Life Update: April 2018

Hey everyone, I thought that I would share with you today some things that have been happening in my life recently. I do love a life update post as I like to see what's going on in people's lives. I know you guys really like these posts as well as sometimes things that I put out on Instagram or Twitter can't tell you a whole lot about what is going on.

Job Hunting
If you don't already know then I am currently looking for a new job. I have been searching for around 2 months now which was longer then I had expected it to be I must admit. However, we did just have the financial year which means that businesses will get their new budgets to hire new employees. Even though it has been a long time I have had some really good experiences such as face to face interviews and phone call interviews. Although the right job hasn't appeared yet I know that it's a numbers game and it's only a matter of time before I find the right fit for me and vice versa. 

Hong Kong
There are only 28 days until I fly out to HK for a week. I am beyond excited and the more I watch YouTube videos about HK the more I get excited. I am only going for a week but two of the days consist of travel so I will only actually be in Hong Kong for 5 and a half days. I have so much on my list of things I want to do mainly eating loads but also visiting Disneyland, Victoria Peak & the Tian Tan Buddha among many other things. I will be vlogging my whole trip as well as blogging it so you guys will get to see what I get up to.

Getting organised 
When I'm not applying for jobs what better way to make use of my time then to fully Spring clean my room. This week I have cleaned my room from head to toe, they do say a tidy house leaves you with a tidy mind. I feel so much better when my room is fully tidied and I don't just mean looking at it but when my draws, wardrobe, and shelves are all tidy as well. I'm hoping that having a more organised room will mean that I feel more motivated to blog and film videos. 

Blogging/YouTube slump
I don't know why but recently I have been quite demotivated to blog or film any videos. There's no particular reason as to why but the motivation is just not there. I'm hoping that this weekend I can really sit down and think about what content I want to create. I am finding blogging a lot easier recently as filming a video really doesn't appeal to me. But I know as soon as I start filming I love it. Maybe it's the whole process of setting up that I hate but who knows. Let's hope I can get my blogging/YouTube mojo back soon. 

Geordie Shore  
I know this show is rubbish in so many ways but I can't help but watch it recently and admittedly love it. I started watching it again from season 5 when it started to get a bit more exciting. Charlotte, Vicky, and Sophie are my favourites as their one-liners are so funny. I have a feeling I would have watched all sixteen seasons in quite a short space of time. 


Wishlist | Cath Kidston

With Summer soon approaching I thought that I would do a Cath Kidston wishlist. They have so many cute things at the moment for the Summer months. If you can't already tell then I am loving their watermelon range I just think it's so summery and would look great in photos! I also really like the white cardholder as I think it would be a perfect size if you are taking a smaller bag instead of carrying a large purse. 



Hong Kong Bucketlist May 2018

Some of you may already know that on the 25th May I am traveling to Hong Kong for a week. I'm going because it's my birthday on the 28th May and it will be amazing to say I turned 22 in HONG KONG! But also because one of my best friends lives there so I am going to visit her as well. I thought that I would make a bucket list of the things that I want to do when I go. I am going to be vlogging the whole trip over on my YouTube channel so make sure to look out for those videos.

- Visit Disneyland ideally on my 22nd Birthday 
- Eat as much street food/food as I can 
- Visit Victoria Peak during the day and the night 
- Ride on the peak tram to go up to Victoria Peak or back down
- Do a bit of shopping in Causeway Bay
- Visit a beach 
- Workout how to use the public transport 
- Visit the Lantau Island & the Tian Tan Buddha
- Ride on a Star Ferry across the harbor  
- Visit the Temple Street Night Market
- Try authentic Dim Sum 
- Visit the Montane Mansion Building (For Instagram purposes)
- Catch the sunset at Victoria Harbour 
- Ride on a double-decker tram 

There is still so much more that I want to do however, I am only going for 5 days so there is only so much that I can fit in. I am sure that I will go back again one day to do the things that I won't be able to do on this trip. I know that I would love to spend my birthday at Disneyland which will be so much fun so hopefully, that's one thing that I can definitely do.

All of the other things that I want to do I will have to squeeze into the other days. If you have been to Hong Kong or live there and there is something that I have missed out that I must see please let me know through Twitter @asiajade4 or Instagram @asiajade04. 


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.