Funny story, long ago I redesigned my Live Journal (back when Live Journal was a thing) with a McDonalds theme. At the time there was also a guy who was infamous for trashing other people’s work on his own blog to their own horror.
Well, my McDonalds blog was certainly featured front and center. However, I was honored. Most of the things I post online are in sarcasm anyway, if you know me, so the press was simply appreciated.
I realized today that I haven’t updated here with any of my newer products so this post is a shameless spill of pins and tees.
Also, side note, would anyone like it if I made and posted original phone wallpapers like the old days?
I just want to make sure you know about the main scams that have been going around the last few years (or more!) that are specifically designed to catch social media users. I’m going to tell you about the big 3 of them just in case you don’t know — I’m tired of hearing of you superstars getting snagged by some low life~
The Collab or Influencer Offer
Imagine this, you’ve just posted a photo of yourself and you look amazing. You get a comment from an account asking if you’d like to collaborate and asking you to DM another account, the same account, or reply! DON’T. If this is a legit company you will be able to tell immediately by visiting their profile. Companies do not tend to find influencers by commenting — they will email you. (Pro Tip: Always have your email on your bio if you want work!) This is generally a company that will charge you money (not a large amount) to send you a bunch of cheap knock-off clothes or accessories so that you can be one of their “Instagram Influencers.” Sadly however, you are just paying them for cheaply produced clothing and accessories. They may even promote your photo but no one pays attention to these spammy accounts.
The Sugar Daddy Offer
Let’s say you posted a cute photo only you get a message request in your DMs. It’s a random older man and he’s offering to be your “sugar daddy” or pay you an allowance for your attention via chat… as in, you don’t even have to meet! He may offer to Cash App you OR offer to transfer the money to your bank (by asking for your bank info and stealing YOUR money).
They rarely try PayPal but if they do, they will send a FAKE PayPal email to you about a deposit, assuming you will believe it without checking your balance. The same kind of action happens with any online payment app, you will receive a fake notification that money has been deposited and you may even be asked to pay a fee to access it.
It’s all an illusion. There is no money. They are trying to steal your hard earned cash in return for a big fat waste of your time.
The Job, Purchase, or Service Request
They aren’t always “too good to be true” offers. Sometimes it looks like a potential client is contacting you to offer you a job (depending on what you do — I’m a designer so I get offered fake design jobs) and you only need to accept their PayPal payment of X amount of thousands and send back $100 for their partner, fees, or whatever lie they are spitting.
They may also offer to buy something of yours you have listed on some other site, like Craigslist.
After you send the payment they will revoke the former payment, as PayPal often sides with buyers. They will get their illusionary money back and you will be stuck without your “fee.”
Listen — I know above ground pools are pretty ugly. They can be a mega eyesore from the siding to the filter. However everyone does not live in the suburbs (I don’t) nor do they have the budget to covert their entire yard into a pool paradise.
These days, especially thanks to quarantine, (dare this be a positive of lockdown?) many people in cities are converting yards into urban gardens, fire pits, eating areas, paradise escapes, playgrounds, and chicken coops! I selected all of the above and so I do not have the space nor desire to evacuate my garden or my massive chicken run. Thus, the above ground pool it is.
The only question is… how can we make it cute?
Enjoy this pool eye candy and please let me know what sort of design techniques you adopted if you also took on this project! I will also say DO NOT assume an above ground pool is less work. In fact managing the water safety, cleaning, and maintaining chemicals in them is a daily task.
Above Ground & Stock Tank Pools
If you’re looking for something a little less intense, try a cute blow up pool and float for the day. In fact, the current kiddie pool options are ADORABLE and perfect for a projected movie at night, snacks, candles, and a close friend.
A creature or spirit in Scottish and Irish folklore that has the form of a seal but can also assume human form. Alternative forms saelkie, selky, seilkie, sejlki, shelky, silkey, silkie, sulky
A typical folk-tale is that of a man who steals a female selkie’s skin, finds her naked on the sea shore, and compels her to become his wife. But the wife will spend her time in captivity longing for the sea, her true home, and will often be seen gazing longingly at the ocean. Once she discovers her skin, she will immediately return to the sea.
