You check it every hour, on the hour. You can't walk by something without snapping a picture and posting. You constantly hit “like” when scrolling through your feed. You tweet more because of it.
It's official: you are Instagram-obsessed. But can this popular photo-publishing application help your blog? How can you make the most out of Instagram? I've got 5 ways on how your Instagram addiction can help you and your blog.
1. Speak through your photos.
The beauty of Instagram is its ability to capture everyday moments and share them with your friends. Instead of publishing photos that are a little bland, why not show off your personality through your photos? Love walking through your favorite shop? Prove it! A die-hard fan of jewelry? Show off your bedazzled arm! Make your photos act as our voice and don't be afraid to speak LOUD.
2. Be active in the community.
Like any other social media application, the only way to grow your following is by being active in the community. You can't go from 5 followers to 15,000 without work. When you find a photo you like, leave a comment. Hit the “like” button on photos that make you smile or laugh. Discover new photographers by surfing through the “Popular” feed.
3. Share your photos.
Instagram was made for Twitter so don't be shy! Share those photos on your Twitter feed and Facebook profile. You can configure your photos to automatically share your photos by configuring your sharing settings. Who knows, maybe you will pick up a few more followers on Twitter and Instagram!
4. Get creative.
Ok, so I know I told you to speak through your photos in step one, but it's really important to make sure your photos are creative and interesting. No one wants to see boring content so before hitting “done”, ask yourself: is this a hit or a miss? A photo of your boots will probably fall flat. But a photo of you rocking your new boots while you are dancing outside? Much better!
5. Play with the different filters.
Yes, the “EarlyBird” filter might be your favorite, but guess what? There are 10 other filters that are just dying for your attention.
Don't forget to check out the IFB instagram feed, @_IFB, to get your daily fashion snaps and our Twitter feed to stay connected!