The Lily Cafe has been on Instagram since June. It’s now October and I’ve finally figured out what to do with it.
Before July, my husband and I were working on branding this blog with the eventual goal to try to monetize. That meant getting the blog on all major social media sites: Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. But I’m a very introverted mom of two, so I never really felt comfortable on any of them. Figuring out what to do with them has been lingering on my mind. I could delete them. But I already deleted Twitter and then got back on, so you never know.
It kind of feels like every mom is on Instagram. And I get it. It’s a great place to share cute pictures and adorable/hilarious/face palm worthy stories of one’s kids. So, I’ve spent more time trying to figure this one out. I don’t consider myself a mom blogger, but, rather, a mom who blogs. But I am still a mom and proudly own that title.
My problem is that I will not share pictures of my kids without their informed consent. Sure, my son is 4 and can say yes or no, but he really has no idea what I’m asking of him, so it’s not really informed consent. Even though I have a private Facebook account I will never, ever share, I still don’t post many pictures.
So, what was I to do with Instagram, which relies on pictures?
At first, just to figure it out, I posted lots of pictures of my cat. She’s adorable and stays indoors and looks like plenty of regular American shorthair mixes, so why not? Then I progressed a bit to promoting my blog posts and those seemed to get more views and likes, but I was never really happy with them and, as far as I could tell, no one clicked through to my blog. Then my family was hit by heavy losses that had me stepping back and reducing my blog posting. I didn’t log into Instagram for over a month.
Recently, though, I decided to give it another chance. I don’t know why, but I’ve learned that if I spend inordinate amounts of time thinking about something, I’ll never do it. I didn’t think too much about NetGalley before signing up. As a matter of fact, my son was at school, my daughter was napping on me, and I was a little bored. NetGalley popped into my head, so I went to their site and signed up. No thinking. Kind of the same with Instagram. I just decided to post a picture, share a story, and go with it.
Actually, it was kind of fun. It wasn’t really tied to my blog. It was just a plain picture of my Kindle on to the book I was currently reading. I added a bit of text and posted. The next day I did the same thing, and then kept going. It’s been almost two weeks and I’m finally having a bit of fun.
I think I’ve finally found my groove on Instagram. I don’t use it to just promote my blog posts, though it has happened and may happen here and there. Instead, I think of it as an extension of my blog, a bit of a behind the scenes look, if you will. A moment from my day kind of thing, almost like a brief diary entry. A micro blog post.
It’s only been a couple of weeks of posting Monday-Friday, but this is the first time I’ve felt comfortable with what I’m doing over there. It’s a mini Lily Cafe! So what if the blog and Instagram have little to do with each other? I don’t really care. I just care about having fun, finding my voice, and maybe finding a friend (though I have to admit I don’t have much time to scroll through the Reader here, so I have even less time to scroll through Instagram).
So, I’d like to invite you to the mini Cafe.
And maybe one day I’ll figure out Twitter and Facebook.