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.