So do you remember that time back in December when I had the great idea of starting a how to series? Well I have finally decided to upload a second edition to the series.
5 months too late. My first post is all about flat lays so be sure to check that one out if you enjoy this post. It is linked here! This is going to be a long one so go grab a coffee!
I have used Instagram ever since it was launched, but it has only been a few months since I have started to work hard on the content I upload. Back in the day I would upload a grainy, poor quality selfie with a default filter thrown on the top. But now I have started to take the time to edit my pictures, create a theme and try to reach out to a bigger audience. So this post is all about how I have improved my Instagram account and I hope it helps at least one of you out!
Admittedly, my blog is so much better than my Instagram when it comes to consistency. I want to start setting specific days for uploads because some weeks I post a couple of times and others not so much. So it is about time I take my own advice and make the effort to plan and schedule specific days for photo uploads! Regular photos allows a more even flow of stats, rather than being successful one week and forgotten about the next.
When I started my Instagram account many years ago I used sooo many hashtags and then it suddenly became uncool to use hashtags haha! But I have just started using them again to reach a wider audience and it is the best way to promote a new blog post upload! However, they can look quite ugly so I usually put them at the very bottom of the post or in the comments to hide it from scrolling view. I have also started to always add a location or tag brands included in the image to be more specific with the audience I want to reach.
I use two apps, well three including the built in editing app on the iPhone gallery. If you want a more in depth post about how I edit my pictures, let me know in the comments and I will write a separate post! First things first, I go on to the image and by clicking the edit button (on iPhones) it adjusts and straightens it automatically, because if you are anything like me, my photos always come out slightly wonky! I always like to use the same filter on each image so there is a consistent theme. For my blog I use the MOLDIV with the filter ‘Happy’, but for Instagram I use Preview and use the ‘White D6’ filter and it brightens the photo so much. If it is needed I also adjust the brightness and always always crop it so it is square. To finish I increase the sharpness then I am all ready for upload!
Like I have already said, I used to upload photos that I wasn’t too fussed about. But now I am making a strong effort to plan my uploads to create a theme. It is also worth taking photos in bulk so you can pick out the best image, and also it means you have more photos for future uploads. If you are planning on uploading a few images of the same thing, switch up the angles!
Instagram is quite similar with blogging when it comes to interaction. If you reach out to other accounts and show them some love, the chances of them doing the same are very high! I know most people say it isn’t all about the likes and comments, but come on. Everyone loves reading a sweet comment.
I hope this helps some of you who are like me and trying to up their insta game! Make sure to check out my Instagram by clicking the link below! As always thank you for reading.
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