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I’m back! I can only apologise for the blogging hiatus around here. After getting back from New York at the start of the week, I’m not exactly sure where the days and evenings have gone. A mixture of jet lag, unpacking, washing, and heading back to the office have taken up my time and I’m only now beginning to look at all the photos I took whilst away.

Myself and Dom were a little bit nervous about the trip on the few days leading up to it. Having scoured the internet for the most reasonably priced flights we could find, it was only after having booked and paid for them that we realised that we’d be landing on the night of the election. And we all know how that has ended. I’ll try not to make this a political post but let’s just say if I was American, I would have been crying on the subway as well.

I thought I would start off the New York themed posts with a round up of the photos I posted on Instagram, just in case you haven’t seen them already. I generally take all the photos I post on Instagram on my iPhone, so you’ll have to excuse me if they are slightly lacking in quality this time. I have sooo many photos to sift through, but I’m planning lots of posts that will hopefully convey the great time we both had.

So, I hope you enjoy this first little titbit of NYC action! You can follow me on Instagram as I’ll be sharing New York photos on there for quite a while, and on Bloglovin to catch all the new posts coming up. In the meantime Dom have made a mashup video with bits of film and photos he took. Make sure you give it a watch!

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Photos by Dom John

I’ve spoken about my love of Instagram a few times on here before, with my favorite accounts to follow, the ones that give me the worst case of wanderlust and how I edit my own photos. I spend a lot of time procrastinating on there; it’s second nature that when I pick up my phone I will probably be opening Instagram too. I truly love the beautiful photos, I love the way people curate their feeds and I love that it’s a visual app that doesn’t require you to share all of your personal information on your profile.

There are many bloggers who have been able to use Istagram to their advantage and really broaden their audience by sharing photos and creating a whole new genre of followers. I see it for myself when I’m browsing my favourite accounts and can see their folowers increased by thousands in a matter of days. Sponsored posts are now a regular thing and creating an income from the app is not uncommon, with the most popular charging huge amounts for a single post.

But for me it doesn’t work. Not one bit. Originally I started my account before Girlglobalising even existed and I posted photos from nights out and take away pizzas. Over the last few years my photos have improved, they are taken on better phones and cameras and well edited. I’ve tried to incorporated it into the social media aspect of my blog and use it to promote my new posts.

It’s a well covered topic, ‘how to gain more Instagram followers’ and I think I can tick off nearly all of the points covered. I post regularly most days, my photos are of a good quality, I engage in the community by liking and commenting but not spamming. I’ve linked Girlglobalising in my bio so it’s easily accessible. And yet in the last four years I have gained maybe 100 followers. Today my total number stands at 164 followers to the 482 that I follow. I don’t get it. I gain 2 new followers and lose 4. Maybe there’s something else I’m doing wrong? Admittedly my feed could be more conhesive, there’s not much of a theme going on. But then again I’m a lifesytle and travel blogger and I cover a lot of topics and it would be hard to make sure every photo stuck to a particular theme.

With the uproar to the recent changes that Instagram have made I read a number of blog posts about why it’s not the end of the world. The one that stuck with me the most was Sophie’s from The Private Life of A Girl. She mentioned that the standard ‘post regularly and engage’ process just doesn’t work for some people. And it doesn’t for me.

On one particularly frustrating day last week, one that saw my Instagram go from 172 to 164 in a number of hours, it sparked the thought that maybe I’m trying too hard. I started my account because I loved the idea behind it and I loved seeing other people’s photos, not so I can gain thousands of followers and direct them all over here. So I’m going back to that. I’m going back to only posting when I have a photo worth posting and if I’ve had a particularly quiet few days with nothing to post then so be it! I will continue to engage with the community becuase I enjoy it. I’m going for quality over quantity. And I’m going to come to terms with the fact that increasing my blog audience is probably not going to come from Instagram.

Does anyone else have similar feelings towards Instagram? I’d love to know other thoughts and opinions on this topic! You can follow me on Instagram if you fancy it, and on Bloglovin too, to keep up with anything new around here.

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As procrastinating goes, I’m pretty good at it. Instagram is probably the one thing that I waste the most time on, except for maybe Netflix.It’s where I go to keep up with friends and family, to see what my favourite bloggers are up to and of course, it’s a massive source of inspiration. With Instagram being so highly used across the whole world, we get transported to tropical climes every time we refresh our feeds. Today I thought I would share the Instagram accounts that give me the worst travel-lust ever.

Hello Emilie

Hello Emilie is one of the most popular travel Instagrammers out there, but contrary to many other accounts she never shows her face. Selfies are not what you will find on this account, instead you’ll get stunning landscapes, sunsets and plenty of photos of the back of Emilie’s head!

Hello Emilie

Little Magpie

Amy from the Little Magpie blog is not only one of my favourite bloggers, with a sense of humour like no other, but she has one of the most beautiful Instagram feeds. Since about Christmas she’s been in so many exotic locations and now not only has one killer tan, but also an account that has so many photos of clear blue waters, that you’ll be packing your bags and jumping on the next flight to the Caribbean as fast as you can.

Little Magpie

 

Lifestyle Sydney

I’m not entirely sure of the background behind Lifestyle Sydney, only that Sydney is now very high on my ‘must visit’ list. Her Instagram feed is full of beautiful tables set for what looks like the best brunches in town, and endless beaches. Quite literally it’s like looking at the life I’d love to live.

