Some context, before I never really took instagram seriously but very recently started on a journey of liking, commenting, following, unfollowing manually. In the last 6 months I scaled this and gained followers quickly. I'm now at a stage of about 7000 followers and following about 800 people on my main account with about 15 - 20 comments per picture and 600+ likes on each image. Account 3 years old. I know about followliker and instagress etc but I've found it's difficult and my new followings even with following people has slowed right down. This is tough niche i'm in. Any advice aside from using a bot or do i just keep on doing what I'm doing? I really want to get to 10K but at my current rate that would take another 8 months. Worried about bot usage as I'm worried about being banned, yet I see other non tech savvy people using some kind of bots because they like images and comment almost 24 / 7, yet they're not banned and they're growing with their accounts (some have between 14K and 30K followers). I don't want fake following. Any words from the masters?