Life At Home

Why Your Friends and Family Don’t Like Your Posts on Instagram

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I started blogging during the summer of 2017. It started as a fun hobby to try out. I was pretty good with computers, I loved taking pictures, and typing out my thoughts seemed just as easy to me as talking aloud. It then turned into something more. Companies began contacting me asking if I would represent their products on my blog. I have accepted offers from companies that I loved and admired, but also have declined companies that I didn’t feel I could represent.

As I started blogging more, I also started using my Instagram account as a related platform that sometimes led to the blog. I more than doubled my Instagram following in just a few months of utilizing it differently. I became more passionate about the photographs that I was taking, posting different content than I had before.

One day I posted a picture on Instagram that I was very proud of. The lighting was beautiful, the caption was sarcastically hilarious, and the content was spot on. Later that night when I hopped back on Instagram I was surprised at how many random people had liked the photo, but how many of my friends and family members had not. I then went back to other photos and looked to see who exactly was liking my content. Since most of my following is friends and family I would have assumed that they would be the ones liking my content more than strangers or new followers, but almost all of my pictures were in fact the opposite.

At first I was a little put off. I thought why are these people who love me and know me not supporting my content? Why are they scrolling past my pictures without giving me the double tap? Then I realized two reasons why.

They didn’t sign up for this.

They didn’t sign up for this content. They didn’t subscribe to my new form of Instagram. They didn’t sign up for the #sponsored posts from companies contacting me. They didn’t start following me to find out the amazing deal I got on this new sweater. My friends and family had started following my account when I was a non-blogger, just casually posting about my life here and there.

They use Instagram differently.

Most people use Instagram as a form of posting photos and videos for friends and family to see. Myself as well as other bloggers use it differently. We utilize it as a platform to drive to another social media platform. We use it for networking and to connect. We use the Instagram account as a whole, and not just a single photograph posted randomly. Bloggers use Instagram differently, and in a way that others may not be able to relate to, and that’s okay.

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If you are a blogger, affiliate, or influencer it’s important to remember that you can have a following without your friends and family. It does not mean that they don’t support you, it just means that they don’t fully understand what it is that you do.

After months of blogging I have found a small following. People that were once strangers continue to like each post and picture that I post today. They support me, send me words of encouragement, and love what I am passionate about most. Find those people, and don’t be upset with your friends and family for just having a different outlook.

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Decor · DIY · Wedding

Wedding Quilt

The new trend in weddings is to come up with a creative, unique way to have your guests sign something to remember all of those that shared your special day with you. Lately I’ve seen wall art that is signed, fingerprints signed on a tree, leaving a simple message to the couple, or even the traditional Wedding Guest Book signature. All awesome ideas that uniquely fit each couple.

Thankfully I have an amazing aunt who is a natural at sewing. She helped to come up with an awesome idea for my husband and I who wanted a Wedding Quilt. Each couple or family at the wedding signed a white square that was sewn into a big quilt.

Before the wedding she put a border around each white square so that no message was cut off when sewn into the quilt. We bought fabric markers that were easy for people to use when they wrote their lovely messages to us. We also provided clipboards just incase.

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After the wedding, my aunt collected the squares and was able to sew them into a beautiful quilt that we keep in our living room.

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If you don’t personally know someone who sews I’m sure there is a local person or shop that would be willing to help you with this idea for your wedding.

If you have done something similar post a photo or tell us how it went.

I hope you are able to create your unique guest book idea that fits you!

Britta

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First blog post

So wordpress started this blog post with the title, “First blog post”. I could edit it to a unique and new name, but thought since that is exactly what this is it seems quite fitting.

I like to talk, I like to type, I enjoy social media, and I definitely love myself, so I feel as though I may have a knack for this whole blogging thing. You never know until you try, right?

I’m a mother, a wife, a teacher, a daughter, and a friend in no particular order. Here is an inside look to my normal, everyday, (but quite silly) life.

Britta