We’ve all seen the controversy between whether people believe being in an Instagram pod is ‘fake engagement’ or ‘real engagement’. Sure enough, the debate can be argued with valid points for both sides.. at the end of the day I honestly think it’s down to the user within the pods, and this is why..
For those of you who don’t have a single clue what I’m talking about, Instagram Pods are group chats consisting of up to 15 bloggers in each chat. Every time a blogger posts on Instagram, the chat is alerted and each member likes/comments on that photo. Let me tell you, it is bloody brilliant for engagement – that good that I Included it in my ‘Favourite Blogging Tools’ post!
Currently, I’m in various Instagram pods but the majority of them aren’t completely full. It is a lot of work to keep up with everybody’s posts, but I can honestly say that I love keeping up to date as everyone within the pods inspires me with their content. I’ve met so many lovely people through them and we now also support each other on different social media’s such as twitter.
So, where’s the negativity in all of this then? Well, from an outsiders point of view, we are merely liking and commenting on other people’s photo’s a little bit like robots, and that’s surely as bad as buying engagement right? NO!! As long as you are in a pod with like minded people, it is definitely not a chore to like their photo’s. Sometimes, I even find myself liking peoples photo’s and commenting before they post in to the chat!! I’ve found so many idea’s and taken so much inspiration from these accounts that I love being informed when they’re posting. Due to the nature of the photo’s, I also find it incredibly easy to comment on their pictures as it’s something I would usually express an interest in anyway!
I can completely understand why people think Pods are fake engagement if the users are posting completely different content or purely in them for the likes (which is so wrong but most likely happens), however all I have ever experienced from Pods is engagement with so many lovely people and tonnes of inspiration – what’s so bad about that?! I would also like to add that, in the Pods I am involved with, we also chat to each other and ask questions to help each other within the community – so it’s not all about liking someone’s pictures!!
I’m not going to lie and tell you this post isn’t biased, because I’m most definitely in favour of supporting other blogger’s through Instagram Pods. I think it’s important to remember before shaming somebody that’s in a pod, to understand why they are in it!
Are any of you in a Pod? Let me know what you think about it all!