Two Social Media Milestones to Celebrate!

I enjoy blogging about social media such as the highs and lows and trying to navigate through the complexity of social media success and failure. And I have blogged about social media in the past and received really positive feedback for most of those posts. So it seems that social media is a timely topic, and one that a lot of my readers are interested in.

And I also enjoy celebrating milestones when I reach them, not to boast but to blog about my own experiences so other people don’t make the same mistakes I did getting to this point. Or to offer advice that might help someone else reach their goals.

While 5,000 may not seem like a lot compared to some BIG social media accounts, it took a lot of effort, discipline and hours of creativity on my part to get there on both of these accounts. So I feel good about that achievement.

So to make it official, I hit 5K followers on both my Pinterest and Instagram accounts! Blogging on my Pinterest account has been a different experience to blogging on Instagram. On Pinterest, it felt like it was a lot easier to get to this point than on my Instagram account. I used to lose followers regularly on IG, but not on Pinterest. I don’t know why that is, but I know that every social media account has its own “flavour” of audience. This means if you want to grow your account, you have to understand your audience’s needs. And then remaining consistent and interesting to keep those followers and attract new ones.

On my IG account I have been a lot less diligent, which could also reflect why people follow and then unfollow. But that’s mostly because I haven’t been able to find the right social media software to use on IG that will schedule posts. I’ve tried a few and all of them are terrible at resizing my images for Instagram. So I’ve been manually posting this entire time (I know, I know enormous sigh 😭)

However, I feel I am at a point now where I am enjoying my time on social media a lot more than I used to. And this could also be a reason I am attracting more followers because the content I upload comes from a place of happiness and creative expression.

That is how I like to look at it anyway. And you know, I might end up going backward again on Instagram but I’m okay with that. Until I find the right software to use with my account, I’m going to continue posting what I want as regularly as I can. And that will just have to be good enough for my followers for now.

And perhaps you can help me out with some suggestions on social media software for auto-posting or scheduling on Instagram.

Have you got any social media stories to share? If so, please let me know in the comments. Also, if you have any questions about social media in particular Pinterest and Instagram, let me know and I’ll do my best to help!

Thanks for reading, stay safe out there and always keep creating! I’ll catch you in the comments or tomorrow’s post.

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I’ve started a new IG account – starwarsispoetry is born!

I’ve wanted to create an IG account for Star War is Poetry for the longest time but I wasn’t too sure how I’d go about it. What I want to do is celebrate the words and literature of the Star Wars universe using words and images (but mostly words as it is an account dedicated to the written word).

So I made this clip for my blog:

And it’s so much easier to manage through the IG app on my phone now that you can use one primary IG account to access all of your IG accounts.

I spent some time creating this template which I want to use for all my posts:

Testing Hashtags on Instagram – Part 4

Hi again, friends! After several weeks of testing the Instagram Algorithm, I’m really no closer to discovering the best process for gaining likes and followers on Instagram. I took some time to look at some of the people I followed on Instagram and decided to ask them what their secret was for getting so many likes on their Instagram posts. One account in particular has half the followers I do but when he posts, he manages to get thousands of likes on his posts. So I asked him what it is that he does to gain so much interest in his posts and he told me that he spent time “testing” different hashtags and came up with a diverse list of hashtags that he uses on all of his posts. He said it took him some time to get there, but now all of his posts get thousands of likes no matter what he posts.

Testing Hashtags on Instagram – Part 3

So this post is about a week overdue, but that’s OK because I want to post about the changes I’ve seen on my Instagram account since first testing hashtags. I started this little mini social media experiment on the 20th of February, and for almost a solid month, I avoided using any hashtags in my posts. This experiment was to test what type of impact using hashtags has on posts if any at all. After a month of not using hashtags, I can see a slight difference between not using hashtags and using hashtags.

Testing Hashtags on Instagram – Part 2

Last month I blogged about testing out the hashtag algorithm theory that hashtags don’t actually make much of a difference to the visibility of your post. I don’t think a couple of weeks is quite long enough to say it is or isn’t a thing, but at two weeks, I can certainly blog about my findings so far.