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6 Ways to Grow Organic Instagram Followers without Using AI or Social Autobots

Instagram is one of the most popular social networking sites on the planet, with over 200 million active monthly members sharing 60 million images and 1.6 billion likes per day. If you have a brand or blog that you want to promote, you probably already on Instagram. You need followers on Instagram to be taken seriously. I am going to share with you 5 ways to grow organic Instagram followers without using AI or social autobots. 

Like 300 Photographs A Day

This is the easiest step, it will only take you 5-10 minutes each time. 

Everyone likes to be liked. Do you remember how you felt when you posted your first Instagram picture, how you waited to see how many like you got? 

Here is what I want you to do:

  1. choose a general hashtag: if this is your brand Instagram account and yours is a fashion brand, go with #fashion. Don’t choose a super-niche hashtag because there is not enough fresh content to like. A super- niche hashtag like #sexycustumefashion may only have a few new photographs in a day so you will run out of new photographs to like. 
  2. like 100 photographs at one go: the reason I choose 100 is because it is not too time-consuming. It is also safer. If you like too many photographs at one go, Instagram might think you are a auto-bot and suspend or even terminate your account. 
  3. like 100 photographs in morning, noon and evening: I do it three times a day because it is easier to remember. I like 100 photographs on my way to work in the morning, during lunch break and on my way home. Of course, you can always do more if you have the time, but do try to leave at least 1 hour in between.
  4. like photographs with less than 20 likes: if the photographs from a hashtag starts having more than 20 likes, use another hashtag. No one really cares who you are after 20 likes. 

The conversion rate is around 3-5 followers for every 100 photographs liked. It doesn’t sound like a lot now, but can be quite a substantial number over time. Say we be conservative and just get 3 followers for every 100 photographs liked. 3 x 3 (3 times a day) x 30 days = 270 followers in a month. That is 3240 followers in a year! Imagine if you do this consistently for a few years, you will have thousands of Instagram followers.

Some of you might say “you are just doing it for the followers”. Yes and no. I genuinely feel that each and every photograph deserves a like from me because they are all great. I am not forcing anyone to follow me. By liking their photograph, I am giving them encouragement. In return, they can follow me if they find my photographs engaging. It is a win-win situation.

Post A New Photograph Every Day 

This might prove to be a little difficult for some because most of us are part-time bloggers. We don’t have the time to write up a new posts every day. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a post to promote. You can post pictures of your everyday life, quotes, backstage scenes. 

For my travel blog Travel Kudos Instagram account, I post photographs from my trips, the ones that wasn’t written into a post.  This makes the ones that I use to promote my blog posts look more natural. 

Comment on 10 Photographs A Day

I write 10 because I comment only when I have something to say that is of value. After you have been on Instagram for a while, you can differentiate the comments made by auto-bots from real humans. You know it is a auto-bot comment when you see “I love the colours!” on a black and white photograph. Many auto-bots have evolved into comments with just emoji icons. I hate auto-bot comments so I would advise against it. It is just so fake. 

Follow Others … Only If You Really Want To

Following other Instagram accounts can give you ideas for your next Instagram post, but many people follow for the wrong reason.

There are many AI programs out there that can help you to auto-like Instagram accounts based on given hashtags. Although I agree it is a fast way to grow followers, it does have its risk. Following and unfollowing large number of accounts will make Instagram suspect you are using auto-bots (which you are). Instagram can suspend your account or even terminate your account. You can’t get your photographs if your account is terminated. All that effort and time, all gone down the drain. Just for a few more followers. Trust me, it’s not worth it. 

Use the @ Sign

Many people (including me) often forget that Instagram not only has the #hashtag, there is also the @tag sign. Try to tag a place, country, company, person whenever possible. This gives your Instagram more prominence. 

Use Videos Whenever Possible

Videos are becoming increasingly more popular than static photographs. Videos are moving pictures and things that move draws our attention. We want to know what happens next. 

These are the 6 techniques that I am currently using to grow my Instagram followers organically. I agree that these techniques are time-consuming, but you have to give some to get some. Of course, I can help you manage your Instagram account for a fee. 

Let me know what you think about my 5 ways or if you want to add in to the list, please leave a comment. 

