INSTAGRAM GAMES | INSTAGRAM PROMOTIONS, IS IT WORTH IT?

Ahh yes, the dreaded Instagram games. Whether you are a blogger, photographer, fashion model or just want to become an influencer, you’ve got to play the ‘games’. Instagram can be pretty stressful, constant algorithm changes means that you’ve got to stay on top, otherwise fewer and fewer people will see your kick-ass posts. You haven’t spent hours on a photo for it to only get a few likes. Hell to the no! There are a lot of ways to try and increase your engagement, like ensuring engagement on other profiles, commenting as much as you can, producing content that can be reposted by brands/pages and so on, but I tried out the Instagram promotion feature to see whether it would boost my account. Here is what happened….

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2018 YEAR IN REVIEW | MY FIRST YEAR OF BLOGGING

Another year is done and dusted. Time is going so fast and yet so slow at the same time. It is only fitting to review last year and set some goals and wishes for this year. Even though I am not a ‘new year – new me’ kinda girl – we all know that you usually only last a few weeks anyway haha! In this post, I will only review my first year of blogging. (although I started in April…) But still.

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THE INSTAGRAM GAMES

Are you a blogger? A traveler? a photographer? All three or none of the above? I am sure that you then have tried to play the Instagram game! Starting a travel account, a fashion account, an interior account, a photography account or something else. You have probably, just like me, struggled with getting engagement, proper followers (No bots or just follow for follow people) and an increase in traffic (If you are a blogger). I started my blogs Instagram account a couple of months ago. Initially, I got lots of followers, likes, and comments, but as the time went on it got lower and lower by the day. I find this VERY frustrating and upsetting, so I thought I would try some things to see if I could improve my Instagram and get a larger group of followers.  In this post I will show you if I have succeeded, and what I have done to improve my blogs Instagram account.

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BONDI TO BASIC – MY INSTAGRAM

I have recently started an Instagram account for this blog. Previously I used my personal Insta account, but I always felt a bit awkward posting too many pictures on there. I also had not told (still haven’t) to a lot of people that I started a blog. I guess I still feel a tad awkward about it, but that is a whole other story for another day. So today’s post is going to be a little bit different then what I normally post, well not a little but a lot. You know that I normally spend hours researching and writing posts, but today I got a little frustrated with Instagram and I thought I would write you a quick post on how amazing (if I say so myself) my Instagram account is and why I think you should follow me ASAP. Unless you are a bot… like  90% of the accounts are on Insta nowadays.  So upsetting because it used to be such a cool site. Click on read more to see why you should follow me on Instagram… 

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MY DAILY, WEEKLY & MONTHLY BLOGGING CHECKLIST

I think most bloggers know what I am talking about when saying that being a blogger is a lot more than just writing posts. Social media (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter etc), emails, planning content and so much more. There’s a lot more to blogging – than blogging – if ya know what I mean.  For a while, I was struggling to get everything done on time. It is very important to update your blog as well updating your social media, you need a Pinterest strategy and a growth plan for your blog. So how do you get it all done? and stay consistent without letting this whole blog thing take over your life? For me, staying on top of my blogging to-do’s is about 2 main things: Managing distractions and maintaining focus (YouTube is my downfall, Hello Shane Dawson) Knowing what tasks to focus on (What is important and what can wait for a bit longer)  In order to get less stressed and more organized, I made some check-lists. Every day I know what to do in order to stay on top of my blog and not get snowed under by the workload. In today’s blog post I will show what my checklists and how to use them. 

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