HOW TO: Gain visibility in your niche on Instagram

Among all the social networks I stumbled across over the years, Instagram is by far my favorite when it comes to being creative.

Now,  my experience teaches me that there are two types of people who use Instagram:

  1. those who share pictures without expecting any form of validation;
  2. those who share their content to get a feedback (likes, followers, comments).

Me, I’m (unfortunately?) part of the second category, which means that I’ve read every article ever written and watched every single video on YouTube I found on how to create a successful profile. The results? A little disappointing.

This is why I thought to share with you some of my tips on how to bring your Instagram profile to the next level. Today, I’m going to show you how to gain visibility in a smart way from the right people, aka your “niche”.

A niche is a category of people that share the same interest in a particular topic, like having a blog, loving books, working out.

There are many ways to get noticed on Instagram, but most of them don’t bring any long-term benefits. Instead of pursuing brief moments of fame that usually last for just one picture, you should focus on engaging only with the users that share your same interests. This way, your efforts will be put in the right direction and it is reasonable to expect that you’ll find a greater both short- and long-term engagement rate.

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ONE MORE TIME WITH LUCIDITY: A New Start

Hello there!

As some of you have noticed, I’ve been on hiatus for the past – well – forever, actually.

As I explained in one of my latest posts (Changes), I needed to rethink what I was doing and why, since I had a feeling I was losing perspective.

Put plain and simple, I was writing what I thought people expected me to write instead of what I really wanted to write.

In the past few months, I’ve come to realize that my original blog idea(l) would never see the light and tried to make peace with that. I also attempted to put on paper (virtual or otherwise) my interests, strengths and weaknesses, and figure out a new type of blog accordingly. Here we go:

THINGS I’M GOOD AT:

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Mystery Blogger Award

A couple of days ago, out of the blue, something absolutely unexpected happened when the lovely Tish MacWebber nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award, by Okoto Enigma. Thank you, Tish!

This post will be a shoutout to other notable bloggers and (hopefully) a nice way to discover new blogs.

First of all,

Mystery Blogger Award Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and post a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the blog and provide a link to their blog also
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10-20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice; with one strange or funny question
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

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Sea Turtles (3 min read)

In 2012, while I was spending some time in the UK, my family decided to adopt two sea turtles.

We had talked about if before I left, but it seemed to me like we only liked the idea of having some sort of pets in the house (my father is allergic to cats and my mother doesn’t like dogs) and nobody really wanted to be too involved in taking care of them. On my part, I have an irrational fear of all animals and I was certain I wouldn’t have the guts to do my part, other than feeding them, so I said I didn’t think it was a smart idea to get them.

So, since my family has always valued my inputs immensely, two days after I took off, they went ahead and got those two sea turtles they so desperately wanted. You can imagine my surprise when I came back and found out that two new creatures had joined the family.

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Changes (3 min read)

Hello everyone, how have you all been doing?

These past few weeks have been full of surprises and I’ve got some news concerning the blog, which I hope you’ll like.

First of all, let me draw some context here.

As you may or may not know, a couple of months ago I learned that I’d be collaborating with a professor of mine on a project I’ve been working on for 6 months now.
This – of course – came as a huge (or should I say “yuge”) surprise, but I didn’t really hope it could evolve into anything bigger. Well, I was wrong, and I’m so glad I was.
As it turns out, the initial project is now becoming way more serious than I thought it would be in the first place, and more and more people are getting involved.

This is why I had to take a break from anything that wasn’t absolutely necessary (socials, blog etc) in order to be able to deliver everything in time.

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Writing Challenge: Day 2

Day 2 of 30: Write something that someone told you about yourself that you never forgot.

Some time ago, I was talking to a close friend of mine about 2016 and how strange the whole year has been. We ended up creating an expression, “effect 2016”, to describe something incredibly odd and improbable.

After that day, we kept creating new “effects” (for instance, the Agatha Christie effect, aka when you read/watch/eat something so good that your old standards won’t ever satisfy you again) and we even decided to create an effect for each other.

He told me that my effect would be something like: why would you ever choose to do just one thing when you could be doing ten all at once and losing sleep at the same time?

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Writing Challenge: Day 1

Day 1 of 30: List 10 things that make you really happy.

  1. Waking up a couple of minutes before the alarm feeling rested;
  2. Doing boring activities with interesting people;
  3. When I’m having some troubles figuring something out, the moment when everything clicks and I know exactly what to do;
  4. While watching a movie, being surprised by something I hadn’t seen coming;
  5. Making lists;
  6. Being able to share my point of view with someone I admire knowing that they’re listening to what I’m saying;
  7. Q&As;
  8. When people I don’t know that well call me by name while saying hi;
  9. Falling in love, before it hurts;
  10. Intellectual epiphanies.

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