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Instagram started as a creative outlet for me when I was in dire need of hobbies. I've always loved composing images and my island home of Bermuda made it easy to create the tropical images I've always loved to see. Being an "influencer" was not a goal of mine, and I never cared about growing a following until I realized the value it could have (by the way I hate the word "influencer" also). At a crossroad in my life, friends were quitting their jobs to travel and as a freelancer, I had the flexibility to go with them. So with a one-way plane ticket to Asia booked, I issued myself a challenge - If I could gain 10,000 followers on Instagram I would self-publish the novel I'd been trying to traditionally publish for years. My novel was, after all, about a Millenial traveling the world chasing her dream of becoming a travel photographer. So off I went to grow my author platform on Instagram, and here is what I learned...
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