I joined Instagram on a whim but although that was a few months ago I am still having problems getting my head round it.
I am joining with the #yarnfriendsrock because it seemed like a fun challenge and I thought it might give me a better handle on things but it has only added more confusion.
I hate writing posts with no pictures so I will add in a few small not especially relevant photos to break up the text.
I don’t need help with stories, as although I found creating one almost impossible, I have decided I don’t like them and they tend to do my head in. In fact when they have sound I end up jumping out of my skin and feeling quite traumatised but I appear to have found a way to turn the sound off, which is good because I think some photos have sound too.
Maybe this is my biggest puzzle, because when it comes to blogs I tend to ‘like’ all the posts that appear in my Reader that I get around to reading because I actually like them. Linking individual photographs seems different though, even if it is from people I am following. How much do you have to like a photo to click the little heart? I tend to click just for the one that stand out but maybe people I know from comments on my blog are more likely to get a like.
I was happy to think of Instagram as a place of no words or few words but with the #yarnfriendsrock you get people’s whole life stories and I find it enough of a struggle to add a couple of hash tags and a short comment when working on my tablet and the text seems quite small for my old eyes so I tend to ignore any pieces of long text. Am I getting this all wrong?
Because other people add comments I have dipped my toe in the water and made occasional brief comments but have never replied to one. Do people expect replies? And what is all this ‘@’ business?
In fact do people expect comments? I often comment on blogs and like the interaction. Though I normally wait till I am on my desktop with my proper keyboard as it is so much quicker and easier and doesn’t hurt my wrists. Commenting on Instagram seems intrusive somehow.
I enjoy seeing other people’s photographs but the expectation that I am supposed in some way to respond is disconcerting.
I decided that it would make life easier if I followed the #yarnfriendsrock tag because then I wouldn’t have to click on it to see what other people had shared.
However I seem to get only a few of the shared photos (why is this?) but when I do click on it I get loads more and in no particular order. The Heading is “Top Posts” but I don’t know what makes something a top post. Do you?
I also follow #gardencollagemonthly and I went there to check that I hadn’t missed people sharing September collages only to find all the earlier collages in a random order. It wasn’t even that the ones with more ‘likes’ were at the top. Luckily there haven’t been too many so far, so it wasn’t too hard to check through them.
I follow maybe 34 blogs but on Instagram I notice that people seem to follow hundreds of other people.
I have added a couple of people to follow from their photographs on #yarnfriendsrock but I can’t see me following hundreds. Am I in the wrong place?
If I followed someone and then “unfollowed” do you think they would get upset or are p[eople doing it all the time?
Revisiting Past Shared Photographs
Am I doing something wrong or missing something?
When I load up Instagram I see the latest photographs with some adverts added in but then sometimes I can see the other photographs that I have looked at recently but sometimes I get given photographs chosen by Instagram that they think I might like and don;’t know how to see the photographs I maybe looked at the day before.
I am sure there are lots of other things that I don’t even know about! Like there is a funny Bookmark? type thing to the right. Haven’t dared click on that in case it does something I don’t like.