Top of the morning
It seems that if you want lots of Instagram likes, then food is your entree, as it were. Users love tasty-looking dishes, so success is more or less assured if you snap something so prettily plated it’ll make your followers want to lick their smartphone screen.
But if that means pics of your home-spun breakfasts or barbecues, the opposite applies. A big no-care factor prevails unless the food is truly wonderful, cooked by a well-known chef or, preferably, both. It’s OK, though, to post, say, a mundane plate of fries if you have the Eiffel Tower as backdrop or a simple prawn cocktail on a sublime white-sand beach in the Caribbean. You can expect to go off the scale with those.
This pic looks like a simple, healthy breakfast, and so it was. Nothing special there, except beyond lies Amilla Fushi, a resort in The Maldives (see Page 8), where the morning meal can be taken in various venues but, preferably, by the main lagoon pool. The buffet features delicious coconut and passionfruit yoghurt, chilled fruit spritzed with zingy limes or stewed combos of the ilk of vanilla-poached pears and tea-infused dates, and smoothies as delicious as banana and peanut butter. Bread and pastries come fresh from the island bakery; the espressos are worthy of any Australian metro cafe.
Accessorising works, too (witness the sunglasses), to strengthen the sense of mood and place. I am far from an expert but I have learned that set-dressing is everything. Think of the picture as a postcard designed to make the viewer want to be there. Of course this can backfire. I gained a lot of new followers after posting this pic as those keen souls thought I was a health nut and would therefore immediately follow back.
Now, feeds is a curious word when applied to nutrition-obsessed Instagrammers who specialise in images of barely-there meals. One follower seemed to eat nothing but broccoli; another had an unhealthy fascination with bananas. This virtuous crowd realised within days of viewing my feed that I was not a fan of sunflower seeds, kale or seaweed. Unsalted cashews? Only with a sunset-coloured Aperol spritz on the side, thanks. Oh, that deeply shallow Susan. Unfollow.
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