Why You Should Be Adding Kombucha To Your Diet

Author: Rebekah Carter

If you're looking for a way to boost your diet with some healthy eating and drinking, and you've already checked out the best blenders for your juicing craze, then it might be a good idea to take the next step and try "Kombucha" tea.

Kombucha is a highly popular fermented tea that's made from sugar and black tea. It's brimming with enzymes, minerals, and vitamins that are great for your body, and over the years, has been prized for its healing properties. Kombucha uses something called "SCOBY", a colony of yeast and bacteria that makes it a nutrient-rich beverage. The process of fermentation for the tea can take up to 12 days, depending on the process you use.

Exploring the Benefits of Kombucha

Although in the past, Kombucha was a very obscure drink, it has quickly emerged as a popular solution for those seeking better wellness. Available in a range of different grocery stores and health food stores, you can either buy Kombucha directly or brew it yourself using strategies that you can find online.

Kombucha is attributed with a number of fantastic health benefits. For instance, the nutrients that Kombucha contains are fantastic when it comes to supporting the body in a host of different ways. Studies surrounding Kombucha at this time are somewhat lacking, but the anecdotal evidence is significant. Here are just some of the ways that Kombucha may be able to improve your health.

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1. Kombucha Improves Digestion

Although scientists aren't entirely sure why Kombucha is so effective at improving digestion, we do know that this substance is rich in beneficial acids, enzymes, and probiotics which are essential to maintaining proper gut health. According to Harvard Medical School, a healthy stomach is brimming with about 100 trillion different microorganisms. This means that we need plenty of good bacteria to survive.

Drinks like Kombucha, that contain beneficial bacteria for your gut, could help to ensure that your microbiome remains in balance, so you're less likely to suffer from stomach problems. Of course, this is all relevant to your overall gut health, so if you’re experiencing serious digestive issues, it may be beneficial to speak to a healthcare professional to see if this can in fact be a solution for you.

2. Improved Liver Support and Detoxification

We constantly expose ourselves to a range of toxins almost every day, which can have a significantly negative effect on the body, often resulting in fatigue or general unwellness.  The liver is one of the most important organs of detoxification in the body. Fortunately, Kombucha is a substance brimming with Glucaric acid, which is great for the liver and natural detoxification.

Kombucha also promotes better digestion with the healthy gut bacteria we mentioned above, which means that you can have an easier time processing food and enjoying more energy every day without having to resort to sugar and caffeine.

3. Kombucha Improves the Immune System

Our immune systems are essential for keeping us healthy. Fortunately, Kombucha is naturally rich in antioxidants, which means that it's great for supporting the immune system. While there's no magic bullet available when it comes to enhancing immune system function, it's always a good idea to do everything you can to improve the immune process.

Kombucha is brimming with a substance that's called DSL, or D-Saccharic Acid Lactone. This substance has fantastic antioxidant properties, and it's not present in any other unfermented teas, although there are plenty of teas out there that are rich in other types of antioxidant.

4. Improves Joint Health

Kombucha is also a great substance to drink if you're one of the many people who suffer from problems with arthritis and joint health. Kombucha fermented tea is full of a compound called glucosamine, which is great for improving the health of your joints, and reducing the pain you might experience due to stiff joints.

Glucosamines are perfect for naturally increasing the level of hyaluronic acid you have in your body, which helps to lubricate and protect the joints. In some studies, this substance has even been shown to provide better, or similar relief as over-the-counter painkillers.

5. A Better Alternative to Other Drinks

If you're sick of piling on the pounds because of all the sugar-laden drinks you consume such as soda, then it's a good idea to turn to Kombucha instead. The substance is naturally carbonated as a result of the fermentation process, unlike sodas which are artificially carbonated through a process of forced carbonation.

This fizzy tea can, therefore, be a natural and familiar alternative to other carbonated beverages, great for providing nutrients and probiotics that might not otherwise be available in soda. Plus, Kombucha contains less sugar than most soft drinks, because the sugar is consumed by the beneficial bacteria. Available in many different flavours, kombucha is also a tasteful and healthy addition to your favourite cocktails! But, we all know it is just perfect as a stand alone beverage!

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The Best Recipes for Juicing with Fall Flavours!

Author: Rebekah Carter

Fall is in the Air - AND it's in Your Juicer!

