Who am I?
Hiya guys – it’s Gee here.
I run the Instagram fanpage over at @sydneyq.fanoffical
I’m a guy, I am 21 years old and I live on the South Coast of England – about ten minutes from the beach.
I am a marketing guy – working for a software company on product design and goto-market strategy.
I feel unbelievably blessed and so proud that I am able to call Sydney one of my very best friends.
I’ve been working on the Fanpage since February 2020 – I was chatting to Sydney and she mentioned that it would be cool to have some grid pics… she showed me a few pages she liked the look of, and the rest is history.
I try my best to put up a grid pic every day – a mixture of new and old posts from Sydney’s insta.
Not liked by all
Some people absolutely adore grid pics, others detest them.
I quite often get people telling me they are going to unfollow because their Insta feed gets filled with random body parts when I post.
I’m sorry about that… not a lot I can do really!!!
If you feel I make your Insta feed messy, it’s ok – you’re free to unfollow me – I’m honestly ok with that.
How’s it done
Other people like what I do, and appreciate the hard work.
I often get asked how I do them.
Creating grids is quite time consuming – I do it manually in paint.net on the PC.
I have to size the pic so that it can be divided evenly into squares – always three columns wide, but a different height depending on the specific picture I’m chopping up.
First I centralize it, trying to get Sydney in the middle of the frame if I can, then crop the pic, and add any necessary padding at the top and bottom of the page so that it will chop up evenly into squares.
Then I play with brightness, filters etc… as well as add a nice comment or caption.
Finally, I use a free application called photoscape to chop the original picture up in to squares.
I copy the pics over to my phone, and then upload them to Instagram one at a time… in the correct order (that’s the difficult bit, as I usually do it first thing in the morning, and my brain is not always in gear – I have been known to put fingers where toes go, and have had to start over)
Most decent fan pages run at around 10% followers of the original.
I always said to Sydney that it would be my goal to run her fanpage at 20%.
Thanks to you guys, I hit that target after a year of running the page, which was awesome!
…I am also really grateful to some of the shoutout pages too – they have a funny relationship with fanpages usually, but most of them have accepted me and are happy to reposted my content as well as being happy for me to give them a shoutout (I try to do three stories per day, with the various shoutout pages that support Sydney!
Helping out about the place
The other thing I do is help Sydney out wherever I can with the website and store… just admin stuff, and background assistance wherever I can to make her life a bit easier.
She is one of the most determined and hard working people I know, and she puts a lot of effort into making content for us to enjoy, and it’s a lot for her to handle on her own. So I am always really pleased to do whatever I can to help her out, making changes or helping her with her latest and greatest crazy idea (which is hardly ever crazy by the way)
Come and find me
If you haven’t done so yet, please pop over and take a look at the Instagram fanpage at @sydneyq.fanoffical
In the meantime… here is the feed…
That’s about all from me for now – I hope you all continue to enjoy the fanpage!