how posting only once a week kept me on instagram

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Hi friends! How are you doing? It has only been a few months since I discovered what  works for me on WordPress. Where I used to struggle with blog themes, creating content and engaging readers, it now feels like second nature to create and share on my own terms. But despite the progress I have made here, I have a new challenge I want to accomplish this year, organically grow my Instagram. I have scoured the internet for tips  that will help me find the perfect growth hack for my Instagram page, but alas I keep coming across the same information each time. The same advice keeps being said over and over again; like and comment on other posts, follow and unfollow, use relevant  hashtags etc. Although I appreciate everything I have seen and read, I just feel like none of it fits in with what I am trying to accomplish. I don’t want to follow random pages that don’t interest me just so that they can follow me back and I don’t want to like 100 pictures just to get more likes. I want to create, share, inspire and be inspired.

After digesting all this information and trying and testing it myself, I decided I was going to do what felt right to me. I want to post whenever I want, at whatever time I want and however many posts I want! Something that led me to this decision was a story I read that was shared by a photographer on Reddit. I decided to rewrite the story for you here and I asked the photographer for permission to repost his words. I will include the link to his Instagram account at the end of my post but in the meantime I hope this story inspires you to do what feels best for you on your Instagram creative journey.

“How posting only once a week has kept me on Instagram.

I started photography as a hobby a bit more than a year ago. Like many people, I

wanted thousands of Instagram followers. I spent days, weeks, months reading every

article about gaining followers and whatnot. It completely ruined my love for

photography. It felt like I was doing it for somebody else, and not because I loved it.

One of the things I see mentioned again and again is actively posting at least once a day. I

don’t do fashion or food photography, I cannot post once a day! Without sounding

arrogant, my photography takes a long time. It takes time to go on many locations, take

hundreds of pictures, pick the right one, and edit it in Lightroom. If I had to post once a

day, my quality would be shit.

So I decided to fuck all the advice and do my own thing, and posted when I felt like it.

Sometimes twice a week, sometimes twice a month. It made me love photography again.

I don’t do it for some numbers, I do it for myself.

Now what is the crazy part? I’m at almost 5000 followers within a year! I never thought

I’d be even at a 1000 when I started last year. But people love my feed, because of the

high quality pictures, and I regularly get reposted by other pages as well.

Today I love photography, because I don’t put unnecessary pressure on myself. I take

photos when I can, and I upload when I want. It’s made me love photography, cause it’s

not a burden, but rather a HOBBY, like it has always been for me!

With that said, some advice out there is solid, such as having a theme and coherent feed.

But in the end, I think the most important aspect to grow on Instagram and stay sane at

the same time is to love taking and sharing pictures for your own sake, not anybody

else’s. Anyway, just a small rant.”  

Instagram: @nathanaltai

This story inspired me to go with my own flow and not worry too much about numbers and other people. Surprisingly enough when I stopped worrying about the number of readers/comments on my blog in my earlier days, I began to see more engagement! And although I am trying to grow my account I will trust that over time with patience and consistency I will achieve the results I want. If this story has inspired you too please let me know in the comments? And if you have any tips about how to organically grow an Instagram account please feel free to share them with me and my readers, thank you in advance your thoughts are always welcome here! Thank you so much for reading and see you in my next post.

95 thoughts on “how posting only once a week kept me on instagram

  1. Love this post and I think the age we live in forces us to think about “followers.” I tried to gain more followers last year and it definitely took the fun out of my craft. There’s billions of people in the world and someone will “follow” you…eventually. We sometimes just want the instant gratification of seeing the numbers. My advice would be to Continue doing what you love and eventually it will catch on. Consistency & having fun is the key to anything you’re trying to accomplish.

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    1. That is so wonderfully said Alanah! Thank you so much for sharing and I wholeheartedly agree with you ☺️ As long as your creating from a place of love and fulfillment, eventually people will see the value in your work and choose to follow you at their own free will ❤️

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  2. I used to struggle to keep up my Instagram game. Now, I realized I don’t really have to post everything every day that way it helps lessen the stress. I post when I want and when I have something really worth it. Great content.

