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The Most Annoying Things Bloggers Do On Instagram

Like I mentioned in my 2018 resolutions post, one of my major priorities this year is getting to know YOU! So one of the first things that I did was create a poll on Instagram Stories asking what you’d like to see more of this year on APOL. And then I got a little crazy. In the last story I asked you to DM me the most annoying things bloggers do on Instagram.

I went back and forth about asking this question – to be honest, I was a little scared haha. I ultimately decided that yes, I was opening myself up to criticism, BUT I’ve always wanted this blog to be like having an open and honest conversation with friends. So I did it, and guess what?

You guys BLEW. ME. AWAY.

Some of the messages had me laughing hysterically, and others had me rethinking the way I look at blogging and content creation.

Not only did you 100% confirm that I have the nicest readers and Insta fam ever, you gave me genuine, heartfelt feedback that was more than just superficial. You dug deep, and it was SO good that I decided to dedicate a post with the most popular responses. THANK YOU to every person who took the time to share with me and inspire this post!

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The Most Annoying Things Bloggers Do On Instagram | IG Poll Results

Outfits That Are Too Expensive

This was by far the most sent feedback that I received. You guys are moms, college students and even high school students on a budget. You appreciate beautiful designer items, but you want to be able to recreate looks for less. You’re down to splurge on an investment piece every now and then, but it’s not always an option.

This definitely will vary depending on the blogger and their personal style. For me personally, this feedback serves as an important reminder to explore brands of all different prices points! I’ve already started planning a post about my favorite budget-friendly brands for later this week.

Outfits That Are Out of Stock / Not The Same Items Linked

This is from my users who are tired of falling in love with a beautiful outfit only to find out (sigh) it’s not available. Even worse, it’s linked to something that’s not even very similar.

It’s a best practice to link to similar items to provide users with multiple price options. However, I agree it would be great if everyone could call out in the caption if they’re only linking to similar items. For example, “I’m linking up to similar options because this top is no longer available.” 

The Perception of Perfection

It’s easy for social media to give the illusion that bloggers lead perfect lives because we’re constantly posting a highlight reel of our best moments, best outfits, best travel experiences, best meals etc. We have a full face of makeup on in our photos, and all the wrinkles have been perfectly steamed from our clothes. The majority of our posts can seem impossible (and honestly, pretty unrealistic) to live up to.

This one definitely made me stop and think because I never want to make anyone feel inadequate in any area of life. When I create content, it’s meant to be a resource for inspiration while also offering some sort of value – whether it’s what to wear, home decor questions, helpful skincare tips etc. I’m here to help you find your most confident self not inhibit it!

Trust me, there’s a lot of imperfect happening over this way. If I’m wearing sunglasses in my photos, there’s a good chance it’s because I didn’t have eye makeup on that day. In fact, most days, I’m messy-bun-getting-stuff-done at my computer from 8 am until 8 pm, but that’s not the side that I usually share on social media. The proof is in ALL of the blog post outtakes – those are some real gems. Should I share and make #APinchofNormal a thing on IG Stories?

The Most Annoying Things Bloggers Do On Instagram | IG Poll Results

More Real Life, Less Curation

This one is a lot similar to the above feedback about perfection but in terms of real life scenarios and situations. You want to hear more personal stories and struggles – captions with real thoughts! And you want to see less staged photos – more of us doing things in real life.

I think there is a lot of bravery in being raw on social media these days. We are in a world where keyboard bullies are a real thing. I’ve seen fake IG accounts made JUST to comment mean-spirited things on bloggers’ posts. There’s a website forum made specifically to pick apart the flaws of bloggers, their photos, their families etc. Getting “real” can be scary. So with that in mind, this is something I am constantly working to get more comfortable with!

Overuse of the Word “Favorite”

“This is my favorite sweater ever.” But wait, didn’t you say your sweater from two days ago was your favorite?

You guys are tired of the word favorite, and I don’t blame you because c’mon, not everything can be your “favorite.” Running a close second is the overuse of the word “cute.”

This is actually a huge pet peeve of mine. I try to never use the word favorite unless I am whole-heartedly obsessed with something. Let’s find some new adjectives (or use a thesaurus) in 2018!

Brand Partnerships That Don’t Feel Genuine

You guys are not fools when it comes to #ad or #sponsored. And you know when something just feels icky and insincere about a brand partnership. Transparency is important to you, and you want bloggers who have product recommendations – sponsored or not – that you can trust.