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Books

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

I first read this book when it was published in 2006. I lent the book to my colleague and she never returned it (but she insisted that she has returned it to me). I wanted to reread this book so I got the Kindle version. 

Since then, “Eat, Love, Pray” created a worldwide phenomenon and it has apparently helped millions of women all over the world. Many women have since embarked on their own ELP trip.

I totally get why this book is so successful. Many of the things that the author, Elizabeth Gilbert, experiences resonates with readers all over the world. Every year, thousands if not millions of couple divorce, and many of those women have probably experienced some of that hopelessness that Elizabeth Gilbert experienced. 

For me, the part that resonates with me the most is the part where we (Elizabeth Gilbert and me) realization about mortality. She realized it when she was 9 years old turning 10, I realized it much later at 29 years old turning 30. I think it has something to do with the transition from the 20s to the 30s that shocked me how fast time passes. Wait, maybe I had it much younger. Since young, my life motto has always been “experience as much of life as possible” or something to that effect, I must have had this mortality realization for me to have this life motto? Anyway, from then on, I kept thinking of how fast each day, each week, each month, each year passes and how I have wasted each day. I can’t do much about weekdays when I have to spend the majority of my time working, but I have major issues with weekends where I can distribute time as I like. I end almost every Sunday with the regret and feeling that I wasted yet another Sunday, no matter how much I have done that day. 

According to this book “according to the mystics, this search for divine bliss is the entire purpose of the a human life”. In that case, should I also go to India for a retreat? I would definitely like to do that some day, but right now I think what I need to do the most is to swim/cycle as the doctor advises and get my back pain and knee pain sorted out. I also need to restart praying to God and ask God what I should be working as because I am not happy at my current workplace. According to this book (and I believe this wholeheartedly), I don’t have to be a Christian to pray, you can pick your religion (for those of us who are previleged not to be born into a family with strict religious ties).  

Most of all, I think the message that “Eat, Love, Pray” is trying to tell me (and anyone who read this book) is: no matter what you have been try, you can always rebuild your life back. What a comforting thing to know. 

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Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

It has been many years since the last Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows film adaptation has been aired, which marks the end of the Harry Potter and I am still having “Harry Potter Withdrawal Symptoms”. 

I was really happy to see “Harry Potter and The Cursed Child” but I wasn’t too sure about it being in manuscript form. I took a chance and bought the Kindle ebook. 

To tell you the truth, it is quite a letdown. It’s almost like an anti-climax to the whole Harry Potter trilogy. Harry Potter’s son Albus Severus wants to prove himself so he bring his new-found friend, Draco Malfoy’s son Scorpious Malfoy, on a journey through time. In the end, they did thaw Delphi’s plan and stopped her, but it still feels unnecessary. 

If the original Harry Potter cast really performs the play according to the manuscript, I probably will buy a ticket to watch it, but I am going to put it aside and re-read the Harry Potter books to console myself. 
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Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain’s death from suicide on 8th June caused quite a stir and many people are talking about it on Facebook.

I have seen Anthony Bourdain on television a few times but I am not really interested in celebrities. 

Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential caught my attention when it first came out in 2000 and I was very interested in reading it but I never quite got around to that. Someone on Facebook wrote something about this book and I remembered that it is actually written by Anthony Bourdain. I promptly bought the ebook on Amazon and I finished it in less than a week. 

Besides television shows like Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef and romanticised versions shown in Korean dramas, I have never stepped into a kitchen and seen what really happen behind those doors. Kitchen Confidential gives me a look into the real kitchen, where foul language, sex and drugs are a large part of it. It is a crazy world in there where they have their own lingo, where blistered hands filled with hideous constellations and angry red welts are a sign of pride. 

This book is part autobiography and part non-fiction, starting off with Anthony Bourdain describing how and why he got into the restaurant business and became a chef to showing how the restaurant business is really run and why many of them fail.

It is a hugely entertaining read. Anythony Bourdain is hugely entertaining with a wicked sense of humour. Just when you think you know it, he proves you wrong all over again.

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Series

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Range

Somewhere around the middle of 2017, as I looked at my dull and dry skin, I realised that although I am only 30 years old, my face looks like that of a 40-year-old. 

I made a promise to myself: I am going to take better care of my skin. 

There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to skincare, it is a matter of trial-and-error. Still, it gets really confusing when there are too many choices. 

