How To Make Instagram Work For You

Instagram is definitely my favourite social media platform. Don’t get me wrong, I have my gripes with it and the algorithm has definitely given me a headache or two in the past. However, I really do enjoy it. I go through phases of not enjoying it as much, but I’ve found a few simple things that help me get back into the swing of it.

If you’re feeling disheartened with Instagram or just fancy a little bit of (completely unprofessional) advice then keep reading to find out how I make Instagram work for me.

Don’t Neglect Hashtags! 

Hashtags are great for two reasons – they help people find you, and they help you find new people too! Since I’ve started following some hashtags, I’ve found lots of great accounts to follow. It’s nice to change things up a little and see some fresh faces on your feed.

If you’re looking for inspiration… a few of my favourite hashtags are #blogandbeyond #midsizestyle and #reallifeandstyle.

Get Creative

Whether it’s with your editing, your photo style, etc. I think it’s great to try something new! I’ve enjoyed trying out different editing apps recently and playing around with how I edit my photos. Lightroom CC is my favourite editing app at the minute, but I also enjoy going back to classic VSCO too. I’ve also noticed a few people starting to incorporate little doodles into their pictures which I think is really fun.

Engage With People! 

No one expects you to be on Instagram 24/7, and if we’re being honest I probably spend way too much time on it as it is. However, I think what’s important is to make good use of the time that you are on Instagram. Instead of mindless scrolling, try and appreciate the content. It’s more than just liking a few pictures. Comment on pictures you like, reply to people’s Insta stories, make friends! I really do think that Instagram can be so much more than a simple social media app. The more you engage, the more it feels like a community!

Stop Trying So Hard…

For a while, I was putting so much time and effort into my Instagram stories, only posting the most curated images. In all honesty, I don’t think it’s worth it. I think people respond better to genuine, honest content, hence why you’ll more often than not see me in pyjamas on my Instagram stories. I’ve really enjoyed being more relaxed with my feed/stories, and my engagement has actually gotten better as a result too!

Change With The Seasons

Something I’ve been doing recently is trying to bring a little bit of Autumn into my feed, and it’s been so much fun! Looking at my feed right now, it’s probably the happiest I’ve been with it in ages. I think it’s nice to play around with my editing style to match the season, and I have a feeling I’ll be doing the same for Winter!

Here are a few recent pictures from my feed that illustrate a warmer editing style and those cosy Autumn vibes!

Do you enjoy Instagram, or is it something you struggle with? Do you have any tips for me? I definitely still have a lot to learn! 

If you’d like to follow me on Instagram then you can find me @rbekhaj, or if you’re in the mood to read more then you can find my last blog post here!

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  • Laura says:

    To be honest, I used to love instagram but now I tend to avoid it because let’s face it, it’s hard to be noticed in the ocean of successful people. And because of this silly algorithm, it’s literally impossible.

    Laura /

  • Caroline says:

    I really like Instagram. My blog is family history & has nowhere near the interest that say, lifestyle blogs have. So I’m not hung up on gaining followers etc, I just see it as a means of enjoying what others post. I’d probably feel very differently if I needed to monetize it though!

  • Awesome post. I am really enjoying Instagram for its positivity. You are so right about not trying to hard. Its not about having followers, its making genuine connect with people.

  • Emma says:

    I had been wondering why my instagram had slowed down recently but its just occurred to me that I haven’t been interacting as much with other accounts as I used to. Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention!

  • Lovely post. I enjoy scrolling IG and seeing everyone’s lovely pictures. I seem to be doing OK engagement wise. I do enjoy participating in Photo challenges.

  • I feel like I definitely care a little too much about Instagram, and I get so annoying when taking pictures for it if they’re not perfect – I need to take note and stop trying so hard! 😂🤷🏼‍♀️

  • Giving up the pressure of a “perfect” feed has definitely made the app more enjoyable! Being authentically me in my captions and engaging honestly is helping my account grow. Slowly but steadly

  • Kristina says:

    Ahhh Instagram is such a weird one… one day it likes you, one day it doesn’t, so I guess it’s easy to get annoyed. I love your tips though, and I think changing with the season is such a good idea! I’ve done that this year and I love it 🙂

    K x

  • Emma says:

    I found this so helpful! I kinda gave up with Instagram towards the end of last year but am really going to try this year!

  • I’ve been loving Instagram lately but have been focused on improving it also. Thank you for sharing these tips because they are so helpful.

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