Are you wondering whether or not to begin an Instagram account? Wondering what Instagram benefits there are? Perhaps you already have an account and are questioning if it’s worth your time. In this post Jodie and I reveal the many varied benefits, both personal and professional, of spending time on Instagram.
I’ve broken this topic into 2 parts and am addressing them in two blog posts because there really are SO MANY INSTAGRAM BENEFITS!
Part One (in this post)
- Why spend time on Instagram?
- What are the personal Instagram benefits?
Part Two (in the next post)
- What are the professional Instagram benefits?
- Where can Instagram success lead?
Before you invest lots of time and effort in any endeavor it’s natural to want to understand the underlying goals and benefits. Having devoted the past 2 years to Instagram, Jodie and I are big fans of Instagram and want to share the many Instagram benefits and potential rewards on this innovative and ever-changing platform, both intrinsic and extrinsic.
Part I: What are some personal Instagram Benefits?
1. An Interactive Community
From the very beginning, you benefit by joining a community of peers. When I joined Instagram I had just moved to a new state and honestly had very few friends. I was decorating my new house, and I had no one to get excited with. It was at that moment that I found the decor community on Instagram. Hey, these people care! I was so excited. It was the answer to prayers. Amazing how God works!
It doesn’t matter what your interests are, you can find like-minded people doing what you are doing on Instagram. Start hashtag searching a variety of phrases related to your passions and interests and you’ll find “your people” in no time.
Unlike other social media platforms such as Pinterest or Twitter Instagram really encourages personal interaction. Not only is friendly banter welcomed, but positive, personal commenting is a big part of what’s going on. Direct Messaging option creates ongoing “conversations” where participants get to know one another in a friendly, somewhat private setting. The result is real friendships.
When like minds and like hearts have a chance to interact daily it’s not surprising that friendships are formed. It’s modern day “pen-pals” with real-time turnaround. It’s potentially more wonderful than you can imagine. Kindness and support reside here and it is real. As in life, the more you give the more you get. The more your reach out and share the more will be reciprocated. This is definitely Jodie’s and my experience.
Want inspiration? You’ve come to the right place. Any kind of inspiration you are looking for you’ll find here. But unlike Pinterest there is a person attached to the inspiration. Often that real person is willing to teach, share, and interact. They might also have a business or a blog where you can continue to interact.
4. Creative Outlet
If you have certain passions or talents here is a great place to showcase your skills. It is highly motivational to have an audience. This certainly was and is the case for me. When my family seemed disinterested in my decorating endeavors I found my “audience” on Instagram. If you are a creative, you can find great satisfaction in honing your skills for your feed. The personal satisfaction in becoming better at your craft is reward in itself. Whether you are a knitter, a crafter, a builder, a painter, a baker, a fashionista, a makeup artist, a hairstylist, Instagram is a wonderful stage to show your talents.
Better than a store or a catalog Instagram teaches you what is in style and fabulous, how to wear those new clothes, how to apply that makeup and how to decorate. Want to know where to buy what you see? RewardStyle is a system more and more Instagram influencers employ which helps you buy what they see. Many small and large businesses showcase their products and link their shops for easy purchasing. Also, you can always ask questions directly, and wherever possible people love to help you find what they used.
If you are looking for information Instagram is a great resource. For virtually any topic you can imagine Instagram is like the yellow pages of old on major steroids! Instagram can help you:
- locate experts
- learn tips
- watch video
- see creations
- purchase items
- showcase your own endeavors
- connect to other websites
Endless Instagram Benefits
Whether you are looking for a community of interactive peers, inspiration to help you in your own life, or looking to inspire others you’ll find it on Instagram. Want to gain experience and skills, hone your craft, be inspired daily? You’ll find a wealth of opportunity, fun, and inspiration. The conglomeration of talent can motivate, entice, and challenge you to do more, be better, take on new levels of creativity and excellence.
Welcome to Instagram!
The Design Twins