Thursday, September 10, 2015

How Do YOU Instagram?

I think most people would agree that Instagram is the best app out there. Well, not everyone- I love when my Dad got all set-up on Instagram before his big trip to Europe so that "us kids" could see his pictures. I think he managed to accidentally upload a blurry picture of his feet in the kitchen followed by one on the plane saying "Here we go!". Anddddd that was the last picture on his feed and has been his last picture for 2+ years now. Great trip recap dad, loved sharing in all your adventures :)
But outside of my Dad (sorry, Dad. You are the weakest link on this topic, goodbye): I think lots of people would agree that its streamlined nature and its aesthetics put it ahead of the rest. I know we all have our own rules as to how we handle each social media platform we choose (or choose not to) partake in, and here's how I use Instagram:

1) I like my photos bright.
You can usually tell someone's Instagram 'vibe' by a quick scan of their page. Some people swear by a bit of a yellowy, vintage vibe. Others choose to use all 'black and white'. And many don't care what the 'style' is. Me? I like my feed bright. Which means I saturate the photos more than I likely would for a regular photo I would post on my blog or Facebook etc.

2) I do not like to overpost one event.
INSTAGRAM, IPHONE
If I'm at a really fun party with a gaggle of girlfriends and everyone's feeling' good and havin' a fun time, I'll generally throw a post up. However, if I want to do a secondary post- I'll likely wait until the morning when I have them all in my chamber and create a collage of the others (such as above). I just don't want my feed to have a ton of photos from one event. Instagram doesn't seem to be the venue for that. I like little dabblings of coolness spawned from various points in my life on my page. Not an entire album of one thing I did, I'll save that for a different channel (like my blog). 

3) I believe Instagram is for the creative.
Instagram is a place to indulge your more artistic side. Use it to see the beauty in all the little things around you. Get inspired and post little snippets of little items that make you go "ooo". You go on with your bad creative self, girl.

4) I don't link it to my Facebook.
Here's the thing: They're not the same platform ... I utilize each so differently that I don't feel the need or desire to have each post go both places. Besides, I don't exactly want to interact with all my Facebook friends on Instagram so I feel better not advertising my name on there. Just my own personal weirdness. For instance: I think a close-up shot of a bomb lipstick or eyeliner job is perfect for Instagram. However, I'd be humiliated to have that in my Facebook feed. So for me, separation is the name of the game. I come to Instagram for a different reason than I come to Facebook so I'm okay not merging the two.

5) I primarily use my iPhone to take photos and note when I don't.
Most of the photos that I put on my feed are taken with my iPhone vs. my actual camera. Why? IDK, I just feel like that's kinda the name of the game there (image above is iPhone). However, if I am posting a DSLR shot- I'll generally call it out in a hashtag.

6) I post with intention.
Not that I have this unrivaled Instagram stream because I don't. But for what I like and for how I like to use the app, I scrutinize what I post. If the lighting is terrible or the background is just plain gnarly, I'll likely opt to not publish the picture. I care about the 'vibe' of what I offer on there and try to stick to it. 

But that's just me. That's how I use it. This doesn't mean that you should follow any of these rules.

So tell me, how do YOU Instagram?


16 comments:

Pat Hatt said...

Sounds like good rules to go by, so many just overcrowd them with the same old same old pic. How do I? I don't lol

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I'm a fan of your IG feed!

I typically like vivid, but I also like dusky photos that reflect magic hour/twilight time.

I will only double pop a photo on IG and FB if it's really awesome - and that's my personal FB, not my blog FB. I never double share between blog FB and IG. That's one of the things that annoys me - I don't want to see every photo you put up on IG on FB. Stop it.

I have certain themes I do (my weekend coffee, books I'm reading, my dogs, sunrise on vacation) but otherwise I'm just looking to happen upon something that catches my eye and share it with you. I use mine basically as snippets of life.

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

I like my photos bright as well, but not too crazy bright. I also don't like to over instagram one event but I am sure I have done it before. I have a personal IG and a blog IG - my blog IG is not connected to my facebook, but it is connected to my twitter but only because I can't remember how I set it up so I can take it down. I rarely use my personal IG but when I do, I link it to facebook because most of my family in Oz don't have IG so I want them to see the pics too. but, there are no lipstick shots or selfies on my personal haha.
I'm not very creative though - I do like seeing other creative people do their thang, but my feed is not creative. a lot of books and cats, lol.

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Love this! I don't link my Instagram to my FB either, as I like to keep the 2 separate as well. And LOL at your dad and his Euro trip Insta-shenanigans. Hilarious!

BLovedBoston said...

First things first i wasn't following you yet - but I am now!! I love instagram it's my favorite social media and I can't get enough! I'm with you and love bright colors and with great light - that I still can't master! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Madilyn Quinn said...

I don't have my facebook and instagram connected either, mostly because I don't really post any pictures on my facebook and the only people on my list that would be interested in my photos have me added on instagram haha .. I will share an occasionally picture on my twitter feed though, especially if it's book/writing related.

I don't filter my pictures at all, just lighten them a little. So yeah, I guess that's my theme? Trees and dogs and books and beer.

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

YES to making a collage! I don't need anyone to dominate my feed. Unless it's with pictures of animals. Or food.

Elle Sees said...

i like clear photos--not blurry. you know what i mean--not artistic bokeh blurry, but um, like your dad's feet example. sorry dad! ;) i like them bright too.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@elle- ha, I would agree!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Pat- and that's fair enough!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Steph- ha "stop it!", I love your dog and morning coffee pics!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Kristen- your cats are so cute! I love seeing them on Insta.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Kate- ha, he should be a travel blogger obviously.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Boston- color + light = heaven

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Madilyn- hey, those sound like awesome topics to me!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

Amanda- I'll happily look at pics of those things over and over.