Why is my Instagram hashtag not working?

Today, I published a picture with a small caption using hastags.  As soon as I hit the share button, I clicked couple of hastags to verify that the posts popped up in the feed. My instagram hashtags were not working.  My finger punched on a  few other hashtags.  The screen took me to the page of the hastags.  However, my published picture never showed in any of the listed feeds.
Since I am still new to the social media realm and I promised myself that I will at least post a picture for the next thiry days, and I couldn’t post one with a hashtag today,  I had plenty of work to do.  I had to figure out what was the problem.
I reviewed the Instagram FAQ.  Unfortunately, that question was not addressed in their FAQ.
I researched in Google typing, why is my instagram hashtag not working?  I also youtubed it. With what information I found, I had to do further research.  The further research only led me to possibilities.
My research lead to two possibilites:

Banned Hashtag

1.  One problem could be is that you may have posted with a banned hashtag.  Now, I am new to social media. My response was what?  Social media bans words.
I googled banned hastag for Instagram for 2017.
There were couple of websites that listed banned words.  “Dogs of instagram” and  “elevator,” were a few examples.
If you want to know specific hashtags, google “banned hastgage for Instagram for the year” since the words get updated.  If not, you can type the word that you are searching in the Instagram search bar.  I typed in the word elevator, and this is what I found at the bottom of the elevator page, straight from the Instagram elevator page.
By saying that, I read that if one of the words on the hashtag showed on on your hashtag list, then the picture may not get displayed for any of the hashtag that was tied to the post.

Technology issue

2. I also consulted with my tech friend who said, “you know it is technology.  They could be down.”  I googled, ” is Instagram working today?”   This took me to a list of outage reports for Instagram.    Some people were reporting the same issue I was having.  That doesn’t make me feel better, but it does give me hope that I can post my picture with caption tomorrow.

Trying something new

Spontaneous short story tweet

I am going to have a little fun with story ideas, primarily for laughter and intrigue. My friend Eric and I are going to start tweeting  sentences to each other about a short story we are going to spontaneously create on twitter.  If anyone wants to join us, welcome.

Short Story Tweet Description

Here is the idea, I will begin a sentence, and Eric will finish the sentence.  Any one who joins can finish the sentence, or create a new sentence.   Keep in mind when you add to the sentence of the story,  stay true to the previous entries.
If no words are added, I will finish  the sentence myself the next day.
The  story could take any direction. Add intersting ficticious characters, if you wish. Talking dolls, dancing dogs, water cats….the universe is infinite. Keep it clean.
Amuse yourself.

Let the story began

I am starting with this sentence. He texted on his cellphone.

What I learned about using Instagram as a beginner?

Using Instagram as a beginner?

The first time I started using Instagram last year, I didn’t post a picture nor did I use hashtags.  Mistakes made, lessons learned.

This time around I did posted my picture, added a bio, and started using hashtags.  I didn’t know if I was going to focus on random subjects, or specific subjects like the three books I had fun writing, or have quotes about my upcoming novel, or just take pictures of random subjects, or use all of the above.


I started posting pictures and videos about nature and flowers using hashtags.  What do you know? My pictures received responses.  Hashtag do work?  This made me wanted to work harder.  What should I post next?

I then posted a video about a train trip, using hashtags.  Again there was atleast one response.

I started experimenting with the children’s illustrative book I wrote by placing two illustrations on Instagram, using hashtags. Immediate responses from dog lovers,made me pleased.   One or two started even following me.   Knowing people in the Instagram community shared common interest with me made me wanted to post more.  I started reviewing their pictures and and following them.

I then moved to the topic of trains, posting couple of sentences of the first chapter of my eBook Views from the Train.  Again, I received responses.


Recently, I posted a holiday picture with two hastags.  The response: minimal, almost dismal.   My conclusion as beginner user:  Use hashtags for reach unless you have loyal followers.

Unexpected response

Random people with different topics that they focus on started following me, then couple of days started unfollowing me.  Ouch. I didn’t know what occured.    I read upon it and talked to people who had other social media accounts.  Users communicated I embracted a tactic execution, the follow and unfollow method.  Personally, I don’t like that method.