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Fall is finally here, and with it comes a range of unique flavours and colours sure to spice up your life and revitalize your senses. While the freshest berries of summer, like strawberries and raspberries, might be a thing of the past for avid juicers, that doesn't mean that you can't enjoy incredible fresh beverages throughout the cooler seasons.

From the obsession of pumpkin spice flavours, to a range of delightful veggies and fruits designed to detox your system, keep you feeling slim, and prepare your immunity for winter, there are countless delicious juices to try over the next few months. Here, we're going to take a look at the best juicing recipes for the fall months to help keep you on track with your new favourite hobby.

Remember, where possible, it's best to choose organic fruits and vegetables for your juices, as this will help you to avoid any pesticides or unwanted chemicals in your healthy beverages. At the same time, keep in mind that you're free to adapt and change these recipes however you see fit, if you're feeling creative.

1. Pumpkin and Apple Crumble

What could be more fall-themed than a pumpkin and apple pie mix? This delightful blend is sure to warm your heart and keep you feeling festive as you make the move towards winter. Just juice the fruits thoroughly, add your spices and vanilla, and mix with a dash of water to find your ideal consistency. You'll need:

  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Ground Ginger
  • Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon Agave
  • 3 Apples
  • 1/2 Cup Pumpkin

2. Berry and Pear Potion

This is a slightly more refreshing mix for when you need something to wake you up first thing in the morning. Simply juice your berries on a low speed to get them ready for blending, then add your other fruits on high speed. You'll need:

  • 1 Apple
  • 3 Pears
  • 1 Cup Cherries 
  • 1 Cup Blueberries
  • 1/2 Lemon

3. Metabolism Magic

When we enter fall, we can quickly feel as though we're becoming more prone to illness and disease. After all, opportunities for colds and flu seem to lurk around every corner. This blend will help to keep you feeling healthy and boost your thyroid function too. Simply juice the fruits and veggies on high, and you'll be ready to go. You'll need:

  • 2 Carrots
  • 2 Apples Cored
  • 1 Cup Pineapple Chunks
  • Thumb of Ginger

4. Fall Sunrise

This vibrant looking juice is great for keeping your heart health on track thanks to the beet contents. The ginger will leave you feeling refreshed on colder autumn days, while the carrots will prep your immune system with plenty of vitamin C. Combine all the ingredients together on high, and drink straight away for the best results. You'll need:

  • 1 Beet
  • 4 Carrots
  • 2 Apples
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • Thumb Ginger

5. The Autumn Cleanse

Detox your body and prepare yourself for the months ahead with this delightful fall juice. Designed to help boost your bodily functions and leave you feeling healthy when the temperature starts to drop, this is a great juice to drink first thing in a morning before you head off to work, or start tackling your daily tasks. Juice the citrus, pineapple, and berries on a low speed, then add the remaining ingredients on high. You can drink this juice in place of one daily meal. You'll need:

  • 1/3 Cup Cranberries
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 Stocks Celery
  • 2 Oranges
  • 1 Apple
  • 1/2 Cup Pineapple Chunks

6. The Fall Sangria Mix

Finally, celebrate the new season with this wonderful juice blend. You'll need to mix in a little bit of your summer harvest to create the right mix of fruits, but it's well worth it when you're just moving into the first weeks of fall. Juice your peach and citrus fruits on low, then switch to high for your apples, and throw in the cinnamon and honey last. You'll need:

  • 2 Oranges
  • 2 Lemons
  • 1 Peach
  • 2 Apples
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon 
  • 1 Teaspoon Agave

Note: Feel free to add in a little bit of chilled red wine if you want the full sangria effect!

About the Author

Rebekah is a passionate writer and healthy-eating advocate. She's always keen to try out the latest foods and recipes, explore new information about health and fitness, and expand her understanding of the world around her with constant learning.

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Diary of an Entrepreneur: Ch. 10

Chapter 10: Balanced in Business

I'm writing this on a Monday afternoon, and in an effort to be as transparent as possible, I would just like to point out how tired I am. Not to make excuses for the inevitable mess of words that will most likely follow this intro, but man I could use a nap... or a brief coma (either one should do the trick). "Amber, just stop complaining and make time for some extra Z's!" Alright, can you not lecture me when I'm only partially conscious? Anyway...

I will tell you, today was like most mornings. I woke up, scanning my arm over my bed, searching for my phone so that I could turn off that deathly alarm clock. And in those brief awakening moments, I decided at which level of zombie I would be functioning at today. This of course is always followed by a promise to myself that I will go to bed early. But hey, guess how often I follow through on this nagging issue.... ALMOST NEVER. 

