Tuesday, 26 March 2019

How to see who's unfollowed you on Instagram

Has anyone else fallen victim to the follow/unfollow rubbish on Instagram? Not just me then. To be honest, I already knew the answer to my question before I asked. But I wanted to let you know, you are not alone in this. 

I don't think there has been a day where I'm not casually scrolling through Twitter and seeing some other influencer/blogger/YouTuber feeling frustrated about this. So I decided to do a bit of research to understand what's happening. 

Here's what I found...

So I have categorised the issues into sections...

The follower count obsessed

There are so many people out there that want to increase their following so badly that they bulk follow a load of people and comment something meaningless on one or two of their pictures in hopes of gaining a follow. Then after you've been sucked in and followed them back, they unfollow you after a few hours. Sound familiar? 

The dreaded BOT

There are SO many of these on Instagram. In fact, a few times Instagram have done a sweep to get rid of bots on their channel - with little success it seems. Now you can spot a bot a mile away when they comment underneath one or more of your posts with something completely unrelated to what you've shared. I've had a few and just deleted them. 

Bots are something people pay for to auto-comment underneath your pictures. Why? Your guess is as good as mine because lets face it, I could live without them 100%. 

So what can you do? 

To be honest, I'm still trying to figure it out. However, I am focused on gaining a loyal following that I can also support (you can follow me here.) and socialise with and here's how:

  1. Be more social on accounts you really like - The algorithm sucks, so I try to go through my following and like/comment on their latest pictures to show my support. I usually do this once per week if I can. 
  2. Don't just unfollow someone because then haven't followed you back. I get this a lot, I don't always follow everyone that's following me and that's the same for many people I'm sure. But I don't unfollow people just because they have chosen not to follow me back.
  3. Post content you love and really showcase why you're passionate about it 
  4. Don't overload on the hashtags. Select hashtags that are unique and not over-saturated - that just attracts the bots (we don't want that).
  5. If you really want to know who is unfollowing you all of the time, there are apps you can get to track it - just type in Instagram Unfollowers in your app store. Saves you from going through your follower count one by one - I know you've probably tried that! 
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Monday, 18 March 2019

Hazelnut & Ginger Flapjack

I cannot explain how delicious these flapjacks are. I felt the urge to experiment and I came up with Hazelnut and Ginger Flapjacks. I also contemplated adding some chocolate chips which I think would honestly taste amazing as well. These were what I like to call 'healthier' options - which is a big fat lie because how can something filled with butter, sugar and golden syrup be healthy... 

200g Jumbo Porridge Oats 
100g butter 
40g light brown sugar 
2-3 tbsp golden syrup 
20g chopped roasted hazelnuts
1 tbsp ground ginger 
20g chocolate chips (if you wanted to go down that route)

Place the butter, sugar and golden syrup into a saucepan and heat gently until the butter is melted. Then add in your ginger and stir. Take the saucepan off the heat and add in your chopped hazelnuts and oats and mix thoroughly until they are completely covered in the buttery goodness you've just created. 

Once this is done, pour the mixture into a tray lined with baking paper and pat down with a table spoon until flat. You want the mixture as even as possible in the tray. Place in the centre of your oven on 190°C for 20 minutes. 

Once done, leave them to cool for 10 minutes before cutting them into whatever shape you like. As soon as they have completely cool, place them in an airtight container - these should last you around 5 days. 

Happy baking!
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