Homeschool follow loop? If you’ve been on Instagram lately, you might have seen a ‘follow loop’ or a ‘follow train’. It basically looks like lots of profiles posting the same picture and text. I was intrigued when I saw it and decided to get on the train. I then decided to start my own homeschool one. And I must say, it’s been a great experience. It’s a great way to build a homeschooling community. And for a newbie like me, I need all the inspiration and advice I can get!
Homeschool Follow Loop Explained
This is how the follow loop works.
- Firstly you create an image which clearly states it is about a loop or train.
- You create your rules in the text. You can ask that those interested contact you for the contents. But you can also allow reposting. The first option takes quite a lot of work but at least you get to vet the participants and also get to now them a little.
- You create a unique hashtag. This enables everybody to follow profiles in the loop easily. All they have to do is click on the hashtag and all the posts appear.
- You send it to some of your existing followers to post.
- Lastly you grow your online network with like-minded people.
The Benefits of a Homeschool Follow Loop
I’m still very new to the homeschooling game. We only decided a few months ago to homeschool our special needs twin boys. You can read the blog post here that explains why we made this decision. During this loop I was able to connect with so many wonderful parents who are homeschooling. As this is a very specific loop, it drew homeschool families specifically. And now I have started a network of families who are also embarking on or are already on the wonderful homeschool journey. I have seem some amazing posts and have been able to follow some fantastic blogs and YouTube channels. Homeschooling can be a lonely, overwhelming job so it’s also great to be able to communicate with others, even if it’s online.
Playing the Instagram Algorithm
I know that social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram frown on ‘playing the algorithm’. And I tend to agree. I believe the only way to get genuinely engaged followers is to do it organically. I’m really not so keen on the open loops with a very general theme. You will find followers who aren’t necessarily in your niche. And very often they are trying to sell you something. I believe a targeted and specific follow loop is a great way to build up a genuine community a bit quicker.
How do you Build your Homeschool Community Online?