I have an Instagram account that I rarely use. The odd time I do log in, though, I see a lot of people who are either no longer on WordPress or barely using it, but are very present in Instagram. So, for today’s post, I wanted to talk about people moving from WP to Instagram.
I don’t actively dislike Instagram; it just doesn’t really do much for me. So unlike Twitter, which I actively choose to avoid, when I do log onto Instagram, it’s not an unpleasant experience; I just don’t really care that much. I also find their notifications confusing.
Creating graphics for Instagram feels like a pain in the butt. Some people rely more on selfies, some on photography, and others on graphics they create. That focus on the visuals probably works really well for some people, but I am not visually inclined at all. I also don’t like that you can’t post to Instagram from a laptop; it seems unnecessarily difficult.
I do see quite a few people that I originally knew on WP a year or more ago. It seems like when people are disappearing from WP, a decent-size chunk of them are moving over to Insta.
For people who are looking to monetize, or even just get a lot of views, Instagram seems like it might be a better choice. It seems a lot easier to get high volumes of people looking at your content. I’ve come across some people who started off blogging and had/have relatively small follower bases, but then moved over to Insta and really took off.
For all that people have been talking for years about blogging dying, I don’t think WP-style blogging is going anywhere. I think there are different camps of people who are always going to want a space to do their thing. Even if one camp gets smaller and another gets more popular, I think there will still be only so much crossover.
Sometimes I hear Instagram content creation described as blogging, and I guess it can be a form of micro-blogging where you’re not trying to say very much per post. It also lets you do the audio/video thing, giving some crossover with what you can do on Youtube and podcasts.
The biggest reason I don’t think WordPress, or longer-form blogging in general, is going anywhere is that there will always be people who want to write a lot of words. No matter how popular micro-blogging on Instagram or podcasting or vlogging on Youtube get, there are going to be people who want to read and write.
Besides the fact that I like to write, I like to read because it’s a more efficient way for me to check out what other people have to say compared to audio or video. I could spend 20 minutes listening to one person’s audio/video, or I could read a bunch of blog posts during that time. I prefer the latter.
Another thing blogging has going for it is that you can avoid social media altogether, and there will likely always be people who want to stay far, far away from social media. Yes, blogging has a strong social aspect, but it avoids much of the obnoxiousness that comes along with the platforms you’re most likely to think of as social media. One thing I like about the WP Reader is that you don’t get stuck in infinite scroll feed like you do with social platforms. Once I’m caught up on people I’m following, I’m caught up, unless I decide to start browsing through tags.
This rambling post hasn’t really gone anywhere, but I suppose my point is that sure, there will be people who will shift over to Instagram or other social media as the focus of their online presence. But WordPress. and blogging in general, isn’t going anywhere.