A few days ago I got the most instagram likes I've ever received. I'm at 370+ right now for this photo. Which, for me, is a heck of a lot. A few people have asked how, and what I think works. I really can't pinpoint why. Seriously, I can't figure it out, but I'll take it for sure. First and foremost, I think people like pretty pictures. Whether it's your face, a building, your outfit, flowers, whatever.

Just like a blog post, there needs to be a point. I've never really had a blog “niche” just like I don't intend to have an instagram one. I like to post pictures of everything. Where I'm going, what I'm doing. That's more authentic for me, personally.

Instagram has taken over as the most influential social platform. I haven't quite cracked the code of why certain people and images get as many followers and likes as they do (although Whitney's class certainly helped!)

But here's why I follow people on instagram:

They like and comment on my photos. Just like with blogging, it's important to interact on instagram, too. I notice when people like my photos and I especially notice when they comment on my pictures. It tells me they have a vested interest in what I'm posting, and they took the time to read the caption. @thedailytay comments on almost all of mine, and I really appreciate it. She's also traveling in London and Dublin right now and her pictures are amazing.

A photo posted by Taylor Grace Wolfe (@thedailytay) on Mar 22, 2015 at 11:11am PDT

They have pretty pictures. @whitv‘s instagram is a perfect example. Every single picture is gorgeous, crisp, and all around likeable.

A photo posted by Whitney Blake (@whitv) on Mar 16, 2015 at 11:58am PDT

Another example? @meetmeinparee – all her photos have a similar aesthetic, are fun, and showcase her personality.

Their captions are funny. Pictures do tell 1,000 words, but not all of the words. Funny captions hook me instantly. @iamsarahwebb always cracks me up. Also, her profile “about me” is on point.

Their images tell a story. @sophlog is awesome. All of her pictures are pretty, but I feel like I'm also getting a glimpse of what's going on in her life. In that, I want to hang out with her.

A photo posted by -Sophie Loghman ? (@sophlog) on Mar 22, 2015 at 6:33am PDT

What really helps me is being consistent on instagram. Posting daily really helps me keep my mojo going, a lot like with writing. For example, I've participated in Whitney's “21 Day Photo Challenge”.

A photo posted by Helene Sula (@heleneinbetween) on Mar 23, 2015 at 11:28am PDT

I've decided for the month of April I'm going to start my own instagram challenge that we can all participate in. There will be a prompt for every day in April (that list is coming soon!) along with a hashtag: #30PhotosInBetween

I hope you'll join me. No really, please. I'm secretly afraid I'm going to be the only one using this hashtag.

Why do you follow certain instagram accounts?

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