Blog vs Instagram

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A blogger whom I admire (Bunny, in case you’re wondering) just announced that she’s taking a hiatus from blogging. Her explanation boils down to not enough time. She’s certainly not alone in this. I’ve noted a slowdown in the blogosphere, at least in the little corner that I follow. You can see it in the blogroll to the right here. New posts seem to be fewer and farther between. I’ve even taken to removing links to blogs that haven’t posted for more than a year (with a few exceptions).

My own posts have slowed from the prolific days of several years ago. It seems that the general influence of blogs has waned. Instead, I have observed a trend of people, myself included, turning to Instagram. I’m not a prolific Instagrammer, and I still have an aversion to selfies, but I find that Instagram is a great way to track works in progress, and to micro-blog, if you will, projects that don’t merit a full post. For example, I made yet another StyleArc Ann Tee. I love it, but it certainly doesn’t merit a full post on this blog. But a few quick snaps and ta daa! It’s out there for all to see. A picture of my garden beds isn’t something most of my blog readers are interested in, but it’s easy to show on IG that I do things other than sewing and selling fabric.

I’ve pondered in the past if Blogging is Dead (or dying). I think it’s certainly evolving. My blog is still a much better place for showing in-depth reviews and techniques. Unlike IG, I can take higher resolution and larger pictures for clarity and instruction. But Instagram gives that “quick hit” that I sometimes prefer.

So how about you? Are you on Instagram? Do you think it will take the place of blogging, be an adjunct to it, or something else?

May 30, 2016, ETA: Thank you everyone for your kind words about this blog. I really appreciate it! I’m not planning on quitting blogging. Really. And this wasn’t a fishing expedition to get compliments or pleas to remain on the interwebs. I’m going to continue blogging – I enjoy it! 🙂 I’m really just commenting on the slowdowns and stoppages I’ve noted on other blogs. Thanks so much!

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22 thoughts on “Blog vs Instagram”

  1. I don’t do Instagram as there are no words. I enjoy the well-written word first. I do enjoy the pictures to go with good words. I base the ones I read on the the writing first. Unfortunately several have become schillers for one goods or another—too commercial for enjoyment so I no longer read them. Some I read because of the sewing knowledge I can gain. Yours falls into the well written and knowledge gained catagory–always a fun and informative read. Renita

  2. I think blogging should still be something to keep going; I have learned much through the bloggers’ posts, however, bloggers don’t have to feel compelled to post everything! Or as frequently as some think they have to post. Possibly, that is why they are getting burned out? If one does anything to the extreme, one will get burned out. Balance is the key. Just my thought!

  3. I use Instagram but don’t really follow it – I’m a high school Foods/Fashions teacher (in Alberta Canada where things like that are still taught, YAY) and I take pictures of what is made and post so that they can be shared (and still eaten). But I read and follow blogs…don’t comment much though. I can’t see myself blogging as I can barely sew during the school year and am not sure how I would add anything else in. I would say that young people (say 25 and under) are attracted to the “quick post” of instagram. But I like reading the process and fitting often.

  4. It does seem as if people who decide they have to take a hiatus from blogging has sort of put pressure on themselves to make their blog … something. For example, they feel they have to get all of these in progress shots or show some detail as they sewed it or on and on. I’ve had sewers newer than myself ask me to do “tutorials” or explain something on the blog. Sometimes I will but often, I don’t and won’t. That isn’t how I sew. I can’t be bothered (not to be mean!) to stop and take photos of step 1 and step 5 and…meh. I’d be so over it.

    For me the best blog posts have some detail about the pattern itself (what did you like, what didn’t you like, what did you change?), some detail about the fabric (because who doesn’t LOVE a good story about a good fabric?!) and has photos on a body. I am not a photographer. I don’t want to be a photographer. I don’t want to learn about photography. So I try to make sure I have half decent lighting and iPhone photos it is.

    So yeah, I think there is often self-induced pressure to make the blog a “thing”. And I’m totally talking hobby sewers, not professionals (pattern designers, people who sew for profit, etc).

    I am on IG and like it just fine. But I prefer to read a blog post any day of the week!

  5. I ‘m on Instagram but actually I don’t find it all that interesting. I really like reading sewing blogs as they have more details, also some people are great writers so that is part of the appeal. Also with blogs you can go back and re-read for whatever reason, learning a technique, or seeing a particular pattern or detail that you want to try out. I have found over the years that I have blogged that I really love the writing. Thinking up a topic or theme to go with the garment that I am posting – answering questions left in the comments or just showing the process. I think the comment above is right – people don’t have to feel that they need to blog everything they sew. With Instagram if something grabs my attention then I typically go looking for a blog or other place to find more about what they are sewing. People should do whatever they want based on their time or inclination but I hope blogging continues.

