How to create content for Instagram while flaring…no really, it can be done
Keeping a social media posting schedule can be difficult on a good day. Trying to keep up while flaring can, sometimes, be impossible. I’m sure you’ve had the same struggle with how to create content for Instagram when all your symptoms and side effects have a party.
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There are days I can’t get out of bed (too many to count) and brain fog or fatigue or pain keep me from doing much at all. You know the days. When you feel like you’re being pulled down even though you are lying down. The days your brain can’t remember what a spoon is called much less find the words for a post.
Being a Spooniepreneur is a balance of trying to find ways to work around our flares while still getting things done. It can be daunting. How can we do all the things able-bodied people do? Maybe we can’t BUT we can help each other find easier ways or hacks that help us keep up with the fast pace of owning a business.
There are quite a few ways to always have fresh content for your feed. Here are some I use regularly that can help you keep up with the demand for content that social media requires.
I’m going to continue adding to this list but, for now, here is how to create content for Instagram in 5 easy steps:
- Use other posts on Instagram for your feed. Did you know you can copy the link to other people’s posts and share them on your account? If you do this, make sure you use the hashtag #regram followed by @xyz (person who posted the post you are sharing). You want to always give credit to the original poster. Also, some Instagram accounts don’t want you to #regram their posts so make sure you check with them before sharing. I made this mistake thinking that people on social media wanted their posts to be shared…not true at all so be respectful of their wishes.
- Use a scheduling tool like Tailwind or Later (affiliate links) so you can schedule lots of posts ahead of time. This helps when you’re flaring and can’t see straight to share posts with your followers. Try to schedule as far ahead as possible when you feel well enough to work.
Pro tip: Create brand graphic templates that make it easy to create a social media or blog post graphic in minutes
- Create templates in Canva, PicMonkey or your choice of graphic editing tool. This not only creates brand identity but makes creating graphics for blog posts, products and quotes SO much easier. I try to create and play around with graphics so I always have a little nest egg but also because it’s important to test different graphics. Knowing what types of graphics do well saves you tons of time that could be used to rest or do something fun for yourself.
I created these in Canva Pro as examples of templates. Just change out the images and text of the template but keep the same layout and…voila! you have a new post!
- Buy some quote overlays from Creative Market or Etsy to easily add to your graphics. You could also buy a membership to Pixistock or other graphic templates site where Canva templates are already done. All you have to do is change the colors and fonts to your brand and you’re done.
- Take a selfie or share one you feel comfortable with and write a caption. Instagram is big on selfies. Other Spooniepreneurs can feel hesitant about posting a selfie due to many things like being unable to dress up or having a mess because they don’t have the energy to clean. I understand BUT I will also be the first one cheering you on for helping me not feel so alone in my grungy jammies with my hair sticking up every which way.
Working with chronic illness requires planning and “how to create content for Instagram” is just one step in building and growing your business
Being a Spooniepreneur can have more obstacles to overcome than many realize. So many take for granted being able to be productive every day. I know I did so I’m not shaming.
Finding easier ways to complete the same tasks that other entrepreneurs can do in their sleep is not “cheating”. It’s working smart vs working hard. In fact, everything I share here can be used by able-bodied entrepreneurs too.
Next time you’re flaring and need a quick way to create content for Instagram try one of these tips. If you use these tips to create a stockpile of graphics you’ll be so far ahead of the game that even able-bodied people won’t be able to keep up.
Need help? No problem!
If you need help creating content for Instagram or other social media, contact me. I would love to help you create easy to use templates or almost anything you need.
Please share these tips on how to create content for Instagram with your Spoonie Sisters. Many of us struggle to make a living online after being unable to work in traditional ways. Help a Sister out by sharing information to help her build and grow her business. Community over competition!
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Much love and success!