Okay, so firstly before I get in to things I would like to thank my uncle William for making me this website as a Christmas present (Yes I have had this website that long, only deciding to publish now!!) I am really not good at the whole website blog thing but I am going to give it a go, especially being here in America for the summer I do have a lot of time on my hands so I thought why not start it now! This first blog post is all about my experience on starting a social media account and starting a following. I get asked about this a lot so I thought it would be the perfect first post on my official website. So, let’s get started!
If you have been following me on my Snapchat, Instagram (and now Twitter!) you will know that I started off my social media based on make up and beauty. However, since then it has grown in to something a lot more than that, from fashion and style to advice and rants, I talk and post about everything now and I bring you through my whole life not just the pretty make up side of things. But, unfortunately (kinda) I am still called ‘LucyFitzMakeup’ on all social media platforms even though I am always known as Lucy Fitz when ever I meet followers (‘Lucyfitz’ was already taken ugh..) I set up my page in March of 2016, so just over a year ago. Currently I have 34.3K Followers. For me, my following has always been growing gradually. There was no dramatic increase or decrease, just always gradual. I was big into make up months and months before I actually set up my Instagram page and the final push to make me do it was a boy cheating on me. I know you are probably thinking “What the hell! how does a boy cheating on her make her want to set up a bloody make up page??” Well here’s why my friend, all my life I have been terrified of what people thought of me. From walking down the school halls to posting a new profile picture on FB, the anxiety I got from other people’s thoughts always took over my life. It came to a stage where I literally lived my life to impress others and not myself. I started to become really low and down all the time. It was really awful and I would not wish it on my worst enemy. That boy cheating on me finally made me realise that no body is really down for you only yourself. No one wants your happiness as much as you want your happiness (repeat those last 12 words three times right now, you will have a happy day) So that’s when I decided f*ck this I am going to make this Instagram page so I can post all my make up looks and do tutorials because I love doing make up and this is what makes ME happy. This was probably the turning point in my life, and by far the best decision I have ever made.
So, where to begin?? Choose a username. Something catchy and easy to remember. Try stay away from a lot of numbers and symbols as this can make it tricky for your followers to remember (e.g Lucy_fitz_makeup567) But at the same time you want to make your username unique and different!
Once you have your username over and done with its time to edit your page and get it up and running! Obviously before you start posting you need a Bio. For a bio try to make it as simple as possible but still very effective. No one likes coming on to a page and seeing a Bio full of emojis but at the same time no one likes reading a whole book on a bio either! It’s all about happy medium. Pick a theme for your Instagram page and stick with it. Give details that are necessary (age, country, email, type of blog) without giving away too much information (exact location, contact number)
Now its time for the fun part- posting! Try start off with a theme for your Instagram and then build from there (like I did with the make up posts) You need to keep your posts consistent if you want to build your following. For me, I never used a lot of hashtags at all, although I see the majority of MUA’s using them. Personally, I don’t enjoying looking at posts using a lot of hashtags, I automatically scroll past them because it just seems like a lot to take in (again, that’s my personal opinion) So for my posts I just caption with no hashtags. What I would recommend to do when starting out is tag bloggers of the same interest in your post. That way it will come up on their tagged pictures and they will see your page, that for me was a really good way to get recognised. The more frequent you are with your posts the more your following will grow. Don’t worry, it does take time but you will get there. I also want you to know that it is not all about how many followers you have. Quality over quantity. What I mean by this is, it is much much better to have 100 active, positive followers rather than 1000 inactive negative followers. I am blessed and extremely lucky that I have 34,388 amazing positive active followers that are always and have always been very good to me and because of that I can honestly say I would not mind if my following stopped growing completely, because I am over happy with the ones I already have (cringeeeeee but true, love yall) Last but not least share your name around! Get your friends and family to post about your page and share the link around. I got so many shoutouts when I started from asking people I didn’t even know! (again I am so grateful) I know this may seem a bit cheeky but hey, the worse that can happen is they say no! Although you want as many shoutouts as possible, you don’t want your page to be all shoutouts by returning the favour as this is not what people want to see.
I hope that has giving you some understanding on how I set up my social media accounts and I hope this has helped you in some way when it comes to your blog. Please do not be afraid, I remember my first bio on LucyFitzMakeup was ‘Do what makes you happy, people will talk anyway’ and I still live by that to this day. I know it can be extremely nerve-wracking but take the plunge and go for it! I believe in you.
Love Lucy x