Moving away from Instagram to an independent photoblog
I’ve decided to move away from posting on Instagram. The creepy ads were the last straw. I’ve now disabled location, camera access, and microphone access. Once you do that, you can no longer post to Stories and posting photos without tagging the location is no fun. I rarely get comments on Instagram and the same 30-40 people ‘like’ my photos. There are always those influencer-types who keep following and unfollowing me in the hopes that I’ll follow them back. It’s been a long time since a real person followed me on Instagram. It’s getting tiresome.
But at the same time, some accounts I follow; mostly travel- and landscape-related are phenomenal. Also, Instagram is the last place where I’m in touch with my online friends after I deleted my Facebook and Twitter accounts. So I think I’ll be a lurker for a little while longer on there.
However, I still love taking photos and want to share them. I’m no longer interested in tracking ‘likes’ or seeking comments so I was looking for an option to simply post photos I take with a caption. Naturally, I thought of Micro.Blog and Blot. The community on M.B. was very helpful in talking through the options of using both platforms and David, founder of Blot even helped me modify the RSS feed to display the photo file name as the caption. But I’m still undecided on whether to choose Blot or Micro.Blog as a platform to run my photo blog. So this post is merely an exercise in thinking aloud:
- Ease of posting - I shoot mostly using my iPhone but occasionally I may want to share my DSLR photos especially from vacations. Yellowstone/Grand Tetons coming up in June.
- I don’t need any filters. I do my editing elsewhere. By the time I want to post, the image is ready to share.
- I don’t need to use hashtags or even locations. Simply a caption will do.
- Must be easy to export in case I want to move blogs.
- Relatively inexpensive. Instagram is free but we pay a price with our privacy so I’m willing to fork over.
- Can import Instagram archive.
- Sharing is very easy; as simply as Instagram and even comes with an Instagram-like photo viewing app.
- Will have to set up a new blog under my current account and will cost me $50/year.
- Flexible and highly customizable in terms of look of the blog.
- A blog in a true sense and photos will always be under my control so no need to worry about export.
- Sharing is a bit tedious. Since you cannot ‘Send to Dropbox’ from share sheet in the Camera app, you have to browse to the Dropbox app and upload photo to folder.
- Caption options are limited to whatever’s the filename.
- Very inexpensive at $20/year but the hidden cost will be in upgrading Dropbox to a paid account; the lowest option is $100/year. Not a ding on Blot but is a factor in my decision.
Right now, I’m leaning toward Micro.blog simply due to the ability to import Instagram archive and the lower cost. Let’s see.
Next up, I’ll have to let my Instagram followers (only 243 including bots) know about the change. Most will not bother to come over and that’s fine. Those who really care will check once in a while. I still love Instagram. I just wish Facebook had never bought it.