Instagram As My Micro-blogging Platform?!

As expected, I did not keep blogging regularly.Unless you considered at least one post per month to be regular and consistent, I guess. Oh well, life. School is making me crazy at the moment.

Then, today, something peculiar crossed my mind as I uploaded my latest Instagram post, which is this one by the way:

rose

#Volunteering at Bangsa Ria, an organization for people with special needs, has been one of the most challenging experiences I’ve had. It wasn’t easy; it wasn’t all roses.
But it was worth it.
As one of the #MUVP groups, we hope we’ve made a difference as little as it might have been.
This is a #handcrafted#rose made by the BR members, which I bought today as an additional contribution and just because. It’s so #beautiful 🙂
#charity #foragoodcause #art #nature #monashmalaysia

Okay, I might sound stupid, but this was the first time that I realised that all this time I was actually micro-blogging on Instagram.

I realised it at that particular moment because I was hanging out with my friends in the school library, ‘doing’ our assignments, and I had decided to take a break and post the photo. The thing is posting on Instagram is something I actually rarely do when I’m around people and I believe that’s because I’ve grown used to taking my time in choosing the right photo, the right framing/cropping for the Instagram squared format, the right caption… Today I was with two of my closest friends, who kinda know how picky and weirdly ‘business-like’ I am during my ‘Instagram-ing’ process…

I even regulate the time interval between my Instagram posts and have specific time frames for posting… almost like a schedule…

Exactly like how I used to blog.

I used to be a very active blogger, posting and reading posts every time, just like now I’m uploading photos on Instagram and checking out others’ as well. I used to have a specific schedule, which was flexible, but still… For example, every Friday I would do the weekly Picture it & Write challenge (hosted by ermiliablog.wordpress.com) and every Wednesday I’d post my contribution to the Weekly Photo Challenge (or was it the other way round? XD) and then within an interval of 2 days I would throw in some random post about me, my thoughts, my life…

While I wasn’t picky about the quality of my writing (keepin’ it very casual), I was picky about the topic I wanted to write about. Now, on Instagram, although I don’t mind not having high quality photos (my phone is still stuck with the good old 8MP back camera and 2MP front camera), I’m very conscious about the way I present the photo along with the caption, because in the end, just like blogging, all I want to do is to be able to express myself, share my thoughts and feelings, in the right way that I want them to be projected.

My posts, whether in photographic or written form, are meant to convey meanings, not to show off pretty or cool stuff.

So yeah, now that I think about it, I actually have been blogging constantly since I came to Malaysia, just not on WordPress. With that busy international student life, I can only write quick short posts with a nice photo that usually compensates for the remaining 1000 words that were meant to be written.

Micro-blogging.

For me, sincerely, this word has always been associated with Twitter, and while I mention it, I actually am pretty active on Twitter, but I don’t believe that I use Twitter as a micro-blogging platform, at least not from my above definition of my blogging process, being macro or micro. Twitter for me is more like… a platform where I throw in random stuff, whenever, whatever, especially when I neither feel like the information I want to share is meant for Facebook or Instagram or WordPress, like certain quick rants or short quotes or little thoughts or link shares.

So, yes, I now officially declare my Instagram as my official micro-blogging site. 

Though, this doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop doing the real thing, blogging here. WordPress remains my main blogging platform, but the schedule is now being changed: I will probably post here either every 2-3 weeks or monthly. After all, if I make so much fuss when preparing a micro-blog post, imagine me when I do think of a blog post idea for An Evil Nymph’s blog!

It’s just the way I work and I like it that way so far.

Oh, so if you haven’t yet and want to follow me on Instagram, here’s my username: dkwaye

If you wanna check out my very random Twitter: @DaphYin

And if you wanna support the real blog further, click here for the facebook page!

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!

An Evil Nymph.

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