Saturday, March 21, 2015

I Have Instagram (and Some Questions about Instagram)

After holding out for years, I finally joined Instagram! I was wary of giving myself yet another way to waste time online, but you all seemed to be having so much fun there that I couldn't resist. Plus, what kind of person writes an entire post about Instagram selfies and doesn't even have an account? My username is @dresspaintpatches @auxiliary_beauty (@auxiliarybeauty was taken, if you can believe it). (Update, 3/23: Yes, I'm so indecisive that I changed my Instagram handle within two days. I think it's less confusing this way. I promise I won't turn into the kind of person who changes it every week.)

I do, of course, have a couple of questions about this marvelous technology that all the kids are using:

1. How do you attach one of those little Instagram badges to your blog? I thought I could do it by copying and pasting the HTML code provided here into one of the sidebar "gadgets" available on Blogger, but Blogger tells me that I need to copy a URL instead. I feel the same combination of impotence, rage, bewilderment, and despair that my parents must feel when they try to attach a photo or document to an email. Please help.

2. When you post FOTDs or product photos, are you in the habit of tagging every brand you mention? Or is that something you do only when you're trying to get the brand's attention for some reason?

3. Does anyone else feel incredibly awkward when getting accustomed to a new social-media platform? Not just technologically awkward, but socially awkward as well? Like you've arrived alone and sober at a party where you know very few people, and everyone is having an uproariously good time without you, and you wonder if maybe you'd better just slip out again before someone notices you've arrived?

Anyway! Follow me if you feel inclined, and I'm sure I'll be posting painstakingly contoured selfies in no time at all.

19 comments:

  1. Please don't slip out sneakily! Looking forward to ALL of the heavily contoured and brow-ed selfie, or just your lunch.

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  2. I also just joined Instagram, and yeah, I just feel really awkward about it. Ugh, new social media that I don't know how to use.

    But I did figure out how to add Instagram to Blogger from these instructions:

    http://www.blogguidebook.com/2013/01/how-to-add-instagram-widget-to-your-blog.html

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    1. Thanks! I'll try that and see what happens. I think I need to find a very basic tutorial on web design--it's embarrassing how little I know.

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    2. Code Academy is a good spot to start if you're just looking to familiarize yourself with languages.

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  3. I don't usually tag brands, personally. I think the upside of doing it is that people who are looking for info about those brands can find your stuff, but I don't necessarily want the attention of the brands themselves, so I just avoid it. I think it's probably fine either way. I'm just weirdly paranoid about I don't know what.

    Welcome! I felt a little weird about it at first and still don't post much, but it's entertaining.

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    1. I mean, I wouldn't necessarily mind getting attention from brands, but I'm also not actively seeking it and I don't want to look like I am. Frankly, I'm glad I'm not on Instagram for that reason, because I doubt I'd succeed in attracting the brands' attention with so many other people tagging them! I looked at the Urban Decay hashtag yesterday and discovered that each day there are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people who use #urbandecay in their captions. I think I underestimated how many makeup and beauty lovers have joined Instagram!

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  4. When I post MOTD pictures I tend to pick one brand and talk about that product a bit more and tag them e.g. an eyeshadow. If I do a flatlay of the products that I used then I tag every brand. I love instagram!

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    1. Yes, that makes sense. It's what I've been doing so far, despite my reluctance to portray my life as a composite of beauty brands...but I'm a beauty blogger, so that ship has probably sailed.

      I love Instagram too, so far! I'm already addicted.

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  5. Welcome, AB!
    Honestly I don't follow many beauty bloggers directly on instagram since many of them also share their pics on twitter. Plus I see the makeup pics and swatches on their blogs all the time. I hope we can share other pretty (and instagram-filter-worthy) side of our lives as well as beauty and makeup. :)

    I use sanpwidget for the instagram widget on my blog. It is customizable and quite neat. I believe you can implement this using a gadget (html or java script) on bloggers. It it doesn't work, let me know. It's been a while for me anyway.

