As creative people, social media is one of our greatest resources. Whether you write, sing, draw, or blog, social media is a must if you want to share your gifts with others.
As I’ve built my own social media presence, I’ve learned—and continue to learn—a lot about the different platforms, their functions, and their benefits. And somehow, I always come back to Instagram. The more I use it, the more I realize: it is the number one platform for creative people.
If you don’t have an Instagram account, or you never use it, you should reconsider. As a creative person, Instagram could be one of the most valuable places you spend your time for several reasons.
1: It allows you to showcase your art
Instagram is hands-down the best social media platform for creating a showcase of your work. I mean, that’s exactly what it was designed to do. Artists, photographers, and other creative types should stop wasting time and start taking advantage of this great tool.
2: You can connect with others who do similar work
This has been one of the greatest advantages of Instagram for me as a blogger. The hashtag system allows you to search for relevant content, which has led me to some of my favorite blogs and gotten me connected to some wonderful people.
3: It sends traffic to your website
When used well, Instagram can be a great traffic-driver to your website, blog, or online store. It’s the perfect place to give people a sample of your work and get them hungry for more!
4: It stimulates your creativity
As I’ve become more active in using Instagram, I’ve found that it has caused me to think more creatively on a daily basis. I’ve started to see photo ops in the simplest places, and learned how to turn the mundane moments into something beautiful. Exercising creative thinking every day is one of the best ways to stay inspired.
5: It challenges you to always do your best work
When you have an audience waiting to receive your work, it always pushes you to do your best. And while it’s important not to let perfection become the enemy of the good, you should always strive to be and do your very best to provide value for those you hope to impact.
Some Accounts to Check Out
Here are some of great examples of Instagram accounts that really showcase creativity well. Check them out and give them a follow! Maybe you’ll also find some inspiration on how to use your own Instagram.
- girlfridaypaper: beautiful typographic art
- hannahebling: great photography and a lovely blog
- suzcunningham: elegant calligraphy (seriously so amazing—it will blow your mind)
- yu_film: bright, enchanting nature photography
- rustytruckphotography: vintage-style photography of mainly trucks
- juliabarminova: stunning watercolor paintings
- goodbearmedia: wonderful photography and cinematography
- patiencepennington: gorgeous, simplistic photography
- abri.enen: slice-of-life/adventure photography
- shelbygracephotography: lovely portraits and beautiful moments
If you’re new to Instagram or haven’t downloaded the app yet, or if you’d just like some more tips on building a great account, leave a comment and share this post with a friend, and I’ll send you a free PDF with eleven simple tips to get you started.
If you’re already on, I’d love to get connected with you, so please check out my Instagram and follow. I’d love to see your beautiful work!
- Do you use Instagram regularly?
- What type of content do you post?
- Do you have any helpful tips you’d like to share with others?