It takes a lot of work to post your art and photography on Instagram. The manual work of conceiving, planning and executing a drawing or painting. The manual work of scouting, planning, shooting and editing a photoshoot. And then there’s the work involved in preparing the post—making sure they all have the proper meta tags, making sure that you’ve watermarked the images, and finally, composing a little write-up for the post. All told, literally hours of work per post.

Only to find out that the posts don’t even show up in the hashtags.

When I originally posted this drawing to the hashtag #yycart while logged into my art account, I can clearly see the post inline with the other images posted at that time.

When I originally posted this drawing to the hashtag #yycart while logged into my art account, I can clearly see the post inline with the other images posted at that time.

When I switch accounts and go to the #yycart hashtag under my photography account, however, the drawing post seems to have disappeared. 

When I switch accounts and go to the #yycart hashtag under my photography account, however, the drawing post seems to have disappeared. 

I’m not one to stress too much about the number of followers I have. I would rather engage with someone who is truly interested in what I do than to have more people who follow and unfollow on a whim.

But after 2+ years of doing this, I'm finding it hard to justify the amount of work and effort it takes to stay on Instagram. I refused to go on Facebook for the exact same reason. I would rather spend my time creating stuff and post it for my own satisfaction. If there are a few people that like what I do, that’s great.


Some posts I found in my research: Lifehacker, Mic, Alextooby, and Entrepreneur.

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