Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend :)
Just an update to say I’m not very sure what is going on with my Instagram. I woke up on Saturday, was asked for a phone number verification, checked it was my number, clicked ok, and then it told me it was invalid. I checked it again and it was my number (the only one I’ve had since I was 18) and then it locked me out and said my account has been deactivated. I didn’t have the two step authentication set up (silly me. Please activate yours now if you haven’t either).
Cue huge panic and that awful sinking feeling you get in a bad situation.
I reported it and was asked to send a photo of myself holding up a bit of paper with a code and some other information on it but have heard nothing back since. I know they are dealing with a huge security breach, but there has been no tweet or anything to address the issues with non celebrity accounts and to update us normal people on phone numbers being stolen etc.
It is now Monday and I am in bits about it. I have worked so, so hard over the past 2.5 years to get my account to where it is and have never taken shortcuts. I was finally getting somewhere with generating a substantial income from it and engaging with so many of you lovely other mamas out there and I can’t believe this has happened. I would take all the messages I get thanking me for sharing our stories because it helps others over the money any day, and I’m scared I won’t be able to reach all those people again if it doesn’t get resolved.
I genuinely feel like someone has punched me in the chest and I keep getting waves of feeling sick. It might sound so utterly pathetic to some, but when you stay up till 1am every night (before getting up for work at 6.30am the next day) and spend every spare moment you have building a ‘brand’, for part of it to vanish in seconds, it’s pretty gut wrenching.
I am terrified I will never get my account back and I don’t know if I could bear starting over again.
Thank you very, very much for all the support and a special thank you to Harriet from Toby and Roo who started #bringbackthismamalife on Instagram and Twitter.
I’ll hopefully see you on Instagram again soon…
PS. Sorry for crap quality photo…my heart isn’t in it at the moment!!