I recently posted a photo to my Instagram that created a bit of a stir. A lot of my followers are friends, family and colleagues and I believe I exposed them to more of myself than they had bargained for. I honestly thought nothing of it until my mother called me with concerns about bearing too much online. So now I am sitting here debating if I should be posting close up bikini photos in the future. I am not going to post the photo on here and subject my followers to it again (although my last 6 photos are in the sidebar and it is likely there). Here is a photo of Lover’s Key Beach instead:
In my defence, I am a grown woman, not a teenager. I am not posting bikini shots to boost my self esteem. I am very confident in my body and who I am. My husband and I have been taking photos like these for years on vacation and they live on memory cards. A lot of them are very beautiful images that are never seen. I often joke with Eric that he better show them at my funeral! Since I started my travel blog, I have been posting more of these photos as they are a part of what we do on vacation. But maybe I took this one too far and should have left it until I was 6 feet under….
In the defence of my followers, when I post something on Instagram I am subjecting them to an image that cannot be erased from their memory. My best analogy is the hunting or animal cruelty posts that you see on Facebook. When I see those images it deeply upsets me and I wish I never saw them. Some of my followers have known me since I was an infant and still see me as that little girl in her big red rainboots. So an image of my behind may be a shock. Others are colleagues that hold me to a higher professional standing.
I do not want to offend people or make them think less of me. I really just want to share the best work from our travels and post promotable content. I will continue to post bikini shots, but will try to provide more distance and have it less in your face. I am interested in hearing your feedback on this topic.
Thanks for stopping by,
Kira Canadian Girl