19 hours ago
This little app is so strange in some ways. I resisted joining Instagram for years as the idea of having a public profile creeped me out a bit. I joined it while on assignment for a writing gig, since it was mandatory, and got featured early on which is why my following grew. Because of that, I kept sharing pictures to the point that now I prefer this app over all other social media as a sort of timeline of my life. Truthfully, I'm grateful for all the opportunities this app has given me, and have even made a few friends IRL because of this app, but while trying to ignore whatever the algorithm does, the odd thing I have noticed is that having a few followers does mean I think twice about what I'll post and therefore this is mostly just images of where I've been. Until recently, I had decided to not really be too personal on here. I even debated whether to ever say I was preggo, since it didn't really fit with my outdoors orientated 'theme' and I was pretty sure being pregnant was going to be a liability to some of my collaborations. But, I decided to share the news as I felt that the only storyline being told to pregnant women (or at least what was in my feed) was that you could be sexy and show your belly with lingerie photo shoots or you couldn't see your toes so you were bed ridden with junk food. I wanted to show that life for me stayed the same. That you can do outdoorsy things and post photos of yourself doing so even if you do not look like you just walked out of a magazine photo shoot. That adventures big and small are equal and worthwhile. That while I might have trouble tying up my shoelaces, once they are on, I'm going to walk and groan that 1km/hr uphill until I reach that viewpoint. I still debate whether I should just stick to pretty landscape photos with no faces showing and no internal thoughts shared, but I am starting to think that if you're following this account then you might as well get to know the person and people behind it. Our whole world is about to change in the next few weeks, but I have a goal to try to start making this a little less impersonal going forward. Hope to stay with me for the ride.