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Something I've learned as a small business owner - you will be the most accountable for your actions that you've ever been. Mind you, this is more so a personal realization. I can only imagine how accountable I would be as a mother, doctor, professional apologizer (this is a real job, I looked it up). Anyway, my point is, with accountability comes a responsibility to not only your business, but to your self as well. And for someone who has struggled with mental illness in the past, finding my balance in business has been something that I've had to be extremely mindful of. 

In my first month/month and a half of working the shop, I was ultimately limited in all other areas of my life. My stress level went up, my social life disappeared, my "me time" was spent either at home or at the shop - both of which I would be stewing over business plans. I had begun to neglect so many parts of what made me the well-rounded individual I have always set out to be. Now this was not an oversight - I was well aware of my actions. One thing I can proudly say about this experience is that I have learned the significance of temporary feelings, stressors, circumstances, etc. Throughout those first (very stressful) weeks, I had to be my own voice of reason, constantly reminding myself that I would find a work routine that would work for me. And you know what, that's exactly what I did. Did I have a few slips along the way? Of course. Did I doubt myself once or twice? Yes, only natural. But reminding myself that the major lifestyle change I made was going to take time to adjust to, was a major tool in getting me through a stressful period. 

It wasn't until our third month in business that I decided to start adjusting my priorities. I think I can recall having a total of 2 days off in July. Now I'm not complaining, because I fully understand the commitment I have made, and I want to be their for all of our "first steps," but heck I'm human and it was time for a reality check. It was time to make time for myself! Sometimes this meant simple things like going home for lunch and eating outside in my backyard. And sometimes this meant leaving town for 2 days for a "vacation." Both of which; very necessary! Finishing up with August, and I've banked 6 days off - a small change, but a world of a difference. I've definitely developed a much better understanding of the phrase "work hard, play hard." I think I've agreed to more social events in the past month than I ever would have. I am practically the Yes Man. But hey, in all seriousness, entrepreneurship leaves you with limitless opportunities, which can create a turmoil of unstoppable excitement. Which is why it's so important to recognize when it's time to reevaluate your priorities. I'm constantly learning how to do this. How and what I want to balance in my life. It's ultimately both a difficult and entertaining process. Especially when I'm so tired that I fall asleep while the blenders are running. Lucky for me I have nothing but time and a desire to make this work! And, I'd love to share with you in more detail as we progress. Thanks for keeping up! - This girl is ready for bed. Amber out. 

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Diary of an Entrepreneur: Ch. 9

From our family to yours!

From our family to yours!

Chapter 9: Thriving in Your Community

Ever since we opened the smoothie bar, the concept of "community" has been a constant topic of conversation! And I say "we," because even though I have quite literally run myself ragged at times during this start up, it truly does take a village! And for those of you who don't know me personally, I grew up in Georgetown (home of our vegan love child - My Fit Little Foodie), where I was a fairly active member in the community up until I left for university in 2012 (give or take?). Spending 5 years away from home made it slightly difficult to return to Georgetown as an equally involved member of society, especially while working a full time job in Mississauga. And after a year and a half, I was beginning to feel a slight sense of resentment towards my quaint little town. Now, four months later and I'm telling an entirely different story. And this, I believe, is because of the power of community. 

"Sorry, I Didn't Catch Your Name?"

I really believe this sentence has made a major contribution to my business's growth as a start up. It is unbelievable how much of a difference learning someone's name, and one or two things about them makes in the long run. Establishing a regular cliental can be extremely vital for businesses that are just starting out. And for this, we value each and every one of our customers, because they are the reason we are able to do what we do! I can honestly say there are days when almost every individual who walks through our door gets greeted by name. And if they don't, they'll hear "sorry, I didn't catch your name" as we're exchanging our goodbyes. A quick handshake, and they're on their way. Establishing your business comes hand in hand with establishing yourself, as well as a personal relationship with the person in front of you. You'd be surprised how easy it is to make your customers smile! 

Proud, Protective, & Pleased 

If you live in a small town like Georgetown, you know the significance of this next bit. Bite size communities take pride in their homes, small businesses, greenery, etc. In a place this small, everywhere is home, and we like to treat it that way! When My Fit Little Foodie does well, it acts as a reflection of the community, and their loyalty to local success - and man are they loyal! When we share our success with our customers, they can feel a sense of pride for being a large part of that success. And a successful customer is a pleased customer! Creating that symbiotic relationship between guest and employee is the ultimate goal!

