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Why You’ll Never Succeed at Being Perfect

Why You'll Never Succeed at Being Perfect, a new vlog post with some social media info by @fillpraycloset

Welcome to my living room! Changing it up to see if you’re paying attention. So much has happened in the last couple of weeks and I learned a lot. Mostly, that I’ll never succeed at being perfect. Have a watch and I’ll see you after the vlog.

As promised, here’s the info that I talked about, you know in those “show notes!” 

As a community lead for The SITS Girls, I get to host Twitter chats and guest post for them. The first set of twitter chats I’m doing will take place April 11th at 10AM EDT. We’ll be using the #SITSBlogging  hashtag for “Saturday Sharefest”. Here’s a link to the latest link up so you can see what I mean (and realize how scary and crazy this thing is for me? Yeah!) Bloggers share their favorite post and we all jump on Twitter and chat about it. The next twitter chat is on Monday evening April 13th at 8PM using that same hashtag. I’ll be talking about that one blog nut you’ve yet to crack!

I’ve never hosted a twitter chat ever, so of course it makes total sense to host my first one with an account that has 40,019 followers <— no, I did not make up that number.

This will coincide with a post that I am writing about optimizing your time on social media going live on their site on Tuesday, April 14th. Talk about huge right? Huge.

Stay tuned for a teaser post on Tuesday where I’ll share even more social media tips with you guys that I didn’t share on SITS.

I applied on a whim to be a community lead for this network, I never thought I would get picked. To be completely honest, I forgot I signed up – that’s how little of a chance I thought I had. My mastermind ladies will tell you, I sign up for everything. Everything. I cast a wide net, so who can keep up, right? When I received the email, I almost choked on my new favorite tea, which is a Peach Ginger Matcha, by the way. 

This is what I’m talking about. You’re never going to be ready, you’re never going to be perfect. In fact, I was totally set on editing this video and getting rid of the “Peace out” part. I thought, that’s not professional, that’s not going to get you clients, that’s not…and then I thought, but that’s me. I’m serious when I need to be and playful, BFF when I need to be. I know the difference. So, play on baby, play on. 

Just get out there, apply for everything and see what happens. You may be completely blown away at what comes back. You only know what you know right now. That will change because you want it to. 

Take this example, I’m totally legit now that Taye Diggs follows me on Twitter. I think this means I made it, right? 

So does this mean I made it?! Am I big time now?! 󾔗 Come on, I know he has people that follow for him, but it made me chuckle 󾌴. #celebrity

Posted by Filling My Prayer Closet on Thursday, April 9, 2015

Why You'll Never Succeed at Being Perfect, a new vlog post with some social media info by @fillpraycloset

Show up for Yourself

Do you show up for yourself?

Show up for Yourself. Even when you're exhausted and you can't take another step, always show up for you. A vlog in where I share how I show up for myself and am working on implementing blogging productivity hacks and social media tips to keep my day more streamlined by @faithfulsocial

Another week, another vlog link up. I am loving these, aren’t you? This week has been rough. I won’t lie, work is crazy and my allergies are at an all time high. I even used my asthma pump twice this week. I could have easily bowed out of the link up, but I like adding this to my week. It’s real time and real talk. I don’t plan them, rarely have a script (unless it’s that lame index card that I finally threw out this weekend, I think?).  So have a quick look at my 3 minute “showing up for myself” vlog with pillows, as I hate on Charity because she’s so cute and always has a cup of chai in hand. I know, that face, it’s the best of the worst in bunch. Trust me. I’m a face maker. 

Here are the links I mention in this post:

On sharing your blog posts to Instagram

On multitasking.

On creating or boosting your content/editorial calendar.

On batching your work (or in this case, social media posts.)

On Chai with Charity’s vlog series. See that mug? She’s so cute!

For more #thoughtsonthurs vlogs, head over to JVKom Chronicles

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Looking for more inspiration? I’m always pinning inspirational quotes, memes and articles here!

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Show up for Yourself. Even when you're exhausted and you can't take another step, always show up for you. A vlog in where I share how I show up for myself and am working on implementing blogging productivity hacks and social media tips to keep my day more streamlined by @faithfulsocial

How to Start Sharing Your Blog Posts on Instagram

You’ve just hit publish on an epic blog post, of course you want to share it. Visual images are all the rage, aren’t they? But some feel that Instagram isn’t the place for blog posts for a number of reasons, but if you’re looking to build a brand, I say why not? I’ve had a lot of Insta-pals comment and say how much they loved the blog post and actually start a conversation with me about it .

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Is it crazy to think that you’ll get all of your referrals from Instagram? Maybe. But what are you blogging for? To get your name out there, share your writing with like minded people, or just to convert and see your numbers climb? That’s a brain teaser for another day. When my friend Emily sent me an email and asked how I share my blog posts on Instagram, I knew I had to share it with you.

