As exciting as the beginning of the year is, I think I like the ending the best. I love to take the time to reflect on everything that’s happened. One of my favorite parts of the end of the year is the Instagram Top Nine. Not only is it extremely fun to see which on my year’s photos landed on top, but it also shows me what I need to do more of in the next year as a blogger.
Instagram is an incredible tool. Not for just sharing my day to day life, but as a blogger. I’ve learned this year what I what to share and how I want to share it. For instance, I only share my blog posts on my stories and I share my life on my timeline. But I know that I can always improve. That’s where Instagram Top Nine comes in.
If you not familiar with the website, it’s super easy to do. Just go to the Instagram Top Nine website, enter your username, and get the photos that did best on your timeline for the year in one grid photo. It will also tell you how many likes you got overall and how many posts you had this past year. Pretty neat, right?
Well, it’s even cooler than just the concept. This year I’m using Instagram Top Nine to make myself a better blogger in 2018. I’m not using the device as something fun to post on my timeline, but to see what people really care about. Here’s what my Instagram Top Nine looked like…
There’s three things I’m looking at this year in my Instagram Top Nine. It’s not about comparing yourself to other bloggers or seeing who has the most likes or post overall. Instead, it’s about meaningful content. Do you want people to love your pretty photos? Be envious of your #ootd? Or do you want to use your platform to make a difference?
Personally, I want to do the latter. I don’t care about the rest. So I’m using these three things to make myself a better blogger in the upcoming year.
1. Look At The Photos
Obviously this is the most fun part of the whole thing, right? It’s cool to visually see what people liked — literally. Is there a certain color scheme that did well for you? Maybe people love when you post selfies or certain outfits or pictures of nature. Once you find this out, you know what to do more of in the new year.
I’m not saying that you should change what you post because of what people want to see. What I’m saying is that you’ll be able to see what is making the most impact on your timeline. After all, the most important thing overall — with or without the Instagram Top Nine — is that you’re staying true to yourself.
2. Read Your Captions
Don’t just stop at visuals. Take a scroll through your feed and read the captions under the nine photos that landed on top. Really take a good read. Don’t just glance. What do these photos have in common?
For example, every single one of my Instagram Top Nine photos have meaningful captions. In other words, I spent time to write something that means something. They don’t just have one witty song title as the bio. The captions have a bigger meaning.
Either they’re a call to action, asking others to comment something, or they give a deeper look into my life. There’s no coincidence that the top photos are both great photos and great captions. Not everyone reads captions as they scroll down a timeline, but if you can get them to, it will pay off. There’s almost always a correlation between top photo and number of comments.
3. Look At Your Best Photo
This one seems obvious, but it’s important. Even after you’ve figured out the correlation between all the photos and comments, the top one proves the most. Ask yourself a few questions — what did people like, what do you like, and what did they have to say?
My top photo was of my 1,000 follower celebration. People loved to see me hit my milestone. It was personal, fun, and had a good caption. It’s also one of my favorite moments of the year.
Yours is probably something similar. It might even be something that you were afraid to post. Whatever it is, figure it out and do it more. It won’t just give you better stats at the end of the year. It will make blogging even more fun.
These are the things I plan to do to make myself a better blogger in the new year. Do you have tips? I’d love to hear them in the comment section. I’d really like to see your Instagram Top Nine too, so tag me if you decide to do them!