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An FO, a Sprout and a chat about Instagram 

I try to keep my posts all about one thing and not mix up too much, but today I thought I’d break my own rule.

First of all, I said in my WIP Wednesday that I’d post a photo of my latest finished project. It is a Lush cardigan by Tin Can Knits and it was a lot easier to make than the last one I did! It’s in the same colour, with different buttons. The photo is totally rubbish because it’s hard to take a good photo of a flat cardigan! The recipient has now seen it so I can post a photo, I’m just hoping it fits.

I’ve also started a small business selling my handmade items and I asked what people wanted to see in my product range using a short questionnaire. The overwhelming majority of the 7 responses wanted Christmas decorations so I had a look on Pinterest and crocheted Brussels sprouts kept cropping up. I used this free pattern to whip one up, I think he’s very cute! (I think I’ll find some different ones to make and sell!)

This week has also seen a lot of action on my Instagram page for some reason. I am still bamboozled by Instagram etiquette though. You see, one day you gain a lot of followers. Some you follow back, because you’re interested in what they do, and others you don’t. Then the next day you lose about as many followers. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not totally obsessed by the stats, but Instagram does love to throw these things in your face! I’m really not into the ‘follow for a follow’ culture and it bugs me when people expect it. (Probably because I hate being bossed around and don’t like doing things just because someone tells me to!) 

What I want to know is how do you deal with the fickle nature of Instagram? Do you just not worry about losing followers as it’s better to just have those who are interested and not just following to get a follow back? Does it bother you when your stats seem to drop? I guess because I’m not relying on it for a business it doesn’t matter so much. I can see how young people can really be influenced by it, and get anxious about number of likes etc. I think I’m just bewildered by how much and how quickly things change on there. Maybe I’m not playing the game right!

What’s your approach to Instagram? Do you have any tips for playing the ‘game’ or do you just make up your own rules? Am I alone in my confusion? I’d love to hear what you think.

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66 thoughts on “An FO, a Sprout and a chat about Instagram 

  1. I love your Brussel sprout but I told you that on Instagram 😀 !!! As for Instagram – I’ve learned not to look to much at the numbers. There are people who clearly follow just so you follow back and then a few days later they have gone from your friends list. There are apparently apps that can do that for you or monitor that type of behaviour (so you know who to unfollow again!)

    I have also been asked for money to share my work or have people comment and like for days on end so I follow them back in the end and then I get private messages to offer random things for sale. I’ve grown a thicker skin but it still bugs me.

    Social media can be a total pain (don’t get me started on Etsy if you ever go down that road). Blogland is a much nicer place to be.

    Sorry, I think that sounds a little bit of a rant lol. Hannah xx

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      1. Ooh, your stuff is lovely. If you fancy Etsy then you should – I’m sure it would sell. A lot of it is trial and error but have a read up on how best to make a listing (getting title written to be seen etc and using tags etc). I put listings up and didn’t really have a clue what I was doing and now I’m trying to go back and sort them out but it is a painful process.

        I just want to make and sell pretty things. How hard can it be!!! 😆 🤣😃

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  2. I just started using instagram. I follow friends, and other accounts that I like…if they follow me back, fine, if not, I don’t worry about it. I’m not doing it for a business though, so I’m not really all that worried if I have followers or not. I’m sure I would feel differently if I were trying to attract business, but since I’m not, I don’t let it stress me out.

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  3. The cardigan is beautiful, I love the lace detailing at the top! I never even knew there were patterns for Brussels sprouts online, let alone that they were Christmas decorations, but yours is adorable. Are sprouts a common Christmas decoration where you live? I also don’t know a lot about Instagram, so I can’t really help you there. 😊

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  4. Such a gorgeous cardigan and a cute brussel sprout (my least fav vegetable!) 🙂
    I have no ideas for social media. I have recently opened an Etsy store after prompting from my friends. No sales yet but I’ll try it for a little while and see how I go. I need to add a few more items in the next week or so. As all this crafting is a hobby I’m not pinning making money from it. Hope you do well with your sales.