A Special Thank You

Now coming up on 2 months of serving smoothies to Georgetown's finest, I've had the chance to really sit back and reflect on the experience thus far. And I can honestly say, I'm thrilled! The positive feedback we've received from the community has been extremely heartwarming, and for that I cannot thank you enough! We are definitely looking forward to our future in Georgetown, as we grow, learn, and expand on everything we have to offer! To everyone who has shown their support, whether that be words of encouragement, your patronage, or spreading the good word of My Fit Little Foodie, this one goes out to you! So, THANK YOU! 

Diary of an Entrepreneur: Ch 8

Chapter 8: Is it Time?

I've always wanted to (fill in the blank). There's no question about it, we've all said it, thought it, dreamt it. We come up with these goals, lifestyle changes, passion projects, that just sit in the back of our minds. You know the one, probably because it's surfacing right now. And following this grand idea, is a shred of doubt that has now snowballed into a wall, blocking out all the sun from your little seedling dreams. 

Now I'm a firm believer in "you can do anything you set your mind to." Yes I know this is cliche, but realistically WHY NOT. "Why not Amber? Well, I can give you a million reasons! I'm making mortgage payments every month, and I need time for my family, and I wouldn't even know where to start!" The list goes on. So how do you know when it's the RIGHT time to start your business? Well, if you've already started thinking about it, guess what... you've already begun! 

There's no question, starting a business takes up a large portion of your time, money, energy, sanity (haha..), need I go on? BUT what's worse, becoming a crazy ball of stress at 23 (not to name anyone in particular) or looking back on your life 20 years from now and quoting the classic "I've always wanted too..?" So what do you need to consider in order to get your butt into gear?

1. Brainstorm Yourself Silly

There's no question about it... some ideas are just not that great. But, even bad ideas can be made into good ones. If you have a business concept in mind, then you've already started brainstorming! Now, it's time to make your hypothetical dreams into realistic ones. In this stage, it's important to be your own best worst critic. Start by creating a business concept, and then pick it apart flaw by flaw. And with each hole in your business idea, find a solution. Rework your concept until you can back it up 100%. 

With a concept in mind, you should be able to build a rough business plan, adding more structure and relevance to your idea. And with a business plan, you will find more flaws, and with flaws - more solutions! Sample business plans are available online as well as at your local library (if anything they will be able to point you in the right direction for sources, mentors, etc). This leads me to my next point - mentors! Once you've picked your business plan apart the best you can, get fresh eyes! Find a local business owner, financial advisor, successful business person, etc and let them find MANY more holes in your plan. This is a GOOD thing! There is no question that someone else will see errors that you won't, and it's much better to sort those errors sooner rather than later! 

One of the things I love about business, is that it's ever growing. This leaves you with endless possibilities for growth. It also means, that you'll have to find a cement supplier, because you're always going to be looking to fill those damn holes. Never stop brainstorming! 

2. Get Your Finances in Order

Alright, I won't give you small business survival rates, because I don't want to scare you back into a pit of darkness. BUT it's important to understand that starting a business takes A LOT of HARD work! And I understand that it doesn't always fit everyone's individual lifestyle goals. That's another key point. ANYONE can do it, but not everyone wants to. Especially once you realize the major commitment that's involved. Either way, you need to have your finances in order to the best of your ability. Personally, I worked in the restaurant service industry for 2 years in order to give myself a cushion. I moved back into my childhood home, and lived on a lovely little budget. I found hobbies that didn't cost much (like blogging), and did my best to treat myself mindfully. I began working with a financial advisor, in order to organize my finances, invest, and start planning long term. Part of your business plan will fall into this category. You'll need to be sure (to the best of your ability) that you can not only support yourself, but your business as well. And depending on your business plan, you may want to look into bursaries, grants, investors, etc. Businesses have start up costs, as well as a lull period where you're potentially taking a broad pay cut. Keep these things in mind when planning. Starting a business has many stresses, so do your best to create some piece of mind financially. 

