Sunday, March 24, 2013

Navel-Gazing With Instagram

Do you remember that Nickleback parody about Instagram that came out a few months ago from CollegeHumor?  If you haven't heard it, go.  Now.  Click on that link and listen, and then come back and thank me after you've wiped the tears of laughter and shame from your eyes.  Okay?

Great.  Well, now that you know what I'm talking about, will you raise your hand with me and admit to being guilty on all counts?  Because I am, and 99% of my Instagram feed is, too.  But it's okay, because, you know, we're self-aware and ironic about the whole thing.  Kind of, at least, right?

Anyway, the point of this post is that I just discovered a website that gives you Instagram statistics - a breakdown of follower engagement, analysis of comments and likes, etc.  So, in a terrifying moment of selflessness, I tore my eyes from my own belly button; I decided to check out what you all think are the five best Instagrams I've ever posted.  (To be honest, I have no idea what "best" means in this situation, but let's go with it.)  It's worth mentioning that the composite of my photos is roughly as follows:

20% Charlie
20% sky (including from airplanes)
20% food
20% outfits/style
10% DC living (monuments, restaurants, etc.)
10% home (decor, neighborhood, etc.)

Given that I am, even with filters, one of the worst food photographers the world has ever seen, it's not surprising that nothing edible was wildly popular.  I was surprised that a wedding-related photo was amongst the top 5 because I've taken so few of them, but it looks like everyone really does love the romance of a white gown. And I had thought that at least one from London would be up there, but I guess it makes sense that none is since I've only had my iPhone with me for two trips to England - I got it in June, after I'd moved back to the States - and I was trying to be good about not using too much data while abroad.  So, with all of that, here goes:

What do you think, dear readers - do my Instagram followers have good taste?  Oh, and this is probably the part of the post where I remind you that you can follow me here if you want to sway the results next time...


  1. I had never seen that video before- HILARIOUS! Chasing the duck lol

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  2. Hello,

    do you know you can easily add your Instagram photos to your website?

    Just go to, add your username, get the code and paste it into your website.

    Let us know if you'll need any help!

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  3. So I of course had to go to my Statigram and then forgot to report back here when I got the results an hour later. I post most on Wednesdays, I only use filters 39% of the time, and SURPRISE! #sloaniegram is my most used tag. But I also often don't use tags. And both my most liked and most commented pictures are of Sloan, although different images. And you are (by over double) my most liked person I follow.


  4. Ha ha, yes, I remember that video. :)

    Other than the video, I'm not terribly familiar with Instagram, although I do enjoy the pictures you post here. :) I think you're being a little hard on yourself about being "one of the worst food photographers", though. ;)

  5. Thanks for linking to Statigram- I'd never heard of it! I'm a total stats dork soooo of course I went and signed in immediately. And I really liked this post :) I love following you on Instagram!

  6. I totally get sucked into the stats too :) thanks, lovely!

  7. well, it IS all relative, but I'll take the compliment!

  8. LOOK AT THIS LEMON TART / MY PHONE WENT AND MADE IT ART... Jon starts singing the song every time I whip out my iPhone :)

  9. oh yay! and it's a given that I like all the #sloaniegram photos :)


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