Hi guys, I'm a new member here but I've been doing tons of reading specifically on instagram here, the different journeys have been very inspirational for me. So I've decided to make my very own journey thread. I think it's good to have some kind of diary to keep myself motivated. I started my first instagram account a few months ago in the photography niche, I'm taking all the pictures myself. It's a photo series of one particular thing that I place into different settings and I try to take artsy and original photos of it. So it's a pretty unique account I would say, not sure if that's going to hurt me later or not. My second instagram account is a couple of weeks old and in the art niche. Again all original content, I post my own drawings there. I'm a big fan of creating all the content myself, I love being creative. I try to post at least one picture a day per account, although that might become difficult for the art account since I can't force my creativity every day, that tends to kill it. This one is more about quality than quantity. But for the photography account I always have a nice amount of photos ready in advance. I've linked both accounts to a website (using different links) where people can buy prints and other items with my photos and drawings on them, so far a few people have clicked the links but no sales yet. Well I'm not really expecting any sales yet, no big deal. I started off reading about ways to increase my follower amount, came across the usual blog posts for the average instagrammer that mostly told me things that were already obvious to me. Then I came across Crowdfire and used that for a while. The followers I gained per day were pretty impressive to me but I hated setting an alarm every hour and mindlessly clicking on a bunch of buttons over and over again all day long... Then I came across BHW, read about botting (I'm not opposed to botting at all, I botted a game in the past and earned small amounts with it, it was fun!) and about the various bots people use and was specifically looking at Instagress and Followliker. I have a small monthly budget though and had already spent some money on Crowdfire and Iconosquare so I couldn't pay for Followliker and went for Instagress instead. I'm currently using the 3 day trial. I also like the fact that I don't have to leave my computer running for it, electricity isn't free after all. I've set it up so that it's paused in the mornings so that I can interact with my followers then, like replying to their comments and liking their images. I love doing that. I use two different phones for that since I really can't be bothered to keep switching accounts on my main phone. So far Instagress gives me a slow but steady stream of followers on both accounts. I'm doing following and liking, the photography account is set to fast and 16 hours activity a day and the newer art account to normal speed and 12 hours a day. I'm staying away from the comments feature, I don't want to leave comments on dodgey images. I'm scraping followers of bigger accounts in my niches for the following and liking images of related hash tags. So far 99% of the time it's liking images I would have liked myself. And here are the follower numers for today: photography: 2410 art: 973 total: 3383 Some more info: I'm a stay-at-home mom with a young son, my husband is earning our main income but I'd like to contribute at least a little every month. At least to pay for my own hobbies. I'd love to buy me a camera lens for example which costs a few hundred euros. I'd love to be able to afford a new little toy every now and then. Apart from the prints webshop I'd also like to trade and later sell shoutouts. My first goal is 10k followers on both accounts each. I expect that my art account is going to overtake my photography account because it's more appealing but we shall see. I might stop botting once I reach 10k followers per account and grow by other means then. Let's see where this is going to take me!