Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Instagram vs Blog

Hey y'all!

I just thought I'd throw out the question of - how do you prefer to follow Oh, Sweet Joy!

Twitter? Instagram? Facebook page? The good old fashioned blog? ;)

Has instagram replaced the blogs you read? Do you still carve out time to read your favorite blogs? Is instagram just an additional way to keep up with bloggers and friends? Engagement (read: commenting) here has plummeted, while my instagram feed is thriving and full of engagement. It's so fun...but it leaves me wondering why engagement here has almost completely stopped? Instagram is so much faster for me and as a mom and small business owner, that's crucial. I have a feeling it's the same for y'all. I still have some fun content up my sleeve, but sometimes I have this weird & confusing feeling/questioning of, Is anyone even reading? If not, why would I take the time to photograph this recipe and write it all out?

Anywho, here are some outfits from last week's instagram if you're into that sorta thing ;)
outfit links:


outfit links:

outfit links:
chambray top: thrifted/taken in. similar here and budget friendly here.
tulle skirt - Oh, Sweet Joy! coming SOON to the shop!

Regarding the questions above, I'd love for you to share your thoughts below. Thankful for you whether or not you pause to leave a  comment every now and again. ;) Trying to figure out the needs of my readers is a challenge, but also a joy! I'm excited to read what you have to say.

love.


36 comments:

  1. Looking forward to seeing what your readers say. It's been something that's on my mind lately too-- little to zero interaction on the blog, and much more on IG. I definitely see myself moving towards IG only here in the near future. That and moving towards blogging more for myself -- but after years of blogging for interaction, it's hard to let go of those expectations.

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  2. Interesting observation. I love blogging, it's truly my heart, but I do find that more people interact with my in Instagram. The blogging is mostly just for me. Instagram is faster, I think, and I know I deifnitl feel like I can respond to things there one handed, while I'm chasing munchkins around the room. If you post here, I will read it :)

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  3. I like both. I read blogs durning nap time but can sneak some Instagram during random times. Blogs are great for longer things. But Instagram is fun and quick. I would miss your blog but can understand a quieter blog. With sneak peaks in insta :) love both of your feeds.

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  4. I like both too. I currently live in Guatemala, and I don't have a smart phone down here, so it is hard for me to use and interact on Instagram. I do try to keep up with it via an app on my computer, but it is more limited and blogs are easier. I like blogs for longer content/heartful posts/tutorials, and I like Instagram for being able to peek into those little moments throughout the day and see the colorful inspiration people find all around them. I have followed both your feeds for a while and like them, but I rarely comment - but since you asked, those are my thoughts on the subject :)

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  5. I don't have an Instagram account myself so I'm not in the habit of checking other ladies pages there. Occasionally I'll remember to go and take a peak but I'd much prefer the read a blog post. Maybe since I don't have Instagram I don't know what I'm talking about, but blogging seems more personal. As to Facebook and Twitter, I hardly ever check pages there.

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  6. I am a quiet reader, but I am still here. I don't have a Facebook page or Instagram account. So I would surely miss your blog if you decide to quiet it down but I would also totally understand. I do use Twitter some. So if you decide to go all Instagram, I hope you'll continue to post to Twitter so that I can still check out all of your cute stuff, fun commentary, and adorable outfits!

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  7. annnnddd my comment disappeared when I logged in! :(
    I can basically say ditto to Allyson and Kati's comments. I don't have an Insta, but I do check your's at times. I still read your blog, but don't comment often. Understand your POV either way you go! :)

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  8. i love reading your blog! but i don't read for tutorials or recipes necessarily, i like your voice, your insight on faith, motherhood and life in general, and your style (outfit, home, photo styling etc). instagram is fun, too. but i still like to take a time here and there to read through all my favorite blogs. i'm just a quiet reader.. :)

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    1. and honestly...im a quiet reader for my favorite blogs too, which is why it's never been a huge deal for me BUT i definitely wanted to see where my loyal readers stood on this and it's been so helpful! thanks for your sweet words :)

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  9. I love reading your blog :) and IG -- but for me, it's bloglovin that has caused me to be the most terrible blog reader!! annnnnnnd the fact that blogger eats comments I try to post from my phone! :(

    Also? those shoes in your last photo....GAHHHHHH! NEED WANT LOVE. you're the cutest.