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  3. I enjoyed your post. I know exactly how you felt about photography as that was the same way I felt about writing in general. I also sought out information online but found that there is no real formula for being successful on social media. Not if you want to do it legitimately, there are many ways to cheat if all you’re after is a follower number and nobody commenting on your posts but I am guessing you want to do things the right way and earn your followers with good content and regular posting 🙂 Good luck with your endeavours, I think you will do well!

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  4. Could be because I’m an old guy but I don’t blog to get followers. Readers, yes. And even then I don’t keep track. My blogs are mainly for me. Anybody else who enjoys them is a bonus.

    I think younger people are out to make money on their blogs so they need followers, I guess. Not really sure. Seems like a lot of stress for something that should be fun. 🙂

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    1. Yes that is true. I personally find joy in writing alone and I find joy in interacting and engaging with my readers. It is my dream to turn this into a business one day, however I’m not stressed about it at all. I feel happy, hopeful and exhilarated by the journey because I know that what I want will one day become a reality ❤️ thank you so much for sharing your thoughts 🥰

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  5. It’s so funny I had been thinking this after last week. I literally had started the new year with this brand new blog. Which honestly scared me a bit. Your words really resonated with me and agree. With IG or WordPress I make sure I only follow what interests or inspires me. Good luck and I’ll be following along!

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    1. Thank you so much and Im so happy you can relate to what I was saying. It’s always scary starting something new but once you keep going it is so rewarding and you forget all about the fear you once felt! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, I wish you well on your blogging journey ❤️

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  6. Thanks for reading and liking my post by the way! I honestly post on IG to share news with my family or friends, and to express my feelings. If you gain followers great. If you don’t, that’s okay too. As long as you’re real and genuine, that’s all that matters! 🙂

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  7. I’m with you here, IG drives me a bit crazy sometimes if I spend too much time worrying about follows/unfollows. How to grow engagement without selling your soul? Can’t we all just “like” what we like? I tend to take the same approach I do to writing/blogging: quality over quantity. It frustrates me that that seems to be becoming an “outdated” perspective, according to conventional wisdom, but… the eternal optimist in me hopes quality will win out.

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      1. Janelle, your comment is so relatable! I definitely that quality over quantity is a much better approach to keep the love of writing alive than is the numbers game. I’m not even on Instagram, and the follow/unfollow game is still annoying! It’s nice to see a community of creatives over here who think outside the box. Thanks for the great post!

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    1. I think I know what you mean. I don’t think it should go unnoticed that we call the writing or art so often “content”. Value neutral at the heart of it. I don’t remember as a kid wanting to make “content”. I am all for essays over content. Or just about any other word. We truly need to see how we are just there to create filler for the medium that is the real product… Sorry for the pessimism. It should go here.

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  8. I like these thoughts. I struggled with my love for Instagram when I bought into trying to understand the algorithms and creating color schemes. I am much closer to doing it only for enjoyment that takes me back to my original love for it.

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  9. I love this. As a new blogger myself, I feel I want to grow engagement and followers but don’t want to forsake why I started my blog in the first place. I want it to be a creative outlet for myself first and foremost and if people enjoy that, then I’ll be happy with or without insane amounts of followers.

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  10. I find the foølow/unfollow thing hilarious. I post for myself for fun as a kind of gratitude journal. I don’t think I ever sold books via social media networks anyway. If someone suddenly follows me I click over to have a look at their posts. If I think they are beautiful or pleasantly provocative I follow and know they probably will unfollow. I rarely comment on Instagram and use it the way I might stare at a fish tank. I don’t expect the fish to take an interest in me. Blogging on the other hand…. Just wading back in. I often just like to signal my smile as I read. If I don’t have anything interesting to say I feel stupid writing a silly comment just to be seen. I am so ambivalent about the whole thing. Was never a salesperson worth a dime.

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  11. Such a great read! I am also trying to grow my Instagram organically and I honestly hate the whole “follow/unfollow” trend. I follow people who create content that I genuinely enjoy, and hopefully if I do the same results will follow! At the end of the day it’s about being true to yourself!

