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A reel turnaround

Hello everyone. I am sending happy weekend vibes to you. As you might guess from the title, I’m back on Instagram. Does anyone remember last year how I spent three days on Instagram and then spent another four trying to deactivate my account because they kept burning hashtags and deleting my posts?

On Wednesday, I downloaded the app again and created a fresh new business account. My experience is much more pleasant because I’m not using captions or hashtags. Instead, my method for increasing my engagement has been to make demands and threats. This has worked so far.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I get asked daily why I am not on Instagram, so I created this business account to connect with professionals I meet through social audio.

Recently, I was fortunate enough to make friends with someone who works with Google to train business owners to use Instagram for marketing. Thus, I have a strong incentive to not toss my phone out the window.

Instagram’s smart tech is impressive, something Marvin Stone would have approved of. I’ve only been on there for three days, not scrolling or searching for anything, and it showed me my favourite dish: charcoal grilled eel on sticky rice. The person who posted the image also has his headquarters at Starbucks and like me, he has the same drink every time he goes there. I had better behave or that thing is going to publish all of my secrets.

So in one of the scenes for my upcoming novel, I wrote about a social media application that shows only one post at a time. One of the characters, Mimi Hollingsbrook, is preparing for her work day. Because she works in the Royal Household as Baby Pudding’s nanny, she has agreed to keep a low profile on social media. Against her better judgement, she decides to look at her feed, and notices something in a caption from a famous influencer. She has a meltdown after reading it. Within a few minutes, her response, which is full of expletives, gains 5 million likes. This prompts her to permanently archive her account. In a later scene, Mimi is given a taste of power when a quarter percenter asks her to decide about that influencer’s future.

When writing notes about the social media applications I would be using in the story, I thought about reactions from readers. I was convinced that this feature would never be adopted in the real world. However, at the moment, the trend is to be super minimalist on Instagram, with as few posts as possible. At this rate, if I don’t hurry up and finish drafting, I will be publishing historical fiction.

In further news, I have been sucked into the vortex and I am now managing my social audio apps on two phones. One for Clubhouse, Discord and Twitter, and the other one for Greenroom and Instagram. That’s because one of the apps keeps crashing if I’m in audio spaces on two others. (Don’t ask). Juggling two phones might look cool on TV but I’m an introvert, so it does not feel right.

Why, oh why couldn’t I have found a marketing firm that was good at their job? I could’ve been friendlessly redrafting my new book right now.

Please send prayers. Thank you.


Life is short, so let’s be decent.

14 replies on “A reel turnaround”

There’s certainly a lot of social media out there that I have never heard of.

On the other hand, I did enjoy the photo of the woman wearing spiked stiletto high-heeled shoes with her legs sticking out of the bathtub.

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Thanks so much. After this post went live, I found a club on clubhouse where people talk while sitting in their bathtubs at home. I had to leave as I had a strong feeling that my phone was going to fall in.

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I found this post both informative and a breath of fresh air. There was a time when I had two smart phones and a satellite phone and two iPads. I had a hell of time just juggling them without even touching the social media side of things, which I have all well in hand these days 😂

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Sean, thank you so much for your thoughtful remarks on my post. I envy anybody who does social effortlessly. Or who finds it pleasant. And I wish you all the best in your endeavours for the future.

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Man you are one busy bee. Social media is a full time job unto itself, never mind the stuff you actually want to do with your life. As an introvert, I can see how two phones would be horrifying. Plus I’m OCD so there’s that too. I’m hurting for you just thinking of that. I like your little video. I think the pictures would be cute as phone wallpaper. I don’t mean that to diminish anything, I happen to be very picky about that stuff.


Thank you so much, Hetty. Hopefully, when I find the perfect sales funnel for my business, I will not be needing to nurse these things so diligently. I removed the artwork, from both here and Instagram, as my commercial work belongs on Pinterest where it is seen by people who enjoy it. Thank you for viewing it.


And you may don’t need them. You don’t need the drama and the extra work. Not to mention the extra limbs you’ll need to juggle all of that. Thanks for your comment. Have a great weekend.

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