It’s easy these days to gift anything you want to your special someone, but gifts are remembered when they are personal and creative. Thanks to InstaMosaicStudio I was able to gift Harry something special just to remind him how special he is to me. 2019 marks 10 years of us knowing each other and I wanted to commemorate that.
‘Tis the season of giving and love. At such a time I wanted to gift Harry something personal which he would love. I searched and searched – till i stumbled upon Photojaanic. They are a truly unique company which makes amazing personalised photo desk calendar online.
Without wasting time, I searched for our travel photos and customized the calendar and was very happy with the results! Each month had a special moment and memory.
How To Make A Customised Calendar
It’s super easy. Just pick some of your best photos that are in good resolution. Go to Photojaanic.com and click on the type of calendar you want. It will redirect you to an online editor, where you can upload the type of photos you want for each month. After making sure that the design is perfect- just go ahead and order. It’s as simple as that.
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If your friend or SO also loves customised gifts- then Photojaanic is perfect. Not only do they have personalised calendars, they have personalised fridge magnets, photo prints, mounted prints, cards, premium albums and more!
Just choose a perfect memory of you both, and make a personalised photo print out of that. It’s perfect to frame, keep it on the table as a frame or just hang it on the wall to remind you of the good times you had!
When people think of the state of Madhya Pradesh, they mostly think of it in terms of its rich cultural heritage. Madhya Pradesh has many cultural and historical influences, which has meant that the handicrafts in Madhya Pradesh are some of the most sought-after in India. Chanderi might be the most famous of them all, but there are still many lesser-known handicrafts which are sure to amaze even casual shoppers and aficionados.
From fabrics and rugs to rag dolls and figurines, Madhya Pradesh is sure to have what you are looking for- else, it is sure to have something that will make you glad and happy. Let us take a look at some of the best handicrafts in Madhya Pradesh.
Travelling with friends or just travelling; this has become a favourite plot for Bollywood recently. From road trips to Goa to road trips in amazing international locales, Bollywood has done it all. Here are some of the iconic Bollywood- inspired road trips you can also take:
Recently we got to experience the brand new Hyundai Creta. The beautiful interiors, the sunroof, in-built GPS and comfy seats made for a lovely ride to Rajasthan. We decided to visit the beautiful fort of Tijara in Rajasthan. A place as royal as the ride we were in.
Indonesia is an amazing country that’s long been a favourite for backpackers. It offers incredible beaches, beautiful jungles, volcanoes, and some incredible cities. The blend of modern living in the big cities and rich cultural and historical heritage in the countrysides draws so many visitors to Indonesia every single year. But a lot of them end up going to the same place. Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 tiny islands, the most famous of which is Bali. It’s the typical backpacker location with buzzing beach resorts and secluded countryside to explore. It’s easy to see why so many people flock to Bali every year. The beaches are beautiful and there are so many amazing things to see there, but what about the rest of the country. Bali might be great but it’s certainly not the best Indonesian island. If you only go there and nowhere else, you’re really missing out on some of the incredible things that the rest of the country has to offer. If you’re planning a trip to Indonesia and you’re only looking at Bali, here are some other great islands that you should definitely add to your itinerary.
Though train rides are amazing, but the whole ordeal of booking a train ticket is not. Since PayTM launched their own train ticketing service, it really helped us book our train tickets with ease. Being travel bloggers, booking, being organized and planning things in advance is important for us. We usually book our tickets months in advance. With Paytm in the picture, booking our travel tickets is now easier and hassle free.
If you know me, you know that I love comfort over anything else. But now that I also have to look good for the gram, I have to sacrifice that just a teeny-weeny bit on my travel footwear! I tend to carry only one or two solid sandals for walking and a one pair for those fancy nights when I have to go to a party or dinner. So, here we are. These are some of the best travel footwear that I carry:
Basic Brown/Black Sandals:
Now, let me warn you these are pretty hard to find. I’m not talking about the flimsy sandals that they sell which are just looks. I’m talking about the solid pair which you can walk miles in. The material is super soft and comfy, like leather but not leather. I have brown ones from Forever 21 which have survived in pouring rain, 10 km walks and just anything in between. Like the one I’m wearing in the photo below. Of course your travel footwear need to be trendy too!
This is a no-brainer. But ALWAYS carry one pair of stylish, basic black or white sneakers with you. When your flimsy, stylish sandals are unable to take the load, these travel footwear are life saviors! Because of my love of all things black, of course I have black sneakers from Puma. But never under-estimate the power of a solid sneaker when on a holiday!
Fancy dinner date sandals:
Yes, of late I have been carrying these too. Since my long & flowy evening dresses don’t look good with either of the shoes above! I usually carry block heels as they are comfy, look good and I can walk miles in them! I usually carry either my grey block heels , gold block heels (which goes with anything!)
I usually don’t like these personally as I love wearing open sandals at all times, but these go really well with all kinds of dresses too. They give a formal look but since they are flats, they are super comfortable!
Let’s be honest here- almost everyone is struggling with the new Instagram Algorithm. In order to beat the algorithm I have been reading up on way too many articles. From “How To Get More Instagram Followers Right Now” to “How To Increase Your Instagram Engagement” – the articles online are a plenty! But what I’m offering you is a daily guide. In this blog post, I’m going to show you how to double your Instagram Engagement in 5 days. It’s not as daunting or difficult as it sounds. Promise!
It’s not that hard to beat the Instagram algorithm, all you have to do is understand it and work around it.