Filled with color, exuberance and power, this collection is for the Selkie women everywhere, setting themselves free.
Keep fighting to make the world more beautiful for every race, gender, and animal, but don’t forget about YOU, and the opulent option of covering yourself in pastel organza while you’re doing it.
Amber Renée Fawn Cunningham
Enjoy this donut croissant recipe (cronut) by Spruce Eats.
I’m not really sure why I’m drawing them now but you know picnics have just hit different since Covid, huh?
Not to be extra, I am just as happy with grabbing a bag of food or a pizza and heading to the park. That’s the best thing about picnics, they can be made out of literally anything. You can be as fancy or as low key as you want and it’s still fun.
What’s your favorite think to take to a picnic?
I’m going to offer postcard packs of these soon! Stay tuned. xx
“Artist Amber Renee’s shop, Miseducated, is ground zero for the best in kitsch, retro, kawaii, whimsical, and psychedelic pins and original art products. Active since 2018, Miseducated has over 600 sales and counting and a solid five-star rating. The positive energy and creativity is infectious and Amber prides herself in putting customer service as a top priority.”
“Not just cute. Savour the fresh baked flavor of the bread, made with 100% Japan-grown wheat flour, mixed with creamy milk. Every mouthful of the milky soft bread is rich and moist. Nothing but carefully selected Japanese ingredients. The succulent bread explodes with flavour with every bite. Come on in and try it. It’s purr-fect.” – Neko Neko Shokupan
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Ario Kitasuna 1F, 2-17-1 Kitasuna, Koto City, Tokyo 136-0073
When I saw this shop on Instagram I could not handle the cuteness. They said they would love a feature so please check it out if you find yourself in South Korea! I know I will whenever we are able to travel again.
Love is Giving Pink 19 @loveisgivingpink.19 19, Gwangan-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan, South Korea Open: 2:00-20:00 / 15:00-16:00 (breaktime)
Has anyone noticed lately when you post a photo to instagram… that your stats have plummeted?
Have you noticed a drop in your content engagement and followers?
I’m going to share with you the reason why and a few ways to work around it.
Engagement Has Dropped
Only 10% of your followers (or less) are actually seeing your content.
Even though they follow you, they also follow hundreds, or thousands of other accounts. Their feed favors the accounts that play by Instagram’s unwritten rules.
Followers Have Dropped
To attract more followers or get featured on the Explore page, you also have to play by these rules. Read on to learn how to stop your content from getting lost in the sea of the unseen.
Ugh. The 2020 Instagram Algorithm.
As if we needed another pitfall this year.
Why would Instagram do this?
Don’t they want us to be successful and love using their app?
Ads and monetization. You spend more time and money, they make more money.
They make us a slave to the ‘gram. They’re #1 goal is to keep users on the app as long as possible. Because of that little fact, they favor accounts that do this.
How Can You Keep Your Audience Engaged?
Post Content to Your Feed Daily
Post Stories Daily
Use New Features like Reels
Reply to your DMs Quickly
Reply to Comments Quickly
I’m assuming that you’re already doing most of these. However, Instagram rewards accounts for doing things their way. The more time you keep people engaged on the app the more Instagram will favor your content.
Do not edit your post/caption within the first 24 hours OR delete and repost.
Respond to comments within 60 minutes.
Don’t paste hashtags, write them out, and don’t use the same ones over and over (it gets picked up as spam and you can be shadowbanned).
Don’t use more than 30 hashtags and try to just use 5-10 hashtags that are specific to your photo.
Post your hashtags in the caption or comments, it doesn’t seem to matter.
What About a Magic Fix?
Now, more than ever, is a time to build community and share only your best content. Content is key!
There are no ways to cheat the system if you aren’t posting good content (even if you spend a lot of money on marketing your account). The content and concept behind your post has to be good to get noticed in today’s environment of constant posting. Buying likes and followers is only a way to get your account hidden further or disabled (and everyone can tell if you do it!).
You don’t need these sketchy tactics to be successful on Instagram, you can succeed with your own hard work.
If I had one more tip it would be TIME. It takes a lot of time and effort to grow organically.
Help Me Be More Successful on Instagram!
Need Instagram advice or account management? We may be able to work together.
Contact me for more information and to see if we would be a fit.