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  10. Hey! I don't think it's a matter of people not reading your blog. I read your blog, and commenting is no problem from my iPad or computer. But the phone? Ugh. I know I've been puzzled by the lack of comments on my blog (I've been taking a hiatus from it lately but will return soon, long story) but so many people said Blogger ate the comments. It's just super easy to comment on Instagram or Facebook, no matter what you're using. I think that's the real reason for the change. Keep up the good work!

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    1. i agree 100%! anytime i try to comment on peoples blogs from my phone, it works MAYBE 20% of the time. i never thought of facebook/ig commenting like that! great insight.

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  11. So I had a long comment typed and Blogger ate it, just like ^Joy said. Also, I'm totally on board with everything she said in her comment as well. You've never heard from me on the blog but I check yours on my lunch break during the work week. I don't comment but I am engaged. I've used your style, clicked on links and made some of your recipes. Its hard to gage that kind of online traffic without getting all NSA about it. I check IG but I hate commenting there. Its a quick pick me up platform for this new mom and a way to share pics of my kids, but honestly, the commentary there gets so negative with larger bloggers/brands on there. Take NieNie Dialogues for example. She's wonderful but someone always posts a nasty comment on her pics. Plus IG hasn't figured out a way to make scrolling through the comments very user friendly yet once you get beyond 20 comments or so. Just my 2 cents.

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  12. I prefer blogs - likely because I have time to read them at work. I like the richer content, and I purposely don't follow blogs I read on instagram, because the content gets redundant, and I'd rather read the blog!

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  13. I have been following your blog for a long time and I love everything you post! I don't comment very often, I always tell myself that I should, but I have never been much of a commenter. I guess I didn't realize how much you appreciated that and I will do better to comment in the future. I also follow your instagram feed and love everything you post throughout the day :) I agree with what the others are saying that Instagram is perfect for quick short updates and your blog is better for the longer stuff. I appreciate the time you take to write out and photograph your recipes (as well as other posts), I've made a lot of the recipes you've posted and my family loves them! So I hope you continue. I understand the need to slow down, I have no idea how you run your business, take care of Knox and do everything else you do! You are definitely an inspiration! But I do hope you continue to blog :) A couple of things that I would be interested in reading about is more on your OSJ shop and indie biz advice and I'm not sure how open you are to posting about motherhood, but Knox is just so dang cute! I would love to see updates on him :) Oh and I know you are already super busy but I always loved Made It Mondays too! :) Thanks for all you do and share Kim and no matter what you decide, I will continue to follow you :)

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  14. I read blogs every day, usually through bloglovin. I do use Instagram, way more than I use any other social media. It's just a good combo of pictures and a little comment. For reading, I like blogs a little more, mostly because I can read them at work. I always have people tell me they love my blog, but don't leave comments. I guess the commenting part of the blog world is becoming a little more rare.
    xoxo
    Allison over at Allison's Eye

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  15. I agree with the above. It's not that people aren't reading it's just that it's easier to comment on Instagram than a blog. I would be so sad if bloggers quit blogging and just doing Insta-posts.

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    1. i agree. it would be so sad. like someone said above, i feel like richer content comes from blogs, but truer representations of our actual days are on instagram - which i relate to more at this point. this is such a great discussion!

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  16. I have also noticed less commenting on blogs. I think most people find it hard to comment on blogspot with a phone... maybe a case to swap to a diff platform.

    With that said, a blog is a bigger capture of life. Instagram is great, but I always love more. I love your deeper posts on faith, your broader explanations of life-- or even your thoughts behind an outfit.

    But I get how much work it is-- I really do. I struggle with the same thing -- where do I place my time, because Lord knows as it is, I am stretched thin. But I cannot give up the blog, I can't. Not yet.