3. Spend Some Time On YOU!

Ask yourself this: what kind of life can your business give you? Owning a business should be about creating a life that works for you - literally and figuratively. If you create a business plan with the intention of working 50 some odd hours a week every week until you're 65, well that doesn't sound overly enjoyable, no matter what your business is. My recommendation is to take some time for yourself before starting a business. Get in tune with your values, imagine your ideal lifestyle, and most importantly - build yourself up. Starting a business can become taxing in so many ways - physically, mentally, and emotionally. There will be skeptics, critics, and those who doubt you and your business' potential. If I can offer some words of wisdom - Don't be one of them! There's a difference between critiquing yourself and discouraging yourself. It's easy to get caught up in negative opinions, but there is nothing more detrimental to your self worth or your potential business for that matter. Because realistically, they are VERY closely linked. Your business can become anything you wish. And it can change any time you wish. So build a plan that fits your wants and needs, and work on yourself so that you can bring those plans to life!

Diary of an Entrepreneur: Ch. 7

Chapter 7: The Tactical & the Strategic

I'd love to tell you that I have spent the last 3 weeks making countless attempts to log into my website so that I could write chapter 7 of "Diary of an Entrepreneur," because I am a responsible, timely, committed individual who stays true to her promises. BUT that is clearly not the case. Now it's not that I have been slacking so to speak... I've just been BUSY. And now that life has handed me some free time, I'm able to fill you guys in on WHAT I've been doing, and WHY it has taken precedence over this segment of the blog. And... I can finally rid myself of this looming guilt that has stemmed from weeks of neglect.

When you start a business, there are two divisions that your work can be separated into; tactical and strategic. Now most of you are already aware of the smoothie bar we've just opened in Georgetown - and have tried the deliciously healthy smoothie bowls we have to offer (sorry I had to). But yes, the smoothie bar.. My Fit Little Foodie's very own new born baby. And you know what new borns need? Attention - and lots of it! But us mothers love our babies, so we give where it's needed and we love doing it. Now if I've lost you, I promise this will start making sense so bare with me. Opening the smoothie bar took research and planning, and THAT was strategic work. However, there was also a lot of hard labour that went into buying products, setting up the shop, and serving once we were open, and THAT was tactical work. Now the difference between tactical work and strategic work is fairly simple - tactical means to work at or for your business, and strategical work means to work on your business. The trick is to master the balance. And this doesn't necessarily mean a 50-50 split. In my own personal opinion/experience, it starts with strategic work in the early planning stages, then a large amount of tactical work is done in order to create the foundation of the business, and then more strategic work is done in order to grow!

Needless to say, I've spent the last 3 weeks diving head first into all of the tactical work, getting my hands dirty, making connections with customers, and quite literally mopping the floors. Yes this is tactical BUT if I can use my experience to create a system for future employees that is fair and efficient, then I've turned tactical work into strategic - thus creating opportunity for growth!

I would love to expand on the process I went through opening the smoothie bar, and in time I will. But for now it is important for me to explain this concept, and how it can make or break small businesses. Clearly I'm not an expert - I'm a beginner - but some day I hope to have grown a successful business, and hopefully these steps will help me accomplish those goals. In the mean time, I have to recognize when it's time to work for my business, and when it's time to work on my business.

Diary of an Entrepreneur: Ch. 6

Chapter 6: Collaborating for the Win Win

If you're an avid foodie on the blog, you've probably witnessed a few collaborations here and there. No friends, I unfortunately do not get paid to "promote" the products I write about/use for recipes. BUT I do get tasty little treats delivered to my door every once in a while... and THAT is winning! No, I'm not here today to brag about all the free food I receive. And frankly if I were, then this chapter would be fairly short (I'm not as popular as you might think). Most of the collaborations I've done have been a direct result of me reaching out to companies I love, and asking straight up - would you like to team up? And that my friends was a magical little lesson I learned when I first started out in the blogging realm. 

Like I mentioned in previous chapters, blogging and social networking has so much to do with the interactions you have with other like minded individuals in your niche. If you're a starter blog, not many companies are going to reach out - if any. As a baby blogger, you don't necessarily have collateral. BUT what you do have is a platform, an area of focus, a creative outlook, and an appetite (okay maybe that last one was bias). Much like working as an intern, many bloggers begin creating their network by offering/trading free material. There are a number of ways to manage collaborative work, you just have to (a) think about how another name will reflect on your own (who do you want to associate with - think values and overall brand), (b) decide on an area of your own expertise you want to exploit (do you want to showcase your creative writing, photography skills, recipe building, etc), and (c) make sure it's a win - win (the point of a collaboration is for both parties to benefit). If you're writing for a large platform, make sure you're getting credited. If you're putting in a substantial amount of work, make sure you're getting some value. Remember, the key is to expand your network. Collaborative work, if done right, can build your following, add depth to your portfolio, and teach you a thing or two about the world of blogging. 

