Why blog when you can instagram?

When we first decided to start this blog slightly over a year ago, we had been skeptics. In the sense that we find social media to be rather superfluous, to use a better word than fumbling with terms like “information overload”.

Truth is there is just so, so much information out there.

Instagram.jpgInformation from the standpoint of photos, pictures and even more pictures! Real ones, photoshopped ones, rendered ones etc. Sometimes you can’t tell real from fake. Everyone’s sharing something, anything or everything… Then it was videos, yet more videos and so much more that we think this paragraph is beginning to bore even us! Guess you get the point. No?

So why do so many of us join in this “rat race” called blogging? Why blog when you can simply upload photos (like the lobsters as featured image in this post) into Instagram, link it with you facebook and twitter accounts. Type in catchy captions and let it go?

We chimed in partly because if you can’t beat them, you join them. Besides, writing is fun and we like it!

How about you?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

55 thoughts on “Why blog when you can instagram?”

    1. Yes indeed, as people who aspire to write, our intent is to produce pieces of work rather than simply sharing a rant or two. Sometimes that is much harder than we hope for, but that’s probably a big difference between blogging and instagramming. But some folks do tell a story through the pictures and comments in their instagram too!

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  1. I never really get into instagram, it seems so transient. It is a good photo diary but that it it. Words however, can be used in all sorts of way and that is why I like blogging. Blogging can be cathartic, working through a problem, informative, a diary, or for sharing information that others might not know, sharing one’s skills or information for other to find in the future, a little bit of immortality, the blog’s information, will be visible longer than I will, learning and a seeing other’s perspectives, part of a community, be that virtual. When facebook first started, many people spoke of it as something for those with low self-esteem (posts would get ‘likes’ and positive feedback to the one who posts), and yet it is also a medium through which I communicate affordably with friends instantly in many parts of the world. I suppose the important thing is how you use the platform you prefer?

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    1. Mel’s engineering communications trained so this is his perspective. The original intent of social media you pointed out spot on was to merge communication and computing. The vision was for voice, image and words to be a melange no longer restricted by specific media.It was to offer the individual powers of access to resources and contacts around the world without constraint of location. Thus yes – choose a platform. Make it your own. The truth is the web has eliminated most barriers to entry for new platforms to be set up or limited the individual. But with these powers come responsibility, which unfortunately some has abused (aka fake news) and exploited (cyber bullying).

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      1. That is very true particularly atm in the political arena. The key here is to not believeceverything but verify sources. Unfortunately not everyone does that, not even journalists it seems. Then you have a potentially volatile knee jerk reaction. What we read on the net is just an opinion. We mustcread wider and form our own opinion. Too many read thecheadlibe and not the substance. How can we overcome that?

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  2. Good question! Personally I only decided to start recently. I realized that I was starting to forget lots of interesting things about the countries I`ve lived in and wanted to write them down. It`s nice to hear about other people`s experiences too! Can`t believe you guys have only been blogging for a year. Seems like it took off quickly!

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    1. Well for us we like to read other folks’ blog, mainly for ideas and inspiration for ideas on where we intend to place our ‘hand prints’…and then we started writing ourselves and then we ask questions to the other bloggers. Guess this is how it began!

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  3. good topic. I started my blog ( over 2 years ago) to share -mostly- my travels with friends and family who live far away. I also take lots of photos and it was also a good way to use them ( I also have a Flickr account-started in 2010)..so I like writing , I like sharing and I am not trying to get as many followers as possible. There are so many ways to share .. yes Instagram is another way I discovered in April 2016 ..at first I posted everyday now I am slowing down… If we like what we do and we do it first for ourselves, why not ? It all depends how much time we have . We have to make decisions about time ..how to spend it and why we are doing it ? Photo sharing allowed me to meet some wonderful people with the same passion. This is life and as you say better to join than just looking at what people do..Twitter is not for me but… for some it becomes a very important part of their journey. ok… time to carry on. I only post her on my blog once a week and I feel it is enough. I am always happy to see your comments. Thanks Mel and Suan. Have a great WE, wherever you are !!!

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    1. Well said indeed! Fortunately WP has this ability for your posts to be automatically linked to FB, Twitter, Snapchat etc….so if you have accounts there….some people seem to relish in sharing in as many media as possible and keep track of how many followers they have. Honestly in some ways having quite a following reading your writing is a form of solace or achievement. But if blogging is not your full time “job” but a hobby, then yes time is better spent elsewhere. We all should have a life outside WP! You have a wonderful weekend too!

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  4. interesting reflection! I´ve noticed social media came to stay in our lifes! from my point of view, it´s impossible to be in all plataforms, so basically I just work on those I like the most, like wordpress, because I prefer to write and it also gives me the chance to post photos or videos. but to be honest Instagram is kind of conquering me, it´s a great way to discover many things. but, for my blog, for now I´m not investing much time there, I prefer to concentrate in wordpress 🙂 PedroL

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    1. Agree. We cannot be using Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram …..and the list goes on. At some point, we have to ask ourselves what is it that we truly want. Like you we prefer to write, so wordpress is where we are mostly too.

