I am writing this post today, with a heavy heart. As many of you will already know, over the weekend our Instagram account was hacked. I was out at the time, with Vegan Paul, having a day off and so when I saw a text pop up from my sister saying ‘Don’t panic, but check your Instagram’ my heart sank. I had no idea what she was talking about, but you can imagine that when I opened the App only to find that my entire feed had disappeared, I was truly panicked. I instantly asked Paul to check my feed on his phone, and we were met with a great big hole, where When Caitie met Soda used to be.
As it turns out, our feed was down for around 2-3 hours. Luckily – I was eventually able to get back into my account. I think this is because I had enabled Two-Factor Authentication on Instagram a few weeks earlier, and I am so, so thankful that I did. If you haven’t already done this, I urge you to do it now. Simply click Settings on your Instagram feed, and navigate to ‘Two-Factor Authentication’ – it will, quite literally, save your Instagram feed.
The effects of the hacking have been devastating. Engagement on our Instagram posts is way down from where it was, despite the same group of lovely people still watching our stories. And, I’m at a loss. I have no idea what the long-term effects of the hack will be, and at this stage, I can only hope that things will get right back to normal. I am among the lucky few who got their accounts back after a hacking. Friends that we follow have disappeared; vanished, overnight. And, they don’t seem to have been able to regain access to their accounts. It is just devastating.
Before using Instagram, I probably would had read a post like this and failed to fully appreciate the effects of something like this. But, for me, and many, many others, Instagram is our livelihood. It is the way that we communicate with our friends, followers, and build a nurture a community of likeminded people. And, if you’re a business, like me, the effects of a hacking go far beyond just losing your feed. I feel truly shaken by it; but, I have resolved to keep fighting. Because that’s all any of us can do, isn’t it? Keep fighting and working your butt off. I know, without any doubt, that the #whencaitiemetsodafamily is a cause worth fighting for.
I’ve been playing with the idea of setting up a secondary account on Instagram for sometime now, and in light of the hacking, I think now is the time to do so. I want to create a second space on good old Instagram where we can meet, as friends, and share parts of our lives. This account; @caitieandsodaathome will be our second little space on Instagram, where you can expect to see ‘behind the scenes’ peeks at everything that we get up to; from our love of Lush baths, to places we visit and all of the beautiful people that we meet along the way. Don’t worry, we will still be just as active on @whencaitiemetsodajewellery – but we wanted to take this opportunity to launch something very exciting in light of the horrible hackings.
My heart goes out to anyone else affected by the hackings. Please know that this is not your time to give up, but it is your time to stand strong, and fight back. Don’t let anyone take something that you have worked so very hard for. If you’ve been affected, or have lost an account, please leave your information in the comments so that we can find you again and follow you. We will get through this together, friends. And thank you, from the bottom of both mine and Soda’s hearts for your support, kindness and compassion in supporting us during this difficult period. I can’t even begin to put into words what your support means to me. It’s simply everything.
Be sure to follow us over at @caitieandsodaathome to see what we get up to, and, if you aren’t already, over at @whencaitiemetsodajewellery, too. We love you, friends. Each and every single one of you.
‘A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress extremely well’ – Unknown.
Remember that, beautiful friends. You’re all diamonds. And, we’ve got this. Here’s to the #whencaitiemetsodafamily.
With all of our love, always,
Caitie, and, of course, Soda.