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When algorithms hurt: social media struggles


It has been a decent amount of time since Instagram changed the way it organises its feeds and hashtags. It has been a daunting task for a tiny blogger like me who once loved Instagram because it was a lot freer than Facebook. Since the changes, my engagement with followers and the potential to have new people find me has been harsh. My likes are more than cut in half and new followers are rare. I cannot help but wonder if Instagram does this to force people to sponsor content?

Whatever the reason for these new changes, I find myself and other small bloggers struggling. I do not make any money from the work I do at Bound2Books. All the books I review or read are bought with my own money, borrowed from a library, or given to me as gifts by friends. Gosh, I wish I was making money and getting great opportunities to review new release books by publishers. I wish I had money to sponsor my content on social media, but I just don’t (maybe one day?)

I am not sure what the purpose of this post is other than to say, I am struggling to re-shape the way I blog in light of all these new social media changes. I’m reading all the how-to posts about the new Instagram rules and algorithms, but I guess it is just a slow process.

Are you a blogger like me struggling to get your content noticed in a new world of social media? Have you found any successes? Maybe you are as clueless as me and struggling too… but as always, share the reading love.

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