How to Make Friends as an Adult

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How to Make Friends as an Adult

Adulting is hard, that’s something we all know and are well aware of. After high school, you go off to college, meet new friends or dorm-mates, then get ready for the big world – corporate.

When they say you often don’t stay friends with the people you went to high school with, I thought they were crazy. I laughed in fact. I never thought this could be true. I still keep in touch with a few of my best friends from grade school (so blessed and thankful for that), but definitely lost some that I thought I would never. Most of my close friends now are either George’s best friend’s significant other, coworkers turned friends, blogger friends, or my sisters and cousins… they count as friends, right?!

Please note that this blogpost is no way of me encouraging others to have more friends. I’m perfectly fine with the friends I currently have (I’d rather have less true friendships than a lot of fake ones), however; if you are looking to expand your network of friends or just moved to a new town or are getting ready to have a baby (like me), and want to network with girls who share similar interests as you, then keep on reading.

I’ve complied a few tips on how to make friends as an adult. Hope you enjoy.

JOIN CLUBS OR ATTEND A NETWORKING EVENT: Whether it’s joining a book club, or a facebook group chat, or attending a network event – this is an easy way to network and have meet ups in your area.

HOST A BRUNCH OR A PARTY: Invite a few of your gal pals and tell them to bring a friend. The more the better.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA: Utilize the many different social media platforms that are out there and start engaging with people that share mutual hobbies or interests you do.

TAKE A CLASS: Maybe take a yoga class or a cooking class. These are ways to expand your circle of friends.

HAPPY HOUR WITH COWORKERS: Work is one of the most popular places to make long lasting friendships. I speak for myself as many of my friends now are people I once worked with. Hit up happy hour after work.

 

Ok, who wants to be friends?! Raise your hand! 🙂

xo

 

7 Steps for Preparing a Better Week Schedule

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7 Steps for Preparing a Better Week Schedule

It’s so easy to get distracted from having a productive week or to find motivation or inspiration to get you back on track. If it’s one thing I’ve learned is not only setting goals for myself but having a better week schedule that I actually follow. Here are 7 steps for preparing abetter week schedule that has helped me have a better week.

SUNDAY: Still have your Sunday Funday, but spend sometime planning out your entire week (Monday-Saturday). Whether it’s bringing out your planner to start writing your ideas or writing down a list of goals you’d like to accomplish. I suggest setting weekly goals rather than a bigger goal that will most likely take you longer to achieve. It’ll be easier to tackle small weekly goals. You’ll definitely feel more accomplished and good about yourself once you achieve them. Maybe it’s cleaning out your closet you’ve been dreading and avoiding for the past month or so, or eating healthier and cutting out specific foods out of your diet, or making your bed every morning. Whatever those goals are, they are all important and mean something to you, so make it a point to tackle at least one this week.

MONDAY: Although Mondays are usually the busiest day of the week, it’s also the most difficult day to get our of that “funk”, and get back on track. Work on your vision. Start creating new Pinterest boards and get inspired for the rest of the week. Imagining how you want your life to be, plays a huge part in actually creating that life. This is also the perfect time to finally start reading that book you purchased, but haven’t even flipped through the pages yet. Make time to squeeze a workout session, whether it’s going to the gym or finding a fitness video on YouTube – or simply meditating (indoor or outdoor).

TUESDAY: Meet a friend for coffee or brunch, and pick her brain if you’re feeling stuck in a rut or lack of motivation. Sometimes talking to a friend helps the brain wheels going. Tackle one of your tasks/goals you had set for yourself this week. You don’t have to complete it, just as long as you start.

WEDNESDAY: Mid-weeks are usually for winding down. Make today about you. Read a book, bring out your exfoliating/sheet masks and have a little spa day at home, or just Netflix & chill. You can probably do all three.

THURSDAY: Get back to work, and finish that goal you set for the week. Try to finish it today, that way you can cross it off your list and begin a new goal the following week.

