I woke up to some ridiculously exciting news yesterday morning, and I just have to share it with you. After signing up for my Instagram account almost a year ago, I (finally!) posted a photo to reach 100 likes. It only took a crazy number of hashtags (practically memorizing Sarah’s Instagram Hashtag posts, which are an absolute lifesaver) and 187 posts!
Yes, I’m aware I’m no Insta-star. It’s taken me a long time to let go of figuring out the perfect white-space image; or exactly which angle to point that colorful, but random, prop; or that dark faded filters almost never look good. I’m still experimenting and, you know, identifying what my personal brand is (though I’m 93% sure it’s supposed to be “myself”).
Congratulations @nicoleb337 for standing up on the paddleboard! I wish I was back home in #Colorado to do it with you ❤️ . . . . #howisummer #letsbelivin #photosinbetween #mysummerspark #paddleboard #finditliveit #postitfortheaesthetic #thatsdarling #thehappynow #wandeleurspark #abmsummer #flashesofdelight #dametraveler #livethelittlethings #keepitwild #petitejoys #mytinyatlas #livecolorfully #liveauthentic #nothingisordinary #howyouglow #makeyousmilestyle #myunicornlife #thedailybasic #sobestfriendsforfrosting #bloomyellow #solovelysofree #huffpostgram #theeverydayproject
… Funnily enough, I did not take this photo. I wasn’t present at the scene… in fact, I can’t even claim I was in the same time zone. I know, I know, it’s terrible. You see, my sister recently returned home for her post-college-graduation/pre-out-into-the-world reality break, and she’s learning how to stand-up paddleboard with my mom. This lake is near their house in Colorado, where my parents and I always loved walking the 3-mile perimeter while I stayed with them. My sister posted this image onto her Facebook, in the nature of sisterhood, I stole it for my Instagram because I didn’t have a clue what to post that day. Don’t worry, I credited her so we cool.
Triple digits. Wow, it feels great to be part of the club.
We get caught up in it, and get discouraged, and often jealous of our blogging peers who have x more traffic and followers. Well, sure they do–chances are, they worked damn hard for it. And even still, they’re probably comparing themselves and their statistics against someone else. And so on, and so forth. Meanwhile, Justin Bieber cancels his Instagram account and millions of girls don’t know what to do with their lives. Sorry, just had to include that fun fact I read today… on CNN. What is this world coming to?
I’m consciously training myself not to care so much about the followers and high engagement–I admit it’s pretty sad that it’s come to this, but it’s the truth. My fellow bloggers, I know you understand what I’m talking about.
I remember an answer Helene gave in a comment on a Facebook group a while back, and it’s curiously stuck with me. As you grow your blog, first care about who is commenting. Secondly, the social media followers. Thirdly, the page views. Because most of all, it always has to be quality over quantity.
While I do my best not to focus a lot on the statistics, this milestone makes me proud. Ultimately, it’s exactly these little accomplishments we strive for as we continue learning, growing, and dedicating ourselves to our passions.
So I’m going to enjoy this celebration of 100 likes. It may be a small step, but it’s been that one special number barely out of my reach for so long. Fist pump, I got it! Thank you for taking this amazing photo, Mom!
If you’d made it this far in the post and you’re not following me on Instagram… that’s just silly. Follow along here to see increasingly-better photos!
Remember that #letsbelivin hashtag for your Instagram photos!
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