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  12. This is exactly what I needed to read. I want to grow my blog / IG and inspire others and still love it. I don’t want just numbers, I want people to follow so we could grow together. I have made new friends with my blog, learned life lessons and new skills from other bloggers. I want to grow a community not a statistic. ❤️

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  13. Love this and it’s what I decided to do too. I’d rather do one interesting post a week on Instagram if I can than post endlessly just for the sake of it. I thought I would lose followers but I haven’t. The ones that enjoy your content stick with you 🙂 Great post !

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  14. I felt as though I were writing this post! I have accomplished this goal in my blog. For me writing every day is as natural as breathing. It is easy to fall into the trap of doing what the “experts” say one should do to grow their followers, but I found I just beat my head against a wall and all I do is work for followers. I love the suggestions here and will work on my feed as well.

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    1. I’m glad you found it helpful Sheryl ❤️ it really does seem to feel like your working for your followers when your not enjoying the experience. It also starts to feel more like work than fun, so this story definitely helped me to see things in a different perspective. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts ☺️

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  15. Great post! I’m actually also trying to grow my instagram this year because I’ve been a little crappy with it the past years 😁 This post is really helpful!! Love this idea ❤

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  16. Now that’s advice I’ll take! Lol, I’m also on Instagram and have struggled with balancing my desire for more followers and likes with not wanting to be fixated on the numbers that I forget why I wanted to share my poetry on Instagram in the first place. I think it’s a balance many of us struggle with & I think it’s a smart idea not to focus too much on the numbers and do what feels organic to you 🙂 Good luck!

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  17. It’s relieving to hear (read…ha!) your views on “doing you” in the social media world. I feel like getting our words and thoughts out there while retaining the qualities that make our voices our own is such an important message. With so many people in the world trying to do some version of the same thing, it’s easy (and sometimes disheartening) to see that what was once a fresh way of presenting information quickly becomes a stale cliche. The suggestion to be who we are and do what works for us is so solid. Thank you.

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  18. This is EXACTLY my story. I’m new in Instagram “business “ if i can call it that. But when I started i new at once, I won’t do this crazy follow for follow and post daily thing. I don’t want to offend others, but to me it seems ridiculous… it’s like killing all the fun, You know?! So i started slow, like a hobby and am still repeating myself and others daily that i do what i want and when i want. And it fills me with joy, the interactions are growing and followers too and i just feel… in harmony with myself. Never feeling a pressure.

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    1. I’m so happy to hear that and it makes me grateful that I decided to do the same thing! Like for like and follow to unfollow really does take the fun out of it and it’s so not worth it. Thank you so much for sharing ❤️

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  19. I love this post Wildflower! I’ve been ruminating on this kind of thing a lot lately. The more I sort of “come into my own” or begin to “bloom” both on WordPress and on Instagram, not to mention Twitter (although the latter I don’t use that often), the more I begin to see and understand the “gaming of the system” that happens, both in WP Reader and on IG, and the more I see of it the less I have any urge to take part in that and the more I just want to be myself and do my creative thing, for the love of it.

    In WordPress I have never tried to gain followers, but I did focus on interacting (since my main point of publishing here, since I started my blog in October, was to interact with other writers — I needed to feel a sense of community and feedback, in order to progress in my writing, and I don’t have that where I live). Most of the time I started by writing, then someone would like my post (as you once did), then I would go check out their blog if they had one, read it and like and/or comment on it (but of course only if I liked something about it or had something genuine to say about it, or if I just appreciated the person’s effort in some way, and hoped they would continue).

    I have now realized that there are some bloggers out there that literally just copy-paste something to the effect of “great post :)” into everyone’s comment section, so that the blogger (i.e. me, in this case) and anyone else who sees the comment will check out their blog. But ultimately it doesn’t work for holding readers for the longterm and sometimes it may even backfire if they notice you doing that within the entire blogging circle. I have also seen the “fake followers” — especially on IG — who follow then unfollow, and honestly I just completely ignore those now on IG, I don’t even check out their pages anymore. Those folks who succeed by doing this, so okay it might work for them but so what? I don’t bloody well want to pay a spambot to fake-follow (and then unfollow) people, nor do I want to sit on IG obsessively all day following them myself.

