Choosing and implementing an Instagram theme

Choosing and implementing an Instagram theme

Ladies and gentlemen welcome to my latest obsession; creating an awesome Instagram theme. I fell down the rabbit hole that was VSCO filters on Pinterest, yes there are entire boards full of filter suggestions and theme ideas, and here I am. Welcome to my brain, and sorry about that. And from those Pinterest boards and filters, it was all downhill. Some of you may be asking what IS an Instagram theme? Good question. You know when you arrive on an Instagram profile and the combination of those images just feel like they belong together? They’re colour themed, look amazing together, similar even, and all of a sudden you just can’t resist the account. It calls to me.  That look is a…

The Instagram Shadowban got me but I bounced back!

The Instagram Shadowban got me but I bounced back!

Something started happening about a month ago (for me). I saw a decline in interaction on my Instagram account and felt like I was in front of the same 15 people over and over again. It turned out; I’d been shadow-banned. Woot. Just what you need when trying to build an audience, not being able to reach people; so frustrating. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been chipping away to get myself off that blacklist and back to business. Within this post, I’ve shared a few ideas I have around why my account was shadowbanned, some other posts that may assist you identifying if it happened to you, the things that seem to have worked to get un-banned and…

Suger’s Instagram for Business Workbook: Out Now!

Suger’s Instagram for Business Workbook: Out Now!

In 2015 I conducted a workshop focusing on Instagram for Business. And not just any kind of Instagram for Business, the kind that doesn’t creep people out. The kind without the follow for a follow then unfollow strategy. The kind where you don’t spam like people or beg them to ‘check out your profile’ in their comments. None of that. Just the plain old building a community of people interested in you and your business. I called it the non-creep guide to Instagram for Business. The workshop was a roaring success. We were SO into the content that we went almost an hour over time and we could have stayed there all night. ALL night literally, I could’ve kept talking…

That time I said I would run a workshop and I did.

That time I said I would run a workshop and I did.

OMG. I want to share with you something of a success I had this past month. Not to boast (ok, maybe a little). Not to even garner any woohoos (though woohoos would be nice). But to say to you that sometimes you just have to LOCK IT IN, manage that deadline and jump! I hosted my first Instagram for Business workshop in my hometown. Why? Well, I said I would run a workshop and I did. WOOHOO. I’ve spoken at workshops and blogger days before and even co-hosted an event in Brisbane with Danielle the wonderful. But this was the first time I booked a date, organised all the things and relied solely on myself to make it happen. I…

Posts about ProBlogger: An anthology

Posts about ProBlogger: An anthology

So I’ve been to #PBevent before. You knew that, of course. It’s a fine alumni club it is the ProBlogger Training Event graduates. Some of us go year in and year out. We soak up the good times with friends and the occasional expert speaker and return to our dark corners to continue to, alone, write our blogs for the people of the interwebs. For me, each year requires a wrap up of sorts. A way for me to put into words what I’ve taken away from the weekend before the pages of notes flies out of my brain, lost forever. Some of them are serious reflections on this thing we do. Others are somewhat instructional (if you count telling…