FRIDAY: This day is usually for going out and partying it up. That’s fine, too. Maybe hang with family or do girls night. Be social today and do something fun.

SATURDAY: Get your place in order: clean, laundry, groceries, etc. Run your errands today.

 

I hope these tips help you have a better week and a more successful one. I hope you guys enjoyed my 7 tips that have helped me.

 

xo

 

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5 Ways To Make Monday Your Favorite Day

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Why do we dread Mondays so much? Why is it that we are always looking forward to Fridays and the weekend rather than the beginning of the week, like Mondays? I think it’s because our minds are trained to believe that the weekends are always the best, but I also think it’s because we lack a little motivation in our lives. Could it be because we are slightly or overly unhappy with what we’re doing in life: career-wise, hate my boss, wish I didn’t have to come into work, etc…?

Here are 5 ways to make Monday your favorite day. These tips have actually helped me look forward to a fresh week and the first week of a new week, Monday.

 

TREAT YOURSELF TO A DELICIOUS MEAL: Why wait until the weekend to have brunch with friends. Go with a friend, relative or even alone and splurge a little on yourself.

DO SOMETHING YOU’D NORMALLY NEVER DO ON MONDAYS: Go to the beach or try a new activity, like yoga, paddle boarding or take a class. Pick up a new hobby or face a fear.

NEW WEEK, NEW YOU: It’s normal to get stuck in a rut or to feel uninspired, but it’s important to know that no matter what you are going through, there is no one in this whole wide world like you. Know your worth. If you’re feeling insecure about something or wanting something, but your insecurities are holding you back, then you better tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to kick rocks! A new week means a fresh start. A fresh start to do something new or to finally work on those goals you’ve been wanting to achieve. Literally take those ‘new week, new you’ words to heart and do something. Get a journal or a notepad and begin writing down a list of things you want to accomplish this week, or a list of goals you’d like to begin working on. Find your passion. Whatever they are, jot them down and make it a point to at least cross one off your list each week. It’ll motivate you to keep going once you’ve seen progress.

READ A BOOK: If you love reading as much as I do, then why aren’t we best friends yet?! If you’re not much of a reader, you should start. It really helps and has motivated me when I’ve felt pretty low. Here are a few books I’ve read/currently reading: You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero, The Women’s Room by Marilyn French, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

MAKE MORE ‘ME TIME’: and make it a priority. We often get so caught up with work or stress over things that really don’t matter, and forget to switch the off button. I know because that’s me. I’m 100% guilty of this. Some things in life are out of our control, but one thing that we do have control of, is our mind. I know it’s easier said than done, but try to train your brain. Calm down, take a moment, breathe and relax. At the end of the day, no one is going to take care of you like you, so make sure you take time for yourself. Maybe it’s staying offline for a day, or spending more time with family or friends you haven’t seen in awhile, being more present or living more in the moment than spending time on your phone. I actually need to be better at this one myself. It’s important to make space for offline moments in your life.

I hope these 5 tips help you look forward to more Mondays than usual. 🙂

xo

 

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The Challenges of Being an Online Influencers

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The Challenges of Being an Online Influencers – Believe it or not, it’s quite challenging when you’re constantly having to prove yourself. As much as I use this platform as a positive space and love creating pretty content (or at least I think so), there are some downsides to being an online influencer. I shared What It’s Like Being A Full Time Blogger here including the pros and cons, but was inspired to go in depth of the challenging side, because as always I like to keep it 100 with you all. This post is in no way of me being a brat or trying to complain. The purpose of this blogpost was to share that it isn’t always peachy. It may seem like we have our sh*t together (again speaking for myself), but in reality, we have our struggles, too. Of course, we’re only going to share positive content and keep the bad and ugly out of our feeds, because who likes to share negative things, right?