    There is a thing I’ve newly noticed in WP Reader where some bloggers reblog their posts to keep them at the top of Reader and gain more likes. I’ve noticed that they are able to gain a lot of likes and follows this way. Power to them if it works, but ultimately their content has to be pretty high quality for me to keep following them if that happens; because I only follow people whose content I actually want to read on a regular basis and I don’t want lesser-quality re-bloggers cluttering up my feed.

    Wow I really rambled on there. Guess it has been quite on my mind lately. 🙂

    BTW I checked out @nathanaltai on IG and loved his page, I think he’s got the same colour preferences I do! 🤩 I did notice though that in addition to having great quality photos, he also has these characteristics in his IG posts (at least the few I looked at), which may be part of his recipe for success: short captions, each signed with his handle; and close to the maximum number of relevant and trending hashtags (max allowed = 30). Hashtagging can take some time and research to do well, and yet I think it really is key to your chosen/ideal “tribe” finding your posts, unless you have a less organic method; and this is where I think I personally fall by the wayside on IG. I’ve mostly used hashtags as a kind of descriptor of my image or the message I want to convey, kind of like a fun sort of genre of writing. Also, “they” say you should stick to a single theme as much as possible and this is another area where I’m a bit all over the place. For me this so far has NOT resulted in great success in terms of numbers of followers, however I, like you, finally feel happy with my “relationship” with IG (lol) because I don’t spend any more time on it than I want to — at the moment that’s usually a couple of hours per week (including both consuming and posting).

    Sometimes I’ve wanted to just ditch IG altogether, and focus more on writing, especially since the rampant ads started coming through, but I am a kind of “visual” person and I enjoy communing with other visual artists and friends this way, by sharing my arty things and being inspired by theirs. So I keep on it for now. As well as writing. 🙂

    Anyway thanks again, Wildflower — you definitely are the pro at community building!! xoxoxo

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    1. Hi Nadine! Firstly I want to say thank you so much for your very insightful comment! I’m sure my readers will gain a lot of information from reading it and I appreciate it very much ❤️ secondly your right about the follow/unfollow game. I also personally don’t engage with those pages on Instagram and even on WordPress the only time I will unfollow a blog is when I notice hateful or negative speech in any way shape or form (I love and am drawn to positive people and energy). I’m also so happy that you had a look at the photographers page, I liked how his theme was consistent throughout. Thank you also for noticing what you believe contributed to the success of his Instagram, I didn’t notice at first sight but I will definitely look into the things you mentioned. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts ❤️

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      1. Aw Gwen thank you so much! That lights up my morning. I might do that, and did think about it, although I also think the information’s reach is probably greater here at Wildflower’s place, which is why I happily posted it here! You are so kind, thanks again 💛

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  20. I come from such a different era ( I got online professionally in 1997), that I don’t really have the same frame of reference re: wanting to grow a social media account, including blogging. So maybe my opinion on this is not too relavent for you. Still I would say I believe you are on the right track. All of life, not just the internet, is about energy. I don’t mean physical labor or working hard to put something out there. I mean the actual energy that is within us and sustains us. That energy will either attract or repel, constantly. So I think that by concentrating on creating what makes you happy will draw more happiness to you, it will naturally find people who also want to be happy (fulfilled or what have you) and most importantly it will also attract people to you who want *you* to be happy. I believe that goes for any kind of social media as well as for your life. Finding what gives you pleasure, peace, joy — that ultimately means so much more in the long run, because all the various social media will just keep going on & out of fashion.

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    1. That is a wonderful way to put it Marilyn! I also believe that energy attracts like energy. I think maybe I should work on mine for Instagram because it feels like I’m on the frequency of trying to grow which indicates a lack (therefore attracting more lack). Thank you so much for sharing your inspirational words ❤️

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  21. Thank you so much. I like this idea. Since I’ve started with IG I noticed how ridiulous the game with follow/unfollow is 😉 But I don’t post for getting followers, because I always love photography and sharing stories with others. WordPress is definitely much more friendly than IG is because blogger actually take time and read your posts, not like on IG where they often just scroll down to like to get likes back.

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