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15 Instagram Accounts to Follow if You're Here for More Than the Pictures

15 Instagram accounts to follow if you're in it for more than the pictures
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I love Instagram. It's the app on my phone that I reflexively open when I unlock the screen. I love swiping through stories to see what my friends are up to, and scrolling through my feed to spy and fawn over famous strangers. Instagram has been around for a while, and over time it's morphed from its beginnings as a "photo only" social media platform. From overheard conversations to motivational phrases, there's much more on Instagram to keep me opening the app again and again. Here are some of my favorite accounts that are more about the message and less about the image.        

15 Instagram accounts to follow if you're in it for more than the pictures | Thrive Global
Thrive Global

1. Their motto reads, "More than living. Thriving." And if you're looking for some daily inspiration, @thrive is for you.

 

15 Instagram accounts to follow if you're in it for more than the pictures | Boss Babe
Boss Babe

2. The @bossbabe.inc account is like that drunk girl in the bathroom at the club: Super complimentary, always empowering.

 

15 Instagram accounts to follow if you're in it for more than the pictures | Jen Gotch
Jen Gotch

3. @jengotch is the founder of Ban.do, a lifestyle brand that produces everything from slider shoes to stickers. Her positive vibes are in the forefront of her brand, while her personal account deals with the realer side of life. 

 

15 Instagram accounts to follow if you're in it for more than the pictures | We Are In Awe
AWE

4. The "awe" in @weareinawe stands for "Advancing Women Executives." Along with motivational phrases, this account also serves up quotes from some seriously amazing women.

 

15 Instagram accounts to follow if you're in it for more than the pictures | Letter Board Club
Letter Board Club
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5. I got a letter board last year, and I'm always impressed when people can keep theirs updated with quirky quotes. @letterboardquotes showcases some of the best, and I'm thinking of borrowing some of these ideas for myself.

 

15 Instagram accounts to follow if you're in it for more than the pictures | Quarter Life Poetry
Quarter Life Poetry

6. @quarterlifepoetry speaks to me on a personal level - perhaps because I'm in my 20s, but also because when words rhyme I'm more likely to listen.

 

15 Instagram accounts to follow if you're in it for more than the pictures | Celine Zabad
Celine Zabad

7. Rather than using the term "poet," @celinezabad chooses "logophile" instead. Read her work to understand why.

 

15 Instagram accounts to follow if you're in it for more than the pictures | Rupi Kaur

8. Speaking of poets, if you don't know who @rupikaur_ is, where have you been living?? Under a rock, I'm guessing. With works like Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers under her belt, Rupi Kaur is a forefront runner in the modern world of poetry.

 

15 Instagram accounts to follow if you're in it for more than the pictures | Notes2MySelfie
Notes2MySelfie

9. @notes2myselfie features a peek into the hilarious brain of writer/author/DJ Jilly Hendrix. Every post makes me say, "Same."

 

15 Instagram accounts to follow if you're in it for more than the pictures | Sad Topographies
Sad Topographies

10. Technically they're not pictures - they're maps! And boy, are they the most depressing maps ever. @sadtopographies finds and posts the most bizarrely-labeled locations for our viewing pleasure.

 

15 Instagram accounts to follow if you're in it for more than the pictures | Overheard New York
Overheard New York

11. This Instagram account just cracks. Me. Up. @overheardnewyork takes submissions for - you guessed it - conversations overheard in New York City. Also check out @OverheardUniversity, @OverheardLA, and @OverheardLondon.

 

15 Instagram accounts to follow if you're in it for more than the pictures | Recipes for Self Love
Recipes for Self Love

12. Pastel colors, happy illustrations, and positive, affirming quotes come together on the @recipesforselflove account.

 

15 Instagram accounts to follow if you're in it for more than the pictures | The Good Vibe
The Good Vibe

13. A minimal color palette + bold typography +positive vibes = @thegoodquote

 

15 Instagram accounts to follow if you're in it for more than the pictures | R.M. Drake
R.M. Drake

14. R.M. Drake (@rmdrk) is a poet who writes to inspire the youth. His simple words have me feeling all kinds of melancholy.

 

15 Instagram accounts to follow if you're in it for more than the pictures | Unspirational
Unspirational

15. It seems fitting to end this roundup on the opposite side from where we started. We started with an inspirational account, so of course we'll end on an @unspirational account. Just because.


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Did I miss any good text-only accounts? What are you favorite accounts to follow on Instagram, other than ours? ;)

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MERussell on Feb 14, 2018:

@Chrisjob Following now!


Chrisjob on Feb 14, 2018:

My fave person to follow for thoughtful words and illustrations is https://www.instagram.com/bymariandrew/ She somehow sums up things I didn't know I believed yet.


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