I have enough trouble managing one account on Instagram already ‘how I should’. I don’t have a consistent feed or aesthetic, I don’t really post stuff on my stories. However, with these new goals of regular posting, a good aesthetic, using Instagrams features, and using tactics such as hashtags and engaging with similar accounts to get followers and likes, I have made progress with my account for this course. I don’t have as many followers and likes on my @dailydudevotionals account as my regular account, but I have seen how much these small differences in the content I post can drastically improve my account and the interactions with my account. I haven’t been as consistent with my posting as I would like to be, however, I am proud of myself for getting 2-3 posts out there a week. It can be difficult to write devotionals! Especially when I have a lot going on in my life, or I’m not in the best place. I think I have been doing a pretty good job with the pictures and stories I post all having the black and white theme.
I have a pretty good amount of followers, I’d say the ‘ratio’ is good. Most of my followers are students from DU, the students in this class, and a few similar pages. I have noticed a lot of likes from similar accounts! Particularly when I use relevant hashtags (#dailydevotionals, #dailydevo, #kingdomminded). Sometimes, I will use related hashtags (#love, #positivity, #kindness) and get likes on my posts from accounts who I don’t follow or don’t follow me, but who wants to send the same message to their audience through their content.
I think I have maybe gotten a couple comments, but I usually don’t get a lot of comments or shares. However, one thing I have received is a lot of DM’s from either my followers or people who have come across my page telling me they are proud of me or they really enjoy the content I am posting. I think something I can do to get more engagement with my page is to interact even more with similar pages, such as liking and commenting on their content.
One of my main goals from the beginning of this page was to put out content not only relatable to people of faith, but to everyone. I think I have done this well. My pictures are Bible verses, but the captions are always more generalized advice that vaguely follows the moral guidelines of Christianity. I wanted to convey the messages of kindness, love, patience, courageousness, anxiety, forgiveness, and individuality through my captions; all while being potentially helpful advice to college kids who might be struggling with similar issues as I am. I want my captions to be personal; like I am having a conversation with whoever is reading it.
I was really worried about making devotionals and having Christianity as the foundation of my page. I know that in the time we live in Christianity comes with a lot of negative connotations. Many openly Christian people, especially college students, are harshly judged and stereotyped or are even laughed at. I felt that this account could help me diminish some of those thoughts people have. Sometimes I am really scared to share my beliefs or stand up for myself, so I appreciate having a place to express myself and to help others through my experiences and the things I have learned through the Word.