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We should support each other rather than dragging others down.

There’s not many things which trigger me to write a blog post, but anything negative to do with Instagram or paid content always does. Maybe it’s because I strongly believe content creators should be paid for their content, or that Instagram as a form of income still isn’t seen as a ‘proper job’ and people often scoff at the idea, but people receiving negative comments for the ads that they do always gets to me.

On one of my ad posts, I received a comment which said something along the lines of “so every other post is an ad now?” and I kindly replied saying if this is a problem, then you are free to unfollow me. Having two ads in a row is, a lot of time, something that it out of my control. I will put my hands up and say that it’s not my favourite thing to do, but I still stand by my decision of posting two ads in a row. Why? Because I would much rather be posting photos that I’ve worked really hard on and I love rather than posting ‘filler’ content that I created in a rush and not out of love. I’d like to think that my followers would want this too. Having two ads in a row wasn’t part of the original plan, but plans change and things happen.

I think it’s also important to talk about the things I was advertising. One was for a flower campaign and the other was a Disney ad. Both things I have shown and talked about multiple times on my account, and are things my followers know that I love. And to be honest, these two photos are high on my “favourite content that I have produced”, especially as one took hours and hours of editing. I put my heart and soul into every single photo (ad or not) that I do, and I really hope that comes across.

To put my ad to normal post ratio into perspective, let’s take a look at the ads that I have done over the past month (the 6th November to the 6th December). I have posted 18 times, only five of them are ads.

I don’t want this to be a personal attack on anyone who has commented that they don’t like ads (but I hope people know every time they talk about their own products and services, it should be labeled as an ad according to ASA guidelines #justsaying), as far as I’m concerned if you don’t want me to earn money for producing just a HANDFUL of the content that I do, then go ahead and unfollow me (like seriously, I can count of one hand the ads that I did over the past month).

This isn’t a blog post to complain. This is a blog post to educate those who do not understand this world. Before you go ahead and judge someone because they are posting more ads than usual this week, go back over their account over the past month and see how much free content that they have producing for you. Realise that those couple of ads in a row are probably clients that the creator loves, uses or would use (if the creator is doing things right), and without that payment, a lot of the time they wouldn’t be able to produce all of their amazing content that you will happily consume when they haven’t be paid, so why not support them when they are instead of dragging them down. Try practising kindness, and think a little bit before you post a negative comment.

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