I fell out of love with Facebook quite a long time ago and Twitter, well that just seems to be a melee of everyone shouting at once, I can’t hack it. I know these platforms work for others and Facebook has its place – it makes an excellent online address book – but they don’t always work for me. What does work for me is Instagram and this is why.
First and foremost it has got to be the freedom of expression you find on Instagram. The very fact that you are putting out just a picture means people get creative with their message.
The pictures range from artists work, writer’s and their manuscripts, book lovers latest read, the beautiful outdoors or a creatives latest project. Anything goes! There’s still the pics of dinner, the kids in the park, the selfies and the memes but you can scroll past them if you’re not interested or remove them from your feed entirely without offending anyone. Simple.
The result: a reel of creative and inspiring photos.
2. A Friendly Community
I have yet to receive a negative comment on Instagram and if you do, blocking people is super simple and not a big issue. I’ve made some very good ‘virtual’ friends on Instagram, as many as I have blogging. You may think this is odd but I think of them as pen pals. You remember them, back in the days when you actually had to write to people!
In conclusion, you can create a relatively safe space to be creative and converse with other creatives, which brings me to my next point.
Up until very recently there was no way of liking someone’s comment, you had to reply if you wanted to acknowledge what they’d said. I like this, it creates a conversation. You can just like the picture if you want, but I’ve found that Instagrammars are in the main chatty folk and love to stop for a gossip. I hope that the ability to like comments doesn’t slow down this interaction. So far it hasn’t.
I am constantly inspired by the pictures I see on Instagram. Spurred on to try new things, new techniques with my very basic art or new ideas for stories sparked by someone’s adventures, it’s a wonderful place to be and soak up the artistry that Instagram is bursting with.
As I mentioned earlier, anything goes. You can get arty with your photos or you can just let people know what you’re doing now with a simple image. You can add a comment below, some people even add a blog-worthy post with a lot of info. Some people just post a picture and let it speak for itself. A picture paints a thousand words, as they say.
The support I have found on Instagram has sometimes taken me by surprise. I think the fact that people are looking at the images of what you are doing now and interacting with them is what inspires this support. It’s a place where people want you to succeed.
Again if you get any negativity, as you do with all social media on occasion, it’s easy to just remove this from your feed or block the person you don’t want to comment on your posts.
Now I’m not saying you should remove all criticism, that’s not healthy either and I’m not talking about the constructive criticism, I’m talking about the trolls. Yes they are on Instagram too, however they seem to be quite a rare species on this platform. Perhaps their aren’t enough bridges for them to lurk under?
7. Slower pace
For me Instagram moves at a much slower pace. Again it depends on who’s in your feed but most people don’t take photos every minute of every day. The slower pace means you can stop to talk a lot more.
8. No Ads
So far, despite several attempts to do so, Instagram doesn’t seem to have added adverts to its feed. You do get other creatives promoting their products and creations, that may or may not be for sale but this is generally something you want to look at and you have chosen to have in your feed. Most ‘grammers are not ad heavy either, they know this puts people off. What’s even more important is they are very creative with their ads so often the ads are art in themselves.
9. No pressure to follow
There doesn’t seem to be the pressure to follow back like there is on other social media platforms. You either follow or you don’t, simple.
10. Link In profile
Finally, the ability to put a link in your profile means that if you want people to be able to look at your latest blog post, buy your latest book or just check out your website, they can do really easily. They can click on your gravatar which takes them to your profile and then click on the link or just scroll on by. The link does not automatically open and therefore does not interrupt their ‘gramming, unless they want it to of course.
I hope this has given an insight into why I love Instagram and how it could help you. Are you on Instagram? I’d love to know what you think and what social media you prefer. If you’d like to follow me on Instagram you can find me here. I’ll see you there!