Instagram has a tendency to make things seem super-duper rosy all the bloody time.
Whether it’s a perfectly tidy desk space or a plumped, well-placed cushion, I think we’re all guilty of it and, to a certain extent, it’s what the platform was made for but I’m finding myself more and more turned off by the perfect Insta life by the minute.
As a freelance copywriter, I look at other fellow business owners or creatives and I’m much more likely to warm to the ones who open up about the crap week they’ve had or the client that’s driving then nuts than I am the one who makes it seem like they’ve got work coming out of their ears and still manage five gym sessions a week.
At the end of the day, it’s comforting to know that there are real people behind the posts and you’re not the only one who didn’t get around to making their bed this morning. That’s why I’ve written down these confessions. I hope you can relate to some of them and I hope they help shatter the whole Instagram façade that we sometimes forget isn’t real.
It’s not my only job
It’s a tough old world, the freelance one, and I’m not at a point where I can rely on it as my sole source of income right now. I try not to let that get me down though, I’ve only been doing it for a few months, and it’s something to work towards which is always helpful. My 9-5 job working in communications is pretty great in the meantime too.
I work in my pyjamas A LOT
Unglamorous, yes. Perk of the job? Definitely! If I’m replying to your comments, working on a new project or scheduling my social media, you’ll almost always catch me doing it in my pyjamas. I resent having to wear what I call ‘real clothes’ for any longer than is absolutely necessary so as soon as I’m through that door they’re on. No exceptions.
I suffer from comparisonitus
That horrible disease that has you comparing yourself to every man and his dog on the internet, yep, I’ve got that. It does absolutely nothing for me bar shatter my self-esteem and motivation to do anything but hey, I do it on an unnecessarily regular basis anyway and I know I’m not the only one.
I struggle for content ideas just like you do
Yes, I write for a living but it doesn’t always come naturally. This post for example, I was running by a friend of mine whose idea it was to include this point. She’s a graphic designer and I’m sure she goes through exactly the same thing because when it comes down to it, sometimes we’re creative and sometimes we’re not, that’s just life.
I hate social media
Is that allowed in this day and age? I really hope so because it’s true. Twitter and Facebook I just do not get and I go through a constant battle between deleting them and deciding I should really have them pretty much daily. Instagram is the exception I suppose. I do ultimately love the platform but I also find it a massive drag from time to time. When the inspiration to take good photos, post consistently and engage with others just isn’t there, it’s definitely something I find more of a chore than a hobby and don’t even get me started on the algorithm!
So there you have it. The confessions of this freelance copywriter. Let me know if you can relate to any of these in the comments.