Ah, Instagram. Where else would you find countless bloggers struggling to find the perfect filter while watching their cup of perfectly frothy coffee go cold?
I love Instagram, I really do: it’s amazing for inspiration and motivation – and of course searching the #bunniesofinstagram hashtag and sobbing, because bunnies.
I’ve been working on my feed lately; trying to find my own voice when it comes to my little square space on the internet. I’m still experimenting with my photo editing – expect a post on my editing routine soon! – but here’s a little list of some techniques I’ve been using to improve my account, use hashtags properly, and grow my followers…
PS: you can follow me on Instagram at @littlebudget…
- If you want a super pretty bright white feed (like I’m attempting… key word being “attempting”), go for a plain background for your photos. I’m a flatlay lover, so 99% of my photos are from this pretty top-down angle. I’ve tried various different backgrounds, but my favourite has to be an A3 sheet of white card. It’s a game-changer, trust me.
- To track your followers (and those pesky unfollowers – I see you, boo), think about investing a pound or two into an app that’ll show you as much data as your little heart could desire. My app of choice is simply titled “Followers” – I forked out 79p to get updates whenever someone unfollows me (how annoying is this whole ‘follow/unfollow’ thing some bigger accounts are doing?!), follows me, or tags me in something. You can also pay a lil extra to see your most popular posts, hashtags and times to post. Sorted.
- Don’t be afraid to delete photos. What you thought was a super cute lil snap of your Christmas tree against your lavender living room wall mightn’t look so cute against your bright white feed (this is from personal experience. It looked terrible). Curate your photos, and you’ll be happier with the overall result!
- Join a comment pod (or two)! Comment pods are groups of users who like and comment on your photos once they’re posted. Not only do you get to meet a group of like-minded users, it’s nice to get some genuine comments on your photos and support each other.
- Hashtags. The bane of my life. I’ve made myself a bulk list in my Notes app which can be easily copy ‘n pasted into a separate comment under my newly posted photo. Some of my favourites include #thegirlgang (because who doesn’t want to find new sassy queens to follow?), #grlpowr (ditto) and #flatlay. I could get lost on that tag for DAYS.