I hope 2018 will be the year that really separates those bloggers that are in it for the right reasons (community, creativity, connections) and those that are in it for the $$$ only. Keep in mind, I will never partner or share a brand/sponsored product on my platforms that I would not personally recommend to a friend in real life. 

International Loop Giveaways

International Loop Giveaways spamming up your IG feed?! Y’all. Let’s let 2018 be the end of the loop giveaways for good. You’re tired of them, I’m tired of them. I’m tired of feeling like I have to participate in them because everyone else is. I’m really hoping we can break the cycle on this one. (fingers crossed)

But let’s face it, with Instagram choosing what you see and when you see it, people will continue look for ways to beat the algorithm and win the engagement game.

Honorable Mentions:

When an IG Story is “a zillion tiny segments that look like periods.”

Too many selfies.

When bloggers wrap themselves in Christmas lights. (I LOLed so hard at this one.)

Try-on sessions that last too long.

Too many creepy animal filters. (My personal fave)

Have something to add to the list? Or would you be interested in me doing a FULL post on any of these things? Let me know in the comments or email me: [email protected]

Photos by Eric Garcia

The Most Annoying Things Bloggers Do On Instagram | IG Poll Results

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  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Oh my gosh, yes to the first point! Why do so many bloggers post such expensive outfits? It’s not like their followers are made of gold…

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    January 9, 2018 at 6:09 am
    • Reply [email protected]

      You’re so right Charmaine! Definitely making budget-friendly outfits and brands a priority now!

      January 9, 2018 at 5:27 pm
  • Reply Laura Leigh

    Oh I loved reading this. Agree with your followers on so many of these and I’m a blogger haha. Definitely hope 2018 will be the end of loop giveaways.

    xo Laura Leigh

    January 9, 2018 at 7:44 am
    • Reply [email protected]

      Right? I agree too even though I’m guilty of a lot of them! These were all such good reminders!

      January 9, 2018 at 5:28 pm
  • Reply Katie

    Ha! I love this! Yes to all of the above! Enough wth the filters!

    January 9, 2018 at 10:17 am
  • Reply Mallory

    I really enjoyed reading this. You should totally make #APinchofNormal a thing on Instagram! How fun and refreshing! This was a great idea and question to ask your followers. It shows that you’re truly interested in connecting and engaging with us. I’m excited to continue following along this year! 🙂

    January 9, 2018 at 12:19 pm
    • Reply [email protected]

      I got so many DMs today about making #APinchofNormal happen – so we will definitely be doing this on Stories soon!

      January 9, 2018 at 5:30 pm
  • Reply Matalasi

    I loved reading this! Such good takeaways as an up and coming blogger myself. I agree with these and LOL’d at the animal filter comment 😂 Thanks for sharing this insight!

    January 9, 2018 at 2:46 pm
    • Reply [email protected]

      It was just too good to keep to myself once all of the messages started rolling in – happy to share so that it helps more bloggers too!

      January 9, 2018 at 5:31 pm
  • Reply Christi B

    I have to say, the most annoying thing that bloggers did this year was to shove the Nordstrom Anniversary sale down our throats. I honestly wanted to disconnect from Instagram for a week or two for this very reason. I shop {a lot} and adore Nordstrom. I live in Houston and I pop into the store frequently. But I honestly wanted to boycott the sale due to the high volume of blogger posts and instagram pictures. Most bloggers came across as desperate and that they either wanted the commission or the discount…not sure which one. I actually unfollowed a few accounts during the sale.

    Anyway, there is my two cents! This was a great post and even enlightening for the reader! I look forward to following along with you this year!

    January 9, 2018 at 2:48 pm
    • Reply [email protected]

      YES. There were SO many people posting non-stop about the sale this year – more than any other year before. I actually want to write a post about how blogging has unfortunately shifted from a place of value to just pushing affiliate links into people’s faces. It can be very discouraging on this side of things to watch it happen! Thank you so much for your feedback on this Christi!

      January 9, 2018 at 5:39 pm
  • Reply Matalasi

    Excellent post especially the too expensive outfits and the fake choice on like to know
    Thanks for calling this out!

    January 9, 2018 at 2:54 pm
    • Reply [email protected]

      Absolutely! I will definitely be focusing on more budget-friendly options now!

      January 9, 2018 at 5:32 pm
  • Reply Meghan

    Oh these are good! I’ve been wondering what people were going to say when you asked the question! I got a few tips from this too! So glad you shared!