So, what is the most major factor in Instagram algorithm that allows more engagement? It’s interaction. In the form of likes, comments, DM’s (Yes! Now DM’s are also a part of the new Instagram Algorithm) and even Instagram Stories.
Below is a day by day Instagram route that you can follow to increase your Instagram engagement.
Day 1: Use Relevant Hashtags
Now, we have all heard this one. But there’s a constant debate as well. How many hashtags are too many or too less?
In my opinion, if Instagram has given you a tool that can make your account reachable to more people- Use It!! Use at least 30 hashtags in each post. (Disclaimer: Instagram has a new rule where you can’t use more than 30 hashtags)
Use hashtags which are synonymous with the content you’re posting. For example: if you’re posting a photo about food, then use only food related hashtags. If you use #London, it’s not at all relevant to the image and there’s no point in using that hashtag.
Also, did you know some hashtags are banned by Instagram? Yes, it’s true. This is the list for 2018.
The list keeps changing, but using these hashtags might lead to a shadow ban as well. How to know if a hashtag is banned? Go to the “Explore” page on Instagram, write the hashtag. If nothing appears there then the hashtag is banned. DON’T use it and risk your account!
If you use the right hashtag and if your Instagram post becomes very popular, then it might even appear on the Explore page! Which means, more engagement and more followers!
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Day 2: Create Instagram stories – fuel a conversation
What started as a fad, is now Instagram’s most important parameter of engagement. So, if you haven’t already joined the bandwagon, then please do.
Because Instagram stories are not just a random Instagram tool, it will help in increasing your Instagram engagement.
If you’re an Instagram page who wants to grow, then show people your daily life. Connect with your current and prospective followers through Instagram stories. Give them a behind the scenes look, or just share some photos of your day.
There are many new tools in stories like live (to go live) normal (to take a photo or take a video), boomerang, superzoom, rewind, hands-free, or stop-motion. If you have more than 10k followers, then a Swipe Up option will be available as well where you can share links.
Below I’m sharing some fun Instagram stories Ideas, so that you can get a head start and from there on use your own creative ideas to connect with your followers:
– Share a Behind The Scenes look:
If you’re a travel blogger, then show then how you click great photos. Show your gear, tripod. When you’re actually creating a photo, take them to a location and show the behind the scenes action.
– Use The Poll Option/ the Slider Option:
There’s a new slider option as well with the Instagram polls which is a fun way to ask your followers which idea they like more. Just as a starter, try on two outfits and ask them which one should you be wearing to an event. It makes your followers more connected to your life and they feel valued as well.
– Go Live on Insta Stories:
This is also a great way to directly interact with your followers. If you’re out on an event, then just go live. Talk to your followers, tell them about the event and just let them ask you questions.
– Share a tutorial:
If you’re a fashion blogger, then show how you style your clothes or show a DIY fashion trick. It helps people get more invested in your life and if they learn something useful, they will come back to your page for more such info!
– Make people want to DM you:
Now, let me tell you that Instagram DM’s are also a way of increasing engagement. The new Instagram algorithm has now included Instagram DM’s as a form of engagement as well. So, ask a question, ask for an opinion- make people want to have a conversation with you. Building relationships is the only way to increase Instagram engagement.
Day 3: Post Consistently
I can’t stress on this point enough. If you think Instagram is just about posting one post in a couple of days- you’re wrong.
With so many accounts popping up here and there, the competition is harsh. And if you want to increase your Instagram engagement, then the first rule is to post consistently.
For me, posting everyday works. But it can differ for people. Some people go ahead and post multiple times a day, some post alternate days. But don’t forgo posting more than one or two days.
Instagram works like this- If you get more engagement on one post, then it will show your post to more people in the next post. But if you stop posting then you’re right back to square one. Consistent organic engagement is what Instagram wants.
Day 4: Engage with other people To Get More Instagram Engagement
Every time someone comments on your photo, make sure to reply back! This is really so basic, and takes a few minutes only. And making relationships through comments is one of the best ways to increase engagement.
Even with the accounts you follow, don’t just like their photo. Leave a meaningful comment. This strikes with the person you’re following and in return he might just start following you and even commenting on your photos!
Engaging and building relationships is the number one tool to increase your Instagram engagement and Instagram followers as well.
If you want to really fuel the speed of the engagement, then join Instagram pods. These are basically WhatsApp and Telegram groups where a lot of Instagrammers post their daily posts. Each person has to engage with atlas 5 posts above them. This makes a chain and in turn increases everyone’s engagement. This is one great way to get new Instagram followers as well.
Day 5: Write long captions that makes people want to comment and gives an insight into your life
Many people don’t give too much value to Instagram captions. While yes, the photo does the talking , but if a strong Instagram caption supports it then it’s gold.
A good photo just elicits a like, but a great caption elicits a comment.
And as we all know, the Instagram algorithm values comments more.
They key is to give an insight into your thoughts and feelings. If you’re a travel blogger, then you can also give a background of the place in the picture, your experience in the city, tips to roam around the city and more. Ask questions, play a fun game, give valuable info or tell a personal story. These are all great ways to fuel people to stop scrolling and actually engage with your post. This is a sure shot way to increase your Instagram followers as well.
You can also try writing emotional captions which really move people. It might anger them, connect with them, make them take an action or even make them go click on your blog website.
What you really want to do is create such an account that matters to people and makes them want to stick around.
And just because you’re starting out, doesn’t mean that you should get disappointed by the people who are already above you. Everyone has their own story, their own pace and everyone is capable of creating a story.
So, do just that. Create such a story and mark through your content that people really do stop and engage. That’s how you can increase your Instagram engagement.
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