It’s that time again. Time for me to ramble on at you about my favourite social media, chat about what you have loved on my Instagram channels this month and give you some more recommendations on who you need to be following.
You may have noticed a little bit of a change from me on IG, I’ve slowed down a little. I’ve gone from posting three – four images a day to typically just posting one or two at most. Some days, if I want to focus on my home life I don’t post at all. I find that not stressing over getting content out all day long leaves me far more time to actually enjoy IG as a channel. I love browsing through my timeline or the explore feed to discover new accounts and new ideas. I use IG stories a lot more these days and I share more of my everyday life on there ( if you are interested in what really goes on in the life of a food blogger – I can’t promise anything too exciting ). The stories are a quick way to share simple snaps that I take or just put up a photo which I don’t love enough to keep on my forever timeline. You know what I’ve discovered in the process? More of a growth in following. Because I have more time to engage with people. I’ve just about edged over 4.5k followers now, it’s a slow but steady growth and I’m happy with it – I would LOVE to get to 5k by my blog birthday in April but I’m not overly concerned with it.
What was popular on my channel this last month? Well the first two were simple shots of food I enjoyed at a local cafe. The carrot cake just edging forward to take the lead but closely followed by the French Toast.
Coming up in third place is a post I shared just yesterday. It took a rather massive amount of courage to post it and I have almost deleted it a few times but it will stay there because it’s important. It is a shot of me in a bikini, something I would have laughed at if you had told me even a month ago that I would share it for thousands to see. In fact it was 2 shots of me, one stood tall and posed and the other sat comfortably with a squishy belly and for once I looked at the images and refused to pick faults with either. I wrote a long caption to accompany it which you can check out if you click the image below but in summary I have accepted that this is my body, it is the only one I’m getting and it is healthy and works just fine and I’m learning ( slowly ) to respect that and love it a little more. The best thing which has come in the 24 hours or so since I posted it is the flood of messages and comments which tell me it has helped them or inspired them – yes the ones saying I looked good really made me smile of course ( I am human ) but the ones from people I don’t know who said it helped them made my day.
And finally this black and white shot taken on a walk with the girls recently:
That’s enough about my channel for now. Who do you need to follow this month..and why?
Let’s start off with:
Jemima from Celery_Cupcakes. Ah she has a gorgeous feed. Full of food, life and inspirational and motivating posts. Her posts make me smile and quite often I will be nodding along to something she has said. Another firm believer in the power of self care and self love, she also creates some beautiful recipes and has a fab blog to boot. Go check her out:
Next is Lisa from Lovely Appetite. Her feed is very much food centred with the occasional cute cat or dog pic too. She has far superior food photography skills than I and I especially love this photo below of what looks like a truly delectable s’mores pancake cake. Oh and she is a fellow Swansea blogger too!
Veering off in a totally different direction now with my next recommendation. Gary Vaynerchuck or Garyvee on IG is someone I think everyone should follow. He has the type of feed that you will follow and then spend an hour scrolling through saying yes, yes and YES. He has really motivated me on days when I have had no motivation and he is such a supporter of people – do you know what I mean by that? He sees that you can support everyone, lift everyone up and celebrate their triumphs and it won’t hamper your own but instead it will enhance your life. His positivity and general outlook on life will inspire you I promise.
Back to a foodie theme now with Gill Meller ( gill.meller) I was lucky enough to attend a class at River Cottage last year and see Gill first hand lovingly making and teaching us to create soda bread and herby butter – it was such an experience. He is a chef and author and his feed is beautiful. Worth a follow although I warn you it will make you hungry!
And that is it for this month..there are many..many more people I want to recommend but hey I need to save some for next month. I don’t want to spoil you too much.