Although I don’t engage with Instagram often, I have had an account for many years. For the most part, I’ve used the platform to share memes among groups of friends. In addition to that, I’ve also made a few posts over the years. I have also had a bit of experience with editing photos on Instagram and other similar platforms. For this assignment, I used a program called PicsArt instead of Canva, since it was more convenient and I already had a bit of experience with it.
I tried to use engaging fonts and an attention-grabbing design to hook people in with my first post. On the first two posts, I included outtake photos from the respective assignments, and wrote that the best photos were on this blog. I think that this was a good way to entice people to the blog, since there are photos other than those included in the Instagram posts. To represent this, the PicsArt edited photo only reveals a small portion of one of my favorite photos, and covers the rest with a white outline and a thick black border.
The most challenging part of this assignment was probably making a compelling design in PicsArt. I knew I would have to get creative, and didn’t want to simply place text over one of my pictures. It took a bit of trial and error for me to arrive at a final design with which I could be satisfied. I was surprised by how difficult it was to think of a way to present this blog in the most intriguing way I could, but it got quite a bit easier as I went along and solidified my ideas.
There are many ways Instagram and other social media platforms are applicable to countless jobs. Sites like Instagram are very popular and powerful tools to spread information and create discourse, and they are becoming increasingly prevalent in all areas of society. As such, social media literacy constitutes an increasingly valuable skill set, and Instagram is no exception.