Happy October, friends! This month is always so fun, and it’s also my birthday on the 13th! I will be turning 28, and that actually feels just about right! 🙂 Lana ended up having a lot of fun at the orchard on Friday, and I always try to soak up those moments as much as possible! Also, many of you have asked for some tips for a new blogger on Instagram, so I am going to share 5 things that have helped me over the past couple of years! There is SO much information out there, so tonight I will just mention some really important things off the top of my head!
5 Tips for a New Blogger on Instagram
1. Set a Consistent Posting Schedule
This can be hard to do at first, especially if you have a really busy life schedule already. However, if you want to grow and become a dependable resource for your following, you need a consistent posting schedule. Your posting schedule can include (but is not limited to) your blog posts, Instagram/social media posts, and even how often you do Insta Stories on Instagram. The more you start to look at when you post as a job and not something that you can do “whenever”, the more consistent you will be! Make sure to also be realistic about what you can do at this time in your life. If you can only do 1 blog post a week, that’s fine. If you want to try doing more, go for it! Just adjust your posting schedule over time after you figure out what works best for you! 🙂
2. Make a Monthly Blogger Budget
Having a monthly budget is very important, especially when you are just starting out. Before you can create content, you need to have the product(s) for that content! I still have a monthly budget that I use consistently, and it helps me fill in the gaps throughout the month for posts. You can also collaborate with certain brands and boutiques on Instagram and exchange product for a post(s). This will help you create more content, but you never want to completely depend on that for your posts.
You should always feel like you can be very picky about who you work with. You only want to share brands that you truly love and/or are really interested in trying. That way you remain a great, honest resource for your following. This is why I believe it is so important to have your own monthly blogger budget. You want to always be able to stand on your own two feet when it comes to posting.
3. Post Quality Over Quantity
Say goodbye to the days where you just randomly post a picture of something without thinking twice. Once you become serious about blogging/being an influencer on social media, you need to make sure that you are planning out what you post. If you are wanting an app to help you plan out what your feed will look like ahead of time, I like to use the “Preview” app. If you love showing “real” life and posting more spontaneous things, that’s the beauty of Insta Stories! 🙂 I love using that feature on Instagram, and it is the place where you can truly connect with others. It’s where people can see the real person behind the perfectly curated feed. I like to look at my Instagram feed as my art, and my Insta Stories are like the personality behind my art fully emerging. 😉
4. Build Your Blogger Resume
Before you can start getting compensated for your work, you need to be able to give examples of what you can do. You want to make your Instagram feed a place where brands can see the style and quality of your work. They should also be able to view collaborations you have done with other great brands. You can also start adding collaborations to your “Media Kit”, which is another name for your blogger resume. Many brands will ask for this when you want to collaborate.
A media kit is just like any other job resume that shows what work you have done. Simply personalize it to show who you are/what you are about and add all of your best, past collaborations. You can find many examples of a media kit on Pinterest. 🙂 You can start getting your first collaborations by reaching out to small boutiques/brands that will normally exchange product for a post(s) like I mentioned earlier.
5. Engage with Others in the Same Niche
Something I really love about this industry is how supportive most of the women are who are in it! I have met some of the sweetest, most genuine women ever through Instagram, and I think that is so amazing. 🙂 Many women I have gotten to know are women who became Stay-at-Home Moms and want to continue staying at home with their babies while doing something they’re passionate about or women who are trying to quit their desk jobs and do something they love. There are so many different situations, but I have learned that we are all so much more alike than we realize. We are obviously in a world now where social media is HUGE, so you might as well make the most of it and connect and relate to other real people.
Engaging with others in your niche is also so crucial when it comes to growing as a new blogger on social media. The more you connect with others similar to you, the more you will come across people who they are connected with as well. Instagram’s algorithm is ALL about engagement. So it will definitely hurt you if you aren’t liking and commenting on other peoples’ posts that you enjoy and relate to. Instagram also wants to see that people are interested in your content. It will greatly benefit you if you start creating meaningful conversation and relationships with others. I LOVE my metaphors, so I will just say that I like to think of it as planting seeds throughout social media. 🙂 The more you connect with others and plant those seeds, the more you will grow!
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The cardigan I’m wearing in the picture above keeps going in and out of stock, so I’m also linking my other favorite cardigans from the same retailer that are on sale right now! 🙂
I hope this post is helpful for you guys! Just try to look at blogging/social media like you would any other job. You just have to work your way up the ladder. 😉 As a new blogger, you might be spending more money than you are making. After a while, you might be just breaking even. Eventually, you will work your way up to the point where you can start making a profit. It just takes time. Every person has a unique path, and the key to being successful is to just keep focusing on your own. Always remind yourself that the path to success is usually filled with lots of failures. 😉 The more you fail, the more you can learn from your mistakes and grow from there. Stay motivated and word hard! 🙂
If you liked “5 Tips for a New Blogger on Instagram”, you can read my other similar post about “5 Ways to Get Noticed by Brands on Instagram” here.
I will talk to you all on Thursday night! Have a great day tomorrow! 🙂