bright and beautiful on Instagram

I have to admit, I’m writing this post with a bit of hesitation. Ever since I began blogging in June, it’s been a balancing act of what to share here on the blog, and what things I’d rather remain private. Case in point: Instagram. Up until now, I’ve used the platform entirely on a personal level, sharing and liking photos with friends, as well as following my favorite brands and bloggers. Because Instagram has become a fun, go-to way to connect and share inspiration, I’ve decided to open up and share these little snapshots of mine. You can find me at: @bright__beautiful.
When it comes to social media, how do you determine what to share and what to keep private? If you use Instagram, feel free to leave your account name below so we can connect!

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  1. Taylor wrote:

    So great!! I love your blog, so I'll be following your Instagram!

    Posted 1.23.14 Reply
  2. Zelle B. wrote:

    I had that problem too! I always had a private instagram until I started blogging, and then I had a hard time deciding if it should be public — but like you said, it's a great place to connect! xo

    Posted 1.23.14 Reply
  3. I had this dilemma too and decided to open mine up a couple of months ago…so glad I did! Instagram is definitely my favorite social media outlet (tied with Pinterest, haha!) Mine is @heyitsmons 🙂

    Posted 1.23.14 Reply
  4. Alex wrote:

    Yay! I'm following you now (I'm @ahromano17). I have separate twitter accounts (a private one and a blog one) but only one Instagram, mainly because I share basically all my pics from Instagram on my blog anyways!

    Posted 1.23.14 Reply
  5. It's definitely a balancing act, but I'm glad I have my account open! I still haven't made the switch to my blog name as a username, but eventually I'm sure I will. Mine is @rblack2761. New blog reader – love your site!

    Posted 1.23.14 Reply
  6. so glad you are finally on instagram, i had wondered if you were on there!

    love your blog so much so i am sure i will love your instagram account as well!

    following you now. i'd love to connect on there! i am @mk_minnis.

    xo mk

    Posted 1.24.14 Reply

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