You guys!!!! It’s Thursday, my new favorite day of the week because it’s COFFEE TALK TIME!!! Last week we got a little deep talking about comparison and the week before we talked about coping with bad days. And if you’re just joining us for coffee talks, it’s basically a new series I’m working on every Thursday where I just kind of open up about whatever is relevant in my life right now, and then I ask for feedback!
Like seriously, I need your feedback. NOW! Jk. Kind of.
I got a lot of really good responses from last week’s post, too! Most people I talked to admitted to comparing themselves to others – siblings, close friends, other parents and how they raised their children, other peers and how they were performing in school, or even comparison in relationships between new friends & with GUYS (I know every girl can relate on that note).
But even better were the responses on how to deal! Most of you just said you didn’t act on it, you reminded yourself that everything happens for a reason, or it made you look inward and value your own attributes. I absolutely love those responses!
Ok. So now. Total 180 here on the topic. This one isn’t exactly a #deeptweet topic. I don’t want you to come to coffee talks and feel like you now need to go speak with a therapist or something. We can get deep every now and then but honestly I’m just not feeling that way today!
Today we are going to talk about the biggest face-off since LC & Heidi Montag (yes my mind is on The Hills because I’m still crying I didn’t see the 10 year anniversary episode, but these are the sacrifices you make when you give up cable). We’re talking SNAPCHAT VS. INSTA-STORY!!!
And I need opinions. I’m not kidding. I literally need to know everyone’s opinion on this.
Because I’m getting ready to share my pick between the two.
SNAPCHAT. I’m sorry. I just love it.
Let explain my thoughts on this. I think what Instagram is doing is freakin’ brilliant. They saw what Snapchat was doing. It was taking over their market share. It was becoming too cool and threatening the existence of Instagram. Not everyone wants to see perfectly curated photos and fashion bloggers looking down at their feet all day. They want to see raw, real, regular LIFE. So Instagram realized this. Then they took a platform that everyone is already using and incorporated the best attributes of Snapchat, their main competitor. So now you have all the advantages of Snapchat without having to leave the app you’re in. SMART. A. F.
But. I have to give you my honest thoughts on this. I follow about 500 people on Instagram. And probably like 75-100 on Snapchat. And I like it that way. Because I can choose who I want to see on camera all day.
There are some bloggers and people I follow that are hilarious and interesting and utilize Snapchat really well. Then there are others (that I’ve realized in the last day from Insta-stories) that just don’t translate well on the Snapchat platform. They’re awkward, or they don’t look the same as they do in their super-filtered pics, or they have a voice that doesn’t translate well on camera. And then it makes me not see them the same way.
And this isn’t to be mean. But when I go to someone’s Instagram page (like a blogger or business, not a friend) I want to leave feeling something. Like, oh her photos are beautiful, how did she capture that? BRB while I go climb in the mountains like she did? But now I’m seeing the real person and it doesn’t match their Instagram vibe and now, as a follower, I’m all confused. Does this make sense?
From my perspective, too, I don’t want to annoy any of my followers away. I figure if someone wants to see the unedited TWB they will just follow me on Snapchat (cough @jillbeangreen cough). I don’t see Insta-stories helping me gain followers – which is not the only point, but obviously I want people to follow me and follow my blog and feel genuinely connected to me and feel like we’re friends. But I think that’s a slow transition and I think it would only come across as annoying right now.
And my last point: THE FILTERS. I will probably be #TeamSnapchat until Insta-story figures out how to make me into a dog, alien, festival-goer, or crying rainbow baby like my beloved Snapchat does.
So, the point of my long-winded explanation: I’m going to stick with Snapchat for now. Maybe I’m a granny that can’t cope with change, but I’m going to hang back and wait and keep snapping for now.
Alright. Now I NEED to know your thoughts. Which one is your favorite? Do you like both? Do you think this is the end of Snapchat? Or do you think the Insta-story will eventually fade away? Tell me EVERYTHING! Right now. Text me. Comment. Snapchat me. Insta-story me. I don’t care! I have to know. Ok?!
I will be back tomorrow with a fun new post so be sure to check back! Xo.