From sliding into each other’s comments, we decided to plan a hangout and called it The Port Harcourt City Bloggers and Creatives Hang Out and to tell the truth, it was so much fun! ?This is something we plan to do more often and even on a larger scale, as you know building blogger friendships is actually very important. Tonye of Tonye Igbani , Tokoni of Toks David and I were in attendance although Desmond of Quirks and Outfits signed up but later canceled.
We met at Sweet Tooth Confectioneries at 14 Tombia Road, GRA, Port Harcourt, it’s a pretty decent dessert and pastries store. Our day started off with a lot of laughter, gelato, cake and coffee after which we discussed some blogger related issues.
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What we talked about.
Instagram and the Struggles.
It is not news anymore that as a blogger and creative, your Instagram feed has to look beautiful and organized but how far is too far? Handling an Instagram account has become work, it is a full-time job now that requires proper planning and laying out. Instagram aesthetics now affects followership as some people will not follow an account with poor aesthetics, we can’t actually blame anybody as no one wants to see a zero inspiration account on their timeline. The thing is we believe that a lot of people are going too far to have the perfect feed, posting pictures that they can’t even relate to all for the sake of aesthetics. To be very honest I used to be guilty of this, posting random pictures I don’t even relate to because I just felt it will fit well on my page. Tonye Igbani told us about a post she saw where the poster said: ” please tell all the Instagram influencers to stop taking pictures with flowers in their mouth and taking pictures of palm trees and ferns.” Instagram should be fun and be our creative workspace as bloggers but it should be real. Everyone wants to have a white wash Instagram or gray feed Instagram, some people have been able to flourish in this and Jeez their feed is beautiful. I think the question to ask ourselves is what is the point of my Instagram? This will help you find your style and let you flourish in it. We know blogging and the whole Instagram started as a western thing but we are trying so hard to westernize it here too. Everyone’s page is their own workspace and art, we can’t judge but let’s try to make it our style and not copy someone else’s page.
Replying to comments on our Instagram and Blog Posts.
When you have good content and pictures up, you are bound to have comments. As a blogger, for better interaction and relationship with your followers, it is good to try to reply comments and not ignore them. we have even noticed that on some pages the bloggers respond to just their blogger friends or accounts with large followership. Sometimes I get really lazy and just ignore my comments but thanks to the talk I had with my girl squad I’m going to put in more effort. We also need to learn blogger manners when asking questions in the comments section, Instead of How did you do this? Where did you get this? bah blah lets try this: Will a tutorial be on the blog? Is the information on your blog? Do you plan to post it on your blog? As lifestyle bloggers, we agree that everything that we do in life is great content and we always want to blog about it so if I give you all the answers in the comment section what will I blog about or rather how will I direct traffic to my blog lol. We are all guilty of ignoring some questions *covers face* but for the sake of manners lets reply and probably tell them to check the blog when the post is up.
Those were the major discussions but we talked just a little about style and fashion blogging. If you call yourself a fashion blogger, we actually want to see outfits that you wore out not just something you put together for the sake of a blog post and can’t even wear anywhere.
To sum everything up, after all, our discussions, random gists, photo session, and laughter I learnt the following;
- Whatever it is you are doing at the moment, you may not be perfect right now but don’t stop; keep at it until you get better.
- Know yourself and let yourself work for you.
- Gelato is best enjoyed with friends.
- Blogger friendships are very vital to the growth of your blog.
Thank you for reading my recap, there will be more PHC hang outs, I just need to find more bloggers and then boom!
Once again, thank you for stopping by and I hope you pick up a lesson from my post. I love and appreciate you for your support.