  6. Please keep blogging! Frequency is not an issue; I keep bloggers I enjoy on my feed indefinitely. (Heck, I still have the Selfish Seamstress on my list, and I think she’s been quiet for over two years.)

    I don’t follow Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. – blogs are da bomb for me. I so appreciate the effort that you and other sewing bloggers expend to share your sewing experiences with us.

  7. I also would much rather read blogs – there are talented bloggers out there and I have learned SO much from them! You, Beth at SunnyGalStudios, Carolyn at Handmade by Carolyn, iKatbag, and La Sewista (who is taking a break.. I will miss her posts) – just to name a few! I technically have an instagram account, but haven’t looked at it in months. In fact, I started an instragram account to follow Carolyn’s pictures, but I would so much rather read a blog that I never bother to check in. I can understand that taking pictures, describing steps, etc. does take time and I appreciate bloggers so very much!

  8. I sort of have a blog, have no instagram, twitter, facebook or other accounts. I say sort of have a blog because posting is so easy to let slide, especially when no post worthy projects are getting done. In fact, suddenly 5 years passed before I started giving it another try a few months ago, and now suddenly it’s 6 weeks since posting. And I’m only dealing with work and home chores taking my time, (knock wood) no health or family issues. Writing and photographing a blog post takes work, even if you’re a confident writer and decent photographer.

    I don’t know what would take the place of blogging for sharing long, well documented projects, tutorials, rambling thoughts, etc. OTOH, does every blog post need to be long or detailed with great photos? Maybe that’s the bigger issue – self-induced pressure to put out a great post every time? Is a quick post of “working on this pattern and using this fabric, and is going OK (or not worth crap) so far” so terrible to put up? Does every finished project need to be photographed like a fashion shoot? I guess that’s a long winded way of saying I think Instagram will probably be an adjunct to blogs, used for those quick updates, with blogs used for more details.

    And I thank all those who keep their blogs going!

  9. I’m on IG. I love it because it’s quick, pretty to look at and lets me keep up with sewing friends and community (and other) stuff without much effort on my busy days. I don’t use it instead of blogging. For me, it’s an adjunct. My blogging has slowed down because my sewing has slowed and other parts of my life have picked up. It’s just a natural ebb and flow at the moment.

    For Renita above … you can have text with IG, and most do.

  10. I recently joined Instagram in order to reconnect with some of my favorite bloggers who were either not blogging at all anymore, or who were blogging very infrequently. But I’m always on the lookout for new blogs to follow to replace the old ones. It’s fun to flip through Instagram when I have a minute to kill, but I like to see, and read about, details. You can’t really do that on Instagram. I like to sit down with a cup of coffee and my blogroll. Instagram doesn’t give the same satisfaction. I hope blogging is just evolving, and not truly dying.

  11. Don’t do Instagram. Follow a lot of blogs. I like it when there are new posts, but if not, almost all of us have a busy life that gets in the way. Haven’t been blogging much this year due to an auto accident. Just trying to keep on my feet and working instead. Minimal sewing when I can keep up in the evenings. That will change in a few months. I don’t think I do anything particularly interesting, but I like the blog because I can look back and see what I’ve done. Love tutorials, love info about fabrics, fitting issues, and what people have done to make things for their unique shapes and bodies. I don’t comment often because I don’t think it’s very relevant to have one more person saying great job, and I don’t comment if I don’t feel they’ve done a great job because if you can’t say anything nice… Just me. Blog when you get the opportunity. Your blogs are particularly nice because you have such a grasp of textiles and what’s going to work for your body. Have to say I’ve spent more than a few dollars at Gorgeous Fabrics due to your posts! LOL

  12. I already miss the blogger you’ve mentioned in your post, and it’s only been a day or so since her last post. I do not use Facebook or Instagram. I’m just not comfortable with the company’s privacy policies. I just do not want them “mining” me for their data, so I’ve opted out. I also think it’s so weird to have my news “pre-chewed”, based upon assumptions about what I want to read, based upon what I’ve clicked before. It narrows intellectual focus. I’d like to expand my thinking, not contract it.