Here’s how I share blog posts on Instagram.

What you need:

  • A place where you can type, copy and paste (preferably your email account, but anything will do so long as your typing it out and not texting it. Easier on the fingers.)
  • A beautiful image trimmed, just so, for Instagram’s pixel parameters (currently 640×640) or you can use a little hack I’ll share in a bit.
  • Instagram, duh (and that means a smart phone).

Create your graphic.

  • I create two images, at least, for my posts. One to share on Facebook, and the other to live forever on Pinterest. Here’s that hack I mentioned earlier: the Facebook image can be used on Instagram with virtually no cropping or any other editing. *gasp* I know, right?
  • Say you don’t have an image on your blog post. First, why? Second, we gotta talk, and lastly, you can use Canva, PicMonkey or any photo editing software you like to create one so long as the size is right.
  • Whatever you do, use a compelling image. What does that mean? It means the image is not blurry, your Grandma’s head isn’t cut off, there’s text overlay with an attention grabbing title, or an inspirational quote from your post, and it’s something that catches your eye.
  • Don’t have a compelling image? Go to morguefile, unsplash, or here for a whole list of places to snag free images.
  • Save the image to your desktop, or somewhere you’ll remember it. Trust me.

Begin to craft a compelling description in an email.

  • You want to be sure to have at least 11 hashtags. Interactions are highest on Instagram posts with 11+ hashtags. I wouldn’t suggest you go hog wild and #have #every #word #hashtagged. That’s a huge turn off. You have three options, one of which is my favorite, because strategy.
  • Use Tagboard to research beyond a general and broad tag, like #love, for example. You can also use Tagboard to brainstorm some great hashtags too. That #love example, when tossed into Tagboard brings back a few other hashtags to take a look at (#fashion, #beautiful, #cute, #instagood, #girl)
  • Strategy 1: Add all 11 hashtags to the end of your compelling description.
  • Strategy 2: Add all 11 hashtags interwoven or embroidered (that’s my favorite word this week) throughout your compelling description
  • Strategy 3: Add 3 hashtags in the comments after publish <— my favorite, because then you can cross post to Facebook and not break the “Facebook only likes 2-3 hashtags” rule.

Save your compelling image to your draft email.

  • See what we’re doing here? You don’t know the half. Eh, maybe you do.

Head over to bit.ly to create a shortened link that goes directly to the post you’re promoting and paste that into your draft email. 

  • You could just use the link from your blog post, you know, the original one. But we all prefer short and sweet, right. I am 4’11” 😉
  • Say you have a post you’re trying to push that has 9 words in it, because you’re feeling descriptive. Would a shortened link on a mobile device look cleaner, or would a mouthful of descriptive words? Exactly.

Send that email draft to an email address you have access to from your phone, because Instagram said so.

Now, the easy part.

Open up the email from your phone and copy all of the text, and save the image. 

  • If you have a cliptray function on your phone, all the better, you can copy all and paste where and how you need to.
  • If not, you’re going to play a little back and forth with your copy / paste. I set my emails in the order above so it’s easy either way.

Go to your Instagram profile.

  • Paste the bit.ly link in your URL (go to “edit your profile”) and save. Don’t know what I’m taking about?

Upload your image to Instagram.

  • Use whatever photo filter/s you like.
  • Here’s a tip: For branding, purposes always use one filter you’ll always love and stick with it. Every.single.time.

Paste that compelling description in with whatever strategy you’ve chosen (I hope it’s #3) and include “#newblogpost {link in profile}”.

  • That last bit is important, you’re directing your Insta-friend to the blog post, letting them know that it’s all ready for them to read.
  • Here’s a tip: Don’t just push all of your blog posts on your Instagram feed. Like everything, people like variety.
  • If you know you are going to promote a post on your Instagram platform, make sure you have other images in as a buffer. Need more rules around that? Let’s say for every 3 or 4 Instagram posts, you get to share your blog post image with your Insta-friends.  

Now that may seem like a lot of work for what could be just a handful of conversions to your posts (but a whole lot of conversation if you do it right). Some light on that:

  • With practice it gets easier.
  • No one says you have to promote your posts on Instagram.
  • No one says you have to promote every post on Instagram. This is your show, baby.
  • How else are people going to know you blog? Think they’re stalking your profile? Maybe they are, but I would bet they aren’t.
  • If your Insta-blog-promo posts are consistent (same font, same over lay, same coloring, etc) it’s a way to brand yourself, and that’s always a good thing. You want to differentiate yourself from the other quazillion bloggers out there, right? Right.
  • Remember, we don’t want to choke the feed with just your blog posts, right? Social media is about being social. So, be social!

I would love to hear what you have to say. Even if you don’t think publishing posts on Instagram is worth your time and effort. In the meantime, let’s be Instafriends.

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