THE FOUR FACES OF JAMES
08/April/2018 | Confession of yutakis, Photography
With the recent accusation I’ve kept silent as I’m more grown up compared to the old yutakis who was extremely vocal (if you follow me Long enough! 😂). After confiding with my friends @bongqiuqiu @yankaykay @mykxii @thatericboy, I feel I owe my Long term followers an explanation.
Today’s Instagram has a lot of the users finding ways to grow, whether as a influencer or not. Many are struggling, I too, am one of them.
Organically u can up your game on photos, content, be more interesting, or know more Friends.
There’s also gray-er ways, like following more people get more exposure, like more photos on explore pic to get noticed and grow on your digits. Comment more and make more online friends, like its name, social media, u need to socialise.
Some host giveaways, use relevant attractive materials/ gadgets to do giveaways, to grow.
Also with the new prompt function on Instagram, u can pay for more exposure and more likelihood of increasing your numbers, impressions, likes, I paid at times, for exposure on giveaways or sponsored posts, to get more people to join. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with paying for some posts to be “promoted”, it’s like a free value-add to my clients or in some ways a self-promotion tool. Instagram earns from it but if it’s so unethical or not organic, I don’t think they will allow this function? People can see it’s promoted post after all right?
I personally did a lot giveaways, through the years, mostly skin care, kpop albums, photobook, make up, concert tickets and even gadgets like cameras, I feel I grow the most from such giveaways, I could increase a few hundreds, to even 1k+ per day.
In recent years, while I m losing interest in blogging and being very inactive (I only uploaded 100+ posts in 2016), even lower in 2017. I get alot of people unfollowing, that’s the reason why I host a giveaway every 2-3 weeks. My following typically spikes everytime I post one, and I get tons of unfollows whenever I announce the winner(S) , normally it’s less than 5 winners, and I get 100-600 participants per giveaway.
One of the most significant jumps I had was back then I entered the Indonesian market with AFA, butler cafe, but I only attended one year. That one event day I grew 1-2k. Also once was featured on Indonesian fun fact account @faktanyagoogle, and within that 2 days I jumped 2k followers. These are the most significant jumps I remember.
My figures if you look carefully on the socialblade chart, it varies, it went up and down in between the figure of 60k to 65k followers in between that line, nothing too dramatic, it’s pretty unfair to compare me to people who have so much more followers and much more significant jumps.
For the past 2 years, I was handling depression, as well some internal dramas with my friends, family and building a new relationship. I stopped updating as regularly, and tbh, I understand why people started unfollowing me massively due to the lack of updates and constant quality content.
I m sorry that I wasn’t as hardworking as I once was, and I resort to using constant giveaways to gain followers, but I do have my own personal struggles that I no longer share it online. But I hope you guys could see that I still put in my 100% whenever I update a blog post. Sometimes it takes weeks of preparation, all that is hard work and effort that can’t be bought, and I take pride in them.
I’ve been blogging for 10 years, and some followers followed me for that long. I hope you guys can see my effort in other aspects, other than my figures on a graph, i hope I can still create more good content in future for you guys too. As for right now, my life is in a very good place, much better than how I used to be in 2015-early 2016!!
I rarely open up these days, but I hope you guys would stand by me, at times like this, and vouch for my hard work over the past 10 years. If you have stood by me all this while, I really thank you.
Thank you so much for keeping good faith in me!