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If I remember correctly, my first collaboration started before the blog. I had heard from a fellow IG friend that companies sent out products to loyal customers. Of course being my frugal self, I thought this concept was super neat, and thought I'd give it a try. So I contacted my favourite vegan protein company - Vega - and mentioned how much I liked their products, and asked if they'd be interested in sending a few treats my way, and in return I'd share my adoration with my followers. Next thing I knew I was receiving products in the mail (which if you're a digital native like myself, snail mail is super fun and exciting). Now once I had the blog up and running, I knew I could make use of this new (to me) system for finding networking opportunities with companies I loved. Giveaways were my next adventure! I started working with companies like Central Roast and Village Harvest to expand both our social networking circles. Plus, I already used the products, so getting to use them for free was a total bonus! 

I obviously had no problem reaching out to companies for collaborative opportunities. I think it's a really smart way to work yourself into larger, more interactive networks. But the REALLY neat part about integrating yourself into another platform is that people start asking YOU! When I started receiving messages regarding collaborative work, I knew I reached another level of success in the blogging realm. I was becoming a recognizable figure to those in the health food niche, and it felt great (still does)! This led to guest postings and recipe creating for other platforms and companies which I was then able to reblog or repost for my own material as well. The beauty with teaming up is that there really are no limits! Realistically, the first step is putting yourself out there. Figure out what it is that you can/want to offer, and find those willing to nurture your creative endeavours! 

Diary of an Entrepreneur: Ch. 5

Chapter 5: Making the Connection

Whether you’re a people person or not, the “connection” unites us all. What is the connection? It’s exactly what you think it is. It is the reason you donated to your friend’s GoFundMe project, and it’s the reason you shared a video on Facebook of a firefighter saving a kitten. It’s also the reason why you try your best to shop locally and why some of our parents and grandparents read the obituary in the paper. The connection, you see, is based on a feeling. And when something or someone makes us feel a certain way, we remember. 

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Video Content

Now if you’ve done your research, you know that this site is filled with tasty recipes. But something I learned a little while back was that you can find numerous recipes for vegan ice cream online. So, why would anyone choose to come to me? Well, aside from the drool worthy pictures and the easy instructions, I’d like to think that it has a little to do with how I make them feel. This along with a few other reasons was why I started creating video content on the blog. These short clips gave me an opportunity to address issues I found important, all while forming connections with my viewers. Taking the time to speak about topics such as animal cruelty, mental health, motivation, and healthy living, allowed me to really express myself. And judging by the responses, it made people FEEL! Video content is especially fantastic for connecting with your audience, because you have a chance to emote through facial expression, word choice, and delivery. And people love watching shit. Especially videos of cute animals, so if you’re looking to up your game, a quick cameo of your pet kitten is never a bad idea. 

The IG Network

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Realistically though, video content isn’t the be all end all of forming connections. Interacting with followers is a great way to boost awareness, draw in viewers, and create a solid network. In a previous entry I mentioned linking other blogs and websites to your posts in order to create higher traffic rates. But, this method also applies to any social media outlet! My favourite platform - Instagram - allows for ample opportunity to network with other accounts, and that’s exactly how you benefit! Following popular accounts in your niche, as well as interacting with those accounts is a great way to direct people towards your IG. As a baby Instagramer I looked for accounts I aspired to be like, and then created relationships with those users. I took part in reposting photos from accounts that motivated me, I tried other bloggers recipes and posted my pictures with shout outs, and I took time each day to interact with any accounts posting within my niche. More than two years after I started and I can still point out some of the first accounts I looked to for inspiration. And lucky for me, we still encourage and support each other even now! 

It Works Both Ways

The beauty of networking is this - as much as you put yourself out there to form connections - you'll find that it all comes back around. I like to think that people support and encourage me mostly because in some way, shape, or form, I've made them feel good. And when I receive messages and comments related to my content, it means that people are engaged, and THAT is the goal! That is really what fuels my fire. Doing something I love, and sharing it with people who enjoy it.