I’m going to start with a pretty bold statement: Instagram changed my life (for the better). Since I started properly Instagramming a few years ago (I was late the party, I know), the app has become a big creative outlet, a platform where I could grow and meet some incredible people along the way. But there is that looming pressure to grow followers and to always beat those numbers. When I started researching this and paying attention to the trends, I came across “influencers” using bots and buying followers and a sea of users opting for “follow-for-follow-BUT-once-you-follow-me-I’ll-unfollow” tactics. And really, I didn’t like what I was seeing.