Instagram: The Perks of Leveling Up (5k followers)

Instagram: The Perks of Leveling Up (5k followers)

Followers: 6,147 Close to the beginning of my project, I talked about what a business account on Instagram will get you (namely, statistics). As your account grows, it seems like Instagram will “level you up” in terms of what you can/can’t do. Here’s the list…

Instagram: Sometimes Negotiations Go South, and that’s Okay

Instagram: Sometimes Negotiations Go South, and that’s Okay

Followers: 6,038 Last week I posted about making my first Instagram collaboration for pay, but they don’t always go so smoothly. Soon after that company contacted me I was contacted by another person looking for a post-for-pay type deal. The Initial Approach It was going…

Instagram: I Guess I’m an Influencer Now

Instagram: I Guess I’m an Influencer Now

5,774 Followers First of all: The fact that over five thousand people care about pictures of me and my computer completely baffles me Second of all: Today I was approached by a company who wants to pay me to make posts about their company Third of all: I’ve…

Instagram: Symptoms that Your Instagram Account is Trapping You

Instagram: Symptoms that Your Instagram Account is Trapping You

5,501 Followers The simple desire to be liked is a social tool that bridged over to social media as quickly as the “like” button was added to posts and has exploded into something that can completely take over someone’s life. I’ve heard girls in line…

Instagram: Will People Love You If You Give Them Free Stuff?

Instagram: Will People Love You If You Give Them Free Stuff?

I had a brand reach out to me about a month ago that does tutorials for development. They asked if I’d recommend them to my followers, I said I couldn’t unless I actually knew what they did (trying to be ethical and authentic here) and…

Instagram: How a Hiatus Affects Your Stats

Instagram: How a Hiatus Affects Your Stats

It’s been about 9 months since I started my Instagram experiment, and if there is one thing I’ve learned it’s this: purposefully maintaining an Instagram account is really hard. From having the time to constantly produce unique content to keeping up with interactions, it’s an…

Instagram: Why your Direct Message isn’t getting a reply (and how to change that)

Instagram: Why your Direct Message isn’t getting a reply (and how to change that)

Social media makes it easy to weave illusions: of wealth, of happiness, of personal relationships. When you choose to follow someone and see what they share, it’s easy to feel like you “know” them. We do this with celebrities all the time with magazines and articles…

Instagram: “Let’s Collaborate” : The Instagram Influence Marketplace

Instagram: “Let’s Collaborate” : The Instagram Influence Marketplace

In profiles across Instagram of blossoming Instagrammers you’ll see in their bio lines: “DM for collabs” “Serious business inquiries only” “Email xxx@example.com for collaborations” But what does collaborating actually mean?

Instagram: Getting the Repost (vol. 2)

Instagram: Getting the Repost (vol. 2)

I posted a while back about how I was reposted by a large clothing company and, to my disappointment, it resulted in much less attention than I expected. This experience has been repeated on multiple occasions, but it’s also been challenged. Earlier this year I…