I’m an Instagram user. Alas, there’s not enough room on my phone to install it but I use it on my iPod. I love it – I love how easy it is and how quickly you can share whatever you want with anybody in the whole world. And how it makes my shots look great!
A good friend was having a little moan about it though. About how all he ever sees on there were pictures of cats and glasses of wine. He swears he wasn’t having a go at me, but I admit I’m as guilty of it as anybody. I love my daughters cat, and I love a nice glass of wine or bottle of beer after a long day at work.
But as my friend says, we all love looking at photos of our friends. Why don’t we share whatever we want to share, but with ourselves in the shot?
My immediate reaction was to worry that the cat is far more photogenic than I am, but I mulled it over. Who really wants to see just a cat, or just a glass of wine? He’s right. People probably would like it to be more fun. More personal.
So I’ve given it a go.
I’ll be honest: my self esteem isn’t that high. I’m not a fan of having my photo taken, and actually looking at the photo afterwards. I avoid it whenever I can. But in the last year I’ve begun to see myself differently. Parts of me that I used to hate, I now have a grudging respect for. A few parts of me I actually think are quite nice. And finally, after years of thinking they’re horrible, I’ve come around to the fact that I actually have pretty eyes.
So far I’ve taken 3 photos of myself with Instagram. And I didn’t take about 20 each time and pick the best – they were each the first try. I’ve experimented by posting them other places too; Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. And my friend (as always) was right. People do like to see them. I’ve had ‘likes’, been ‘favourited’ and had several comments.
I’ve relaxed about myself and as a result my social media is more sociable. How’s that for a win-win situation?!
I’m looking forward to seeing you.