10 Things I Have Learnt Since Not Working

Hey everyone and happy Wednesday what wonderful weather we have here in London today. It finally feels like Spring and I couldn't be any happier. I think we are all in need of sunshine considering the weather we have been having here in the UK. Today especially was super hot and I managed to take a nice walk to bask in the sun before it disappeared. 

If you don't already know I stopped working at the beginning of March. Since then I have been at home mostly applying for a new job as well as resting up. I have been out a few times with friends or family to eat as you can't spend all your time indoors. I thought that for today's blog post I would share with you some of the things I have learned since not working. 

1. Your body clock can go off course very easily. 
2. Getting things done such as going to the post office, bank etc is so much easier as you can go during the weekday when it's quieter.
3. Keeping motivated at times can be hard.
4. You learn how to manage your money better as you don't have any immediate income.
5. Movie marathons or TV series are a daily thing.

6. You cook more of your meals as you have more time to do so.
7. You lose track of the days. I'm often thinking I'm one day ahead then I actually am.
8. Making time to see friends you wouldn't usually see is a must.
9. You spend a lot of time at home although sometimes you go to a cafe because you are spending TOO much time at home.
10. Thinking of things to fill your day up can be hard. 


Video | Car Tour Kia Picanto 2014

Today's video is a car tour of my little Kia Picanto which I absolutely love. I thought that I would show you what my car is like as I know a lot of the people who read my blog or watch my videos are learning to drive or in the position to buy a new car. I hope you like the video as it's something a little different. If you're not subscribed to my channel then please do as I'm uploading regularly at the moment. 


My Instagram Tips For Smaller Bloggers & YouTubers

If someone asked me which is the hardest platform at the moment to grow and build friendships it would be Instagram. I guess it only concerns those who really want to grow their following or create a community. These tips, in particular, are for those who have under 10k followers which is seen as a huge milestone on Instagram at the moment. 

I must first of all mention that my following grew a lot before the algorithm changed which meant that it was a lot easier to grow on Instagram. You remember the days when the photos on your home feed were in chronological order, those were the good old days. I'm not quite sure how I managed to grow as I wasn't really paying that much attention to my profile compared to now. 

I should also mention that my tips won't gain you, 1000+ followers, overnight but a more loyal following that will more likely follow you back and interact with you as well. I'm not an Instagram expert by all means but I have seen that these tips tend to work other Instagrammers as well. 

Use Your Insights 
Much like any other social media platform, you can analyse how well your profile is going. Most of the time you can see analytics such as audience, website clicks, impressions etc...Instagram does allow you to do this however, you can only see your insights if you link a Facebook page to your Instagram. 

Things you can see on Instagram insights are: 
- Profile visits 
- Website clicks 
- Impressions and reach of your posts
- How many impressions of your posts and stories 
- Your audience (Gender, age range, location and when they are most active)

I find my insights really useful as I can see how much my profile is growing and if people are engaging or not. I probably look at my insights a few times a day to see if I am making a plus or minus on my profile visits, website clicks or emails for examples. 

Comment On Peoples Photos
Every few hours I try to comment on around 10 peoples photos. People that I follow or don't even follow. This is a great thing to do as it shows that you love other peoples photos as well as getting your own profile out there. Whenever I am looking for new people to follow I will always go through peoples comments and click on new profiles as it's a great way to find new people to follow. I always find that most of the time when I comment on peoples photos they will return the favor which will increase the interactivity on your account. 

Follow People Similar To You 
This one is fairly obvious however, it really makes a difference. If you want to grow your profile to a specific audience then you will want to follow accounts that post similar content to yourself. You will probably find that your audience and the audiences of the people you follow will be the same kind of people. 

Whenever I'm looking for new people I will click on the + people sign in the top left-hand corner when you are on your profile page. This is where Instagram puts together people that they think you would like to follow. You will find the people here will be profiles that people you follow are following or similar ones to yourself. 

Upload Regularly 
Again this is another obvious one however, some people don't upload regularly. I tend to upload 1-2 times a day maybe 3 if I'm feeling like it. I usually spend one day a week to take photos as the majority of my photos are fashion based. If I don't have enough content then I will reuse a combination of old photos to create a photo carousel. 

If you can't upload regularly then I would suggest that you upload at least once a day. Obviously the less you upload the less interest people will have in your profile which means that they are more likely to unfollow. If you are a forgetful person then why not set an alarm on your phone to upload daily so that you can remember. 

Use Instagram Ads (Only If You Want)
Instagram Ads are the only form of payment that I use to gain followers. I have used ads on Instagram for a few months now. I usually spend around £20 a month on a single image just to raise awareness about my profile. I can't guarantee that I will gain loads of followers but it does mean that my profile is put out to new followers during the time that I am running the advert. 

I think you can only use Instagram ads if you have a business profile however, I'm not 100% sure about that. The advert allows me to decide whether I want to promote my profile or a specific website. I can choose where I want it to show, how long I want it to run and how much I want to spend on it. Instagram will then tell me roughly how many people it will reach and how many people will interact with the photo. 

Don't Be A Stuck Up Instagrammer 
Now I am in no way pointing fingers at anyone here. But it's always nice to feel like you are an appreciated follower. I always try to respond to every comment that I get and I always reply to any messages that I get unless they're creepy. What I'm trying to say is if your Instagram profile does become successful please don't forget to interact with those who support you on a daily basis. Whether you reply to 5 comments a day or showcase 5 of your favourite profiles on your Instagram story each thing you do means a lot to the other person.



Wishlist | Missguided Shoes

It seems like Spring may finally be upon us here in the UK. However, I'm sure that mother nature still has some tricks up her sleeves! I thought that for this weeks Wednesday wishlist I would dedicate it to shoes. I'm not your typical girl when it comes to shoes I don't have loads and loads I probably have about 10 pairs. However, I would like to pick up a few more as the pairs that I do have are for certain occasions. I have never got any shoes from Missguided before but I love the selection that they have. 



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