Charity of the month – ActionAid UK

The charity I am supporting this month is ActionAid UK. This charity is focused on the rights of women and girls. ActionAid’s vision is a world without poverty and injustice, in which every person enjoys their right to a life of dignity. One of the biggest causes of poverty in the world is the denial of women’s and girls’ rights, so it is refreshing to find a charity focusing on these issues to help elevate poverty.

ActionAid UK deals with violence against women and girls, women’s economic empowerment, and women’s and girls’ rights in humanitarian crises. Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a fundamental human rights violation. It affects around one in three women and girls around the world and is a major cause of concern. One of the ways of reducing this trend of violence is by helping women earn a sustainable living. An empowered woman is a strong woman, which is why I am happy to see women’s economic empowerment at the top of the list of what ActionAid UK is all about.

Charity of the month – ActionAid UK

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ActionAid UK works in rural and urban communities across Africa, Asia, and Latin America, every day, all year round. The charity also responds to emergency situations arising from disasters or conflict. You can make a donation to help support the work the charity is doing here. If you want to sponsor a child, you can do so here.

There are also others of getting involved with ActionAid UK. You could organise a fundraising event, shop their Christmas card collections and other gifts, or become a campaigner. Have a look at their get involved page to find out how you could work closely with the charity. You can also watch ActionAid UK’s YouTube Video on violence against women and children.

Click here to check out some other charities. I am supporting. Have a lovely day.

Social Media Tips – Instagram is for art and creativity

The first mistake I made as a blogger was treating every social media platform the same way. It took me years to understand how each one works, and how I had to use them differently. I wrote a few weeks ago about how Twitter is mainly for chit-chat and networking. It took me ages to figure that bit out and it took me even longer to fully understand the ever changing world of Instagram. Instagram is not my favourite social media platform but it has grown on me. It is one of the trickiest social media platforms at the moment and one of the hardest to grow, which is why many influencers find it super frustrating.

 

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I made so many mistakes in the early days of being on Instagram and I am still learning how best to use the platform. It is not quite as straightforward as Twitter. The ever changing algorithms make it more difficult to find the right technique to grow your account, which is why many  users end up using bots to increase their engagement and following. However, this is not recommended.

Instagram is a social media platform to showcase art and creativity. It is all about pretty photos, videos and catchy captions! Here are 5 tips you may find useful in making the most of your Instagram –

 

Treat it as a standalone

Instagram is a standalone kind of platform. It doesn’t allow you include links in your photos/videos like other platforms, so you don’t get much blog referrals from it. The best way to handle Instagram is to use it differently from how you use other social media platforms, and not to promote every single blog post on it. The users of Instagram don’t want to be redirected to another platform. They want to stand on it, and Instagram has created the app to do just that. Trying to send your followers anywhere else won’t work.

My approach to instagram is very different now from how it was years ago. I don’t promote every blog post on it, only a few. I hardly even talk about my blog on there these days. I just share photos with captions that work. My blog link is in my bio so it is clear I have a blog, but I don’t try to drive every engagement I get over to the blog anymore.

 

Use the Instagram Stories

Another way of making the most of your Instagram account is by putting up stories. This is  something I only started doing regularly and I can see the results already. My engagement rate has increased massively so I know Instagram likes when you use the stories feature. I now put on stories everyday and my views keep increasing tremendously. So start putting up daily stories if you want your account to grow.

 

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Spend money on Instagram Ads

Now I know many people would not want to put spend money promoting their posts on Instagram, but if you want some form of growth, another way is to spend money on Instagram ads. I do this quite regularly and it has helped. The trick to this is to make sure the post you are promoting is worth the amount you are spending. I also spend the minimum amount I can most of the time and I am happy with the results I get.

 

Have an interesting bio

Since Instagram is all about art and creativity, it makes sense to be as creative as you can with your bio. Anyone who visit your page should know what you are all about just by reading your bio. You have a limited word count to use in your bio, so make every word count.

 

Use hashtags

Using the right hashtags can introduce your page to a new audience every time you post. I like to keep my hashtags to 30 or under and I use relevant hashtags with less than a million posts most of the time. It works but I won’t say it works massively. I do get an average of an extra 50 – 80 likes when I use the right hashtags.

 

 

What do you think of these Instagram social media tips? Do you have any tried and tested tip to share?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why You Should Unfollow Anyone Who Makes You Feel Bad About Yourself

Social media is a great way to show parts of your life. But people only share the best sides. When they do that, they unintentionally leave others who view their post feeling bad about their own lives, because they’re not measuring up. If that’s you, then you’ve probably started hating your experience online already.

My advice is to unfollow any account that makes you feel bad about yourself. Make sure that the accounts that you follow on social media uplift and inspire you to live your best life. Sieve out the accounts that don’t give you the motivation you need to shine.

 

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You need to stay away from anything that will tempt you to compare yourself with someone else

It affects the best of us. We see a beautiful picture of a friend or come across a status update saying that they hit their income goal and immediately we start comparing ourselves with them.

Sometimes you try to trick yourself into thinking that you’re assessing yourself so that you’ll know what your problems are and know which areas need your attention. But on the contrary, what this does is to crash your self-esteem and make you doubt your capability to achieve your goals.

 

You have to fill your online space with posts that inspire you to be better and achieve your goals

There’s nothing as demotivating as being constantly reminded that you’ve not reached your goals. Working on your goals is already difficult as it is. Help yourself succeed by surrounding yourself with positivity that will motivate you to keep hitting your goals.

 

Your purpose on earth is not predicated on you destroying yourself but on building yourself up

Life is already challenging enough on its own. So finding ways to self-sabotage shouldn’t even make it to your to-do list.

Of course, nobody plans to feel bad or have self-sabotaging thoughts about themselves while scrolling through their news feed. But since you do have control over what you allow yourself to see, then why not make use of it?

Consuming content that builds you up and helps you to be the best version of yourself is something that you develop over time. As you gradually and consciously decide to only follow what builds you up, then you’ll feel better about yourself.

 

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But then here is the truth…

It’s hard to unfollow. Some of those people whose posts make you feel bad about yourself are friends, colleagues, people you went to school with or even people you admire. The thought of unfollowing them makes you feel guilty. Or worse, it makes you feel like you’re a bad person.

But if you take a step back and look at it objectively, you know that your mental health means so much more than a bunch of accounts you follow on social media. Do whatever is necessary to attain that level of peace of mind. Remember, self-love is not selfish.

 

What are your thoughts on this? Do you follow anyone that makes you feel bad about yourself?

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