For a few years, Donnie and I published income reports on this little blog of ours. When we decided to stop doing them at the beginning of 2017 (you can read about our reasons in this post), we still wanted to continue to help bloggers, so we decided to do a series of “experiments” on the blog. The idea was to focus on areas where we felt like we weren’t awesome and really try to “crack the code” and figure out how to improve in those areas.
This month I decided to hone in on Instagram. As I sit here and type this, my Instagram following is sitting at just over 30,000 followers. While that’s not a tiny following, it’s not massive either. I’ve always felt like I didn’t quite “get” Instagram, so this past month I set out to try to understand it better and implement some new things along the way.
One thing that I struggle with when it comes to Instagram is that it can be hard to measure its effectiveness. Sure, you can measure the number of followers you have, but I’ve found it hard to justify trying to gain followers just for the sake of having a bigger number of followers.
If I try to measure the effectiveness of Instagram in terms of pageviews it brings to my site, it’s hard to justify spending much time on it because the number of pageviews I get from Instagram compared to Pinterest or search traffic is significantly smaller. (Google Analytics tracks Instagram now, and I also use a service called Link in Profile which allows me to see how many people have clicked over to my blog from a particular Instagram post.)
One thing I can’t measure is the people who see a post on Instagram on their phones, then hop on the computer to take a look. I’m guessing that number is relatively small though. Most people visit Instagram to scroll through pretty pictures, not with the intention of reading a bunch of blog posts, so I’m not sure how realistic is is to expect really big traffic numbers from Instagram.
Another way I could attempt to measure the effectiveness of my Instagram account is whether or not I could use it to generate income. I use the Like to Know It feature from RewardStyle to add links to some of the products in my photos, though I don’t see a ton of payoff from that strategy. (If you’re not familiar with Like to Know It, Instagram users are able to sign up for RewardStyle. When one of my followers who has signed up “likes” one of my IG photos that is linked with Like to Know It, they get an email with affiliate links to the products in my photo. If they click the link and make a purchase, I earn a commission.)
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A self-balancing scooter or self-balancing two-wheeled board, commonly referred to as a “hoverboard“, is a type of portable, rechargeable battery-powered scooter. They typically consist of two wheels arranged side-by-side, with two small platforms between the wheels, on which the rider stands.
Which Ones Are the Safest?
A better question to ask might be, “Which hoverboard won’t explode and kill me, resulting in a death so embarrassing it sounds like an Onion headline?” Fantastic and wise query. There have been a few reports about cheap version of the devices being sold with low-quality battery packs that overheat. And then, you know, explode. Unfortunately, these reports have all declined to name names—but most information suggests that units coming directly from China are the culprits. But, um, that’s a lot of them. A good bet is to opt for one of the popular brand names: PhunkeeDunk, Hovertrax, IO Hawk, Ninebot, and Skagway are all (relatively) big names in this market.
Really, though, if you see an ultra-cheap deal or some Groupon-type steep discount, take a hard look at those specs. And probably just don’t get it. Better to be safe than end up the butt of the saddest joke ever. If a deal seems too good to be true… it is.
Are These Little Kid-Friendly?
How dextrous is your child? If you are buying this thing for a kid, maybe check out a model that includes a handle. It’s basically a Segway for small people, but it’s certainly safer. If that’s just not going to cut it, then opt for a device with a lower max speed; 5 MPH is probably enough. Devices with bigger tires also a little easier to maneuver. The Ninebot’s middle knee rest feature might also help with balance.
So far my day has been going good but it has only been two hours. Most of the time I do my homework and then switch to writing my journals. I am very good right now I am in a whole relationship we go on and then off. my best friend Kayla set me and him together she said we always act like a married couple but I can’t argue with her because we do. But off that topic, the scariest ting happened yesterday with my niece. So she was in the bathroom and she was sliding her feet on the floor and fell backward and hit her head on the wall so she was unconscious for like 3 minutes and I had to call her 20 times then she jerked her body and she woke up and her eyes were white you could not see the black dot in her eye then she started crying then we had to take her to the hospital she had to get surgery cause the back of her head was busted and she broke her arm .
“My Weird Dream”
It was a Friday, my mom and my sister went out-of-town while Tariauna, Jhamari, Quan, Shardae and I were playing outside when Jhamari heard a dog bark he asked: “What kind of dog is that?” I told him that it was a wiener dog Jhamari being mannish like always started mocking the word repeatedly I told him to stop before I pop him in his mouth. All of a sudden, a little boy came to the fence and asked, “Do you wanna play?” As we were backing up Jhamari said, “We can’t cause, I can’t climb the fence.” the little boy says “I can.” Once the little boy started to climb the fence. As soon as he started I called Quan, Tariauna, and Shardae over. When we saw his hands peek through the fence we all ran in one by one terrified.
Tariauna slammed the door, and locked it, and she shut all the curtains. Her mom asked what was she doing and as she stuttered she said, “The the the ba ba ba boy and the the the fah fa fah fence.” My dad yelled in a concerned voice “WHAT BOY AND WHAT FENCE!?” After that he told my brother Tone to go look outside, and he called Jason. Tone said he did not see anything and 3 seconds later Jason was at the door my dad asked him “Do you got it?” Jason said yeah I got it so what’s the problem. Next thing we know someone was at the door my dad told all the kids to go next to my sister Tara and stay quiet. Jason asked “Who is it?” it was the people who lived behind us and they said their son just wanted to play with y’all kids, Jason responded “My kids don’t wanna play with yours!” After he said that we heard the people yelling “CHARLIE COME BACK HERE!” he runs to the window where we were sitting next to saying “Come on let’s play.” After 10 seconds of scary silence we heard a gunshot and then we heard it again he said “Come shoot some birds with me.” He shot again stating that he had 2 more bullets left he shot another one then he stopped. Having again weird silence then we heard…….BANG he had shot through the window grabbing hold of my neck leaving me no air to breathe. Struggling to get loose Jason could not shoot his hand cause it was a hard aim I had a little air left my nephew putting his biting habits to use so he bit Charlie’s hand. When I got loose I had to catch my breath then I suddenly I started to get light-headed and then suddenly I was seeing all black….
When I woke up from a daze it seemed like I was sleeping for hours I was lying in a hospital bed with a needle in my arm which was taking my blood. I couldn’t feel it when I was sleep but when I was up for a while it started to hurt really badly. I started screaming and tossing around in the bed and when they took the needle out of my arm it was huge seeing all that blood I instantly fainted again. This time I woke up strapped to a bed with a bright light in my face and two nurses with their blue mouth shields on. They looked up to no good but when they took their shields off I couldn’t believe it was Charlie’s parents. Screaming my lungs out they covered my mouth and nose with a cloth and that was the end of me ever seeing the daylight.
Knowing that I was no longer alive I still could hear sadness of my sisters wishing that I could have one more chance. But I knew that I was out of chances I could see my body lying there so innocent. Doctors doing everything they could just to bring me back but they were just wasting their time. Knowing that they almost lost me once and now they lost me completely but I was not giving up. I prayed and prayed and then I saw a glowing butterfly it landed on my shoulder and touched my cheek with its wings. Suddenly I felt pushing on my belly then I knew I was given that chance my sisters and my niece ran to me smothering me in hugs. Then that’s when I knew my dream was over.