Are you troubled by Instagram?  I can candidly say in the past, I was!  Instagram had me struggling for well over a year; I was constantly undecided on what to post, what to say, how to say it and how to engage my followers.  How were other Instagrammers hosting thousands of followers and my account was in the low hundreds and remained unchanging!  Am I that boring?  Are my photographs not good enough?!  These were the questions that plagued me and made me avoid Instagram and yet I was continuing on in my same sloppy manner with half-hearted attempts (when I did manage a post just out of duties sake).

One day however, in my search for improvement while Instagramming I stumbled on a lovely FREE course by Jenna Kutcher  called “7 Days to Cracking the Instagram Code“.  After a little research I decided right then and there things were going to change for me and this would be my start.  I decided to invest the time – after all, it was free!  Just one week to transforming my Instagram.  OK Jenna, I’m all in!!  Let’s go!!

I received my first email and was struck with a lovely and personalized note from Jenna. I liked her immediately.  Her opener was “Most days you can find me in yoga pants, working on the couch with a smile on my face and rescue pups in my lap. I am a wife to my hunky husband Drew and I love bragging about him. I am a wedding blogger, a lover of fashion, a watercolor artist, a storyteller, an educator, and a woman who always has her bags packed. We only have one life, I believe in making it count, keeping it real, and showing off my terrible dance moves. I love rescuing dogs, eating macaroni and cheese every Monday, and taking daily naps.”  Um….how can you not like this?!  I paid close attention as she had me at hello.  Was this an indication and perhaps the secret to her success?

 [Instagram] Meeting people with a face to see, a voice to follow and a dream to fall in love with!!! ~ Jenna Kucher

Homework on DAY 1:  

Engagement
The first day of homework required review of my past content.  I took a look at my last few images and posts that I had shared and was forced to think about shifting focus on “being profitable not just popular.”  After reading the assignment I thought “Hmm…I could do this.”  Seemed easy enough!  I went back to my first image which consisted of a wedding Image and a boring caption.  Ouch.  Clearly unimaginative….and candidly, the results were not there.

Image #2 was a cup of coffee and my caption read as:

“I love the feeling that comes with a super productive day…which seems to me, is never an accident! #production #photographer #serenity – 4 likes:

Many images to follow were the same.  Certainly forgettable captions and the results spoke for themselves!

Ok, baby steps.  That’s all I can take right now.  I had to admit, the problem was that my Instagram account was boring.  This was Day 1 but I liked it.  Jenna is forcing me to take a look – a good look and then made me stop and think about it.  Would it be madness to think of it as therapy?  I am looking forward to Day 2.