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  5. Ha, I love your sprout. We have frozen ones most of the year but love fresh ones at Christmas. Yummy 😋 I’m starting to hate ‘social’ media more and more as time goes on. I only use Facebook and Instagram with friends and family but find it can make people very unsocial as they use it to ‘keep in touch’
    Good luck with it and don’t stress too much x

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  6. Okay, first of all that brussels sprout is adorable!!! ❤
    Second- I am totally with you on the Instagram conundrum. I have been thoroughly confused about the loss of followers. I had been so close to getting to 500 and then it would dip back down, then up, then down. I was just so confused about how the numbers were changing so much and why so many people were unfollowing me. What you said makes perfect sense- that a lot of people are just following to get you to follow them.
    I agree that I don't want to follow a bunch of random people I'm not interested in just for the sake of gaining followers. I'd rather have a good group of pages to follow and people who are genuinely interested in what I post than have a high number of zombie followers lol.
    Hugs! ❤ Am I following you on Instagram? If not, I will! 🙂 hehehe

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  7. I love the sprout but I already told you that on Instagram..lol…I know what you mean though. I have found WP pals on IG and followed, and they’ve followed back, but I have also made other friends on there, a hard core if you like (lol) of other crystal/cat people. The follow/unfollow numbers game is annoying, but really, I just stick to what I know and people who are genuinely interested and interesting…although I must confess I am fascinated by the life hack and cake making videos…😸😸

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    1. Brilliant lol! It’s funny, I have met a few yarny folk on there too, and I follow my WordPress people. I do love a good food/life hack video too. I have blocked one or two people who irritated me with their silly diet pills and so on. It’s a funny old world. x

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      1. Ohh now I’m disappointed..I haven’t had any diet pill harassment! Some of the life hack tips really work too lol…my favourite one has to be the alternative uses for feminine hygiene articles..lol…one included putting essential oil on a tampon and using it as a wardrobe airfreshener! 😸

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  8. That’s a lovely cardigan! I have a love-hate relationship with Instagram. I love putting the pictures there almost every day, because every day I usually have something new to show and not that many people to show it to in real life. It also made me so much better at photography, because I’m trying to attract followers. To be honest, I only had 1 sale thanks to Instagram, and I’m there since…March?
    Instagram is fun, and I wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t. I met some wonderful people there and the comments always make me happy. I don’t care anymore if someone unfollows me, but I sometimes check on it and unfollow them as well, because I dont like a one-way communication and it de-clutters your feed 😀

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  9. Love the cardigan and I am sure the receipient will love it. I don’t offer things for sale and I don’t use Instagram, but I do buy stuff! If I like something a blogger is making and I have someone I would like to buy a present for, then I will buy. If I am looking for something specific I go to Ebay!Have you thought of Ebay, then you don’t have to worry about followers!

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  10. I was dragged kicking and screaming into the Instagram arena by His Lordship two days ago. I like the idea of not feeling that I’m bombarding people who don’t want to see photos of my makes, but I find the element of judgement and competition stressful

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  11. First of all, I am blown away by your sweater. Beautiful, beautiful work! And those buttons are to die for! 😊
    Now, I’m sorry I don’t know anything about Instagram. It sounds like a hybrid of Facebook and Pinterest?? I have thought about getting an account for my business but don’t know if it’d be worth it.

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  12. Your cardigan is really lovely! And the sprout is a great, funny little ornament. Every day I read about IG doing this to people. I personally have given up looking at my IG numbers because of this. Like you, I don’t follow for follow, so will only follow what looks to be of interest to me. I have almost given up on IG anyway, so it’s not going to bother me!
    Good luck with your shop.

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  13. LOVE the fun little Sprout. He needs a name…
    Russell [the Brussel]?
    Bertrand Brussel?
    Babbage [the miniature Cabbage]?
    Chuckle Muscle [the Brussel]
    Scout [the Sprout]
    Chicken Out [the scaredy sprout]
    Of course … if it’s a girl it could be
    Miss Manage [the cabbage]
    Mrs. Bustle [the Brussel]
    Over and Out [the drunken sprout]
    Mrs. Tired Out [the mother of twins Sprout]
    Runabout [the athletic Sprout]
    Miss Sauerkraut [the German Sprout]
    You’ve started a business? Oooooo… well we all need a link to find you and buy! Is that possible Mrs.C? Perhaps you could put a permanent link in your sidebar here so that we can all find you really easily. A bit of advertising never did a crafty business any harm. 😉
    The cardigan … is even more lovely than I imagine it to be. It looks sooo soft. Like it would hug you as a Teddy Bear would hug you.
    It looks so delicate with all that lacey pattern at the top. So beautiful.
    GREAT makes Mrs. C.
    Now then …. about that link to your sales?? 😉
    Sending squidges by the bucketload~ Cobs. x

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    1. Lol at the sprout names! I will try to make a link to my business, at the minute it is only on Facebook but I’m sure I will branch out. Thanks for the lovely comments about the cardigan, I’ve got everything crossed that it fits. Take care x

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  14. I love your sprout! I don’t do Instagram, not least because we have such poor phone signal at home. I tried it once and felt inundated by an endless stream of photos. It reminded me of playing pooh sticks with the danger of offending people if you miss liking their stick as it rushes by!