The Challenges of Being an Online Influencers:

  1. CONSTANTLY HAVING TO PROVE YOURSELF TO OTHERS – As mentioned above, it’s quite a battle. You have to constantly convince brands why you are worthy and just as good as other influencers. I’m constantly seeing other influencers that are always featured on big accounts that I, too will tag, for example LiketoKnow.it or OOTD Magazine – who apparently only feature and repost the same type of influencers. I won’t go into detail on this one, but you guys know what I’m talking about. If not, check their instagram.
  2. ALWAYS BEING JUDGED AND COMPARED TO OTHER INFLUENCERS – It’s unfortunate, very frustrating and discouraging at times. Because I really love what I do, that’s what keeps me motivated and makes me push myself even more. It’s pretty normal to have your moments and feel some type of way, but I’ve learned to keep going and to not let that stop me from reaching my goals.
  3. BUYING FOLLOWERS – I see many influencers doing this and trying to get ahead. It’s unfortunate that we as influencers have to worry about the number of followers we have, because most brands only see quantity vs. quality. The number of followers determine how much you deserve to be paid.
  4. PEOPLE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU – This includes brands, family and friends. Even people that you don’t speak to on a regular basis. I don’t mind helping others out in terms of giving advice, but don’t mistake my kindness for weakness, and try to get me to tell you everything I’ve done to get where I am today. I think it’s fair to give some insights, but also for others to figure it out on their own. I didn’t have anyone holding my hand or tell me how to start my blog or where to even begin. This was all trial and errors and figuring it all out on my own. I’m still trying to figure things out, and learning new things every day. Be careful who you trust or try to help out because sometimes those same people will take advantage and peace out when they get what they wanted from you. It’s happened many times to me. I’ve learned that the same people I helped out would never return the favor. Be careful who you share your contacts with. Trust me, I’ve learned that you should keep that information to yourself, because from my experience, the same influencers who I gave information to, have never helped me out.
  5. GETTING PAID ON TIME – OMG!!! When I say the struggle is real on this one, I mean the struggle is real. It’s so frustrating and stressful when you’ve completed your end of the collaboration, and the brand doesn’t pay on time. It’s even more frustrating when their terms are net30 or net60, and if it’s through a PR or agency they don’t follow up with the brand. The worst is when the brand goes MIA or leave the company and you cannot get ahold of anyone. It’s not like I can call my phone bill or mortgage and say, “Hey sorry I’m late on payment. Can you give me 60 days? I’m waiting for a company to pay me. “
  6. NOT BEING TAKEN SERIOUSLY – This ties back to the first and second. Brands often want to gift you and they feel that it is ok to give so many requirements and guidelines for posting gifted items. They expect so much, yet they refuse to pay. I’ve learned to only accept gifting from brands I absolutely love and wear in real life. Of course I only feature brands that fit my style and that I love, however; I will take gifted product from brands that don’t have a budget and make sure they understand that if I like the product, I will feature on my own time and terms. At the end of the day, as much as it is nice to receive free stuff, free product is not paying my bills. It’s ok to politely decline, especially when you are providing a service for the brand, and they need to respect and understand that.

 

I hope this information has become helpful for some of you who are influencers or feel stuck. It’s normal and no matter what, just keep doing you and stay true to yourself. Somethings gotta give. 🙂

xo

 

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Favorite Instagram Apps

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Favorite Instagram Apps

One of the number 1 questions I am asked is what filter I use on my Instagram photos. I wrote a blogpost on How I Edit My Instagram Photos, but thought I’d update you with my new favorite instagram apps that I’m using most of the time these days.

