Somewhere along the way, I developed an extreme fondness for my cell phone. Even before I got my first iPhone, I was taking pictures with my cell phone. The most I could do with those pre-iPhone pictures was put them in a text message. At that time I thought that was the neatest thing!
I could show someone what I was looking at or what I had seen! Those first cell phone pictures were grainy and blurry but they could be shared.
New cell phones with better cameras came along. The technology grew and suddenly there was a lot of ways to share phone camera photos!
I discovered Instagram in June 2011. At first I was hesitant to post a picture. There were so many really good pictures on Instagram already! My
But I posted one. Then I followed some friends and some friends started following me. Then I posted some more and I got likes and comments! Then I started following people I didn't know and they became friends!
Sometimes I wondered how people created such fantastic photos, so I would ask them in the comments of their photo. Almost every time, I would get a thoughtful reply! A new trick to try! A new technique!
I discovered lots of fun and easy ways to process iPhone photos on my iPhone!
I became an Insta-addict!
I had to always have my iPhone with me just in case I found some incredible light.
Just in case I saw some incredible clouds that I would have to share with my friends on Instagram!
Just in case something caught my eye on my early morning walks that I would have to share with my friends on Instagram!
But, for me, sharing things I see is only part of why I love Instagram.
I love to see what my friends are sharing! I love scrolling through my photostream to see a slice of life in Kentucky with Dotti (@dotshots) or take a walk on the beach with Kim (@kimatpickingpoppies) or a daily, very clever, carpool reflection from Leigh (@loveleeokc)-these are not easy! I tried one and after that I was out of ideas! And Terri (@terriporter) shares her fantastic flowers and macro shots with us!
I've been on an African safari with one Instagram friend and to the beach in Sardinia with another!
Where else can you scroll through some photos and have such an adventure?
It's a connection with friends, old and new, that makes me happy. A way to keep in touch, to share a little piece of our world with others. A way to pop in and say "hi! here I am!"
And it's fun!
Are you an Insta-addict too?
Be sure to make a connection in the flickr gallery! We love to see your world!
"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men." ~Herman Melville