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  15. So love your cardigan knit Mrs C.. and you seem to have completed it in record time. That little sprout so cute.. As for Instagram.. Thankfully I am not a member or on FB.. I have all on keeping up with those whom I follow on here.
    But I feel it is the same on WP too, like yesterday I got 15 new followers, but no one ever introduces themselves.. I have often left messages of thanks for the follow and many do not even respond.. So over the years of blogging I have not followed like for like unless I feel their content something I am interested in..
    I gain some and lose some all the time..
    But the real friends of WP click like, and comment and visit when they can… I know its impossible for me to get to comment on every post of every blog I follow, so never expect the same.. But I am happy of the time given when they can..
    I know we have built up a friendly community here on WP and enjoy my blog time..
    On another topic, the weather here has turned Autumnal all at once… Hubby managed to get the rest of the potatoes out before it rained this morning.. So that is one good thing..
    Have a good week Mrs C and oh yes.. good luck with your new venture,, I wish you loads of success 🙂
    Love Sue ❤

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    1. The WordPress community is super! I don’t get to see every post from the blogs I follow either, I just try my best. The weather here is just as autumnal, I feel like making soups and stews and lighting candles. Take care x

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      1. 🙂 I made Yellow tomato soup this morning, we had an abundance of small yellow ones, so made a huge pan and will freeze half.. Along with some Cheese and Onion Pasties.. So looking forward to lunch.. And by the way the night draws in Candles are needed lol 🙂 You too, take care Mrs C..

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  16. I pretty much hate instagram lol. I post a photo every now and then for my etsy shop and like some of the pictures on my feed (I only follow things I like/ people I know) but I rarely pay attention to the people who follow me as they always unfollow again.

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  17. Your sprout is so cute! Love the googly eyes 😀
    I don’t bother about people unfollowing me on instagram; if they’re not interested in what I’m posting then it makes sense.
    And I’m pretty picky when it comes to me following other accounts. I have to like what they post first of all, and I also look at how interactive they are and how many people they follow compared to their follower numbers. I guess I’m looking to support the underdogs!

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    1. Thanks. I love your attitude to Instagram, I tend to just follow people whose work I like. When a private account follows me I always feel a little odd about following back, like if you have to request to follow them it feels intrusive.

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  18. Honestly, my approach to Instagram is to not use it at all. Although it allows you to interact with messages it is not personal enough for my taste. You’re getting followed and unfollowed as well as likes on your photos because those are the main ways in which people express – in a primitive way – what they think about your content. On Instagram people upload photos to see how many likes they can get on the photos, mostly. I tried it out and got bored with it. I wouldn’t worry much about statistics on any site. I think a good exercise to try if you tend to think about them is to challenge yourself not to look at them for a period of time, say a week or two. The kind of work you’re trying to sell isn’t all about social media although you need that to let people know you have things for them to buy. For all of us interested in crafts, whether it’s just a hobby or related to products we wish to sell, it’s important to remember we’re in a “niche” area that doesn’t interest a big portion of the population. People are far more aware of and into Starbuck’s, Carolina Herrera, etc. Also, in general, popularity comes in waves because you aren’t Carolina Herrera. You’ll no doubt come up with something one day that is liked and shared to death and another day come up with something that isn’t received with so much enthusiasm.

