My favorite (and only) social media platform I use is Instagram. I love to upload photos there and connect with other people. I love the visual aspect of it and how inspiring it can be. Yes, sometimes it could also be a little bit overwhelming when you see an amazing feed with perfect photos. People who seem to be perfect. But we all know, that photos, we share online are just showing a small piece of our life. And most of the time the photo you see is a combination of making it look better than it actually is and adding a filter. But today I don't want to write about that part, I want to talk about hashtags.
Oh I love hashtags. Almost every photo that I share on Instagram gets a hashtag. I use hashtags in two different ways. 1) to showcase my photo under a general hashtag that other people also use and 2) to collect similar photos I took under a personal hashtag. The second one is my true passion. I love to see a collection of my photos that are part of the same theme. For example, when I share something I baked or cooked I use #andreaisinthekitchen.
I don't use a personal hashtag right away. But after a few times posting a similar photo I start using a new personal hashtag. Then I go back through my feed and search for all those photos that belong to that hashtag. The newest hashtag I created is #that🌳. I took a photo of the tree right in front of my window several times in the past 18months and now it was time to get a hashtag for them. Nowadays it's not that easy to find a hashtag that no one else is using. Before I start using a new one I always use the search tool to make sure it's not already taken. Here I tried many things but everything was taken. So I added an emoji. Most of the time it also helps to add your name or your initials to the hashtag.
I counted all my personal hashtags that I use and have now 33 hashtags. Some of them aren't in use anymore, some get updated very rarely but most of them are in heavy rotation. If you are curious, these are my personal hashtags:
Stuff I love
Hashtags in combination with other people
(af stands for the initials of me and my boyfriend, Ramona is my sister)
1) right in my caption and 2) in the comments section.
The reason behind this is simple. The first option is when I want that you click from my photo through that hashtag. The second option is when it's not important that you click through, but I still want that when you are on that hashtag, you can see my photo.
Usually I dont use very abstract hashtags like #reading, #eating or #whatIwear. I don't really get it why I should use them because I never look through those hashtags, but I look through a hashtag like #thecraftersbox or #ayearbetweenfriends to find inspiration.