Over the years I have loved using my Instagram account to find activities to do with the children, places to visit and what other people get up to on a daily basis. I especially love Instagram for helping me come across accounts of real, like minded people that I have made genuine friendships with too! I like following people and accounts that I can really relate to, people who come from a farming background, with children, people who tell their story with the ups and downs of life. These are the people that I want to be friends with, who I would want to meet up with and I’ve actually become friends with quite a few people through Instagram in real life too! In the last few years, I’ve found that there’s a few people and accounts where I’ve started to feel like I know them yet I only know them from reading their blogs and seeing photos on Instagram.
In the early stages of the internet we were constantly warned about ‘Stranger Danger’ and not meeting up with people who you talk to online. However, fast forward 10 years and there’s now a mass of app’s created solely for people to talk online and then to meet offline and it’s totally acceptable.
I have the purest, genuine intentions when I connect and create a friendship in Instagram. I try to be interactive, by giving their photos a like and a comment, especially when people have the time to do that for me too. Often, or at least I’ve found this to be true, on social media apps, there are a few people who talk a lot within a community or as a group who are passionate about the same things. I’ve found that others are comfortable to talk to me and it’s generally easier to chat to other people when their profiles are public, as you can see who someone is and what they do. If your account is private, you aren’t easily viewable it’s harder to be approached, as you could be anyone.
I hope I’m seen as the exact same person in ‘real life’, as I show online too! Ive always wanted to arrange a meet up to meet people I talk to on a regular basis, however most live all over the country and are in farming roles themselves so don’t have a lot of spare time! One of my favourite people, who I keep meeting up with, is Jen. She’s a mother of 7 and super relatable and I love her to pieces. I thank ‘Instagram’, as an app, for being able to meet people, like Jen, as she isn’t someone I would have ever come across without the platform.
We’re all following each other as we have a passion or interest in the same thing whether it’s travel, farming, food , family life, real life, fashion or just blogging in general, so you can make Instagram friends from all walks of life. The internet doesn’t just need to be for meeting for dates, it can be used to make friends too!
Much love Rebecca