Insta Stories Q&A: Volume 1

Recently, I conducted a Q&A activity on Instagram Stories, where my followers and fellow bloggers asked me some fun questions. It was amazing to read all your questions and actually thinking over my replies. So many of you got back saying it was a fun activity and they enjoyed reading my replies. It was one of the most straight from the heart things I did on the channel.

So, for all those of you who missed all or parts of the Q&A activity, here’s the questions and my replies.

What is your daily routine like? Tell me more about your job and what are your holy grail makeup products. 

by @MakeupandLiterature

About my job, its a demanding 9-5 job as a Social Media Account Manager at a digital marketing agency. I handle the social media accounts, strategy and execution for a major personal care brand in the region.

My daily routine: Mornings start early for me, and my flatlays depend on whether baby decides to sleep a little longer or not. I have literally 5-8 minutes to get a perfect shot (including setup), before rushing off to work.

This also explain why a lot of my photos have the sky, metro stations and random escalators. I’m always snapping (and looking really silly) on my way to and from work.

With regards to my go-to makeup products, I usually get ready in a rush these days and so, they are quite simple.

  1. Maybelline Collosal Kajal Extra Black
  2. Isadora Glow and Contour kit (reviewed here)
  3. Nouba Millebaci no 7 lip stain (reviewed here)
  4. No 7 Lash Impact Mascara (reviewed here)
  5. Maxfactor Facefinity foundation (reviewed here)
  6. Garnier BB cream for days I’m really pressed for time (reviewed here)

Q. With your busy 9-6 work life and then coming home to mommy duties, what do you do to relax or have some me-time?

By @mumzynotebook

Well for a working new mom, I’d say the best form of relaxation is a good nap. Its been a while since I have slept through an entire night, so any sleep is always welcome! Apart from that, when I’m done with my daily chores, I like to curl up with a good fiction book at night while nursing my baby with her last feed of the day. Sidney Sheldon and Dan Brown are favorites.

Q. What is the most memorable event that you attended? What entices you to attend an event?

By @mehmoodtahira

Its actually 3 things:

  1. The product/service itself. It should be in line with the topics I talk about on my blogs and be exciting for my readers as well.
  2. Location. I don’t own a car, so it should preferably be accessible via public transport.
  3. What’s in it for me? – The open secret of blogging. We’re interested what is inside the goody bag, yes we all are.

Q. I want to become a mom content influencer. How do I go about it? 

by @phoebzs

  • To start off, spend a good amount of time thinking about your blog/screen name. Then make sure you have all your social media accounts/pages using the same name.
  • Don’t write ‘influencer’ on your profile 2 weeks after setting up your blog
  • Then start talking about brands, products, or experiences that you have tried and loved. Have an opinion and gain the trust of your followers. That is the most important thing. You can be truly called as an influencer only once your opinion can influence another’s purchase decisions
  • Lastly, once you feel that you have reached there, start identifying brands you would like to work with and start contacting them. Pitch with your media kit, which consists of follower count, engagement rate, etc.

Q. What can you say to other social media people who buy followers and use other’s pictures without credits? 

by @oneclassylotus

Well my take on that is – to each, his own. It all depends on what your priorities are when it comes to blogging. For some, it is a full time job and source of income. Hence, the pressure to sometimes resort to shortcuts to get huge numbers to convince brands to work with them. For others, they don’t mind a small set of loyal followers as long as they enjoy their art.

With regards to using images without credits is a big no-no. I have even brought some people to task for doing it.

Q. How important is a theme to you for Instagram and why?

by @womanindubai

They say: You can bring a horse to the water, but you can force him to drink. Similar is the case with Instagram. One great looking picture will attract someone to visit your feed. But a consistent look and feel, of beautiful pictures is what will keep him there and make him hit the Follow button.

Sometimes, we all like to visit certain profiles and scroll through their lovely pictures. @ChandniAtSheikhland, @meetmeinparee @raniaesper @reinventyourself @thesandgypsy @browseandbrushes @tjasha are some accounts with fabulous themes!

Q. If we do not like a certain product/restaurant, how do you think bloggers should tackle it?

by @thetrendchronicle

Assuming that you have already tried the product/or dined at the restaurant – the key is to be neutral and not put across your views very strongly. Any product or service has its positives and negatives. So instead of criticizing outright, I first talk about the positives and then list the negatives.

I’ve also seen that what may be a major turn off for you, may not be so for your reader. So I say, so and so was a no-go for me, but if you don’t mind it, by all means go ahead and try it out. The key is to be diplomatic at the same time truthful to your audience by making them aware of the downfalls.

I also have started this #SODrecommends, where only those products/services I truly love have been featured. So my followers know what hashtag to look for in a review post. See it for yourself here.

So that’s it! This Q & A session was so much fun, and I’m definitely looking forward to having more in the future. Thank you for all your thought-provoking questions, I genuinely enjoyed answering all of them.

Do you have any point of view on the above questions? Would you have answered differently? Let’s talk in the comments below! xoxo


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