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Instagram: Sometimes you can’t trust what you see in the “Top Posts”

Instagram: Sometimes you can’t trust what you see in the “Top Posts”

12,160 followers Whenever real-life gets busy and I start posting sporadically (and stop keeping A+ statistics) I feel a little bit out-of-touch with how I’m doing when life starts getting less-busy and I get back into the rhythm of posting. I use a few measures […]

Salesforce Platform Developer 1 Certification: A Retrospective

Salesforce Platform Developer 1 Certification: A Retrospective

As a technology consultant I’m expected to be competent in the technologies that our clients use – this means that not only do I work with the “classic” web development languages and frameworks (like Java and JavaScript libraries), but I often have to learn how […]

Wait, what do you actually get paid to do?

Wait, what do you actually get paid to do?

If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I program as part of my job. “Programmer” is a vague description at best because there are so many jobs and job descriptions that fall under that title.

If you know me in real life then you probably know that I work for a consulting firm in Dallas but might not totally understand what that means.

Let me definitely clear this up: how I got where I am, and what I do on a day-to-day basis.

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LWDC: Let’s Talk Medical Stuff

LWDC: Let’s Talk Medical Stuff

I’ve been working full-time for a year in Dallas, and since I’m probably sticking around for a while it seemed like a good time to find a Cardiologist. Wait, Johna, why do you need a cardiologist? Well, dear reader, I have a condition called “dilated […]

Instagram: “Please Sell Us Your Photos”: The Instagram Influence Marketplace

Instagram: “Please Sell Us Your Photos”: The Instagram Influence Marketplace

12,085 Followers The Initial Approach My @JonesDoesLife account tends to get fewer “sign up for our website” messages than @ZoraFloraSays, so I was both surprised and intrigued when I was emailed by a company called Scop.io that seems to be trying to build a kind […]

Instagram: Milestone – 10k Followers

Instagram: Milestone – 10k Followers

10,884 Followers

Cue the Confetti

As predicted, I hit 10,000 followers mid-October (October 12th to be specific). What that tells me is that if you have enough data you can absolutely predict Instagram growth with a polynomial equation – at least to a point.

I imagine that at certain point you have to hit a plateau of followers depending on what niche you’re in due to the law of platform limitations: if there aren’t a million people interested in cheese, there’s no way you can get two million cheese enthusiasts following your gouda account. Given that I haven’t hit the interest-ceiling yet, this equation has worked for me thus far.

The blue line is my actual follower growth, the green line is the predicted growth

The Perks of Reaching 10k

The biggest thing that happens to your account when you reach 10k followers (at least right now) is that you can attach links to your stories. Instead of saying “Check the link in my bio” you can directly link to articles, photos, or anything you can hit with a URL.

The major advantage of this is that you can share blog posts/content directly with followers who are interested. The second major advantage is that if you are talking about something (a news article, a video, podcast, whatever) it’s a lot easier to give context without having to explain in detail what you’re talking about.

Influencer Perks

Around the same time I reached 10k I had two organizations reach out to me:

One was Women in Tech – they run a (quite literally) award-winning Snapchat account and are branching out into Instagram. Their focus is on increasing the view of women in tech. I had a phone call with them today and will be scheduling a takeover sometime this winter.

The second is Vivo. They design and manufacture things like standing desks, mobile desks, desk converters (basically a programmer’s dream). I’ll be trying out a few products of theirs over the next couple months and giving feedback on how it goes.

TL;DR

I reached 10k followers right on time! I get to attach whatever links I want to my stories now for more effective posts, and I have some cool collaborations coming up in the next couple of months.

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Amazon Reviews: The Technologies Sellers Love and Use

Amazon Reviews: The Technologies Sellers Love and Use

Obviously you have to use Amazon in order to do reviews on Amazon, but what other technologies do you have to know about in order to successfully interact with sellers and why? Initial Contact Email If you’ve filled out your Amazon profile then you’ve put […]

Instagram: 3 Things to Remember Before Looking at The Comments Section

Instagram: 3 Things to Remember Before Looking at The Comments Section

8,442 Followers Because my content tends to be generic (“I did a thing”, “here is a computer”, “check out this dog”) – it makes for good content for amalgamation accounts that have specific themes (ex: “girls on computers”, “computers”, “dogs”). When I know I’ve been […]

Photography: Katie’s Bridal Session

Photography: Katie’s Bridal Session

This past April I had the privilege of being present when one my friends from college proposed to his girlfriend (another one of my friends from college). Last night was the wedding, dancing, and a lot of happy tears. It’s always exciting to see people you care about showing each other – and the world – exactly how committed they are to caring for each other.

I took Katie’s bridal photos mid-September and am now thrilled that I can share them without ruining any surprises – it should surprise no one that she’s totally gorgeous.  (more…)

Instagram: My first post to get over 1000 likes in less than 24 hours

Instagram: My first post to get over 1000 likes in less than 24 hours

7,634 Followers I’m going to save the suspense and just tell you now, it’s this picture: The upside to overestimating how long it'd take me to finish this sprint is that I'm actually smarter than I thought 🔥The downside is that I now have a […]