Evaluating My First Year on Instagram
I’ve been on Instagram for almost a year now so I thought I’d share with you my most liked photos from 2015 and evaluate how that year went.
I’m not entirely sure why it took me so long to join Instagram, but I’m glad I did: it’s a fun new audience and I’ve had some amazing comments!
My followers have slowly grown to just over a thousand over the year and I’ve been able to gauge to some extent what works and what doesn’t.
- These top 10 images are all travel photos except one showing that my followers clearly like that travel pics best!
- I had luck fairly early on when one of my pictures – the first in the list – went somewhat viral within Instagram. A feat that I haven’t replicated since. It did increase my followers, although a few dropped off a while later after seeing that I didn’t only post pictures of Russia!
- I’ve found – for me anyway – posting early in the morning has given more likes than later in the day – are most go my followers on Instagram when they commute, or when they are eating breakfast?
- My most liked images are vibrant and taken with either my Fuji X-T1 or my old Canon 5DII, generally the phone pics get fewer likes.
- I’m sure hashtagging helps but I’ve not got a solid foundation of hashtags that I use, I tend to just tag what comes into my head when I post (if it’s early in the morning, that can be a bit vague!)
- Interestingly, my food pictures fare better in comments than they do likes, food seems to get people talking!
- I tried a video (of the cute leaping reindeer cookies): that didn’t get many likes at all!
- Selfies suck. Well, mine seem to do anyway!
For year 2
I think I need to not post such a wide variety of topics, I should narrow down to travel images interspersed with truck camper #vanlife and the odd bit of baking here and there.
No selfies, and no abstract art or “Look how pretty this floor is!”
* I bet I still post a pretty floor!
Sunday Musings: My First Year on Instagram.
Ok, so this first picture is a complete freak! (As you’ll see from the number of likes in the photos below!). I still to this day don’t know why I had so many likes for this photograph: for a couple of days the likes grew and grew, it was an exciting ride!
This is one of my most favourite photographs so I’m glad it did so well. It’s a Totem Tree near Shamen Rock, on Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal. Russia.
This photograph of the Great Wall of China is my second most liked picture. It was posted a week or so after the Totem Tree so it may have been riding on its glory!
I had an influx of followers from the Totem Tree and this probably helped this image.
It’s a good picture which I put a lot of thought in creating – it’s actually a composite of two photographs so that I could have both the foreground of the guard-house window and the snaking wall in the distance in focus, and well exposed!
Picture 3 is of Ghent’s new modern City Pavillion. I posted it – rather randomly among my posts from Ireland – after a request for images from Ghent by The Guardian on Instagram.
That’s why it had a few more likes than normal, I think it got featured on a webpage about Ghent. I waited a little while for that cyclist to appear!
These happy stray dogs followed us on a trail in Cuc Phuong National Park in Vietnam and they were great company.
I don’t entirely know why this photo had an above average number of likes – I post quite a few dog pictures.
Maybe it’s dogs in an exotic lush location that’s the key!
This photo of a ficus engulfed ancient doorway in Angkor only just pips it by one like above the 6th! I wasn’t entirely happy with the square crop for this picture: it was originally a vertical image and the crop loses the lovely green canopy of the tree growing up from the top of the ruin. People liked it however, so what do I know! It’s the eastern gateway of Sa Som, the temple complex of Angkor, Cambodia.
This picture of fabric-bound Totems on Olkhon Island, Russia was posted just before the Totem Tree and it got a lot more likes once the Totem Tree got popular.
I’m pleased this recent picture of the Thundertruck was so popular, I’m happy to know that people like me posting pictures of it, it’s my home after all so it’s something I’m likely to post! The rainbow frames him so perfectly!
Everyone loves a winter wonderland! This picture of a snowy forest in the Cairngorms, Scotland certainly made a few people happy.
It’s quite an old photo (3 years ago) and I found it while looking for pictures of our old van in the snow.
It was good to share it again with a fresh audience.
The 9th and 10th pictures both had the same number of likes. This one, of a candle-lit game of cards in a ger in Mongolia seemed to ignite some wanderlust. I like the cosy atmosphere in this photograph, such happy memories too.
Finally, a food picture just makes it into the top 10!
Wild blackberry pancakes being drizzled with honey did the trick and got a bunch of likes. Hurrah!
I also added the recipe below the picture, an #Instarecipe!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this look back on my first year on Instagram.
I used Iconosquare to analyse the year, although unfortunately Iconosquare now only offers analytics for premium users (there is a free 7 day trial of it though).
Just looking at this chart makes me see that I need to start upping my game again!
If you liked the photos you can follow me on Instagram here: Vagabond Baker!
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