Why I Don’t Join or Recommend Instagram Pods

Right now, joining or creating an Instagram pod is the cool thing to do.

I see threads about it every single day in Facebook groups for bloggers. Sometimes, multiple times per day in the same group! It feels like the entire blogging community is buzzing about Instagram pods.

For those of you who haven’t heard about Instagram pods, they are basically groups of bloggers who comment and like one another’s posts on Instagram. Typically, this is done through an private message thread directly on Instagram, but some bloggers who run pods also create private Facebook groups.

Originally, pods were just a fun way to connect with other bloggers. Originally.

Today… they have morphed into a way to game the system… and that’s why I don’t join them. I recommend that you are very, very careful if you join an Instagram pod as well, because I highly suspect that it will come back to haunt you. Here’s why…


12 Secrets to Networking at Conferences for Bloggers (From a Former Conference Organizer)

Some people don’t know this about me, but I actually spent several years working with a major blogging conference. During my time there, I served in multiple roles, and I learned a lot about networking at conferences.

There’s an art to it, but more importantly… there are some secrets about attending conferences that most people don’t know.

This is not a list of things like “don’t forget your business cards” (even though you totally shouldn’t forget your business cards). And I’m not going to tell you to pack comfortable shoes (even though you totally should pack those shoes). Those kinds of things are no-brainers, and I see conference attendee tips all the time that list stuff like that.

This list of tips is for people who are ready to hustle. It’s for people who want to squeeze every single opportunity out of their time at the conference. It’s for bloggers who are ready to make things happen.

If that’s you… I’ve got some secrets to share!