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Here are my current favorite Instagram apps…

  1. Afterlight – This was one of the first apps I downloaded when Instagram launched. I love using the “dusty” tool and “light leak” tool on some of my photos.
  2. Retouch – This is also another app I’ve been using for awhile now. I use this app to remove blemishes or stamp out any little distracting objects in my photos, like clean the floor or remove a person in the background if I feel it is too distracting. It’s such an awesome app and really think everyone should download it. For me, it’s convenient and easier than having to upload iPhone photos on my desktop. I can edit while I’m on the go.
  3. Snapseed – I use this app to control the lighting or tones on my photos. For example, if one side of my face or body looks darker than the other side, I can easily edit through this app.
  4. Facetune – I use this app mainly to lightly smooth out any blemish, but I keep it to a minimum. I don’t like to overly edit my face or skin. This app also has a stamp tool called “patch”, which also removes objects. This app is very convenient, especially when I need to edit images for clients. I can sharpen or enhance details with the “details” tool. I can whiten out an object that looks too warm or yellow with the “whiten” tool.
  5. A Beautiful Mess (aka ABM) – This app has doodles, borders, backgrounds, and phrases, which allows you to create quotes or any text you’d like. I like to use this for either clients or for Insta Stories.
  6. Squaready – I use this app to resize an image. For example, if a photo doesn’t fit on Instagram or Insta Stories, I will sometimes use this app.
  7. Layout – I rarely use this app, but when I do it’s to create collages. I use this more for clients.
  8. VSCO – An oldie but goodie. I mainly use this app for the filters, along with the other featured tools, which I shared the exact filters I use on this blogpost here.
  9. Hyperlapse – I use this app sometimes for when I upload videos on my Insta Stories, or when I announced my pregnancy on Instagram here. It’s a fun app to fast forward or slow down any video you create.
  10. SquareadyV – Similar to Squaready, except this app can resize videos instead of photos. It’s convenient to have when certain videos do not fit on Instagram or Insta Stories.

 

Well, there you have it. An updated list of my favorite Instagram apps I’m using at the moment. I’d love to hear about the apps you use. Please feel free to share below or find me on Instagram @melrodstyle. 🙂

 

xo

Instagram Photo Trends and Tips

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Instagram Photo Trends Tips. Started from the bottom now we’re here. Literally. Let’s just say my Instagram feed has come a long way. This post was inspired by @travel_inhershoes – an influencer I follow. As you can see from my feed above, my instagram wasn’t always so pleasing to the eye, in other words “pretty” or consistent. There wasn’t a story or a consistent flow. It was definitely all over the place – a hot mess. You see, I was blogging before Instagram was around, and Instagram was all so new to a lot of people and a lot of influencers. The point I’m trying to make is that it’s ok that you didn’t begin with a pretty feed. Although I’ve wanted to delete all these old photos on my feed, I’m glad I didn’t. I like that I can look back and see how much I’ve grown and how much I’ve learned being in this industry. It’s almost like a photo album or a yearbook. I love seeing my growth from the ground up. This right here reminds me that I should never compare myself or feel discouraged when I see other people’s feeds, because at some point, their feeds were not the prettiest… unless of course you’re new to instagram – and if that’s the case then, congrats. 😉

 

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I wanted to share this post in hopes to inspire and bring some light to other new influencers or anyone wanting to start a blog. If you ever feel lost or wanting to give up, just remember that not everyone started at the top, and there is hope, (take me for instance) lol. No, but seriously it’s all about finding the right filters or tones that work best for your feed and remain consistent.

I wanted to share how much instagram – or in my case my instagram feed, has evolved throughout the years.

In 2012, it was all about wrist/arm candy shots with this bubble dreamy filter effect.

 

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In 2013, from above shoe shots and flat lays of clothing items were so on trend.

 

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In 2014, collages and side-by-side shots of OOTDs were so in.

 

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In 2015-2016, whiting out, over editing the backgrounds and brightening the entire photo was very popular. Making sure there were no distracting objects beside you or in the background of your photos were very important.

 

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In 2017, we began seeing more natural tones, and leaving the backgrounds as is, with minor edits. Also, when Kim Kardashian returned to Instagram, everyone went wild with her vintage/grainy aestetic, or better known as HB1 and HB2 filters from VSCO app. We then started to see more raw and not-so-perfect photos. Not that people stopped caring about their feeds, it was just more acceptable to have an imperfect photo, which was nice. The grain tool was and still is very popular, along with the “dusty” editing tool on Afterlight app. Also, blurry and out of focus photos were most accepting and less frown upon than what they were back in the day, which I’m not mad about. Hyperlapse, Hype Type, 8MM, Boomerang and Kirakira were among other top apps.