At this point I am still learning.  I am going to focus on what I want,  have fun, engage, and talk about the things I love, and enjoy.


Learning about social media: Instagram versus Snapchat: my experience


I am still learning more about social media. Being relatively new to Instagram, I really like the ease of use.  You can load pictures.  Instagram has it’s own 25 filters that you can use for pictures.  You can load videos and live view photos (I will have to do a separate blog for that).   You can write in the caption.  According to Jennstrends.com, there is a 2200 character limit.  That means you can write a short story if you have the time.
Don’t confuse the caption area with the bio area.  The caption area is where you post hash tags and talk about your picture.   In the bio area is where you talk about yourself or what you represent.  The bio area allows only 150 characters.
Learning about Instagram, lead me to look at other platforms. Just the other day I heard the word Snapchat repeated.


Just like Instagram, Snapchat is a mobile App.
For Snapchat, when you your bring your smartphone to your face and touch the screen of the phone, the App picks up the shape of your face.  A few seconds later, images shows upto the right of the big white circle with face filters and costume filters.  Just slide each filter with the touch of you finger, scooting the image filter in the circle first from left to right.  As you scoot the filter from left to right, a different form of face will appear on the screen.
My friend and I played with the pre-installed emoji like filters with dramatic punches, make up, and full blown baby like images.  We laughed at a few of the way the face filters made us look, playful.   It appears someone gave some thought in creating the filters. I have only tried this out for three days.  In the past three days, a new filter replaced an old one. Two days ago, there was a drag queen filter that I liked, but it was not seen this morning.
Also, I heard the video disappears after 24 hours. I haven’t tested that out, so I don’t know where it goes.  I hear this is the same for Instagram Stories.


Snapchat is different from Instagram though it is also a video and photo App and have message features.
Just from the last three days that I had been playing with SnapChat and comparing it to Instagram I learned one thing.  At this point, unlike Instagram you have to have friends on Snapchat so that you can share the information.  In Instagram, the uploaded contents can be viewed by anyone if you have contents set up to public.

Using Apple’s iBooks Author, Making of Belle, Belle, Where Are You?

Continuation of Making Belle, Belle Where are You? using Apple’s iBooks author

The illustrator, the project manager, and the author and publisher working on Belle, Belle, Where Are You? using Apple’s iBooks author MAC Application

For the children’s book, Belle, Belle, Where Are You? the project manager and the author,clarified and discussed the word content, the custom art, the sound effects, and what elements of art work was to be animated, I signed an agreement. The illustrator project manager and I got to work to making Belle, Belle, Where are you? using Apple’s iBooks Author Tool The project manager was the liasion between me and the illustrator. The company agreed that they would deliver the product in x days.  They worked the deliverables in stages.  We emailed many times if either party had a question.  We communicated over Skype to hammer out confusing details.

Hand drawn Sketches for making of Belle, Belle, Where Are You?

Once the illustrator completed the pencil sketch for the children’s book,  the project manager would send me the draft.  The hand drawn sketch was the first deliverable. I reviewed the hand drawn sketch (see below).  If the art told the story I wanted, I kept it. If it didn’t  I made a request to make changes.  Note: as an author publisher you would want to be sure what you want before you submit your story book to the illustratro.  Even the pencil sketches takes time and resources.   Redoing can be time consuming for both parties. You want to make this an enjoyable experience for you and the illustrative company.  Afteall, this is a fun project. This is a story that you and the illustrator working together to bring it alive.

The first draft of for the puppy dog sketch didn’t ignite the feeling of love at first sight for me.  Belle was one of the main characters of the story she had to look like a cute cocker spaniel who had a trickster mind.  I had to send some pictures of a cute cocker spaniel to the project manager so that they could have an idea what I had in mind.
Here is a pencil draft of the first take.
Hand drawn first sketch of Belle, Belle Where Are You?

Drafting, “Belle, Belle, Where Are You?”

While they were working on the re do of Belle the dog, I started working on a story board.