Hashtags for dummies

When will people understand the purpose of hashtags? I was quietly hoping someone would add ‘learn how to use hashtags’ to their list of New Year’s resolutions. But no. It’s February and it still looks the same. Probably because they don’t realize the issue in the first place. Fair enough, it’s not a worldly problem, but it hurts my eyes every time I go through a social media feed and I see those separated #hashtags. Please!

First of all, hashtags are there for a reason. Whenever you post a text or photo to any form of social media, take a second to think about what you want others to see or read. Does this add value to someone who doesn’t know me? Sometimes, for example, when you post pictures on Instagram that you know deep down will only be appreciated by family members or close friends, like a blurry picture of your friends having dinner, you know, pictures that no one cares about except those close to you, in those cases there is no need for hashtags! Why? Because, hashtags are there to let other people find your post/picture. In other words: Unless you think random people would like to see a close up of your mosquito bite, don’t hashtag. Because why would you want anyone to see that?

Second of all, do not separate the tags. For God’s sake. Why would you do that?! The one and only reason you use #hashtags is because you want others to find your post, because you think they might like it or find it useful for one reason or another, for people to click on the hashtag and find similar stories/pictures, or simply search for a topic. 

I.e when you post a photo of your cup of coffee or a view from your morning walk in the forest, you want people out there searching for a particular photo to find yours, by searching whatever actually relates to your post, so when you hashtag this way; #walk #in #the #forest or #cup #of #coffee, what do you think will happen?!

Do you think someone will search for #the or #of and oh oh voilà – there’s your picture from the forest? Ehm. No.

The hashtags should relate to the picture, even if the hashtag becomes super long (although 3-4 words are enough) So, #walk #in #the #forest would therefore become #walkintheforest. If you want to be more clear, simply use capitals – #WalkInTheForest. Upper cases will not make a difference when searching for a topic. Just don’t separate the words, no one ever searches for #this or #when etc.

Sometimes though, people add hashtags that no one will search for, but the intention is simply to add some humor or sarcasm, for example: I love scary movies #WillNotSleepTonight.

Same goes for Twitter and Facebook posts, you only hashtag the essential part letting people find the topic by adding hashtags like #BeyoncePregnant and not #beyonce #is #pregnant. Yeah OK you get it.

Is it clear enough? :) Hope so!

 

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Yeah I know, but I honestly don’t know if people separate them on purpose or if they just don’t know…?

 

driving test

Also, just 4 days before travelling to Marbella I passed my driving test! It was such a nervous moment and I was overjoyed and super relieved afterwards. I’m very proud of myself for passing both theory and practical test on the first try. No more cruising around in someone else’s car 😉

 

Marbella

We had a great time in Spain, Marbella is gorgeous and can’t wait til we go back :)

What impressed me most was the nature and the beautiful mountains. The sea is something I cannot live without, but since we live next to it here in Malta, I paid more attention to other surroundings. Hearing Spanish all the time didn’t exactly hurt either 😉

 

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elizabeth arden flawless future night cream

With the addition of the night cream, Flawless future is now a complete range and you’ll find serum, day cream with/without spf30, eye gel and night cream.

I’ve tried the serum which unfortunately does not help my skin much, I feel like I need a whole bottle of those gorgeous caplets, but I’ve used the day cream spf 30 and it is amazing, so I decided to try the night cream since my other cream just finished.

The ‘almondy’ scent takes a bit of getting used to, especially since it differs a lot from the beautiful scent of the day cream, but other than that I’m liking it already. It absorbs quickly and my face feels like soft baby skin in the morning. It needs a couple of weeks to prove itself but so far so good!