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    1. Thank you, I mainly use it for inspiration. And it’s funny what you say as some photos I’ve posted have been very popular (unexpectedly so) and I have no idea what made them attractive. I certainly don’t depend on it for business (mainly as I don’t have my business name on there, my account is for my blog!) Thanks for your insights into it all. 😊

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  19. I love that brussel sprout but you know I hate the taste of them! That cardi is really nice the person getting it is super lucky. As for instagram, as much as I’d love thousands of followers to get my crochet noticed I actually have taken a step back and like most people on instagram sadly they are follower hungry so you will get alot of followers who want a follow and then will unfollow once you have. It’s the whole ratio of having more followers looks better than having that number of following thousands and only having a few followers. Anyways, don’t stress It used to upset me loads, as long as your posting and getting a nice set of likes and maybe even comments etc. The tip is that if you have a spare few minutes go through posts via hashtag and just like lots of pictures and even comment. It’s old school and doesn’t always get you tons of followers but if you take that time to interact etc. But social media is about competing which is sad lol! Posting a few times a day helps, I would say 2 times at least. If you have lots of followers and are quite well known you could get away with posting more than twice but other than that posting every hour or posting about the same thing can get annoying. Quality of pictures helps sometimes so using a clean background to make a basic thing pop etc and obviously hashtags. #instadaily #instapic are always a good one to add in your hashtags. It’s also a game of luck millions of people post every second with either the same stuff or different so you’ve gotta stand out. But again don’t stress just stick to the basics and eventually you will grow, facebook is alot more better for gaining likes as the promotion of your page or say a boost on a picture can help you can do it on instagram but from my experience it doesnt have the same effect. #WhyDoesSocialMediaHaveToExist anyways I don’t have many followers LOL i don’t post enough though cba 🤣

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    1. Lol, thanks for the reply! I don’t use the right hash tags and on my work days I don’t have time to post. (Work is quiet at the minute so I’m mainly just crafting!) I have definitely tried to improve my photos (you wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find a good photo taking spot in a 2 bed house with 4 people living in!) I don’t post enough to get zillions of followers either! 😀

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  20. I feel the same way as far as Instagram goes. I used to get really worried about losing followers, but I have relaxed a bit on that. I now follow people whose photos I want to see. I use IG mostly for my crochet so I follow a lot of creative people!

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  21. I don’t do Instagram but certainly as far as my blog is concerned I just follow things I like. If someone new becomes a follower the I will have a quick look but whether I decided to follow them or not depends of if I like what I see. If I follow then I do try to leave comments, though sometimes time runs away from me. I was taught if you cannot say anything nice then best say nothing, so that being that, what is the point of following something you cannot say nice things about lol.

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    1. I like your approach to it all, I only follow blogs I’m interested in too. I am guilt sometimes of missing notifications of new followers and not looking at their blogs, I must work on that!

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  22. The cardigan is lovely, I’m so glad you decided to share it. 😍
    Instagram is both so incredible inspiration and frustrating. When I realised that someone would follow you just to unfollow you the next day, I felt a bit tricked – not that I’m concerned about my follow numbers, but I don’t like being used either.

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  23. You’re definitely not alone in your confusion. I’ve almost given up on Instagram 😕 I love it here in Blogland 😊 It is a much nicer place.
    The numbers on IG used to drive me nuts…the up 5, down 7…to the point where it actually influenced my mood for the day 😳 Now I just shrug it off (or try to – more or less successful 😉) I don’t like the ‘Follow you, follow me’ game (even though I love the song 🤣) Okay…now I’m rambling 😆 I have to gather my thoughts
    My favorite are the ones that follow me, like a random post with the comment ‘Let me help you get more followers’…and they themselves only have 50 😂😂😂
    💕 the cardigan..it seems that you finished it in record time. I’m sure the little recipient is over the moon happy 😊
    Eeek for the Sprout 😆 That is just cuteness overload 😍 I love the names Cobs came up with 😅 I think Chuckle Muscle is my favorite
    ~ Tina xx

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    1. Lol! Yes I get the exact same feelings. I’m not sure I could call the sprout chuckle muscle, it’s a tad rude 😂 The cardigan was done in 9 days which is definitely a record.

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  24. Your cardigan is beautiful! I’m impressed, that’s a lovely pattern and it looks very sophisticated. I’m very happy I landed here and could read all the comments about Instagram. A friend pursuaded me to use this plattform and I must admit, I feel very much the same as you. It’s frustrating! And I thought it was going to be fun. Or at least put a smile on my face . 🙂 Followers coming and going like the wind. It’s something that I watch on WP too. If I get a new follower on WP and the person doesn’t like my work or write a comment I expect him to unfollow quite soon. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you, I think you’re right about the new follower thing. A lot of the time I get followers but no interaction. I try to like, read and comment on posts at least some of the time on every blog I follow. (I’m really behind lately!) The cardigan is a nice pattern to follow, but very technical I’m places! Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend.

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