We all know that Instagram is a great way to share photos with our friends, as well as to connect directly with businesses and bloggers. But for us administrators & academics, Instagram is a platform that gives us with the opportunity to share our academic-related experiences, connect with like-minded peers, and give our audience an authentic, behind-the-scenes look at the research process. In other words, Instagram allows us to show others what academia looks like. Photos speak louder than words and your Instagram portfolio can be a useful platform from which to share who you are + what you do.
I also know that as administrators/academics/researchers, we tend to separate our personal lives from our academic/professional identities. But Instagram is your opportunity to share more about who you are + the unique academic experience that you're living. Below, I've shared 5 ways to use Instagram to share your administrative research + projects with your social network (even if you don't have one yet).
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1. Photograph your research projects.
In my opinion, academic research does not get shared nearly enough through social media. Research dissemination is typically reserved only for academic journals and conferences, but those audiences are also fairly limited. Your research and your work is part of who you are, so don't be afraid to share your projects (or the research process, for that matter), on your Instagram account. You never know what other academics you might be able to connect with online that you may not have otherwise knew existed if it weren't for social media. So whether it's a paper, an arts-based research project, or just a photo of the celebratory donut you treated yourself to after finishing a book chapter, share it!
2. Share what books you're currently reading.
There's one thing we academics have in common: we are always reading something: books, articles, magazines, blog posts...the possibilities are endless! So if you've recently read a book that has inspired you, take a moment to share a photo of it on Instagram and leave a recommendation for it in the description of your photo for others who might share the same interests. Don't be afraid to also leave a shoutout using the @symbol to the author to let them know what you thought - authors usually appreciate hearing about how their ideas resonated with you!
3. Share what events & conferences you're attending.
Are you attending an educational admin conference, or giving a presentation at one? If photos are allowed, document your experiences attending these events, or have someone take a photo of YOU attending/presenting/being your glorious self. Don't forget to share your highlights + takeaways from the conference or event in the description of your photo and use the conference hashtag (if available).
4. Capture the places that inspire you.
Where in your city do you feel most inspired? Is there a favourite park bench you sit on to think during your lunch hour? A coffee shop you visit to work on an article or a book? Think about where those places are in your city, and the next time you visit, take a picture to remember it by.
5. Write 100 words about your photo.
Okay, it doesn't have to be 100 words exactly, but pictures are only enhanced through the text you include in your Instagram post, so why not put some thought into it? Describe what you're doing, who you're with, what you were thinking about when you took the picture, why you took this photo, etc. Adding some thoughtful text is a great way to infuse some of your personality + narrative into your photos and to allow your followers and friends to get to know more about you. Plus, 100 words isn't that much - it's the exact length of this paragraph!
Did any of these ideas work for you? Use the hashtag #valentineacademia to show me your posts and don't forget to comment below with your own ideas :)