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  5. Blogging provides a platform that is so much more abundant than just pictures. There’s a lot of other ways that you can interact with your audience when blogging. I use instagram as a channel to find people that are interested in what my blog is about. It gives people a way to filter out quickly and easily points of interests they care about. People are always on the go and everything is competing for their time. I have over 8,000 followers on IG and those that follow me are able to learn more about each picture.

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    1. Agreed! We too have an IG account though 2k+ is all we have at this time…but you are right there are folks who do find interest and click on through to the blog. The trick though is how to organize the IG gallery. Most simply post fabulous pictures, but perhaps there is a “trick” in arranging the pictures like a narrative?

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  6. I like Instagram, but it’s really not going to convey much about life in the fourteenth century, which is what my blog is about. I use Instagram for photos taken on days out for research for my novels, but the blog is by far the more important of the two.

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  7. For me, blog is just a perfect place to keep it all together, to revive my memories, wander through my photos, send link to someone asking me about tips for a particular place. When I write about a place and pick from hundreds/ thousands photos ten, I sort of live the experience again. It is also a form of a diary, where I keep my precious memories about trips (mostly), and where I can reflect at length about things that matter to me. I don’t want to be limited in words when I write them. And yes, I would still leave a photo or two on Instagram but it is not the same thing.

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    1. That’s a good point. We never thought of it as a diary. Perhaps because we started travelogs long back and that was our diary. We transcribed it into the blog instead as sharing!

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  8. I am the same opinion as Sarah 🙂 For me, Instagram (IG) is like a shopping window where I upload some catchy photo and caption, just to lure them to the post (the real store). I think it is also easier to connect with blogger than IG-user. The audience of IG is really “flaky” (they follow and unfollow on a daily basis). I doubt that they even read the caption of a common people 🙂

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  9. That’s a tough question. This has been a dilemma for me considering I come from a digital marketing background.

    Putting content on Instagram and Blogs allows you to reach 2 different audiences. It truly depends on what you are trying to achieve.

    I’ve decided to focus on blogging as a documenting project for my travels. It’s a good exercice for me to develop and showcase my writing skills in English.

    I find it so much more rewarding to be able to create a piece of content (video or article). The rest is a bonus!

    With Instagram we tend to get instant gratification whereas on blogs it takes time to build a loyal

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    1. I completely agree. I also believe that anyone can Instagram , not to discredit the app (its one of my favorites ) but blogging takes time and effort. For example : to learn how to use WordPress, create the blog from scratch starting with choosing a theme, take your time not only to practice our writing skills , and ultimately to reach a different audience and as you mentioned built a following slowly. The extra step which I have yet to do is also to host my own web address and drop the .WordPress.

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      1. True. Instagram as some others have pointed out was originally intent for instant gratification. Not for deeper and insightful thoughts which is what blogging is about. WP is a tough cookie sometimes. Formatting it like MS word does not work! LOL. But you already know that. Take it one step at a time! There’s no hurry.

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  10. As a travel blogger, I pick a few of my best trip photos and upload them to Instagram. The rest of the tiny details and supporting photos are uploaded to my blog. I feel like there is so much more that a blog post can do and explain than Instagram.

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  11. I heard someone say the other day that the true benefit of many office ‘reports’ is mainly reaped by the people and/or teams that work to put them together, and not so much for the people that read them (i.e. there is more value in the process of creating, rather than consuming). I don’t know if I fully accept that idea, but there are some days that I like blogging just because it gives me an outlet to think/draw/picture/video my way through some ideas about language learning, and publishing them keeps me honest…… the fact that anyone else might end up reading it is a bonus… The best part has truly been the fact that blogging has given me a window to connect with other bloggers who are writing/posting interesting things worth checking out!

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    1. Agreed! We blog because we enjoy writing. Getting an audience is a bonus indeed. We don’t need thousands of instagram followers. We want to have interesting conversations about the topics people write about!

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  12. There’s something about blogging that we can’t compare to Instagram. As the name convey “insta”…. literally, it’s an instant gratification for picture posting. These days less people take the time read, which is rather sad.

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    1. Precisely! We are getting to a scrolling culture where many folks simply just scan headlines without diving in. But we cannot blame them. There is simply so much information out there… Several posts are uploaded every second!

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  13. I agree with the above… The stories behind the pictures serve as backdrops to understand what that person feels or finds exciting. We get to know them a little more… But also, 20 years down the line, we can look back on our old tales and treasure the forgotten stories.

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    1. Exactly! There will be many many pictures, but what were the thoughts and feelings when it was taken…what context was it under…indeed many years down the road we will reminisce and recall the wonderful memories.

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  14. Yeah! We can use Instagram or Pinterest but with the photos or catchy captions we love to read more about the story behind those photos,some unbeatable information that we get and as you said writing is fun and I guess,reading adds much more flavor in it. I have started blogging in the last week of August 2016 and till now I am fully enjoying this✌👍

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