What I Was Doing While I Wasn’t On Instagram

Dear Reader,
as you might have noticed if you follow me on Instagram, I haven’t been posting since the end of July.
There were a couple of reasons for that.
Keep reading to find out which ones, and what I did while I wasn’t posting things.

☾ reasons for my hiatus

☾ reason #1 – creative burnout

It took me a long time to find a filter and layouts that I really liked for my instagram, but when all you post is flatlays, it gets boring after a time.
Also, the algorithm on instagram tends to overshadow the smaller (but maybe more passionate) accounts and their work with influencers and people who just have a lot of followers, so at some point I was getting super annoyed with the fact that a lot of my instagram followers were ghosts and that any interaction I seemed to have didn’t feel genuine anymore – even though I had joined algorithm groups to help with that, so I decided to take a step back and focus on other things.

☾ reason #2 – i had moving plans

When I announced my hiatus, I had plans to move into a dorm in Cologne at the beginning of August.
However, I declined the room offer because I found that it didn’t meet my needs – so my move got postponed, but I still didn’t feel like jumping back on the instagram train, so the hiatus happened.

☾ reason #3 – reading slump

While I was in the process of graduating from High School, I slipped into another reading slump because my brain was just tired amd I prefered to spend my nights doing things that didn’t make me as unhappy as reading did at the time.

☾ reason #4 – i actually moved

Yeah, now the cat’s out of the bag.
I’ve been living in a dorm in Cologne for the past two weeks, which is why I ended up extending my hiatus to mid-September.
It took me a hot minute to get settled here, and to be honest, I still haven’t gotten used to the rhythm the drum beats to in a big city.
The public transport maps are confusing, if I stray too far from the parts of Cologne I know, I tend to get lost, which leads to a lot of walking, which in turn makes me tired because I’m not used to it, so yeah.
I decided I would take as much time away from Instagram as I needed, but I feel confident enough now to go back to posting.

☾ what i was doing while i was not posting

☾ lurking on instagram

I never planned to delete the app and just disappear for a month and a half, so most of the time I was still lurking on the app, watching stories, liking posts and interacting with people in the engagement groups.
I’m going to be honest, as tiring as some interaction on Instagram can be, I still need them from time to time, especially because I have yet to make friends here in Cologne.

☾ blogging

I restarted my blog.
I quit sometime last year, because I felt insanely stressed about blogging when it felt like I had no followers to read my posts anyway, and while that hasn’t changed, I’ve definitely regained some of my confidence when it comes to blogging and actively telling people that’s something I do these days.
So, if you’re reading this, consider pressing the follow button so you don’t miss out on my future posts

☾ reading

I would say that I’m still in a reading slump, but thanks to my hiatus, I stopped stressing about how many books I read in a month, and thanks to that, I ended up reading more again.
In the future, I think I’ll definitely stop posting number-focussed monthly wrap-ups on my Instagram feed.
After all, we’re all readers, no matter if we read one book a month or twenty.

☾ watching movies and shows

While I was on hiatus, I watched Camp Rock 1&2, Episodes I-IX of Star Wars and the two latest seasons of Miraculous Ladybug as well as Princess Diaries 2 and Black Panther.
I also got really into doing Netflix parties with one of my friends on Instagram so we could watch Ghibli movies together, which I find really relaxing.
So far, I’ve seen kiki’s Delivery Service, When Marnie Was There and Howl’s Moving Castle – but KDS is definitely my favorite so far!

☾ playing games on the nintendo switch

Don’t tell my parents, BUT I found a secondhand Nintendo Switch Lite online, picked it up in Cologne (and got lost while doing that) and finally got into playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
I’ve been … lusting after that game ever since it came out in March and I am beyond happy that I no longer have to play Pocket Camp, because that was eating my iPad’s battery.
Another game I’ve been getting into is Coffee Talk, and I’m really excited to play more of it.

Now you’re all caught up on my life since July!
I know the moving part sounds really exciting, but it’s so mentally and physically tiring that I’d rather not make a big deal out of it…
Have you ever taken a break from Instagram?
If not, would you consider it?
Let’s discuss in the comments!

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