Today we’re celebrating a big milestone on the blog. After writing over 100 posts, I am proud to say that I’ve been blogging for two years! I honestly find it hard to believe that I’ve had this little corner of the Internet for so long now! It feels like just yesterday that I was deciding that a blog would help get me out of my boredom during the summer break between CEGEP (a Quebec thing) and university. Little did I know that it would turn into what it has become! If you had asked me two years ago if I thought I would be where I am right now, I would have laughed in your face. Me, a blogger? But I’m so happy I didn’t give up after two weeks! I’m proud of what I’ve turned this into, and I cannot wait to continue this adventure with you guys!

One of the things I always want to do as a blogger is to be more opened to my readers. I don’t share that many pictures of myself, and I have to admit that I hate being the center of attention (but I also kind of love it too? It’s hard to explain – I’m complicated).  So I try to compensate by telling you bits and pieces about my life through Instagram and Twitter. But I want to do the same on the blog too! Which is why today, I have decided to answer YOUR questions! All month I’ve been collecting questions from my readers, and I’m happy to be sharing the answer with you today!

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Ah, Instagram. I hold a love-hate relationship with this social media platform. (As most bloggers do.) I love how visual it is and how it allows me to develop my photography skills and express my creativity, but I HATE the new algorithm. I have been struggling with growing my account for months now (probably because I don’t put that much effort into it), but one of the things that I’ve learned is the importance of hashtags. Why? Because it allows you to expose your pictures to a brand new audience! My Instagram account may have a small following (about 600 followers), but I have an engagement rate of about 20-30%, depending on the photo. How do I achieve that? By using the right hashtags!

Want more likes and comments on your Instagram pictures? Click through to find out what my 30 favorite hashtags to generate engagement on Instagram are!

Did you know that you’re allowed to use up to 30 hashtags on Instagram? And some people are using only a portion of what they are allowed! To me, it’s like saying a blogger doesn’t use only Twitter or Pinterest when they could be using both. You have to use everything you are given to ensure you get the best reach possible! I know it can look spammy to use 30 hashtags in your caption. So what I suggest is putting only a few in your actual caption, and put the rest of them in a comment. The hashtags in your caption are the ones you want people to click on and interact with the most; the rest can be put in the comments.

I also suggest switching them up every once in a while. Switching them us every once in a while allows you to expose your photos to a brand new audience. Since Instagram changed its algorithm, it has become harder and harder for influencers to get their photos seen. While this new algorithm penalizes accounts who use bots (which is a very good thing), it has also made it nearly impossible for users with a smaller following to grow their account. So my tip? Use the right hashtags for your pictures. It’s okay to use some generic, lifestyle hashtags with all of your pictures, but I also suggest using some that are more specific about what you’re posting. Travel photo? There’s a hashtag for that. Coffee shot? There’s a hashtag for that too. Honestly, I think the best way to do it is to mix it up!

But the best way to generate engagement is… to engage with other users. Interact with other people using the same hashtag. Like their pictures, leave thoughtful comments. Follow your faves if you want to! The thing is, the more you engage with others, the more likely people are to reciprocate the gesture.

So, ready for some hashtags that will boost your engagement? Here are 30 of my favorites:

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A lot of bloggers do not use Pinterest to its full potential. Yes, Pinterest is fun because you can find cute outfit pictures, DIYs, and recipes, but there is SO MUCH more than that! And if you’re not using it right, you’re missing out on a big chunk of your audience! Your content has the potential to be repinned and to go viral, but it won’t happen overnight! Trust me when I say that not everyone establishes a Pinterest strategy. But you NEED one if you want to boost your traffic and your Pinterest following! Now that we’ve optimized our Pinterest profile for success, it’s time to ACTUALLY start bringing followers in! And the best way to gain hundreds of followers fast is to establish a successful Pinterest strategy!

Not everyone establishes a Pinterest strategy. But you NEED one if you want to boost your traffic and your Pinterest following! Click through to find out how to establish a successful Pinterest strategy. View Post

After two years as a blogger, I discovered that it takes you a lot of things to run a successful blog. I headed into this thinking it would be easy and that you don’t need much more than a laptop and a connection to Wifi to be a blogger, but truth is, if you want to grow your blog, you’ll need some help. Just like a surgeon with its instruments, a blogger needs its tools. These are 14 of the best blogging tools to help you grow your blog!

Just like a surgeon with its instruments, a blogger needs its tools. Click through to discover the best 14 blogging tools to help you grow your blog! View Post

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned as a blogger, it’s the value of Pinterest. As far as it goes for me, Pinterest has brought over 50,000 visitors to my blog since I became self-hosted and is my #1 source of traffic. It has made me grow my traffic from 300 to 18,000 monthly pageviews in 9 months. So I think it’s safe to say that it’s pretty important that I invest some time and effort into the platform. In the span of 7 months, I went from 182 Pinterest followers to over 3,000. How did I do that? By making sure my Pinterest profile was the best it could be! The first step to gaining followers on Pinterest is to make sure your profile is optimized.  So, want to get hundreds of followers every week? Here’s how to set your Pinterest profile for success!

Want to gain hundreds of followers every week on Pinterest? Click through to find out how to set your Pinterest profile for success! View Post