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  17. I personally like the on the go aspect of feed back via instagram and facebook. I rarely take the time to deal with commenting and verifing I'm not a robot via a desktop. I follow blogs for content, but prefer facebook and instagram for the visual candy.

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  18. I have been reading your blog for quite some time. I started following you because I am a fellow Aggie, but then I stuck around because of all the useful tutorials, talks on marriage/life, and outfit posts. I have never been a person who comments on blogs frequently, but I have noticed my desire to read blogs has gone down increasingly since sponsored posts have taken over. I find that I do not even go on to read the blog post if I can tell its sponsored. I understand that there is a need to make money, but I also miss the posts that bloggers did about their real life with real content.

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  19. I love the blog! Instagram is fun, but I am still carving out time for my fave blogs. It's got more depth! :)

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  20. I only just discovered your blog, but I really enjoy it. I'm following you on Instagram now, too, and I love both, honestly. Like you, I'm a mom and my blog-reading time isn't what it used to be, but I enjoy diving into a online posts when I can. Instagram is just that -- my instant fix for beauty and inspiration. Happy Tuesday!

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  21. What a great conversation going on here! As a fellow blogger and creative business owner I'm here and reading! I also follow on IG which I LOVE. And yes, it's easier to comment there sometimes, but by all means, the meat is on the blogs. I think both go hand in hand really well. I will also say that there are some people I follow on IG because I love their pictures and everyday stuff but I don't read their blogs because it's not really my niche. Aaaand, when I'm working hard on my blog I tend to go to other blogs less and veg out on IG. I need to be better about blog reading. All that to say, don't stop!

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  22. I'm a reader (and former blogger), and find myself reading more & more blogs through IG. I'm a mom to little ones, so I normally just don't have the time to sit down and read all my favourite blogs. I usually have time to scroll through IG, and will often click through links to blogs when I see a post referencing one I'm interested in. Like if you shared a picture of a recipe, then I would go through the profile link to get to the current post. I'm also not much of a blog commenter anymore since I do 90% of my reading on my phone or tablet, and a lot of platforms make it tricky to comment via mobile devices! I do comment lots on IG though. I also agree with Stephanie above about sponsored posts - they do not appeal to me. A couple years ago they were more rare in the blog world, and it seems they now make up at least 50% of posts (not your blog, just blogs overall) and that can be a turn off for me. Hope that was helpful! :)

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  23. I love how quick and dirty IG can be but whenever I follow an Instagramer that I love who doesn't have a blog, I'm puzzled. I like being able to check in and learn more about them and you can't always do that through IG. I read you blog but don't often comment. I follow on Bloglovin and enjoy your outfit posts!

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  24. I am definitely a reader; I still make time daily for all my blogs! I second a lot of the things said here. I need more content than can be provided on Instagram (because, honestly, I won't read a caption that is more than 5 lines long). I usually don't comment because I have a lot of difficultly getting comments to work for whatever silly reason--which is why I'm keeping this short. I assume I won't be able to post it. ;)

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  25. I don't do instagram, but I love reading your blog!! I'm trying to back away from social media in general, but don't have a problem with following blogs, so I would be sad if you stopped posting. I've never commented before but always read ;-)

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  26. Dear Kim, pretty please continue writing your blog, even if it's less frequent than before. I ALWAYS read it. I'm a weirdo who loves real books, doesn't have an instagram or twitter account, uses a real camera to take photos and wishes people still talked on the phone instead of in texts. You motivate and inspire me...in crafting, fashion, faith and so much more. So, pretty please with a cherry on top of your Dr. Pepper float, don't stop blogging....EVER.

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  27. I'm still a blog reader and rarely check my instagram feed. I guess I'm opposite than the general mass! :) I love instagram as an outlet for creative images with a quick description/thought, however, it makes me a little sad to read about the change in engagement. Are we getting lazy as a society...is it just a phase or is the blog world morphing into something different? You can only say so much on an instagram comment so I stick it to the blogs for now!

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  28. Keep blogging! I don't IG and would miss it if my favorite bloggers stopped blogging. :)

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