Instagram is now ranked as only second behind Facebook in total users in the world. With 700 million monthly users as of April this year. That’s a whole lot of photos!
When I first started using Instagram back in 2010/11 it was very mediocre in it’s content. Photo’s were generally of lower quality and in concept than in recent times. A lot more undone and rough round the edges but some would equally argue more real.
I’ve had a handful of profiles on Instagram since I first signed up, with one account I amassed 1.5k followers (a small following compared to some of the big players). This was before my blog was came to be and I did it just for fun (and still do).
My photo’s have never had a theme or style. I just take photo’s of what I think looks great and share.
There’s no strategy or talent to my photo’s. I come with no photography experience other than learning from the school of life.
My current active profile Loved by Abbie is hovering around the 200 followers mark since I launched it on the 1st of May this year.
I’ve not been active in trying to gain followers, just following back those who are kind enough to follow me (and hoping they don’t do the dreaded unfollow routine).
But recently I have watched a BBC documentary featuring Dev from Radio 1. He set himself the challenge to go from zero to hero in one month on Instagram. Put simply he wanted to see if he could gain 10,000 followers on Instagram in 30 days. What followed was Dev learning from the pro’s on how to get his A game on and with some celeb endorsement thrown in he managed to get to 10k followers in just under a month.
So this got me thinking. I know I have no BBC or famous friends to vouch for me, but can I go from my small but perfectly formed followers of 200 and get to at least 1000 followers over the next few weeks?
Now I know I’m probably getting ahead of myself. 1000 sounds like a steep increase but I think I need to aim for something tangible that sounds like a great milestone.
Now the magic is how I do this. Which is what I can’t answer right now. I think if I knew the answer I would write it in a book and make a best seller!
But my initial thoughts are:
- Look for images that reflect my tastes and use these as inspiration
- Keep my eye out for anything and everything that I think would make a great Instagrammable photo
- Share what I’m loving as I want to keep my photos true to me
- Be savvy with my use of #’s
- Lighting is key- work on the actual structure of the photo- imagine I know what I’m doing!
This is something that I’m doing for nothing more that as a little experiment and to indulge my creative streak and for some fun!
I hope I’m not coming across egotistical as I am self aware enough this could easily come to nothing as there are soooo many photo’s to pitch myself against, (and would anyone actually follow me?!) but hey I like to think I’ve got nothing to lose! (I also want to add that I will NOT be buying any followers, I want any that I have to be organic).
So I’ll keep you posted how I get on. And tips or advice you have learnt on growing your Instagram account I’d love to hear!
And oh if you are kind enough to follow me, I promise to follow back and not be one of those pesky follow-unfollow accounts!
Love and happy snapping,
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