Thoughts on Instagram

I have recently started using Instagram, actually after a webinar I watched at work where the librarians were talking about what a great social media space it was. They had a lot of success with being found, with getting constant interactions on posts, and with being able to ask questions and get answers. Well, that all sounded pretty good. So I gave it a look.

So far I have really enjoyed Instagram. It doesn’t get spammed to the extent that something like Tumblr does, so I can in a few minutes scroll through and see everything that’s posted for the day. It’s visual like Tumblr is, though, so it’s easier and better for scrolling through and checking out on the fly than I have found Twitter or the WordPress Reader to be.

How do they pull this off? Well, for starters, there’s no sharing. At least, not that I’ve figured out yet – I do see the occasional “re-gram” with a little share symbol and username in the corner of the image. Not sure how that’s done, but it’s pretty rare. Unlike a space like Tumblr, where sharing is the majority of the activity. You can like and comment, both of which being closest to something like Facebook in terms of use and visibility. However, some things in posts or comments don’t work – like websites. No hyperlink. So it discourages going in and linkdumping – unlike Twitter, where that’s almost the whole deal.

So it’s a visual space that’s there for others to experience and interact with. And really, I’ve had more success there with interaction than on other social media accounts. Things on the Facebook Page almost never get seen. Tweets rarely get any likes or shares. Tumblr doesn’t see much action. Indeed, in a couple of months I have as many Instagram followers as Tumblr followers, and the latter account is over a year older. In other words, it ended up really being what was advertised to me: a fun space with good interaction.

So let me run down a couple of things I have discovered regarding how Instagram plays with my whole suite of other social media accounts, to give you a more complete picture of how it works!

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If we were having coffee… Transitions Week

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What? I’m using the official coffee image?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you it feels like a week of transitions.

In a number of ways and places. Coming from timing, from my actions, from others. All in all, it’s like it’s been long enough with a newborn to start moving into leading a life with a newborn. Infant now, I guess?

Here on DBCII, transitions are coming as we move into year two of the Wordless Wednesdays. Expect to see a bit of a format change – I might include words! Which might defeat the name, shhhhhh…

On Comparative Geeks, the transitions are several. For one, our large collection of blog posts have come to an end – we’re back to being the main writers on the blog come Monday. However, as our post yesterday indicated, we’re at a point of change there as well – Comparative Geeks is moving forward as a blog which regularly has contributors. Quite a few have already gotten in touch with me through all sorts of different methods. I think things are going to get fun over there!

In general with blogging, I think there’s a lot of transitioning going on. My local blogosphere is increasingly collaborating, cross-posting and writing combined posts or doing interviews. We have a community there, and I think that more and more will be happening with that. What started basically as some Feminist Friday posts is becoming so much more!

In my gaming life, we have officially reached the point where I feel like we can say we have started a Warmachine community. We have now someone playing all of the Warmachine factions, and enough different people that there might be at least one Warmachine game happening a week at the local game store. If we keep that up, we’ll all have more fun with the game, and hopefully pull in even more players!

And meanwhile, the Geek Baby is getting more sleep. Which means that we may actually have energy to handle all the rest of this…

How about you? Change in your life, or stay the course? And find more folks for coffee through the links on Part-Time Monster!

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How Do You Choose Which Projects to Pursue?

Maybe in some of my earlier days, I had some problems with asking questions on the Internet. Of course, even on my post lamenting this phenomenon, I got replies! It really is a case where, if you give people an opportunity and a place to reply, they likely will. So, I have one bouncing around in my head.

How do you choose which projects to pursue?

I think I’m going to go with a poll. However, the responses are based on some of my thoughts, so you may very well have your own! Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments. We’ve been having some fun and success with polls on Comparative Geeksnot success like Patrick Sponaugle has with polls, but success.

Over time, I notice that my writing projects start to bleed together. There are definitely themes and ideas I want to write about – but as they merge, it gets harder to choose! It makes me really want to get SOMETHING written and out there, so that I know I have succeeded at getting some ideas out.

I wrote about my priorities the other day, and got some feedback – but would certainly still love more! I’m turning 30 tomorrow, so it seems a good time to be introspective. Well, more than usual. And to ask questions like, where should I be spending my time? What’s working and what isn’t? What has the most impact? So this is all just part of that exercise. Thanks for the input, readers!

Standing at a Crossroads

Here at DBCII, I have been working my way towards doing more fiction writing – like I’ve discussed in posts like this last Six Word Saturday. Doing more than just blogging; the blogging served a purpose of getting me writing again and frequently, made writing part of my daily routine. But the blogging is both an outlet and a means to an end – but it is not the goal itself.

Meanwhile, on Comparative Geeks I have been considering one of our ongoing features, Science Fiction Today. As I discussed in posts like my year-and-a-half recap, I have been giving this feature or category a lot of thought. I have a ton of ideas of topics to cover, and thoughts on how to approach them or at least get started. And the question is, do I just work this into the flow on Comparative Geeks? Or do something more with it? Read more of this post

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