From early October into LATE November, I was blocked on Instagram. In other words, I couldn’t “like” posts and I couldn’t comment. Well, I was sort of blocked because I could post personal stories or pictures, I just couldn’t reciprocate back! The first time I got a notification, I was shocked. What did I do? What was this about? How long would it last? These are questions, that would never be answered.
Everyone knows the best way to kill a business, which runs on social media is to not allow full access to the platform. If I stop liking posts, people are less apt to like my posts. Instagram is very much about, “You have to give love to receive love.” Am I wrong? Your following will drop like your credit score. There’s nothing more vexing to a blogger than watching their followers unfollow them, or worse not gain any followers. You have to understand, I approached building up my IG like a second job. I consistently liked, commented, followed, gave away and was pretty darn impressed with myself until I hit the proverbial IG wall.
Upon further research, I was told (not by IG, they stay silent), but by other bloggers that I was doing too much liking. Then I was told I should only follow a few people a day. Then I was told I received too many likes on a single post. Hold on…are there rules for me and rules for Reese Witherspoon? She’s allowed to get 75,000 likes, but I can’t have 750? Are people who are “verified” allowed to have 1.5 million followers but I can’t have over ten thousand? Hash tags can get you banned? What gives? I was asked whether or not I changed my Bio, if I switched from Business to Personal, and then back again. Did I send countless help tickets in? The answer is yes, yes and YES! Did any of this help? Of course not.
Why are there so many rules on IG anyway? What’s with the Orwellian treatment of people who pay to advertise, and basically keep IG and Facebook in business? I’ve seen less scrutiny of people who hold public office. Apparently IG’s ongoing vetting of my IG account makes me a person of interest. I’d love to know how and who controls the banning.
The good news is, I got my account back on my birthday, November 20th. It was if someone knew that day was special. I have learned one thing from my banishment-there’s no amount of screaming or crying that’s going to help you. You’ll get your account back when THEY’RE good and ready. Save yourself some time and just take a few days off of social media. Not only will you detox by not engaging for a few days but the break seems to trigger a release of your account. Patience is 100% a virtue in this case.
If you’re currently reading this from IG exile, I feel your pain but can promise you will be sprung eventually. In the meantime take a breath, and start thinking about creating your You Tube site.