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Today, we are still seeing similar trends from 2017, like blur and out of focus photos, the grain tool, and more use of Afterlight app, along with Tezza’s presets that I think had the world mad about. Mad in a good way. As much as I do like her presets, I think it is important to not just slap a filter on your photos because everyone else is using it or because it works for others. Chances are it won’t look the same, especially on different skin tones. If I can give a quick tip on editing Instagram photos, I would say to pay attention to your skin, and edit based off what is going to be more appealing and look best with your skin tone. I say this from experience because I use to up the brightness and highlight tool on my photos so much that I would forget about what my skin tone looked like. I look back at most photos and see how overly blown out my skin looked. For me personally, I like my skin to look as close as possible as it does in real life. Don’t get me wrong, when I’m not tanned, I do up the saturation or skin tone tool a bit, however; I make sure I don’t look too orange or oompa loompa-ish if this makes sense.

Again, this is my preference and believe that everyone has the right to edit their photos however they wish to. If looking orange or any other color is your thing, then by all means, do you boo. There is no right or wrong. I’m simply sharing this information based off my trial and errors and experience throughout the years, and I’m not saying I’m right. Just wanted to share my thoughts and tips. So please be kind in the comment section below. 🙂

I hope this information is helpful, and as always if you have any other questions, please let me know. Leave a comment below or DM on instagram @melrodstyle. I’m really curious to know what you guys think about this topic. Feel free to share.

Stay tuned, as I will be drafting a blogpost on my favorite instagram editing apps soon.

xo

Reflecting 2017

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Reflecting 2017

And just like that, 2017 has come to an end (cue the tears). As I think to myself, and look back on the good, the bad, and the ugly, I must say this year was one to remember. Reflecting on the amazing moments, the heartaches, the loss, new memories made, what 2017 is going to bring 2018, I really don’t know how I truly feel about this year. I can’t say it was the worse year.

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What I can say about 2017, is that I am thankful, grateful, blessed for all the opportunities that have come my way, for being able to live through another year.

I usually don’t make resolutions – not because I can never keep them, but because everything that happens in life happens for a reason, whether explained or not. These are either blessings or lessons. What I do like to do each year is just try to be a better me the following year, and to continue to do good in this world. I’ll be the first to say, I’m not a perfect person (but who is, am I right?) I’m far from it. I have many flaws, countless flaws, I make mistakes, but I also make good choices. And I think that’s ok.

This year, George and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. I still cannot believe that it has been over a year that we’ve been married. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun.

I got to travel to new places and revisit some old ones.

We lost our baby Kujo this year, which was probably the most difficult thing that has happened in my life. I miss him terribly. George and I were not prepared for 2017 to be the last year with him.

I celebrated one year of being my own boss. That’s kind of cool.

And the most amazing thing happened to George and I. We found out that we would be parents in 2018. That’s really really cool! We still cannot believe it and are beyond excited about the news. More baby stuff to come soon.

Lastly, I’d like to thank all my readers and internet friends for the continuous support of MelRodStyle. You guys are truly the best fam a gal can ever ask for. Thank you for supporting my blog and social media outlets. Thank you for following my journey, and I hope you continue to stay along for the ride, because 2018 is going to be a wild one!

Cheers and Happy New Year! 2018 is going to be LIT!!!

xo

 

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Stuck in a Rut

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Stuck in a Rut

I have been so busy lately (fortunately), that I have had no inspiration (ZERO, NADA, NONE) to create content or do anything in general. I’ve been stuck in a true rut, people. The lack of inspiration is so real right now. The same questions have been playing in my head on repeat: “what do I do?” “how do I get out of this weird ‘funk’ I’m feeling?” – le sigh.

