How To Post Daily On Instagram Without Going Insane

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Anyone who follows me on Instagram (please do if you don’t already as I want to find more bloggers to follow!) may have noticed recently that I have started posting more frequently. By more frequently I mean that I now postΒ e’ryday. It’s not easy when you work full time because photos of spreadsheets and emails are not particularly ‘grammable.

Sure, I’m probably not posting as frequently as I should be to build up my account, but I have still seen a nice steady increase in follows since I did start posting on the daily.

So how do I do it without going completely and utterly insane trying the source/create the best photo EVERY DAMN DAY? Well, it’s pretty simple really.

Take photos in batches

This could be something that Captain Obvious might say, idk, but taking your photos in batches makes life so much easier! I like to take my photos at the weekend, or sometimes in the evening after work (y’know, making the most of this lush weather we’ve been having).

By having a batch of photos, you can pick and choose what you want to post and not feel the OMG PANIC when you don’t have anything particularly interesting to post on a day.

Don’t be afraid to use old photos either – I see it all the time. IGers using snaps from their holiday last year with a “take me back” caption.

Don’t obsess over a theme – just take decent photos!

I know that a lot of people want that #dreamtheme on IG, but an account that looks too themed is SNORE. Just focus on taking good photos and utilising the right hashtags (more on that later), and you’ll see engagement and followers improved. Take it from someone who has seen it work for them. Sure, I’m on less than 700 followers so my advice might seem unsolicited, but we all start somewhere.

But don’t pressure yourself

You want your photos to be decent – not perfect. You won’t always have the time to perfectly craft a photo and if you put too much pressure on yourself to do that, you’ll soon give up on IG or run yourself into the ground.

Don’t forget that great photo editing apps like VSCO, Photoshop Express and Snapfeed exist – they’ll help turn around questionable lighting and improve the saturation and contrast to fit in with the rest of your snaps.

Use a scheduling app

The IG queen Rhianna did a great talk on Instagram at a recent event, which I managed to catch over on Facebook. She seriously changed my life by introducing me to Planoly. I mentioned it in my recent apps for bloggers post, but it needs a special mention here too as it means I can schedule my IG posts days in advance, with captions, ready to post when I get a push notification to my phone.

I will usually schedule a few days in advance, and set the push notification to come through in the morning before work so I remember early in the day to put it live. I don’t know if there are “optimum” times to post to IG, given how frickin’ weird the algorithm is now, but I have found mornings tend to work quite well for me!

Another great thing about Planoly is that you can see how your photos will look on your IG grid before posting them – while I don’t believe in sticking to a regimented theme, you may want your photos to have a certain “look” to them that makes your posts consistent. For example, I tend to lower the saturation on my pics to avoid overly bright colours.

Get friendly with hashtags

So, it is pretty obvious your photos will be seen by more people if you utilise hashtags well. That’s Basic IG 101, really. But did you know you can save yourself a hell of a lot of time by saving hashtags in batches on your phone? YEP. Another pro-tip from Rhianna is to use the Text Replacement feature on your iPhone to come up with a phrase that you’ll type which will then be replaced with a bunch of related hashtags. This makes things SO much quicker when you’re posting daily.

For example, I have a text replacement phrase of ‘instalifehash’ which when typed, converts to a batch of 20 hashtags to use for lifestyle related IG posts. HOLD UP! 20?! But IG lets you use 30 hashtags! Well, the last 10 spaces I reserve to include 10 hashtags specifically related to that picture, or day related hashtags such as #flashbackfriday or #throwbackthursday etc etc.

If you don’t have Text Replacement, but do have a Notes function on your phone, you could always save your hashtag batches as notes and just copy and paste them when you need them.

Don’t forget, when using hashtags you want a mixture of ones that are super popular (e.g. 1m+ posts) with those that have less. Your posts are more likely to be seen this way. A couple of hashtags I use for almost all of my posts are #lbloggers and #bloggervibes.

Tip! When researching hashtags, search on IG to see how many posts that hashtag has and then type it up in an email on your laptop/desktop. Create your batches in the email, then send it to yourself and copy and paste them from your phone! Try and have as many batches as you can, mixing up the use of different popular and relevant hashtags for variety. If you overuse the same hashtags, you might get shadowbanned (probably, idk as it hasn’t happened to me yet!).

That daily iG life doesn’t have to be a stressful one – just follow these tips and have fun with it! Got any other tips to add? Pop them in a comment below!

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12 Comments

  1. July 11, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    I’ve been wondering how people schedule Insta posts for a while – SO glad you shared this!! Thank you πŸ™‚ x

    Alice // The Rose Glow

    • Cat
      July 11, 2017 / 10:40 pm

      You’re welcome! It is *so* handy being able to schedule them! Especially seeing as you can do it from your laptop as well x

  2. July 12, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Great post, I had no idea about text replacement – how do I do it? I’ve tried to up my insta game recently but I struggle to post every day. I’ll give you a follow I’ve been using UNUM, similar to Planoly and it’s great to see what your grid looks like beforehand. I don’t stick to a theme either, as a lifestyle blogger I want my IG to reflect my life as it happens not a dozen of white flat lays.
    Thanks for sharing your tips,
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

    • Cat
      July 12, 2017 / 9:57 pm

      I sent you a tweet about the text replacement πŸ™‚ I was tempted to try UNUM but wasn’t sure on what the differences were (if any!). Yeah it’s so boring when a grid is just white flatlays all the time…variety is the spice of life! x

  3. July 13, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    I feel you – I’m posting once a day as well and it can be SO stressful sometimes! I used to do twice a day and I don’t even know how – I just don’t get enough quality pictures for that now. I’m so happy that I have a few holidays coming up as I’m hoping I’ll get enough photos to last me until Christmas :’D x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Cat
      July 13, 2017 / 2:52 pm

      I couldn’t be dealing with twice a day, once is still a struggle! Oooh yes, holidays are super handy as you can share the photos months (or even years!) after and you know they look hella good. Enjoy your holidays! x

  4. Alice
    July 15, 2017 / 10:13 am

    There t replacement thing is GENIUS!! I have been copying and pasting my hashtags for absolutely years, how did I never think of it?

    Alice | Dainty Alice

    • Cat
      July 15, 2017 / 10:58 am

      I was manually typing them like a right chump before pahaha! Our lives are so much easier now!

  5. July 19, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    Great tips! I’ve never heard of Planoly, I’ll have to look into it! I swear by batch photo taking, and utilising hashtags.

    • Cat
      July 19, 2017 / 10:33 pm

      Yeah it’s definitely worth a go!

  6. July 29, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    I find posting first thing in the morning is the best time for me, so I have a think about it while I have a wee and do the post in that weird “wrapped in a towel but haven’t worked up the energy to get ready for work” part of the morning.

    • Cat
      July 30, 2017 / 10:48 am

      Yeah I usually try and post first thing too and find it is best. I wait until I’ve driven to work to post it, or schedule it in for just before I get to work and push it live then as well πŸ™‚

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