5 reasons I like Instagram

Only 5, you ask. Indeed!

(1) I enjoy the spontaneity of writing a fresh post daily or thereabouts, as it gives me a focus for photos I’ve taken, and a really good reason to take more. I often grab my phone and snap several photos of scenes, flowers, cloud-scapes, a lovely book or an event. These usually make up my posts along with the occasional trip down memory lane with vintage photos and family memorabilia. I also like to find or create a good quote to share.

olde worlde rose

(2) I select my audience each time I post, through the use of hashtags. This is a bonus, as my audience is not static. My posts frequently reach new people and I enjoy taking a peek at their posts. I might end up following them.

(3) The majority of posts I see are from people I follow, not random posts of things I don’t wish to know about (like horrid spiders, unless of course someone I’m following decides that’s Insta-worthy!) Comparing Instagram to its sister platform, I don’t have to put with all the advertising I encounter in Facebook – of places I don’t wish to travel to, or of things I’ll never buy.

(4) I can and do choose to see posts about things I am interested in by selecting a hashtag, checking its content and following it: for example, posts about #cottagegardens and #westernaustralia yield some stunning images.

South Perth from Kings Park

Check out my post on #perth South Perth from Kings Park

(5)Instagram is different to Facebook – or at least I currently treat Instagram differently. Sometimes I cross post. (Oh no, you say!) Most times I don’t. (Did hear a yay?) It often depends on whether I remember to slide the sharing button off or not! When I do happen to cross post, I usually change my Facebook post a little to reflect the different audience. Sometimes, I’m overzealous and double post my content. My faithful social media friends don’t seem to mind! I have beautiful people following me on each platform, and I seek to honour each group. Of course, there’s a crossover of followers.

I see that some people I follow have the same post across the various social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). I think this is a personal preference, and very likely a time-management issue for many. I may find that my path in the future, but for now I’m content to create different posts or variations.


To wrap up, I like Instagram because it inspires me. The clean community feel it brings to social media is refreshing. Beautiful images with positive comments. I hope it stays that way

Tell me…

Why do you like or dislike Instagram? If you are an ‘Instagrammer’, am I following you? Please let me know in the comments section below. (By the way, if you’re on your mobile phone, that means lots of scrolling down! Cheers!)

Susan is a writer based in Perth's Darling Range, Western Australia. Her love for writing began as a child and is a life-long passion. Susan is also passionate about reading and attributes much of her learning to the wonderful world of literature. She enjoys photography and art and loves to write the occasional poem. She is often found indulging in a good cup of coffee and gazing over the hills from her backyard.

4 comments On 5 reasons I like Instagram

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    Oh I love love love this! Never really felt a connection to Instagram because… I just didn’t get it at the heart level. But you’ve intrigued me. And I love love love the rose. And I feel sad for spiders! You’ve done the most important thing of all with this post – made me feel all kinds of things. Did I mention that I love it?!💕

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    Amazing post, Susan. You’ve got me intrigued as well as Sherene. I haven’t been the slightest bit interested before I read your five reasons for liking Instagram. Will have to follow up, find out more. Thank you.

    • Susan Dunn

      I think you may surprise yourself, Maureen. You take lovely photos that would be great for Instagram. I actually think it’s quite easy to use. Of course, there is/ was a learning curve, but once mastered, I would actually say it’s my favourite social media platform.

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