Why You Shouldn't Beat Yourself Up About Your Follower Count
Starting a career in the world of social media, I knew there would be issues when it came to comparing myself to other awesome feeds, other bloggers, and other business professionals. I knew this would be an issue for not only me, but the people that I've chosen to surround myself with in this industry. While it's inevitable, it breaks. my. freaking. heart. The last thing I'd want my friends and loved ones to do is compare themselves to others and feel like they aren't enough, especially when it comes to comparing themselves to others on social media. So, I'm here to tell ya why you shouldn't be beating yourself up over things like your social presence or your following. Keep scrolling!
You Didn't Ask for This
When you think about it, none of us really asked for social pressure on this type of level. It kind of just, came upon us. While there's much more good than bad that can come from it and it's truly a technological blessing, it can get overwhelming and wrap you up in some serious negativity. So with this, try and think of a time where there wasn't so much pressure. There was a time where DMs weren't a thing, and the person trying to reach you had to wait a little for a response. That's okay. There was a time when filters and a perfect feed weren't a thing, and you didn't have the pressure to post only perfect photos. Focusing on being perfect really takes the life out of something that's supposed to be fun and enjoyable. The point: it's okay to let loose a little. Your heart, mind, and followers will appreciate it more than you can see right now!
There's Robots & Sh**
You can do as much monitoring as you want when it comes to your follower count, but there's so much that we're unable to control on a technological level. While it's part of my job to understand and be aware of the algorithm changes, it's not yours. It's unrealistic for you to keep up with every little change that Instagram and other social media channels make to their terms. When it comes to keeping up with the technological changes, take some weight off your shoulders by looking to social media blogs (Later, Social Media Examiner, AgoraPulse, Dustn.tv) and get automatic updates on all the newness that comes to the world of social media. Also, if you have over 500 followers, that's a lot of people to track! Just imagine if you have over 1k. You couldn't possibly track every single person that follows or unfollows you and you shouldn't. Why? Because they may not even be real people. Instabots are a thing and I encourage you to check out their background a bit!
You'll Find Your Place
When it comes to tracking a following, the biggest frustration I hear is the follow/unfollow game. While I totally get the frustration, it's something you shouldn't waste your time or energy on. Those who value what you post will stay following. Those who play the follow/unfollow game aren't following anyone for the sake of their posts. They're playing the game for their own numbers. By putting in work like consistent posting, creating relevant content, and doing authentic engagement with pages you actually like, you are sure to gradually form a true (and big) community of your own that equally enjoy your posts!
We all beat ourselves up from time to time and that's okay. It's what pushes us to be the best we can be and give people like our followers the best we've got. Just remember to give yourself some slack when it comes to things like your follower analytics. Focus on who the followers are rather than the fact that they raise your count. All in all, it's quality versus quantity all the way!