A Little Ranting (and Honesty) About Instagram Growth
Sometimes I feel like the blogging community is a sisterhood of unstoppable ladies (and some gents) who can do anything and who support each other no matter what! Sometimes I feel like the blogging community is full of nothing but Regina George clones (or worse, Regina George clones in sheep’s clothing…aka Taylor Swifts) and it makes me crazy.
I can never really decide which is more accurate and this is probably the biggest reason why I’ve had approximately 4 blogs over my adult life (2 of which were fairly popular) and just up and deleted them after I got tired of the bulls*t. I’m not at that point now but I did want to address a few things and since this is my blog, I figured this was a better place than Instagram to rant.
INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT WITH 897 THOUSAND FOLLOWERS
Are social media influencers ruining Instagram?
Instagram is a photo sharing application. In the beginning individual uses share pictures without any hashtag but now hashtags are used on such a large scale to reach the wider audience and influencers are abusing it.
Those who have more than 10,000 follower are turning into influencers. For good looking individual and especially girls is an easy job to get so much followers.
Well, there’S a solution for everything in this life, and hence to make your Instagram account grow again, get it fixed and unstuck:
1. Use hashtags the right way and frequently.
Hashtags link your photo to targeted communities, niches and keywords that people search for like #healthybreakfastideas in cooking niches. These communities, groups and people searching for content that’s relevant to them are less likely to see your posts without hashtags.
2. A CTA (call to action) tells your followers what to do next. For businesses, that “next step” should be signing up for a newsletter, going to your website or buying your product/service.
3. Have good context in the caption
4. Have a strategy for Instagram
5. When your content is stale, well, it is discouraging. Make it diverse!
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English is not my native language, Spanish is. I also speak Italian, Portuguese and I am fluent one hundred percent in all these languages. But I admit that I make typos and several mistakes when I write in my non-native languages, but I always try to learn and speak better, even in Spanish and I am always willing to learn from my mistakes. That is why I am a serious critic of misconduct in expressions in the languages mentioned above.
So here it goes, my pet peeve of today: Troop VS Trooper
I often hear reporters on American TV channels talking about “troops”. The first time when I listened to that word being misused was when the war in Afghanistan was being announced by different TV reporters back in October 2001.
They were mentioning the amount of “troops” that President George Bush was sending. I was astonished! They said ten thousand of them were parting from USA. So I started to make my own calculations and said well, if a troop has a minimum of 3 to 5 platoons;
One platoon has 2 to 4 squads, and each squad has 10 to 14 troopers or soldiers, then a platoon has about 50 soldiers, then a troop has a minimum of 250 men. If President George Bush was sending 10,000 troops then he was sending about 2, 500,000 (two and a half million) soldiers or troopers!
And next week they said more “troops” were leaving to the Middle East. By then I knew how erroneous and non-well educated in their own language they were: when they were saying “troops” they were referring to a singular, to one man, which is wrong.
For some English speakers a “trooper” is a mounted soldier. For others, a “trooper” is a policeman who patrols the roads of a U.S. state in a car.
As to “how a plural word becomes singular,” the answer has to be “by being used that way.”
However, just because a usage is widespread or has been added to a dictionary doesn’t mean that it is worth adopting.
Orwell’s objection to the use of inflated Latin words applies to the use of troop to stand for soldier.
The worst thing of all is that 17 years have gone by and I still hear it and read it. I can´t stop stupidity!
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I would highly recommend that you never blindly follow anyone. Putting your faith in another person, without first knowing for sure that the person can be trusted, is like betting your house on a single roll of the roulette wheel. Not smart!
Henrik Ibsen stated, “The majority is always wrong.” Following the masses, just because you think that they must be right because so many people could not be wrong, is a huge mistake. Remember, the masses are just one letter away from being the asses.
Instead of following the majority, start thinking for yourself. The lazy follow the majority because they do not want to be bothered with the facts. The wise think for themselves and follow their own heart, regardless of what anyone else does.
When Your Patience Wears Thin, what do you do? Some people do yoga, exercise, some others pray, others get so desperate they yell, behave erratically and dangerously. There is another approach people take: ignore their feelings and put them under the rug.
For starters, there are some persons who are truly patient and can take a lot of bad actions (betrayal, lies, etc) from others without saying a word, but eventually everybody’s patience wears thin, sooner or later. What do you do when this happens to you?
I usually grab my bicycle and go out for a bike ride myself, a long one, with the road full of steep-climbs and difficulty. When I come back I jump in the swimming pool and then relax and by then, my patience is healed.
Spending time in my farm and orchard with my daughter and grandchildren gives me great pleasure. I talk to the birds, plants, my livestock, I enjoy the sunlight rays. Enjoying nature fulfills my heart.
I re-read the Goodman and Gilman Pharmacology book and spend hours creating medical hypothesis and even theories that I have proven right and published.
Playing my guitar, singing my favorites songs —Photo; George the cat – Ayleen O’Hanlon
What do you do when your patience wears thin?
I do. That is why I love blogging. Developing a blog is so much more interesting and fun than social media. I have found out that people who do not blog or keep a journal, participate in interesting forums or write articles, become really poor in their process of thinking and their writing capabilities are an atrocity.
FACEBOOK DESTROYING THE THINKER
Blogging requires thinking, knowledge of coding, meta-tagging, and so much more. Some gray matter at work? Have you noticed the level of writing in Facebook? They do not know how to express themselves, they do not know how to write properly. I can’t be close (not even digitally) with people who lack the basic internet etiquette. It is disturbing and my brain cells are too precious for me to waste them in Facebook.
Have you ever talked to a person who only subscribes to social media and asked him or her about blogging? I have, and they are fools, sorry, but it is the truth. They know nothing about inserting coding html, meta-tags, which is so simple to do.
I use social media as what it is: a tool, not as my basic platform to spread word of business not to chat. I only chat with my connections and friends here, in my blog and LinkedIn. I prefer to keep my frontal cortex far away from those social media outlets and just use them as an instant connection thru my main blogging source.
Quality over quantity will bring you happiness and success.
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How and why do you choose the theme for your blog? Do you base your preference in a special kind of design, colors, lines, columns, sidebars, out of this world features, widgets? Does it have to be versatile or simple, vibrant, humble, elegant, challenging,
We bloggers at WordPress have a vast variety of themes where to choose and the best of all is that Google crawls its robots frequently and efficiently. I prefer to be modern in my blogging, versatile with lots of features and coding, I love coding: html, and the future of WYSIWYG in blogging looks exciting.