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Tuula Vintage

I think Jessica Stein was a Victoria’s Secret model in another life. As well as being absolutely stunning, she also travels somewhere different every week. Her many trips to Mexico have opened my eyes to somewhere I’d not actually considered visiting before. Make sure you follow her Instagram for some serious globe trotting envy.

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Ben Brown

I have to make a confession here – I’m not actually  huge fan of Ben Brown. I’m all for Youtuber’s carving out brand new careers for themselves but there’s something I’m just not sure about with Mr Brown. That being said, he takes amazing photos and has created one of the

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These are just a handful of the travel Instagrammers sharing the wanderlust. Despite whatever opinions you have on the platform there is some really beautiful content on there. You can read more about my love of Instagram here and also how I edit the photos for my own feed (@girlglobalising FYI). You can also follow me on Bloglovin if you fancy keeping up with the new travel and lifestyle content coming up.

 

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If you caught my post a last week about my love for Instagram and how I edit my photos for my feed. This week I thought I would share the love and show you a few of my favourite Instagramers to follow. There’s a bit of a mix between fashion, beauty and travel feeds.

Mija Mija

Mirjam Flatau is an Art Director and Instagrammer extraordinaire with over 800,000 followers. Coming from Munich and now living in California, she has one of the most calming feeds to look at. Everything is very ‘Instagram’ with a lot of whit and blue, a lot of coffee shots and palm trees. I highly recommend!

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JN 

One of the first things I thought about JN is that he must have been one of the first ever Instagrammers to be able to bag that name. Based in Berlin but regularly travelling across Europe and further afield, JN captures everyday life in the most beautiful. Simple photos of people crossing the street, rays of sunlight and little side streets that would otherwise be lost, are transformed into stunning photographs on this feed. You’ll soon find out that travel Instgrammers are some of my most favourite.

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What For Breakfast

What For Breakfast follows along the same lines of Symmetry Breakfast, but this feed is not solely limited to just breakfast. You will still get a daily dose of breakfast inspiration/food envy but mixed in with some lovely portraits and travel photos gives a really great variation to Marta’s feed.

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Happily Grey

Mary is the Nashville based blogger behind Happily Grey and owner of one of the most cohesive feeds on Instagram. If this girl taught lessons on how to create your ‘grid’ then I guarantee they would be a sell out. Everything is slightly, well, grey but in the best way possible.

Happily Grey

 

Kate La Vie

I am already avid reader of Kate’s blog and her Instagram is an extension of that. If you’re after beauty, interiors and the best flatlay’s in town that go check it out immediately. Seriously, girl got skills when it comes to artfully arranging products on white background, white washed floors etc… And if you’re after some honest beauty reviews and some stunning interiors make sure to follow her blog too.

Kate La Vie

My list of favourite Instagrammers is actually far longer than this, so it has been quite a job to cut it down to just five but these are the ones that I check back to on a pretty regular basis so they’re at the top of my list. What are your favourite accounts to follow? I’m always on the look out for some more inspiration.

Don’t forget to follow me on @girlglobalising and let me know your accounts to follow too!

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For the love of Instagram 

I’ve never been particularly obsessed with any social media apps. Facebook was cool when I first set it up but then I realised the best things about it were sharing photos and a free messaging service. The Twitter happened and to start with I just couldn’t be bothered with it. Then I cracked and signed up, but it’s taken up until quite recently for me to truly appreciate it (FYI you’ll find me @girlglobalising).

But when Instagram came along I was all for it – I’m also @girlglobalising over there too. There is something less personal about it that I just really like. You don’t have to share any of your information in your profile and it’s just so much more interesting to share through photos rather than status’. A few years down the line I still love it, and upload photos pretty much everyday. I’ve put together a few little pointers on how I edit the photos I use for my Instagram feed. It’s all down to personal choice – my feed has gone from a more orange based feed, to a more blue theme, but I’m always interested to know how others create their feeds so hopefully this will be a little bit helpful too.

  1. VSCOcam – This is basically the only app I use to edit my photos. Occaisionally I use the settings in Instagram to add a bit more brightness/contrast, but for the most part I upload my chosen image into VSCO, pick a filter and go from there.
  2. Filters – For the past year I have been waiting for my phone upgrade. You can read all about it here, but one of the main reasons was to update my version of the app and download all the new filters. Although all the talk of social media not being real life does have a valid point, at the same time I have no shame in adding a filter to almost every one of my Instagram photos. My favourites at the moment are A6, F2, HB1 and HB2.
  3. After I’ve chosen a filter I like to do a bit of editing here and there and tightening up to make it exactly how I want it to look. This is mainly turning up the brightness and contrast. Sometimes turning down the shadows if it look too dark and sharpening it right up. I tend to stay away from the grain setting and any vignette as I don’t really like the effect and prefer to keep it nice and bright.
  4. Once I’ve finished in VSCO I save to my camera roll and open up Instagram. Now that you’ve got your edited photo ready you can have another look and see if you need to add anything else. I don’t layer up the filters like some do, but sometimes I increase the brightness even more and of course sharpen it up again!
  5. And then you add your caption, add your hashtags, tag anybody you want to and you’re good to go! I’ve managed to fine tune my Instagram editing down to a couple of minutes now so I can get a photo uploaded in no time.

What are your favourite ways to edit? Don’t forget to follow me on twitter, bloglovin and of course, the man of the hour, Instagram!

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