instagram tips: #theinstachat

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Tonight at 8pm (GMT) it’s the second outing of #theinstachat on twitter – a monthly chat I set up for people to share their ideas and insights about Instagram. Tonight we’ll be talking hashtags – what works, what doesn’t. Just follow me or the instachat account to get the questions and join in! Last month we talked about the algorithm changes, how people are making them work for them & what tips people could employ.…

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Sara-Syndrome (or possibly POTS)

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My whole life I’ve been weird. I don’t just mean socially (although, yes), but physically too – I’ve always known I am fundamentally different to other people, and admonished myself for not conforming better. For example, I am always too hot. I overheat so easily that I routinely sleep naked, with a window open, under a towel, whatever the weather. I wash my feet & ankles in cold water at the end of a day just to…

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shooting an autumn lookbook – Object Style

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The nice thing about my work is I never know quite what will appear in my inbox next. I tend to priorities what work I accept based on how much it excites me – if something gets my blood pumping and ideas bouncing, I know it will be a great project for me creatively. When Rachael approached me about shooting her A/W lookbook, I wasn’t sure I had time. Then she showed me the stock she…

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10 ways to improve your writing

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ten mistakes you might be making in your writing Not an expert, purely observational. Well, I did study linguistics at Uni but I’ve forgotten it all, so… 1. Over-using the thesaurus. It was drilled into many of us at school to look for fancy or alternative words. While this works as a vocabulary extending tool, there’s no point in building up a mental lexicon if you never just deploy it. Often the word that comes naturally…

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Show & Tell: August in photos

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I know, I know – it’s mid-September. I got a little distracted. Here’s what with: 1. New social media profile pic, for the first time in years. Always find I prefer it when you can’t see my face too much. Do you think that’s a disadvantage when making connections online?  2. This series of sponsored posts for Citroen has challenged me as a photographer – making something as everyday as a car work within my own…

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how the clickbait algorithm is choking instagram

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Have you noticed a shift in Instagram lately? Since the latest round of updates, most people have: their posts attract fewer likes, the content they see on their home feed is less varied. Occasionally, and seemingly inexplicably, a post will garner unusual attention. It attracts likes at a remarkable rate, and you see your followings take a leap. What is going on? let’s explore A while ago, Instagram phased out their Suggested User feature and…

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an ode to the small things

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Can we talk about small things for a moment? About the impossibly sweet and nostalgic accoutrements of childhood. A little blue cardigan hanging from a big hallway hook. Miniature shoes lined in tidy little rows. Small, pudgy hands clutching smaller, balding Sylvanian rabbits, who in turn hold impossibly tiny jugs and teapots and cakes. Most days I am immune to it, but some days… some days it is all I can see. The novelty of it, the faint ridiculousness. Knickers…

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Insta-Inspiration: August

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Do you ever just get a bit… well, obsessed? I’m sure it will surprise precisely nobody when I confess that I absolutely do. This month my heart & mind are being consumed by Mark’s Hamill’s fluffy fluffy hair  Japanese film photography. I mean, all film photography, obviously, but particularly a style of portraiture and dreamy lifestyle shots I’m seeing from Japanese users. Here are some of my August insta-loves. I will learn this. I WILL. Where…

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a handful of confetti (and other wedding spoilers)

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Because it’s taking over my life right now, and my secrets are safe with you, right? The thing about a DIY wedding is it’s all details. There’s nothing but details to think about! Less than a fortnight to go until my pretty dress day! Um, I mean, until I marry my one true love… y’know. πŸ™Š 1/ Our beautiful, beautiful invites by Tara Spencer. I’m going to have to frame one, they’re so damn pretty.…

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Notes for my daughter: my favourite words

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I love language. I’ve always been a word-nerd – collecting them up from Famous Five books (determined; kitbag) & my mum’s weekly women’s magazines (devastate; masturbate – a regular on the problem pages, although it was some time before I could really pronounce or understand it). I’d absorb them by osmosis – so sure that the imaginary land my soft toys hailed from – California – was my own wonderful invention. Playing with a puffalump in the garden one day, I was…

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