How To Get 20,000 Followers On Instagram

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I have a very big announcement I need to make in order for all of you to know how important I am.

So please, listen up. This is very, very big.

After YEARS of hard work, sacrifice, and discipline, I am SO excited to let everyone know that I... recently hit 20,000 followers on Instagram.

Did balloons just fall from the ceiling where you live? Because they did here. As I'm sure you know, this is a huge accomplishment and I am so proud of all of my meaningful, hard work that led me here. But of course it couldn't be done alone, so I have some people I'd like to thank.

First of all, to everyone I've ever gone out to dinner with-

Thank you for allowing me to ignore you roughly 5-7 times through out the meal so I could either post a photo, or simply check my likes! Thank you for understanding that food doesn't taste nearly as good to me as Instagram likes. I can't tell you how much I appreciate this!

Thank you fellow Instagram Bloggers for teaching me how to pose! Sometimes you don't have to look at the camera! Sometimes you can look down. Or look away. Those are basically the only other two options, but boy am I happy to have come across those poses. I would have never been able to come up with those on my own, that's all you, Insta Bloggers!

Dress found here.
Thank you, Cozy Saturdays! If there's one thing that's led me to success, it's faking a cozy morning in my fake white bed drinking fake coffee wearing silly colorful socks because I am oh so silly like that!

Same goes to donuts and coffee mugs, I would be nowhere without either of you! On a day when I'm jonesing for likes, you two always pop up out of nowhere like my precious little Instagram angel babies. "Post us, we'll get the job the done!" God love it.

Donut found at Stans.
I walked around for three hours holding a sticky, soggy donut trying to get the perfect neighborhood shot, but I think we can all agree I got it. SACRIFICES, people!

And of course my Hashtags. My dirty, dirty hashtags. I may try to hide you, and be ashamed I use so many of you, but I'd be a terrible person if I didn't admit you do what you need to do. Don't let anyone tell you you're less!

MVP shoutouts to #thatsdarling #abmEVERYTHING #photosinbetween and #lovelysquares I don't know what any of that shit means besides Helene's #photosinbetweens, but I appreciate it never the less!

Trader Joe's flower section, you are an absolute doll! You're always so pretty and bright and great for a cheap quick pic. While no one may understand why we post photos of flowers from the grocery store from time to time, it's darling and lovely never the less!

And you didn't think I'd forget my dear sweet white fur rugs. Where would I be without you, little rugs? Sitting on a couch perhaps like a real person? Lols! Jk. I would never turn my back on you. We get each other. You allow me to showcase my feet and one hand holding something (maybe a mug?) like I never knew possible. You've opened doors to things I never thought possible, like getting sent more free white rugs. What a world we live in! Anything is possible.

New Balance Sneakers.
Sometimes I can't help but scroll my feed and think, wow I'm doing great! Look at how much I've accomplished. I'm leaving a legacy here. And then I think, I hope everyone else realizes how great I'm doing. And if they don't, should I post more? Use more hashtags?

And most importantly, I have to say a heartfelt thank you to my insecurities, each and every one of you! I hear you and I appreciate you! The little voice in my head that says, you know what's more fun than working on a book or finishing your screenplay? Posting a pretty photo of your freshly manicured pinks nails holding an ice cream cone by a brick wall! Instant gratification, Tay! You got this. Post, post, post. Like, like, like. 

It is because of you, little voice, that I feel this constant need for validation on social media and will put aside almost everything else when I feel the urge to post a photo and fish for likes.

Jk, too dark? We're having fun! Everything is silly and fun.

Lastly thank you, ego. We all know you're running the show here. And boy would you be mad if I forgot to mention you!

And so I will end on this, reaching 20,000 followers *organically isn't impossible. If I can do it, so can you!

*the hundreds of Instagram giveaways and promos I've participated in over the years might have also helped get followers, but WHO KNOWS? Right? Like, who's counting? ...

We're all just doing our best here. Thank you for liking my photos, especially those of you who do it in the first minute because that's like clutch time, you know?

Follow me on snapchat @thedailytay for a behind the scenes look at how to be instagram mediocre!


  1. God bless those hashtags, because really, what do they mean? I don't even know, but Helene said to use 'em and that girl knows the business!

  2. 20,000 is a shit-ton! Congrats! I know it's lame to say that regarding follower counts, but I'm impressed

  3. Thank God for donuts... can always count on those to get a ton of likes on a Sunday morning! Congrats sister!

  4. Yes where would us bloggers be without coffee mugs?! Congrats on 20,000!

  5. #loveit CONGRATULATIONS! <3



  6. this is hilarious! congrats on 20,000! that's pretty impressive.
    also- shout out to harlow who can also get the job done! :)

  7. I like to know that I helped as I am one of your many followers & have liked many of your pictures. Awhoo hoo! @immandie2481 :)

  8. LOVE this post!! It is perfect and true...high five to the organic growth. I'm at 11k and it's been a couple of years in the making. #thestruggleisreal

  9. I'm just excited I made the MVP list. CONGRATS TO YOU


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