The last couple of month I wasn’t to happy about my Insta Account due to many reasons. There was my struggle with committing to a theme and uploading pics at least every other day. And then the whole follow to unfollow thing got the better of me, so I struggled even more getting followers. But no worries, now I’m more content and happy with Instagram than ever. How I got to this point again? I’ll tell you.
Just to get it out off the way I know I am a small fish in the whole Instagram world and what could I have to say. But I wanna up my Instagram Game and achieve my goals with getting a larger following. So this is how I hope to do it and still keep the fun in it.
Now about my Insta Theme: It took me a couple of trial and errors until I found a way of editing my imaged that works for me. I mainly use VSCO to brighten up & balance out my images. Then I jump between 1-2 filters from the UNUM app or Instagrams own filters according to the style of picture I’m uploading. (Let me know if you want a more detailed post on how I’m editing my Insta pics!) I just try to enhance what already is in the photo.
For me my theme consists of flatlays, lifestyle shots, my nails and the occasional outdoorsy or baking photo. The most important thing for me is to keep the editing the same for every picture. And as from last week I decided to declutter my images, meaning not to overcrowd it, just displaying 1-3 products etc. Just so that not to much is going on and that I have a clear focus on one thing.
So we can check off the theme struggle, on to the amount of pics I upload. To get more followers you have to upload more frequently and oh boy was I struggling. At the very beginning I had lots off ideas but paired with my theme, there all of a sudden weren’t that many again. But with developing and changing to a theme I now love, it’s most of the times easy to find a pictures which suits my Instagram Account.
Stop worrying about followers
Moving on to the whole follow to unfollow thing. I’m not going to ramble on about the whole nature of it (Parie from Class & Glitter made a brilliant post on that). I just tell you how I learned to deal with it. I use an app where I can see who unfollows me exactly. Now, some people even like it less when they see who unfollows them but for me it just calms me down. I know weird right? Well my logic is, whenever someone follows me I usually check out their account and when I like it I follow back. With my app I then see if they just wanted my follow and if so they will have unfollowed me within the next hour to day. Instead of getting annoyed I simply tick the unfollow box in my app and that’s done and they’re gone.
Don’t need that negativity in my life. And with that came a calm over me about the hassle to gain followers. I still wanna up my Instagram game and achieve my goals which I set myself on how many followers I wanna have at the end of the year. But I rather have engaging and “real” well meant followers, than one’s that don’t interact at all and are there just for the number.
With that I wanna end this post on a high note and tell you that I’m so happy with how my Instagram account is turning out! I think I found my niche and style of pictures and my creativity and ideas are flowing again. Can’t wait to post my next picture…
Just to throw it out there: you can find me at @l.hof. Come and say hi.
How do you get on with Instagram? And let your Insta Account in the comments down below if you’d like me to check it out.
Have a lovely day, xx
Laura Mareno says
Yeyy! I’m trying to improve my instagram too! It’s something I really enjoy! love your pictures:D
Thanks Laura. I’ll have a look at yours too. xx
Loved having a read of this, I’ve been feeling somewhat uninspired to post pictures but I’m in the mood to really get into it all again! Have a lovely weekend 🙂
Thanks Trishna. Just go for it! And you have a nice week too. xx
Hi Lea! Spot on! I especially like that bit about not worrying about followers. Of course we’d love more people following us but it can turn into a crazy game that I don’t feel I have the energy for!
Heading over to your Instagram to check it out. Mine’s @whitepaperandleaf if you do wanna take a look.
Keep up the good work!
Thanks so much Icy. I know right? Getting followers is great but loosing your mind over it not ;). TI’m checking out your Insta right after that. xx
I go back and forth with my Instagram. Some days good. Some days bad. I’m doing a selfie challenge right now that is forcing me to post.
Oh cool a selfie challenge sounds like a great thing :). Hope you’re having fun ;). xx
Parie Joshi says
Love your instagram feed at the moment, so clean and bright!
Class and Glitter
Thanks so much Parie! I’m really happy with it. Lea, xx
Issy Fox says
I love this post – I’ve recently discovered that using the same editing / filter actually allows a little more wiggle room with images meaning I can easily switch from outdoor shots to flatlays without messing up my theme.
Thanks Issy. I know that’s such a helpful way off ensuring your theme is consistent but it doesn’t constricts you from posting just a certain type of photos. xx
Sophie Gillum-Webb says
I agree about not worrying about followers it just means you end up obsessing and not enjoying what you put out there!!
That’s totally why I wanted to speak about it in the post too, we need to make Insta more fun again ;). xx
I have a hard time just uploading, I feel like I’m in a rut as well. Thanks for the post!
I think everybody has that feeling sometimes. I try to make a couple of pictures when I’m in a good mood and store them for days where my creativity lacks. xx
That follow to unfollow thing always used to get the better of me but now I don’t even care anymore, I use my app to check everyday and just click unfollow when I see that they didn’t follow because they actually liked my feed. I have struggled with followers and clearly still struggling with a theme but I decided to relax and post and follow up with engagement, everything will come in due time. I’m following you on Instagram right now!
Thanks Ash. I deal with it the same way, makes it so much easier :). I had like half a year until I found a theme that worked for me and that I can stick with. I think all will come with time. xx
Style & Life by Susana says
You have a great IG feed lovely! I have a planner I use where I can plan out how I want my IG feed to look like over the coming days or week, and you can move the photos around until you see it looks right for you. I have an app to check who’s unfollowed me everyday and just click unfollow when I see someone has unfollowed me for whatever reason. Keep up the great work babe! xx
Thanks so much Susana! That’s actually a great suggestion definitely will try to plan my Insta a little more and not just for the next two pictures or so ;). xx
Your feed’s beautiful! I love the blue undertones – I think that’s what makes it really unique?
Thanks so much Tereza 🙂 🙂 ! xx
Girl, my struggle is being consistent with my Instagram updates. Right now I post one or two a week, but I know that in order to grow I’ll really need to be posting more! haha BLOGGING CAN BE SO HARD!
ps I looove your feed!!!
Thanks Krista!! And totally get you! But once you find a schedule that works for you it will be easier to upload more. I know blogging is a tough business ;). xx
Loved this post! I agree with it all, especially the whole don’t worry about your followers! I love your photos here! Super prettyy.
I’m heading straight over to check out your Instagram, mine’s @gemmzz101.
Gemma | http://www.anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com
Thanks girl. I’ll have a look at yours too ;). xx
I love your account, it’s so beautiful! Also, that whole follow unfollow thing can be very discouraging. I use a similar app myself and it really does help me 🙂
-Leta | The Nerdy Me
Thanks Girl! yes with me too using an app is brill. xx
The follow unfollow thing is a real downer. I like your way of approaching it and I too would rather people genuinely like my content xx
I hear you girl! Rather have a few genuine followers than a whole bunch of fake ones. xx