I’m really enjoying taking more photos, playing around with Instagram and Pixlr, and finding a good one to post here every week. It’s a good mental practice to keep my eyes open for small details of everyday life that are especially attractive or meaningful.
I didn’t expect to like Instagram so much, because my first impressions were of quasi-celebs holding expensive products, with associated affiliate link, of course, and loads of bathroom selfies. (I’m a selfie fan, just not a toilet-in-the-background fan). I’m finding interesting photostreams to follow, and discovering new sides of writer friends and colleagues.
I do wonder how some some users get so many followers. Are they just amazing? Is it a follow-for-follow kind of thing, do they purchase followers on Instagram, or judicious use hashtags, or just live in a gorgeous place and take photos?
Instagram’s not great for everything, mostly because it’s mobile-only. So it’s usually pretty awkward and unwieldy to put PC screenshots there, and I’m not sure if all my photos are necessarily improved with the square frame. I recently added Pixlr for photoediting. You can add a border around a photo, without adding a filter, which is something I can’t make Instagram do for me. There are a bunch of Chinese New Year add-ons, with lanterns and good luck characters and so forth that kind of make me wonder if I really am too old for stickered Instagram photos.
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