Expedition Instagram

Sadly, I’m not very savvy when it comes to social media, but I’m going to get there one day. I dabbled in Facebook for awhile, and tinkered with twitter. Instagram didn’t seem relevant to me until recently. Very recently. Now, I’m having a great deal of fun with it.

When I first started taking writing seriously, activity in all social media was highly encouraged by presenters during every workshop and conference I attended. I created an Instagram account and it just sat. Or so I thought…until last year, when I was once again highly encouraged to get it up and running. I was pretty surprised to see I’d been active for several years and following a lot of body-building and porn sites.

Hacking survived, I got things figured out and started to post. Hashtag? What’s that? How do you separate lines? Why do the numbers for my followers keep fluctuating so? Needless to say, it was a learning experience and I’m still learning new things about Instagram every time I use it.

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Photo by Jennifer R Monroe, on Instagram

You might be wondering why I’ve devoted an entire blog post to Instagram but it was one of my first steps in moving forward. It helped me determine what I wanted to focus on for 2019. I found I really enjoyed saying good morning to the world and being creative with my photography.

When I’m freezing cold and miserable, all I have to do is look at the Instagram account of an explorer who treks across Antarctica. Suddenly, I’m feeling pretty good about being in 40 degree weather. When I stray from my focus, all I have to do is look at the Instagram account of all the sites dedicated to London–a city I long to explore again one day. And when the explorer, or a fellow traveler, writer, photographer or creative likes one of my photos, it gives me a little nudge to keep going, to keep believing in my dreams. What?!? Someone likes my photos? That’s incredible!

I explore my world as far as I’m able to right now, (with the dream of going as far as I can one day). I take pictures of things that are beautiful, interesting, and bizarre. Using my design background, I look for patterns and textures. Sometimes, I even try to get clever.

Day by day, with each new “good morning, world”, I’m getting closer to achieving my goals and dreams. It’s one of my little “happy projects” that I hinted to in earlier posts. A small component of my Traveling Introvert project.

I’d be thrilled if you followed me.

https://www.instagram.com/jenniferrmonroe

And as always, thank you for joining me on this adventure.

Until next time.

 

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