I turned for guidance from celebrities and fashion bloggers, because they are supposed to be the experts, right? I tried the highly-acclaimed SK-II Facial Gentle Cleanser, SK-II Facial Clear Lotion and SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, but it is too damn expensive for long-term use for salaried workers like me. 

I remember I really liked the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mousse Cleanser when I used it a few years back, so I decided to try out the whole works. I got the whole works: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mousse Cleanser, Neurogena Hydro Boost Clear Lotion, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel,   Neutrogena Hydro Boost 3D Sleeping Mask and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mask.

Let me go through them one by one and give you my two-cents’ worth.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleansing Mousse

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleansing Mousse (Product)

Step 1: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mousse Cleanser

The cleanser comes out in foam form which means that I don’t have to lather up anymore. My face feel hydrated and clean after washing without that overstretched feeling that some cleansers gives me.  This is still one of my favorite cleansers. 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Clear Lotion

Step 2: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Clear Lotion

I like that this toner does not contain alcohol, so it does not dry out my skin. It does give me the occasional tingling sensation when I apply it on my skin, but that only happens when my skin is dry.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Treatment Lotion

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Treatment Lotion (Product)

Step 3: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Treatment Lotion Pre-Essence

This is the toner and it is alcohol-free so it does not dry up my skin. Infused with hyaluronic acid, this toner hydrates my skin while cleansing off the impurities on my face, leaving my skin refreshed and supple. 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel (Inside)

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel (Product)

Step 4: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

This is the daytime moisturizer. It contains an innovative progressive release system, which draws moisture from the air and release it into the air over time to combat dryness. It also contains hyaluronic acid for extra hydration and moisture retention. It claims to be able to moisturize the skin for up to 12 hours, but I personally find that it is good for about 4-6 hours in air-conditioned places. It does not clog the pores and a little bit goes a long way. Just a ten-cent amount is enough to cover the whole face. 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost 3D Sleeping Mask

Neutrogena Hydro Boost 3D Sleeping Mask (Inside)

Neutrogena Hydro Boost 3D Sleeping Mask (Product)

Step 5: Neutrogena Hydro Boost 3D Sleeping Mask

This is the nighttime moisturing gel. It contains Neutrogena’s Moisture Sensor Complex and hyaluronic acid which replenishes moisture when you need it and repairs skin barrier to lock the moisture in. It also contains antioxidant

lemon peel formula helps to repair the skin’s barrier against harsh environment aggressors. I don’t like that it contains fragrance and that it is too thick, but it does leave my skin supple and hydrated in the morning. A little bit goes a long way. Just a ten-cent amount is enough for the whole face. 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mask

Step 6: Neutrogna Hydro Boost Intensive Hydrating Mask 

It does exactly as what it says, it intensively hydrates the skin. It is a little expensive but the hydration you get makes it all worthwhile.

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost will always be one of my favourite facial product range to use, especially the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mousse Cleanser. It is my fall-back facial cleanser that is now readily available at all Watsons and Guardian pharmacies. 

What do you think about the Neutrogena Hydro Boost series? Tell me in the comments!

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Complete Notes from Singapore The Omnibus Edition by Neil Humphreys

After reading all three books, I have declared myself a Neil Humphreys fan. He talks about topics which I have always thought to myself but never had the guts to say out. I am humbled that an ang moh who stays 10 years in Singapore knows more about Singapore than me who have stayed in Singapore for more than 20 years. I applaud Neil Humphreys for his keen sense of observation and humor, turning peculiar residents of Toa Payoh into endearing characters. 

I was sad that he was leaving Singapore but I know that he returned in 2012 and have since produced two more books, Return to a Sexy Island: Notes from New Singapore and Saving a Sexier Island: Notes from Old Singapore. Till then, I am going to look for that Sembawang Hot Spring. 

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网络小说《如果蜗牛有爱情》也很好看哦!

如果蜗牛有爱情

我很喜欢《如果蜗牛有爱情》这部大陆电视剧,得知这个电视剧是由一本网络小说改编而成的,决定拜读丁墨的《如果蜗牛有爱情》。

王子文饰演的许诩非常到位,白白净净的。电视剧里的许诩会画漫画但书里的许诩是不会画画的。电视剧里许诩把同事画成动物,给整部戏加了一些很温馨的成分。

书里和电视剧里的季白不太一样,虽然在工作时都是很拼命的,但书里的季白有比较痞的一面,但王凯饰演的季白是很正直的。王凯好帅啊!

