why instagram is winning

As a writer, blogger, and social media user, I’m pretty social.

  • I have a Facebook Page (not my favorite form of social media – but crucial):
facebook page
Chroi and Me on facebook


my twitter feed: @heidhorch


senior share project
senior share project


  • Another tumblr, all horse pictures, all the time, for the horse crazy girls out there:
gypsy horses all the time
gypsy horses all the time


  • Another tumblr, where I tried to start my own meme (specific sense of humor required – YOU can submit your own here):
collage fromage
collage fromage


  • Another tumblr:


  • And another tumblr that seemed like a good idea but I keep forgetting to post on  it (maybe you could help out) it’s where I highlight found pieces of text from anywhere on the internet and showcase horrible punctuation and grammatical errors. I’m just sick of everyone being so stupid. (warning: mature language):
stupid in public learn how to use an apostrophe
stupid in public
learn how to use an apostrophe


  • And don’t forget Pinterest. (how could you?):
my Pinterest page HeidHorch
my Pinterest page HeidHorch


But when I want to instantly convey what I’m experiencing at any given moment, the go-to is Instagram:

Instagram - @heidhorch
Instagram – @heidhorch

Instagram is becoming my go-to choice for social media.

  • it’s instant (duh) — versus a blog post which can take me a few days to write, illustrate and edit.
  • it’s easy — take a photo, edit, and share. It can go right to your other social media accounts.
  • it’s addicting — so many horses! so little time :)
  • it’s visual — just like me.
  • paired with Twitter, Instagram is a powerhouse for connecting with your potential audience.
  • And now with video, it’s even more engaging. (Although I hear the Vine app is pretty cool too.)

It’s great because I can share something the minute I think of it. Pictures of our trip to the beach, Keira’s training, a recent concert, whatever art I’m working on, and the perennial favorite: my cat.

You can follow me here, and you can get the app here.

Instagram tips:

  • Cross-connect Instagram with other social media by using the same user name across the board (i.e., heidhorch). If you are SassySally on Twitter, Sally123 on Instagram and CraftySal on Pinterest, you readers don’t know that all three are YOU.
  • Follow people with similar interests to broaden your readership. For instance, I write about horses, writing, and art, so I follow horse people, writers, and artists. If they like my stuff on Instagram, they’ll (hopefully) follow the link in my profile to my blog.
  • Make sure you include a link to your blog (or Twitter account, or your main online page) in your profile!

Here are a few recent images:

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Check out Instagram. And if you’re already there, check out my feed (link above).

So, tell me — What do you like about Instagram?


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6 thoughts on “why instagram is winning”

  1. a)Stupid in Public? Had no idea you had this. Love it and hope you post more soon. Wait, first write your book. b)Instagram? In comparison to other s.m. sites? I like the idea of it being quick and visual…makes a good pairing with Twitter. In January, Parentables wrote this about Instagram:


    Besides guidelines for parents, the article makes it sound like it could replace Facebook for many tweens and young adults. As for adult adults, I see how some could like this more than Pinterest, but not Facebook. I hear lots of folks talk about how annoyed they are by Facebook, but keep it because of the sense of community, which I think is because the FB has that conversational feel as well as photos.

    c)Great post. Thx for making me think about how I could use Instagram.


  2. I love instagram.. reasons, all of the above! hahah I can`t use the video function though. A real shame, but I refuse to get upset about it for too long. And I refuse to buy a new phone just to get it to work.
    For me Intagram is an even better medium than FB and twitter. Most of my post on there are…. instagrams!


  3. I think I am with you on this. I love Instagram although I also like my blog it does take up lots of time…and sometime you just don’t have enough time!


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