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photos: Stefanie M Mariee

 

I decided to change my morning routine and try a few new things in hopes that it would help change my mood, pick my spirit up, and bring some inspiration into my life. Here’s what I’ve been doing:

  1. Meditation: I purchased a mediation singing bowl  with absolutely no clue how to even use it. I am still trying to figure out how to meditate. It’s not as easy as it looks or sounds, that’s for sure, but I’m giving it a try.
  2. Read Self-Help and Motivational Books. Currently re-reading You Are A Badass book, because every time I read a few lines I’ve already highlighted, it definitely changes my mood and gives me some inspiration I kind of lost.
  3. Workout. Insert eye-rolling emoji here. As much as I am not a fan of working out, I do believe it helps release all the yucky vibes and bring back all the good ones. Speaking of, if you are looking to update your workout attire, then look no further and check out Wear It To Heart. They have some of the best high waisted black leggings.
  4. Get out of the house. Even if it’s just to walk around the neighborhood. Weirdly enough, fresh air actually has been helping.
  5. Family & Friends. Spending time with family and close friends has been helpful and nice. Did a lot of that this week.
  6. Setting New Goals. Jotted down a few new goals I’d like to achieve this week. It helps when you actually write them down on a piece of paper as oppose to putting it in my phone. Seeing them on paper is oddly more motivating than having them on my phone.

What are some ways you stay inspired and motivated? I would love to hear your tips and suggestions, and what works for you.

Hope you all have a wonderful day, and will see you all soon on the gram (@melrodstyle).

xo

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Instagram Content – To Post Or Not To Post? That is The Question

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Instagram Content – To Post Or Not To Post? That is The Question.

 I wanted to talk about a slightly different topic than normal on here – about the thought process behind scheduling my Instagram posts and my entire Instagram feed itself…

“Is it a GOOD photo or is it mediocre?” “Does it look good on my feed?” “Should I start posting only outfit photos and not coffee drinks or pretty flatlays because my outfits get higher engagement?” “Should I completely change my entire feed and try something new?” “Should I share things other than fashion?” “Should I play it safe and only post content that I already know will do well?” ” or should I change it up and not care?” “What direction should I take?” Asking for a friend. 

This is how I’ve been feeling lately. I have been in one of those moods where I feel stuck in a rut, confused, lost. Getting out of this weird “funk” is sometimes difficult. Or maybe I’m just having a moment. It happens. I feel like other bloggers know what I’m talking about. I’ve noticed that whenever I post a photo other than outfits, it doesn’t get the reaction I would’ve hoped for. Engagement is super low. While I love my feed to have a variety and not just outfit after another, seems like my followers are not into it. They only like my outfit photos. So what do I do? Should I only post what my followers like instead of what I like?

Don’t get me wrong. I do post what I like and I stay true to myself, but sometimes I look at my feed and think “(Yawning) Ugh, I could’ve done better”. “Boring”. And I don’t like feeling this way.

While you’ll see more of my personality and personal side on my Instagram stories and Snapchat, I do keep my Instagram account strictly blog-related content. I have to. It’s my business, however; you will see my fun-witty-sarcastic side (read IG captions), and share content that is still relevant but not just an OOTD after another OOTD… make sense? That’s what my personal account is for – to show content that isn’t blog-related.

The way I see my Instagram account is if it looks boring to me, then I need to make some changes. I like content that shows some type of breakage, that splits content from repeating similar content in a row, such as beauty or details shots or anything inspiring. I like consistency but not repetitive if that makes any sense.

So while I still try to figure out the plans for my Instagram feed and the direction I plan to take, I do hope that you stick around because I do plan to sprinkle in some new not-your-usual content on my Instagram.

 If you have any suggestions or thoughts on this post, feel free to leave me a comment. I love reading them. 🙂

 

xo

 

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Five Instagram Pet Peeves

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Before I share my five Instagram pet peeves, I wanted to explain why I decided to draft this post.