    January 9, 2018 at 3:01 pm
    • Reply [email protected]

      I’m so glad that they might have helped, they were all really good reminders for me too. It’s easy to lose sight of these things during the normal day-to-day!

      January 9, 2018 at 5:41 pm
    • Reply Jasmine Alley

      Loved reading this!! I definitely don’t want to be an annoying blogger so this was super helpful. Also the Christmas lights thing also had me cracking up!!!

      January 14, 2018 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply Zoe Clement

    Seriously loved this post! I love how this is one of your first posts of the year and you got super real! I appreciate bloggers getting real and talking about things like this! I love this and I can’t wait to see what you do in 2018!

    January 9, 2018 at 5:42 pm
  • Reply Jasmine

    I completely agree with this. I can’t stand when I see something cute a blogger is wearing and it’s over $100 like no! I don’t like spend money on clothes lol especially bc I have 2 kids to support.

    January 9, 2018 at 8:24 pm
  • Reply Christina

    I loved this blog post! I’m glad you asked the question on insta stories! So far, you are the only fashion blogger I know who really wants to get to know her audience (and I love it!). Thanks for sharing all this. I can’t wait for more from you this year!

    January 9, 2018 at 8:56 pm
  • Reply Joanne Conn

    Loved that you took everyone’s feedback and compiled it. I replied to your story and fully wasn’t expecting a response. Lol. But I appreciate that you took the time to engage! It makes me want to read your blog more because I know you care. And I like #apinchofnormal. So cute! 💕

    January 9, 2018 at 9:51 pm
  • Reply Amber

    I love that you are getting to know your audience! Can’t wait to see #APinchofNormal in your stories.

    January 10, 2018 at 4:26 am
  • Reply Aly Hester

    Yes! Right on the nose! My biggest pet peeve is when the exact shirt isn’t linked. Even if it is out of stock, I’d still want it linked so I can compare it to other options! This post is great and such an eye opener, especially for someone like me who is just starting out.

    I love that you were raw and honest with this post. It truly shows your character as a person and professionally as a blogger.

    January 10, 2018 at 7:45 am
  • Reply Liza

    This was a very refreshing post to read on a number of levels. I remember when fashion bloggers would have maybe one or two really nice designer items and would incorporate these items into their looks. Now it’s like bloggers will throw in “a budget friendly scarf” to go with their designer purse, shoes, jeans ect. And furthermore, if high end designer items are your jam (using the word your, loosely, this applies to bloggers I won’t mention by name) , then by all means rock your designer items. But please don’t try and convince us you’re not as well off as you clearly are. It’s insulting.

    Whatever happened to style bloggers having individual style? It’s almost like an equation now. Insert Celine bag, dark skinny jeans, oversized top, and otn boots. All designer items. Curl hair and throw on a pair of sunglasses that cost as much as a mortgage payment. Cue fashion.

    Authenticity is what I want to see.
    End rant. Haha

    January 10, 2018 at 9:59 am
  • Reply Ivy

    Loved, loved, loved this one and it made me laugh! I am always “balling on a budget” so I love when bloggers post budget-friendly options and sales. It’s so helpful! Cracks me up when they’re like “this sweater is under $100!” *price is $99.95* And I also hate those giveaways where you have to follow 25-ish people. Like no thanks girlfriend, you can keep that Nordstrom gift card… Keep on keeping on Krystal! I enjoy your blog 🙂

    January 11, 2018 at 11:39 pm
  • Reply Deanna Lee

    I love the idea of #apinchofnormal ! Great post!

    January 12, 2018 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Marah

    I am so happy you shared all of the thoughts you received on this. Asking what people don’t like is a great way to learn how you can improve. I for one really want to see the death of the international loop giveaways. I think bloggers are beginning to really too heavily on giveaways, rather than learning how to improve their content and doing the research to grow their following. I’d love to see bloggers instead, focusing on delivering the best possible content, so they deserve the growth.

    Boho Fashion Blog

    January 30, 2018 at 8:57 am
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  • Reply Stephanie Glover

    Haha I googled something along the lines of this post and ended up here. I have one….I dont want to seem mean but it does drive me crazy!! When they tuck their elbows into their bodies the entire time and u can’t see how the outfit moves. Only thing moving is their hands and their elbows are smushed into their ribs then tilt head over and I want to tilt mine over too. Ugh!!!!! Cute outfits though lol.

    March 1, 2019 at 7:39 pm
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