Instagram: Milestone – 10k 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 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.
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.
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.