Ok. I’m on Instagram. Now What?

One of my co-workers finally convinced me to join Instagram.

So now I’m on Instagram.

Yep, sitting here on Instagram.

 

…Now what?

I have some pretty strong objectives for the Prairie Ecologist blog. (I’m not doing this for my health, people!)  I want to raise awareness about the beauty, complexity, and importance of prairies, and I try to provide resources and ideas to help ensure prairies are restored and managed well.

I don’t really have objectives yet for Instagram because I’m not really sure what the potential is.  I’m in the pool, but I’m over in the corner treading water, trying to figure out what the excitement is all about.

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Help!  If you are an Instagram user, what draws you in?  How can I use Instagram to increase prairie awareness and conservation?

Oh, and feel free to follow me.  My username is prairieecologist.

I’ll try to make it worth your while.

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About Chris Helzer

Chris Helzer is the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. His main role is to evaluate and capture lessons from the Conservancy’s land management and restoration work and then share those lessons with other landowners – both private and public. In addition, Chris works to raise awareness about the importance of prairies and their conservation through his writing, photography, and presentations to various groups. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska with his wife Kim and their children.
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6 Responses to Ok. I’m on Instagram. Now What?

  1. Kim says:

    I’m following you on instagram now, in the hope that when you figure out how to use it other than nice photos, you’ll tell us about it. In the meantime, nice photos!!

  2. Laura says:

    Chris, people LOVE pictures. The more you post, the better. You can add some educational value too while you go. I have found that the easiest way to manage all three is to post a picture and share at the same time with your FB and Twitter accounts (make sure that you add a good lead-in description, otherwise it just posts a link to those accounts). That way you are only doing it once and not having to post it again on the other two, it does it automatically for you.
    Don’t forget to use hashtags that links you to wider audiences. For example for demo sake: #bee probably does not come up much in searches; however if you add #pollinators, then you’ve included a wider audience appeal. Instagram seems to benefit more from the multiple hashtags than do FB & TW. It’s much more common to see multiple hashtags on IG.

  3. Monte Riggs says:

    Hooray for your co-workers. I’ve often wondered why you didn’t post some of your blog entries as Instagram posts. I think you’ll reach more people through Instagram and sharing the natural beauty of Northern Nebraska through your terrific photos and stories will build your following quickly.

  4. no clue about that, when you find out what it’s for, let me know :)  Nice pic.  What kind of bee is that? Suzanne

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  5. Ellen says:

    I feel the same way, hoping to increase the amount of native plant information in the interwebs. And, as Laura said, people love pictures.

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