answer. It’s really all based off opinion as different things speak to us all in different ways. I’m so happy that you have felt connected to my feed and content. It means a lot to me! Thanks for the feedback babe and I think you should keep doing whatever makes you happy! xo

  5. R.

    As a non-blogger/regular person/casual instragram browser, the cohesiveness of someone’s feed could not be any less important to me. I use IG to mainly follow friends & bloggers. The bloggers that I choose to follow post cute pics and have outfits that I like. To “regular people” (not that bloggers aren’t regular lol), I think we just follow bloggers that post pretty pictures, as rudimentary as that sounds. If I go to a blogger’s main IG page, it’s because I’m looking for a certain outfit or post – I pay no attention whatsoever to the flow or cohesiveness or filter consistency of the pictures. Sorry if this isn’t the answer you’re looking for, but I think the quality of the picture & what’s in the actual picture is the most important. I don’t think ensuring consistency among posted IG pics is the best use of blogger time, considering all the other things you do. <3

    • Naty

      Loved getting your perspective! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me your insight on this. I honestly love to get different opinions to see what speaks to others and what they are gravitating towards. I loved your point on the quality of photo and what’s in the actual photo being most important, as it should be! And I totally agree that spending time on the consistency shouldn’t be what we spend the most time on. Thank you so much! xo

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