We have been lucky enough to work with some great brands. Businesses. And people over the last year or so. And although we would not say we are an 'influencer'. That is exactly what we have been doing. We have been paid to do sponsored posts. We have been gifted. Recently. We almost said YES to a paid gig that we didn't really feel right about. It was a great brand. A great product. But it didn't align with our style. Our feed. And we realised. Were we just saying yes for the product and the cash. Uh huh. Shame on us. So of course. We gave ourselves a little slap upside the head. Had a cup of 'what-the-feck-were-you-thinking'. And we said 'No thank you'.
Lately we have been feeling a little disheartened. Discouraged. Confused. Our reach. Our engagement. Our likes. Our clicks. Have all dropped. Significantly.
Is it Shadow Banning? Is it a flooded market? Is our content dull? Are our images boring? Are we? Sigh. Or. Is it Instagram throwing us all out of whack. Dang. We share what's been happening. What we've seen. And how we've been affected.
There has been a little broo-ha-ha about collaborations. Small Businesses working with Bloggers + Influencers. We've had a little experience on both sides. As a Small Business. And as a Blogger. Sometimes everything works well. For everyone. Sometimes. Not so much. Although we do not claim to be experts. We share a few tips we have learnt along the way.
Lately. We have lost a little Instagram Mojo. Maybe the algorithm. Maybe the increase of people loving the squares. Maybe the pressure to post. Perfectly. Maybe the people. Maybe we have lost our confidence. And maybe. We miss the sense of community.
Perhaps it's a little of all of the above. And more. So. We thought we would share a few things that we have learnt living, loving and sometimes loathing the squares over the last few years.
We love Instagram. Yes we do. Heck yes. So much awesome. So many fabulous people. Businesses. Babies. Homes. Inspiration. Hilarity. But we have had to dial it back a little. Perhaps a little addicted. Ok. Yes. Addicted. And it can totally mess with our ‘real life’. Whoops.
So how do you know if you are Ga Ga for the ‘Gram. In love with Insta. Stuck on the Squares. Fanatical about the Feed. Well, these might be a few tell tale signs.