4 Things Learned From Not Hustling On Instagram…

4 Things Learned From Not Hustling On Instagram…

This past weekend Kate and I went on a relaxing, fun, trip to St. George, Ut with some of her family. While I was able to write a blog post I wasn’t able to get a lot done as far as Instagram goes. I stopped commenting, liking, and DMing from Friday to Monday and instead put the phone away for relaxation (other than a couple photos I posted). I didn’t think much would happen because of it, but the amount of engagement dropped dramatically (about half) with just a short period of no Instagram hustle. Here are my takeaways from the weekend…

  1. I Haven’t Made It: There’s no other way to say it. If I’m not there hand holding my account, the engagement drops. It was a great reality check, the numbers were increasing (including engagement), people were clicking on the link in my bio, everything was on the up and up, but with out putting in the work it all dropped. It definitely showed me I haven’t arrived. I’m not yet one of those accounts that can take a week off, post a picture and get 100k likes. There’s a lot of hustle still to be had. I know, I know what you’re thinking…Mac are you even building a following? Is what you’re writing about even working if you leave for a couple of days and they all bail? The answer is yes see below…
  2. Natural Following Has Increased: There is good news…although the engagement dropped without my physical hand holding/hustling, the natural engagement didn’t. There was still a lot more engagement then the first photo I posted about a month and a half ago when I restarted the blog (a little less than double).
  3. No Days Off: When you’re trying to build something you have to be consistent. You can’t take days off. It’s the same with Instagram, if you want to build your following, engagement, and network you can’t miss days.
  4. There’s A Lot of Work to be Done: As mentioned above ^^^ you can’t take days off and there’s still a lot of hustle to be had. Until you’ve reached your goals, until you’ve achieved what you set out to accomplish there’s still a lot of work to be done. I’m obviously not there. So this week it’s back to the manual labor on Instagram as well as finding innovative, new ways to speed up the process.

Conclusion: Going on vacation is great and at times necessary, but find time to put in the work if you have big goals you want to achieve. Have you found a way to continue working even on your days off? Let me know in the comment section below. Cheers!!

2 thoughts on “4 Things Learned From Not Hustling On Instagram…

  1. I feel you on this. I took about 2 weeks off from my blog, which was at all time highs by nearly every measurement. During my time away everything came back down to normal.

    It was both enlightening and frustrating at the same time.

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