All in Social Media
Twitter - the only time in which you can promote your blog in one sentence and talk about what you had for breakfast in the next (and probably get more likes for the breakfast). We all love to hate Twitter, we bitch about it, we berate the 'community' but we all rely on it for our promotion, and for communicating and connecting with like minded people.
There are definitely ways in which you can use Twitter to your advantage, and be successful at it - namely being a babe and being ace at scheduling tweets. But there are definitely some ways in which you should not being using Twitter. I spoke to my blogging gals and together we came up with a few of our pet hates to help you avoid making a Twitter faux par.
In my Insta stories yesterday I said I wasn't going to get caught up in the bloggers hype of Autumn because I feel like my Summer isn't over yet...but just look at this inspiration board. So I *might* have caught a little caught up with the thought of warm flasks and orange and red tones and crunchy leaves and gloves but just look at it??
I had an entirely different post planned for tonight that only needed formatting before it was published but you're going to have to wait for that now (it was bujo related) because sometimes gang, a girl just needs a rant ok?
For those of you who have seen my Insta stories you'll know I have recently discovered I've been shadowbanned from Instagram and I suspect it's been happening a lot longer before I bothered to check. I got my Instagram randomly deleted in June and I have been struggling to build any kind of following or engagement since then - it's all been a bit fishy.
So let's start with introductions. What exactly is shadowbanning?
Editing on Instagram isn't anything new, nor is it anything shocking, nor is it anything terrible. I do it*, you probably do it, your fav bloggers do it, your fav celebs do it, hell your next door neighbour does it too.
Editing on Instagram isn't a naughty word any more, there's a million and one apps to help us make our images just that shade of perfect.
There is always a debate about Instagram and just how real life it should be vs how curated it actually is. We all know it's the highlight reel, as 'real life' we keep it we still edit, brighten and think of a witty caption as much as the next gal. I am proud to keep my Instagram down to earth with real life captions and behind the scenes Insta stories but I am guilty of 'doing it for the gram.'
Oh July you little beaut. After June when I was on jury service and wasn't scheduling and wasn't blogging and wasn't tweeting my stats suffered - but this month I have been back on it and more active than ever (well, like in a long time).
And my stats reflect that....
Ok so yes normally these go live on the first of the month but my blog was having a makeover and here we are, the 6th of August and only just seeing this post. In my eyes, inspiration needn't be for the beginning, for something new, we can gain it at any time - and use it.
It's done and dusted for another year - the 100 Day Project is over again. I feel like this 100 days has flown by and simultaneously I can barely remember April 4th when it all began.
If you missed it or if you've just joined us, I am a freelance illustrator in the ol' day job and I outlined my project for the 100 days 2017 in a blog post (which you can catch here). This year I decided to recapture a project I did last year but with a new snazzy hashtag - 100 Days From Where I Stand.
I've had an Instagram cull. I started yesterday following 703 accounts and I'm on a cool 438. Yes I unfollowed 265 people in one (v long v boring) sitting.
I also did this with Twitter the previous day, unfollowing people who didn't follow me unless I loved their feed and also people that I generally think are a bit of a dick. Soz. I feel like there's a lot to be said on Twitter unfollowing, people accept it as cleansing your feed and making it a generally nicer and happier place to be. But Instagram? Not so much wording.
I don't want to bang on about the fact I was on jury service for half of the previous month but it really did have a huge impact on my life and it certainly had an impact on my blog. Because I don't schedule ahead because I'm shit I didn't have any content planned for whilst I was away which meant blog posts were sporadic when I wasn't sleeping, social media was almost non existent and everything suffered basically.
What I'm saying is, this was the worst month in a while but don't give up on me yet advertisers, I aspire to be better this month. (Also I appreciate my stats are less than terrible even in their worst months, I am a victim to my own need to beat myself).
Every month I exclaim over how quickly the weeks are flying by and every new month I say no this one's gone the quickest. Not one to break habit but the fact we're into July has completely thrown me off course.
Despite the algorithm of hell and the constant struggle that is posting on Instagram these days and trying to build any kind of following, it's still very much my favourite social media platform.
Instagram gives me all the inspiration, you can pretty much guarantee I'll follow your blog via your Insta account rather than Twitter and once I'm hooked on your account I'll basically like every photo you ever post. Some say stalker, I say appreciative.
It's been an age, like literally a year or more since I last shared some Instagram loves so I thought it was about time I showed you what accounts I'm obsessing over at the moment. Interestingly noticed the accounts I love at the mo are the feeds so unlike my own, the ones I know I can't achieve, the ones I aspire to be. You guys.
This Summer I've devised less of a photo challenge more of a photo bucket list. It's a checklist of photo prompts to use this Summer, to print out and tick off when it's complete and a lil project we can all take part in.
This month I haven't really bothered looking at my stats, I looked on and off, saw they were a bit down and didn't really bother to pay attention to them after that. This week alone I've been so busy I haven't scheduled a single tweet since Saturday so I know barely anyone is reading the old blog cos if you don't tweet who even sees your posts?? Amiright?
Well how on earth did June creep up on us like that? I feel like I blinked and then suddenly half the year had passed and people were talking about Summer holidays and packing and ice creams and whoaaaa I feel like it's still about February.