This weekend, partially on a whim, and partially because I've been intrigued about this particular app, I joined Instagram.
For my user name, I wanted to use RamblinGarden, which is my Twitter handle, but Instagram wouldn't accept it. I do want to keep my ramblin' "brand name" in some way. So, for now, it's under my real name. I don't even know if I should change it, as I am not sure I want to promote my blog there.
I'm a newbie, and fumbling my way around. I am not totally encouraged by this post by a blogger, Shirley Corder, whose blog I was introduced to right before the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. However, I took the leap, based on some feedback from my Facebook friends.
So far, the people I am following are mostly Facebook friends - a lot of them are on Instagram, too (some, I suspect, are to follow grandchildren). This isn't a total surprise as Facebook owns Instagram.
I don't take (many) selfies. I don't have a cute dog or cat. (I don't HAVE a dog or cat.). I am not pleased by the fact that you can't turn off videos (not a good thing when you are not on wi fi) only slow them down. I certainly won't be opening the app during my lunch hour at work. I rarely take pictures of my food, except for one of my rare recipe blog posts. I'm somewhat private about my family. So, should I even be on there?
I'll try not to be too disappointed by all the commercial content. In fact, one of the first things that greeted me upon joining was a video posted by my credit union. Ugh. On the other hand, I quickly found, and liked, NatGeo.
But, if you follow me, you may find pictures like this, from a May 8 walk through the west side of Binghamton, New York (once I have time to upload them):
Creeping phlox (one of many I've taken, and I won't bore you further).
I do love flowers. Can you tell?
I'll just have to see how it goes. If you enjoy the pictures on my blog, you are welcome to follow me at alana_mautone. (I have to find some way to get a "follow me on Instagram" for my sidebar, too.)
For now, a few short questions for you, my dear readers: are you on Instagram? If so, what have your experiences been?
Do you still use it, or was it too disappointing?
And, what was your best resource for getting up to speed (which I don't have much time to devote to)?
Thank you for your time!