WEEK 1: Instafun Fall CAMP

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Camp Activity

The first thing we are going to do is to get in to the woods (or at least spend some time around trees!) Connecting with nature has so many benefits including sparking creative thought, inner peace, and de-stressing. Use the weekend, lunch, or after work to take a hike or walk a tree-lined path. Both are great ways to soak up some wilderness. Take in the falling leaves, the coolness of the woods, the smell of the trees. Pause for a moment to just remain quiet and still, if only for a minute. If you need some relaxation try this nature meditation from one of my favorite websites.  If you're looking to gain energy, pop in your ear buds and take a trail run with this fall soundtrack. Be sure to snap a photo for Instagram.

Not sure where to go? I have included links to over 30 parks below. One of my favorites in the autumn is Buckeye Falls at Sharon Woods, pictured above.

Cincinnati Parks

Great Parks of Hamilton County

Sierra Club Hiking Guide to the Tri-State


Take a photo of your walk, hike, or moment in nature. Using a photo from this week's activity—

1. Post the photo to Instagram. Think about filters and how you use them. Picking one filter to use for your channel (or no filters!) is a good way to keep your Instagram feed consistent. This will help tie together your overall visual brand. Need help on how to post a photo, email me and I will walk you through. If you’re already there, check out how to manage filters so the one you use the most is listed first.

If you like using filters on Instagram, you can move them around to put your favorite ones closer to the beginning. All you do is press and hold down the filter you want to move, drag it to the spot you want, and drop it. You can also drag the ones you don't want to the center of the screen and delete them if you'd like.

2. After posting your photo, use the comment feature (the bubble icon under your photo) to comment on your own photo with hashtags. Try it by commenting with #instafunfallcamp. 

If you consistently use a set of hashtags, you can create a hashtag keyboard shortcut on your phone. This will allow you to set a word or an acronym (use something you wouldn’t normally use in a text or email!) that will be associated with a list of hashtags. For example— I assigned the code "CWB" for Commonwealth Bistro's posts and created this list of hashtags, #commonwealthbistro #621mainst #covingtonky #lovethecov #cincyfoodie #eater #nytimesfood #farmtotable. 

So, anytime I post to Instagram all I have to do is type “CWB” in the comments section of my photo and these hashtags will populate, saving me tons of time! Here is how to create a hashtag list shortcut on your phone:  

Using Your iPhone to Create Hashtag Shortcuts

  • Click on "Settings" on the main home screen

  • Click "General"

  • Click "Keyboard"

  • Click "Text Replacement" and the "+" button at the top

  • Enter your hashtags into the "Phrase" line

  • Enter your shortcut name in the "Shortcut" line and click "Save"

  • Open Instagram and select the photo you want to add the hashtags to

  • Type your hashtag shortcut into your caption or into a comment

Using Your Android to Create Hashtag Shortcuts

  • Open the "Settings" app

  • Scroll to the third group of options and tap "Language & Input"

  • Select "Keyboard"

  • Scroll to "Text Shortcuts" and tap it

  • Select "Add" in the top right corner of the screen

  • Type in a shortcut name

  • Type in your hashtags

  • Tap "Add" again

  • Open Instagram and select the photo you want to add the hashtags to

  • Type your hashtag shortcut into your caption or into a comment

Using Your Samsung Galaxy Create Hashtag Shortcuts

  • Under "Settings" tap “Language and input“

  • Tap “Samsung keyboard“

  • Tap “Text shortcuts“

  • Tap “ADD” on the top right

  • Shortcut: Add your own code or abbreviations

  • Expanded phrase: Actually meaning or full sentence of your shortcuts

  • Tap “ADD” to save

  • Add as many as you want

  • Open Instagram and select the photo you want to add the hashtags to

  • Type your hashtag shortcut into your caption or into a comment


Wondering why to use hashtags? Here'S a quick crash course: 

Hashtags make your content discoverable and put you in front of users you may have never successfully targeted.  When someone searches #workouts, it’s like telling Instagram to search its file cabinet for the “workouts” folder and show the latest posts containing that keyword. When you use hashtags in your posts, you let Instagram know to put your post in the appropriate folder in case anyone searches for it.

There are two major types of hashtags on Instagram:
The first is branded tags (like the #instafunfallcamp hashtag we are using for this class.) One benefit of branded hashtags, is they can be tied back directly to your company so you can measure engagement. 

The second type is community hashtags like the hashtag #workouts. The benefit of community hashtags is they can make your content more discoverable and build your audience. 

You can't go wrong with trying hashtags, so experiment!

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Have questions? All campers have access to me via email.  I am happy to answer anything for you. Follow me @wifeofthechef on Instagram so I can follow you back. Want some inspiration? Check out @adventuringwithlola on Instagram (bus pictured above.) 

Have a great week in the woods! I can't wait to see your photo on Instagram. #instafunfallcamp


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