A couple weeks ago, I stumbled upon a heart-breaking post. Someone recently going through a miscarriage, and while most were sympathizing with her sending love and prayers her way, others failed to read the full post and leave comments like “Where is your blouse from?” and “Love this” and “Congrats” because many assumed that since she shared an ultrasound photo that it automatically meant she was announcing her pregnancy.

Now fast forward to last week, while I was scrolling down my Instagram feed, I came across a post of this beautiful girl in her wedding dress, shared by an influencer I follow – mourning over the recent loss of her dear friend. I know this because – as always I like to not only see pretty inspirational photos, but read the captions as well. Most were replying with “Sorry for your loss”, while others “So obsessed” and “Love this look”. I don’t know about you, but this didn’t sit well with me. It never does. I mean, come on people read the captions! You might as well say GFY.

Sorry. This just really annoys me.

Per usual, while doing my daily blog reads, I read Sivan’s recent My Instagram Pet Peeves post, and decided to add my two cents on this subject, specifically on the robotic comments, because it’s a total eye-twitcher for me.

 

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Without further ado… here are my five Instagram pet peeves.

  1. Read the captions. Especially if you are planning to leave a comment. Know what you are commenting on, and be genuine. Get creative even. Don’t leave comments, like “Fabulous look” or “Maj” or my favorite “Great capture”… Great capture?! WTF!!! Do people even speak like that? I know there’s been times when even I leave generic comments, but it’s never comments I wouldn’t actually say in real life. I always try to leave organic comments. I try to think as if I were running into a friend and she asked me what I thought of her OOTD. I like to leave comments as if I were speaking to a girlfriend in real life. Does this make sense? If you’re not going to leave a genuine comment then maybe don’t comment at all.
  2.  Inappropriate commenting. This ties back to #1. If someone is mourning over the loss of their pet, relative, anything tragic, don’t comment with a happy emoji or make irrelevant remarks. Don’t compliment someone’s shoes when they are clearly talking about a recent breakup. Have some respect. Don’t be rude. Read the post.
  3. Reposting. If you’re going to repost an image, ALWAYS make sure to give credit. While we all love pretty photos, it’s important to tag the account you got the photos from. Don’t be a thief. Lol.
  4. Like / Comment Groups. Oh, yeah this is a real thing. I think they’re great because it allows you to share your content with other influencers that may or may not get to see it other feed and/or get introduced to new influencers you might’ve not known before. It’s another way to support one another in this blogging community, especially since Instagram changed their algorithm. I’m totally apart of them, well was a part of several now I narrow it down to one for the following reason. My only issue with this is the strict rules you have to abide by that no one seems to ever follow. The rules are simple: before sharing your photos, you must be caught up and like/comment on everyone else’s photos. My favorite is when they say they’re caught up but they’ve missed a few photos. Or when they share their photos before catching up, but say they have bad connection or no wifi so they’ll catch up later… Sooooo if you have no service, then how did you manage to post a photo and then share it on the group? I’m confused. 
  5. Do not follow and unfollow accounts. That’s pathentic. It’s lame. Who does that?! This has got to be one of my biggest pet peeves. I know I’m not the only one that has experienced this before. Maybe I’m just the first to speak up about it. This has happened to me multiple times where I notice influencers with larger accounts follow and unfollow me right away. I know it’s only to get my attention to follow them back and once I do, unfollow me. Sometimes I do follow back because my first reaction is “oh cool, ___ is following me. I don’t know them personally but I’ve seen them. I’m going to follow them back.” I’m all about supporting one another. If you’re trying to increase your following, do your research and tag relevant accounts with huge followings that can potentially repost your photos and increase your audience. Don’t be fake. After all, no one likes a shady bishhh. 😉

Before I go, I wanted to say that I hope you all take this as simply me just venting and sharing my thoughts, experiences, and perspective. I hope this doesn’t make anyone upset. I treat my blog like a diary so I hope you understand my reason for publishing this post.

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xo

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