This past year has been a whirlwind. When I started my Instagram account fifteen months ago, I assumed it would be a fun hobby. But thanks to all of you, I now quietly tell people I am a blogger. As in a full-time blogger.
I don’t tell people I am an “influencer” because I don’t like that title. I am not on Instagram to influence people. Rather, I am here to share the things I love!
Last week I celebrated my one year anniversary on Instagram. I wasn’t even going to mention it but I really wanted to thank all of you for your support and encouragement this past year. Then I came up with an idea to give away five of my favorite things during the week. And I was determined to make it happen.
So I made a list of my favorite things that I could afford to give away. Here is the list I came up with.
- My vintage black and white flowered dinner plates. (Winner was Debi @treasure.nest)
2. Fresh hydrangeas delivered by Flowers by Gallonei. (Winner was Nancy @whiteshabbycottage)
3. Pier 1 burlap placemats (Winner is Holly @clintonrivercottage.)
4. Galvanized vases by @saveoncrafts. (Winner is Traci @tracidburges)
5. Silhouette Cameo machine (Winner is Emily @belleofthefarm!!!) And thank you @silhouette for sponsoring this fabulous prize!
Thanks so much to all of you for participating in the giveaways. I hope to do this soon again.
What a busy week! I have so many things on my to-do list and a really fun giveaway happening this week. So let me update you on a few things and then I am going to share some tips I have that I think can help you take control of your Instagram account.Read More
A year ago this week I posted my first post on @my100yearoldhome Instagram account. It’s been a wonderful experience and it’s my turn to say thanks to all of you. So this week I am giving back. That’s right. I will be giving away some of my favorite things every day this week. And the giveaway starts today!Read More
It’s true. This year I decided to wait until after Thanksgiving to put up my Christmas decorations. Now, I have to be honest, I did decorate two rooms for my post with Hobby Lobby, but I took everything down after the photos were taken.
Every once in a while I feel like a complete idiot on Instagram. Usually, it happens when I am in a DM chat. You know that feeling, when somebody says, “just archive it”, and you have no idea what they are talking about?
Just to save you major embarrassment, I thought I would share the five best shortcuts I have learned about Instagram.
In the spring of last year, Instagram did away with their chronological feed and replaced it with an algorithm that ranks posts based on engagement (likes and comments). The good news to this is that the images you now see at the top of your feed are more likely to be interesting. The bad news is that your posts could be easily buried if you don’t inspire enough engagement right off the bat. The truth is, no matter how good your content, it won’t get very far if you post it at the wrong time.
Last week I filmed (and saved) an Instagram story on my phone just before I left for the airport to head to Atlanta for the Haven Conference. My intention was to post it the following morning an hour before the video expired. (You all know Instagram Stories has a 24 hour limit on the age of a video.)
Sadly, I missed it by five minutes.