There has been so much conversation this week with my #InstaFam about the changes in the Instagram algorithm. My girl Dana of The Champagne Edit even did a post about how she’s adapted to it. I’ve had several conversations with my blogger friends about the changes. We’ve discussed what our strategy going forward should be. Also what seems to be working for other people. But the number one thing that I keep hearing is how frustrated or discouraged everyone is feeling. Personally, I’m a little more on the frustrated side. But like anything else in life I’m trying to approach this challenge from a positive place.
Since I know not all of you are bloggers, and you probably don’t care too much about the Instagram algorithm I won’t spend much time on that. And if you do use Instagram as a platform to promote your business, I’m sure you’re quite familiar with the challenges already. So instead I want to talk about a few ways to deal with whatever it is in your life that makes you feel frustrated or discouraged.
We all have things in our life that cause frustration. I totally believe there’s a time and place for just being in that state of frustration. I am someone who loves to vent. It helps me feel better to just voice my frustrations. I’m not really looking for anyone to fix it, I just need to get out that negative energy. But when I’m finished venting, it’s important that I really think about what it is that’s making me frustrated. For example, with Instagram it’s frustrating to feel like no one is seeing the content that we work so hard to create.
So when I know the root of my frustration, I have to ask myself, what am I going to do about it?! Since I am a planner, I like to come up with an action plan. What steps am I going to take to try to relieve the frustration from my life? In the case of the algorithm, I have been doing a lot of research. If I understand the problem, I’ll know more about how to fix it, or like Dana said, how to adapt to it.
Once I have my action plan, I find a “tribe” that is dealing with something similar. I love having friends in the blogging community because we can commiserate when things are frustrating. Sometimes we feel alone in our frustrations because we think we’re the only ones who are dealing with the problem. That’s almost never the case. When you reach out to people who are in the same position, you’ll find that they can not only support you, but they also have their own ideas of how to resolve the issue.
Most importantly, don’t let the frustration take over you. Like I said, there is a time and place to feel those feelings. But you are in control of your life. You can choose to be frustrated and feel defeated or you can choose to take action. If there is something in your life that’s causing you frustration, do your best to change that. Just by choosing to be positive you can start to see a shift.
What are some of the things you do when dealing with frustration? xo Bryn
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