I love Instagram! Actually, I love all social media but Instagram is my favourite.
I believe that, used in the right way, social media is a great tool that we should be using to our advantage. Admittedly it does have its downside but that’s a blog post for another day. Today I want to talk about the positive side of social media and, in particular, Instagram and Instagram hashtags.
INSTAGRAM FOR CRAFTERS AND CREATIVES
First of all, if you’re not on Instagram, let me tell you a little bit about it.
I don’t claim to be an Instagram expert or guru and I don’t have tens of thousands of followers but I have seen the benefit of it for creative and crafty people and creative and crafty businesses.
Unlike other platforms Instagram is very visual. It’s all about the photographs. And that’s why its so beneficial to creative and crafty people and businesses. It gives you the chance to really showcase your work. Now, if you’re worried about your photography skills not being good enough – don’t be because the more photos you take, the better you get at it. In fact, taking photos is a little bit like writing. If you write often enough you will eventually find your ‘writing voice’. If you take enough photos you will gradually find your ‘photographic style’. So, take your first photo, be brave and upload it. Once that’s done you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about ☺️
And, on that topic, one of the things I really love about Instagram is that almost everyone on there is lovely and they’re not looking to pick fault with your photos. They all had to to start at the beginning. They are very positive, friendly and supportive and they love knowing what you’re up to, what your latest creation is and what’s going on in your life. Equally, they love sharing their creations and little snapshots of their lives. For me, Instagram is probably the most ‘social’ platform out of all the social media platforms out there.
GETTING FOUND ON INSTAGRAM
Because there are millions and millions of photographs posted on Instagram every day, anything you post can very quickly get lost in all the noise – as you can imagine. You can take the most fabulous photo ever but, if you don’t take the time to prepare it, no-one (hardly anyone) will ever see it. You can write a beautiful and informative caption/post to go with your fabulous photo but it won’t make any difference and it still won’t be found if you don’t add the one thing that Instagrammers rely on. Instagram hashtags.
Instagram hashtags are what will get your photo out there in front of other people.
BUT WHAT ARE INSTAGRAM HASHTAGS?
Hashtags are the little number signs (sharp sign to musicians) that look like this #. They are followed by a word or words all in lower case and without spaces. The photo at the top of this page is from my own Instagram feed and some of the hashtags that I used for that were:
There are more but I hope you get the idea. The hashtags are relevant to me and the content of the photo.
You can have up to 30 hashtags per post but, quite honestly, I think that’s excessive so I usually have between 10 and 15 depending on the photo.
People will search for hashtags and that’s how your photo will be found. So, as you can see, hashtags are very important.
I could say a lot more about them but I’ll leave that for future Instagram posts. I just wanted to do this post to get you started thinking about hashtags and how they can help you and your photos to show up.
Just before I sign off I thought I would leave you with a few of my favourite Instagram hashtags that are perfect for crafters and creatives.
There are lots more but that should be enough to get you going and if you do post any of your crafty and creative photos, let me know. I would love to see them!
If you have any questions about anything I’ve written here or would like to know more about getting started on Instagram please either leave a comment in the comment section below or get in touch through any of the methods listed on the CONTACT PAGE.
Feel free to join me on over on Instagram and don’t be afraid to say ‘Hi’ wherever you find me on social media.
Until the next time,