    I turn to blogs to learn and be inspired. It is hard work to maintain blog and as they say in the South, it must often feel like “too much squeeze for the juice”, but I love finding good ones and soaking in all of that sewing experience. I’ve noticed the blog slowdown too, and it not only makes me feel like a dinosaur, but also a blue one. Instagram is fine, but it’s no substitute from a coherent reel of thoughts strung together with care…and a few photos!

  13. I would never use Instagram due to intellectual property issues. According to Instagram’s terms of use (https://help.instagram.com/478745558852511/?_fb_noscript=1), if you use Instagram, “you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the Content that you post on or through the Service.” I put a lot of work into my photographs. If you’re going to use them for commercial purposes, you have to pay me.

    1. That’s the same reason I don’t post on Patternreview, so I understand what you mean. The pictures I use in my reviews, tips and techniques take more thought and work. But for IG, I use my cell phone to take quick snaps, and I don’t put any in-depth information there.

  14. I have an instagram account…and try to post a photo a day, just as a visual diary, I suppose…but it will never, ever replace blogging or reading blogs.

    A good blog post is a bit of the author’s heart shared with the readers. I read blogs and feel like I’m catching up with friends, even if we’ve never met IRL.

    Instagram is like getting a postcard — t’s nice to be though of, but it doesn’t really communicate much. Instagram is just that…an instant…and I think I’m 30 years to old to want to process my life in instants.

  15. I’m already missing that blogger you admire – at least I suspect it’s the same blogger. And I would miss you terribly if you stopped blogging!

  16. A very relevant topic…something I’ve been pondering about myself as I need to renew my hosting and prices have gone up a lot. I’ve always posted once a week but recently have been posting less frequently, my blog reading has also gone down. I like Instagram but I lose many updates because I seem to be following too many (roughly 400). As many said, I love blogs for the details they provide. So perhaps the answer could be less blogging with some Instagram in-between.

  17. I really enjoy reading blogs and I am SO appreciative of the details that the bloggers provide. When I got back into garment sewing a few years ago, I was so very happy to discover the world of sewing blogs. I do try to comment when I feel my comment adds something to the conversation. Although I miss some bloggers when I don’t see their posts for awhile, I don’t have any expectations that they should blog more frequently. As a busy person myself, I understand that life gets in the way.
    I’m not on Instagram, and have no plans to join. I suppose that means that I miss out on some postings, but so be it.
    Thanks so much for sharing your sewing!

  18. Please, please don’t stop blogging. I would really miss your writing!

    I guess it makes sense that bloggers would quit. Many early adopters have probably burned out. It must be time consuming to do well; interests change; available time changes; they might feel overwhelmed by the “competition” from other social media entrants flooding reader inboxes.

    Some bloggers probably discovered they didn’t have enough to say any more; or that others said the same things better; or that they no longer wanted to share as much about their personal lives. Some maybe found the need to turn a “time-suck” into a livelihood and went to do that under another banner. Etc.

    Here’s why I hope a healthy core of blogs remains forever. When I think of anything in life that has been really difficult, and took blood, sweat & tears to conquer – those are things I most want to be able share with others. So that others could learn from my hard won knowledge. Whether it’s about figuring out elder care challenges, or showing someone a fantastic knitter’s trick, or learning new sewing skills: it’s always putting human brainpower out into the universe for others to use. And as a reader I really also enjoy the sense of community and even comedy that I’ve gotten through fine bloggers.

    I’m betting other bloggers are following similar impulses. The beauty of blogs is that people interested in the same topic, at the same time, can connect with each no matter where they live on the globe. Every once in a while, someone shares something truly inspiring. You might remember some blog posts that changed your world and made you grateful for the internet.

    So I hope people who enjoy disseminating knowledge and ideas keep blogging at a pace that doesn’t overwhelm them. Without apologies for infrequency or lack of professional photography resources.

    Today’s Instagram is tomorrow’s blogosphere. It too will mature, get a bit stale, then see dramatic turnover and reshaping into something that will stand the test of time.

    To answer your question, I’m resisting getting into Instagram because of things I don’t like about it: vapid publicity seekers and crass advertising ploys. I should perhaps be more open minded so I can access what’s good about it. It’s just a platform, to be used for good or evil. Someday, if we keep looking away, the ubiquitous K family and other clutter will go away.

  19. It is very tempting for me to quit blogging and do Instagram only. It is so easy and sometimes I feel like I am out of things to say! But then every time I post to my blog, I get comments from folks I really like and I do enjoy keeping up those relationships. For that reason, I will continue to blog, but it sure has changed over the years, hasn’t it? I find that once a month feels about right for me.

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