    I sometimes tag makeup brands or restaurants (location them as well if it is not a latergram), mainly to inform the followers. I don't always put a pic to promote my blog posts although that is something many brands want (almost demand ;-/), so certainly not to attract their attention. Some of the followers email or ask in the comment things like "what is the color of your lipstick?", so it is for my own convenience, too. I'm like "please read the tags". My tags tell almost everything about where, when, and what.

    Hope you have fun! If you can stomach my unrealistic selfies sometimes, we would get along just fine! ;D

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    1. *snapwidget

      http://snapwidget.com

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    2. All this is very helpful! And unrealistic selfies are what Instagram is all about, no? I'm having a hard time deciding how closely my account should be connected to my blog, but I guess that will work itself out in time.

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  6. I just looked up the other @auxiliarybeauty and they're well and active. No chance of getting it anytime soon, lol. You could try @auxiliarybeautyblog because I keep going "Who is @dresspaintpatches?!"

    For the widget, you have the right code from Instagram but you need to insert it into the HTML gadget in Blogger. Literally just copy and paste the code and you'll get your badge.

    There's two types of "tagging" in Instagram. Using the @ to get the Instagram account user's attention or using hashtags to get the general public's attention on the subject. I think Lena makes a good point about using Instagram to show more of our personal lives, and dear god, her pics are awesome btw! But for me, I know that most people are following because of the beauty aspect so I tend to focus more on beauty with a dash of non-beauty. I use both forms of tags for brands because oh heck why not. I reuse those hashtags to browse Instagram later anyway, when I feel like staring into my device in bed in the dark for two hours instead of, say, sleeping.

    As for joining late, apparently the cool kids are moving onto Snapchat or whatever, but that just means more room for all the quality late joiners.

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    1. Yeah, I was dismayed to see how much the other @auxiliarybeauty posts, but to the victor go the spoils! Ahhh, I'm still so undecided about my username. I think I might go for @auxiliary_beauty? I want my instagram to be connected to my blog but not an extension of it, if that makes sense, but I also don't want to confuse people. WHY IS THIS SO HARD.

      I've just discovered the mesmerizing pastime of scrolling through hashtags. It's so cool to see what hundreds of other people have put on their faces on a particular day! As for Snapchat, helllll no. I've decided that Instagram is the last social-media platform I'll join, at least for the foreseeable future. I think I'm too old to see the allure of Snapchat; it actually took me a while to figure out what it was...

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  7. I love Instagram. Because I can post pictures of my cats to my heart's content AND PEOPLE LIKE THEM. Vanity + Crazy Cat Lady= WIN. I mean, I do make-up pictures too, but mostly cats. It's easily becoming one of my favorite social media sites.

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    1. Aww, I wish I had a cat to post photos of, too! I mean, I wish I had a cat, period. I'll have to settle for #latergrams of my dad's two cats back in San Francisco.

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  8. Hi AB, welcome to Instagram! I'll be your follower so you don't have to feel awkward anymore (I'm leonie_w_loewenherz on there; currently working up the courage to post selfies). I also promise to stop lurking and start commenting on your blog, because I do enjoy your writing a lot, especially your literary and historical references! So fun to read and so different from the usual beauty blog fare.

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  9. Um, I'm guilty of posting photos of food and my dogs, so uh, I apologize in advance. I hashtag some photos for my own reference (like Liz said) and like Lena said, because sometimes people ask. It depends on how lazy I am feeling, which pretty much dictates everything I do on social media, lol. Now you must get on Twitter.

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  10. Ah man, all of my social media is different names LOL so it's all good in the hood! I was so happy to see you on IG :D

    1. I'm not sure about Blogger, but on WP there's an automatic widget!
    2. I very rarely post about beauty (heh) so for product photos, I usually hashtag them, sometimes I tag, but not always. For FOTDs, I never tag the brand unless someone asks about a lip color or something like that. :)
    3. I always feel like this when I'm late to the party! I started Instagram pretty early so it was very no-pressure, haha. I remember my first post was my bookshelf!

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