I Deleted All My Instagram Posts After 5 Years

When I was a freshman in college I had a gigantic zit on my nose and lied to everyone. I told them that I got scratched by a cat and walked around with a bandaid on my nose for a week. That memory was forever immortalized by all the Instagram photos I had with a bandage on my nose.

My post-breakup sass was etched into cyberspace through selfies with my curled hair and bright blue bodycon. My two year relationship defined by a quick snap of some flowers that an ex picked up from Jewel.

It seemed like every moment in my young adulthood was preserved through my Instagram, every misstep and every little success. A selfie I took after an interview at the first non-profit I ever worked for, a picture taken at the first fundraiser I ever planned. Some memories were unforgettable and brought back nostalgia. Others felt juvenile.

So, I decided to delete (well.. archive) the five years and start again. I’m not a little college student trekking around Chicago anymore… I’m somehow a young working woman in the city of Dallas. And I think my life, my blog, and my Instagram is reflective of that. I don’t consider this the end, but rather the beginning. Of a new era and new time in my life.

The first photo I posted was an artsy snap of my haircut. I took it in my cube after we interviewed a few candidates for an opening today. And admittedly, it seems like the perfect photo to post to symbolize this transition.

And honestly, it’s just the beginning.


“A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.”

-Graham Greene>


Are you on Instagram? What’s your favorite part? Would you guys ever start over again on Instagram?




16 thoughts on “I Deleted All My Instagram Posts After 5 Years

  1. Honestly such a great idea. I am sketchy about it and will randomly delete some photos occasionally lol although I’d really love to just delete all my photos and start fresh.

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  2. I haven’t started over on instagram(yet), but I’ve definitely thought about it. I did start over on facebook a few years ago when I was finishing up my first degree and working full-time. I wanted to get rid of some of the immature and stupid posts and pictures I had shared in high school, and also get rid of the people on my friends list that weren’t positive influences in my life anymore. It was definitely refreshing to do!

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  3. I’ve started over on Instagram when I first got serious about my blog. I had too many pictures that really didn’t follow with my blog but more to my life. I really like starting over, right now I don’t think I would.

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  4. I instagram full time and it’s definitely a struggle keeping up the expectations of your audience. This post is so real and truthful. http://mariannyc.com/2017/09/18/nyfw-september-2018-outfits/

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  5. I’m so glad you archived insteas of actuallg deleting! I’ve deleted so many of my old blogs and even thought I know I’d cringe reading them, it’s still my biggest regret not being able to look back at them.

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  6. I’m so glad archiving is a thing now! I hope this works well for you!

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  7. Sometimes you just have let go of the past and start over. I think it’s a great idea!

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  8. I haven’t even thought about it to be honest. I really like to go back and look and reminisce haha.

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  9. I really should go through and take down some of my photos from 6 years ago but I would have to save some of them because I don’t know where they are.

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  10. I love that you can archive posts now instead of deleting them.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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    1. Oooh that’s a good use for the feature!


  11. I’m so up and down with Instagram- sometimes I love it sometimes I want to completely delete it from my phone.

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  12. I’ve definitely thought about deleting all my posts, but I kind of like to see how my photos, life and blog have transformed over time. That’s what’s keeping me from starting it over

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  13. I’ve been going through and deleting old photos from my Instagram as well so I totally understand this cleanse!

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  14. Wow what a brave move! I think it’s important to clean out the Instagram every once in a while πŸ™‚

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  15. tbh this is such a great idea, i have some real questionable grainy pics from a few years ago that should probably be archived lol

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