Best Instagram Photos for 2019 on MikesRoadTrip

Road Diary update on the MikesRoadTrip Instagram account, as well as social media emphasis in 2020.

I used to be a huge fan of Instagram, but the MikesRoadTrip account saw dramatic decreases in engagement and therefore my enthusiasm for the platform has diminished. In addition to seeing less engagement, my follower count has remained flat for the year.

Below are my best performing nine images for 2019. Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment below.

1) Salvation Mountain in Slab City, California
2) Cinque Terre, Italy
3) Saturnia in Tuscany, Italy
4) Crazed Owl in Arizona
5) Pitigliano, Italy
6) Dead Sea in Israel
7) Saturnia, Italy
8) A seal in San Diego
9) Barsana Monastery in Maramures, Romania

MikesRoadTrip Instagram best 9 for 2019It is clear that Instagram has gone down the same road as Facebook (the parent company of IG), forcing content creators to pay in order for their followers to see their content. I am no longer posting to Instagram on a regular bases as my heart is no longer in it. I have tried everything to generate followers and engagement, from posting videos clips to full blown IGTV video episodes, to stories and nothing seems to work anymore. Perhaps it’s my content, but in previous years my engagement was nearly double, so it’s difficult to explain.

In 2020 my “social media” emphasis will be on YouTube. If you’re not aware, YouTube is becoming more of a social platform, not just a place to post video content. With new tools available on YouTube, you can now poll your audience, ask questions and be more engaged.

What has your experience been like on Instagram this past year?

Mike Shubic

Mike Shubic is a seasoned road trip travel video blogger, traversing the byways of the world looking for those hidden gems of the road. From unique destinations, unexpected discoveries, creative cuisine, intriguing inns to exciting attractions…the road is his page. The experiences are his ink. And every 300 miles, a new chapter begins. Whether you live vicariously or by example, Mike will do the exploring so you can have an adventure.