Instagram

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.

Lifestyle Sydney

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.

Tuula Vintage

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

Ben Brown

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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Back in about August of last year something happened that has never happened to me before. That’s a bit of a dramatic opening sentence to start with, it wasn’t life changing, or medical or anything.

I dropped my phone down the loo.

Actually that’s not even true – my phone fell out of my back pocket and with the motion of pulling my pants down it plopped into the toilet behind me. Luckily I had taken myself into work early that day so it was a freshly cleaned toilet that I then plunged my hand straight into. But my plan of getting lots of early morning work done was scuppered by then rushing into Tesco to buy a bag of value rice, cutting it open and burying my beloved gold phone in to. Suffice to say that fully emerging your phone into a toilet bowl full of water is a certain way of making sure it never works again and I’ve since spent that last eight months with a phone that dies a little bit more every time I try to use it. Don’t even mention Instagram because it has a little meltdown every time I try to fire it up. These things don’t last forever, just be warned.

When the time came for my upgrade I was set on buying the almighty iPhone 6s Plus – the biggest and gold-est phone out there, just to make up for the smashed screen and lack of 3G that I’ve had since the ‘terrible incident’. After much persausion from my evermore exasperated boyfriend I realised that if one small phone can fall out of my pocket then one giant on certainly will. So I settled on the slightly smaller iPhone 6 and (long story short!) I thought I’d show you what I keep on there.

Social Media – I’m going to group all the usual suspects under one umberella here but the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat can all be found. I used to make sure I had Facebook downloaded on my phone at all times in uni but that was mainly so I could keep a check on any photos that were posted from the night out before. Now I use it mainly for messaging and general scrolling when I’m on puplic transport. Instagram is my all time favourite app. I’m obsessed! You can follow me here, but I’ll be doing a little post soon all about my ongoing love for it.

My Fitness Pal – I used to use this quite regularly when I felt the need to count all my calories. In terms of all the health and fitness apps out there I think it’s one of the best. It’s very realisitc when setting up your account, suggesting you aim to lose 1 pound a week and giving a very sensible calorie goal for each day. When it comes to adding your meals for the day it’s list is endless and you are sure to find exactly what you’ve eaten on there.

VSCO – This is my absolute favourite image editing app. Truth be told I currentlt don’t have any kind of editing software available to me so I use this for Instagram and for my photos on here. Due to my lack of memory and outdated ios system I don’t actually have the most up to date version, but I will be making use of those new filters as soon as I can.

Twist – This game is addictive. It’s free, it’s easy to understand and once you’ve got it you won’t be able to stop. DO NOT DOWNLOAD IT. Only do, becuase then I’ll have someone to share my addiction with.

Maps – I used to only use the iMaps that came with the phone but recently I’ve been fully converted to Google Maps. It’s great as a Sat Nav as it actually looks ahead and assess the current traffic situation for you, then offers up an alternative route if there is a quicker one available. Since sitting in traffic is one of my worst pet hates, this is a bit of a lifesaver for me and my mood.

I’m sure there are plenty of other apps out there that I should probably be making use of, but these are what I reach for the most. What kind of apps do you guys use the most? Lemme know…

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