How I Got 225K INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS - Part 1 -- The Beginning

in success •  last year

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This is the first time I'm sharing my Instagram success story. It's a story about persistency, patience, kindness, adaptability and a little bit of luck!

The story

The Beginning

I'm not even sure where and when the beginning began! It must've been years and years ago, when I still had an iPhone in stead of a Samsung and I decided to install Instagram for fun. I made some photos around the house and in Amsterdam, but I never gained serious followers. I didn't really get the point of Instagram so I stopped using it...

Until about a year ago!

Over a year ago I heard more and more success stories, I saw Instagrammers travelling the world making pictures, living the good life! I started thinking that maybe I should take my Instagram account more serious. First thing I did was clean up my account, removing all the photos. I wanted to focus on what I like, that what I really enjoy most in life: ART!


TIP: Focus on what you really LOVE


I knew that if my account would turn into a success, I'd better be focussing on something I enjoy doing. You really don't want to be posting daily about something you're not passionate about.

What to post about?

At the time I started posting on my Instagram account again, around november of last year, I was pretty excited about handlettering. So I decided my creations would make great posts on Instagram.

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I participated in a 30-day challenge, making new handlettering work every day and I connected with other people that were excited about handlettering.

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Once the challenge was over, I felt like I needed to move on to something else and created my own challenge. In December I decided to create a new creature every day. I kinda felt like giving up on Instagram, but this way I forced myself to paint or draw daily.


TIP: Whatever you do, DON'T GIVE UP!


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Gaining followers

I gained some pretty enthusiastic followers with my crazy creatures and I had a lot of fun creating these. Once my challenge was over, I had around 3000 to 4000 followers. Pretty decent ofcourse, but it was still my big dream to get noticed by a larger audience, having my art get published by a big account or maybe hitting explore on Instagram?

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Feeling lost

Once my challenge was over, I felt kind of lost. What was I supposed to post? What did my followers want to see? What did I want to make? I got my inspiration from Bored Panda, they shared this speed challenge that Mike Crilley came up with. Since it was a popular article and it seemed like a lot of fun to do, I decided to give it a go. I painted an eye, lips and an ear which all got a decent amount of likes, which made me decide to continue doing these speed challenges for a while. And then this happened...

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The Day my Instagram life changed

It was the day I became Insta-famous! My post hit the Explore page of Instagram and I gained a massive amount of followers. It was all pretty overwhelming I must say.

After that, all I had to do was sit back and relax...

NO OF COURSE NOT!!

A lot of work has gone into my Instagram account since then. I'm growing more and more aware of what the success factors of growing an Instagram account are. Like I said in the beginning: persistency, patience, kindness and adaptability are important factors.

More posts about these success factors will follow soon

STAY TUNED!


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Very inspirational and uplifting!
I wish you the same kind of success on Steemit and on everything that you are going to do with that attitude!

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Thanks so much! Glad to hear you like my story! I love spreading some positivity 💖

"It's a story about persistency, patience, kindness, adaptability"

Shoot, I'm going to need a work-ethic? I thought this was going to be a get rich quick post. ;)

Upvoted.

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Haha, yeah it sure feels like work sometimes 😅 It's tough, takes up a lot of time and gives me regular headaches. For me it's the best 'job' in the world though! 😄

Consistent persistence with aiming to exceed your limits is the formula for success. As they say, it is the journey, not the destination.

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Yeah, you're right! I'm not even sure what the destination should be, so I'm just enjoying the ride 😃

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Wheeeee! =)

Thanks for Share! like your post and love it!

I love to watch people succeed. It's nice to know your hard work is being rewarded. Congrats, and keep going!

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Thanks so much! I'm hoping to see lots of others succeed as well 💖

I should try this method on Instagram to get my art noticed

Who cares about instagram nowadays when we have steemit

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I believe the success factors apply to all social media platforms. I love Steemit, but I'm not gonna abandon other platforms for it. I'm hoping those other platforms will learn from Steemit though ;)

Great post, I'm learning more about social media as of right now and your post was very informative!

@artwithflo, thank you for the wise words. Makes me understand that I must keep on keeping on.

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Yeah, never give up! 😃

Thanks to share. It was awesome!!!! Upvoted!!!!

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Thanks so much, I really appreciate it!

Hooray!! I love it. Keeping being a shining example @artwithflo !

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Thanks so much my friend, I'll do my best!

Now I feel motivated to do good with my IG. 😂 And to do art everyday. It takes a lot of inspiration to do that. 😭 Congratulations on the 225k!

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Yeah it does! There are days that it gives me headaches 😅 I can't let my followers down though. Inspiration can come from anywhere! The best ideas come while taking a shower or driving my car I guess 😂

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Hahaha. I can definitely relate with the shower one! XD

I LIKE your attitude. And your little critters are WAY kewl?

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Thanks! I want to make some more critters in the future 😊

Wow, it is an inspirational story. I thought it is almost impossible to grow the account to this size on instagram for an artist. I only see the celebrities and foodies who managed to do that. I was helping my friend there, he makes amazing food photography and grew his instagram account to 25k. It was hard work and grow was very slow. I recently brought him to steemit, showerd how to write a post and now he starts from scratch once again :) His account is @instagoodfood, maybe you saw his work on instagram.

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Thank you so much! Yeah, it is hard work, maybe even more for photographers. I really enjoy watching food (and eating it XD) so I'll check out @instagoodfood, thanks for the suggestion!

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No problem. He is good, was even featured on few huge accounts and in magazines. It is good to see the progress from what he did at the begining.