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电视剧《如果蜗牛有爱情》 太好看了!

如果蜗牛有爱情 1

刚刚看完《如果蜗牛有爱情》这部大陆连续剧,看到了一个和《欢乐颂》里截然不同的王子文。

王子文在《欢乐颂》里饰演的曲筱绡是古灵精怪和爽朗嚣张的,在《如果蜗牛有爱情》里饰演的许诩是安静内向的。两个角色那么的不同,王子文都演的这么好,我很欣赏王子文。

在《如果蜗牛有爱情》里,王子文饰演的许诩和王凯饰演的季白好甜蜜啊,是那种淡淡的爱情。

王凯饰演的季白好帅啊!

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《欢乐颂》 第一季和第二季 – 现代都市生活的缩写

欢乐颂1

欢乐颂2

《欢乐颂》在中国年开播后,简直红爆了。那个时候,我的很多中国朋友见面第一句话是:“你有看《欢乐颂吗》?” 

有这么好看吗?不就是讲几个上海女孩住在一个公寓里发生的事吗?

朋友对这部戏的热爱感染到我,这几天正好有空,我就花了几天的时间,一口气把《欢乐颂》第一季和第二季都看完了。

我现在终于明白大家为什么这么喜欢《欢乐颂》了。我们每个人都能在这五个女孩的身上找到自己的影子,而她们遇到的事也是我们大多数在大城市里工作的人经常发生的事。

安迪是我一直向往的女强人,聪明能干,赚的很多。但我现在知道我永远不会变成她那样的人,因为我没有她那么高的智商。

我觉得我比较像邱莹莹,不是很聪明但很开朗。

我也能在我自己身上找到一些关雎尔的特征。我们都是乖乖女,爸爸妈妈上我们干什么我们就干什么,但我比她叛逆。

在整个《欢乐颂》里,我最喜欢的就是曲筱绡。她敢勇敢的活出真实的自我,这是我一直想做但一直无法做到的。赵启平也是因为这点,所以会喜欢曲筱绡。我一直很在意别人对我的看法,但这是我的人生,我为什么要为别人而活?我决定了,我以后兴奋就高兴地尖叫,伤心了就大声的哭出来,高兴就开怀大笑。我要找回我自己。

曲筱绡有很多“妖精名言”,以下是我特别喜欢的几个:

  • 在这个世界上除了自己,谁都没有义务让你高兴。
  • 做人真正经,自己最累;做人假正经,身边的人最累;做人没正经,但只要有本事,别人都会说你真性情。
  • 常与同好争高下,不共傻瓜论短长。
  • 每次谈恋爱都摆出天长地久的架势,不结婚就算失败,累不累啊。谈恋爱就是看对了眼,天雷勾地火。与其在那想东想西,不如上前亲一亲抱一抱,你才能知道自己心里最真实的感受。想的越多越错。喜欢就上,别犹豫,谈恋爱就是谈恋爱哪有那么多的约束。
  • 我这个小公司养不起闲人,工作做的好你就是菩萨,我保证好吃好喝的供着你,工作要做的不好,你就是每天晚上加班到十点,我也一样炒你。
  • 爱情来的太得快去得也快,只有猪肉卷是永恒的,决不能为了一个接触帅哥的机会而放弃挣钱。
  • 凡是能赚钱的,就不是小生意。
  • 怎么反抗父母?一个字,狠!
  • 这个世界上只有父母是天生欠儿女的,所以对于你不想做的事情,不能一直做顺民,一定要拿出壮士一去不复返的劲头来反抗父母的权威。
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What She Really Wants by Barbara Delinsky – A Sweet Short Story

What She Really Wants was the first ebook I bought on Amazon after my father got me my Kindle Paperwhite reader. It was free on Amazon and I was looking for a book to test out my Kindle Paperwhite so I got this book. 

It is a short story about a husband getting his wife a present for her birthday. It is only 270-pages long, but I can really feel the love this husband has for his wife through Barbara Delinsky’s words. It is a fun and easy read that you can probably finish in 1-2 hours. 

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