Last week I told you guys why I’ve been MIA so much lately. School, school and more school. I actually turned a paper into a blog post. You can read it here. (Talk about an unusual way to re-purpose content. Take note college bloggers. 😉)
During the time that I stepped back from blogging a bit, I discovered something cool that’s become a bit of an obsession. Snapchat.
Some of you probably just rolled your eyes and got ready to close the tab, but before you do, hear me out for just a second.
Have you ever taken a selfie?
Uh, duh…? The better question to ask is, how many times have you actually posted or shared it? The answer to that question is probably a lot less than the first. Here’s the thing. We live in a digital era. As much as we want to run from these new fads and trends that sometimes don’t make sense, the truth is that they’re not going anywhere.
I don’t consider myself a huge selfie person. I grew up on the cusp of this digital revolution. My girlfriends and I used to play around taking pictures of ourselves, but the vast majority never made it past our own eyes. It seems like these days I can’t go on Instagram without seeing an account made up entirely of selfie shots. I have to admit, I think this is a little crazy.
But, you know what? Selfies can make you feel good. They can help boost your confidence, and this is why Snapchat is so successful.
1. Snapchat allows you to selfie without judgment.
Snapchat’s variety of filters (which are updated daily) gives you the freedom to express yourself. There’s no ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ button, so you can snap away and post to your story without having to worry about how others will react. Once you post your snap to your story, it expires in 24 hours.
In addition to filters, Snapchat has stickers that you can use to enhance your snaps. It sounds silly, but it’s actually really fun. 😛#Snapchat allows you to #Selfie without judgment. Click To Tweet
Take a look…
Let’s start a movement.
A group of teens in Toronto put together an art show in June called, I Love My Selfie, and it addressed the insecurities we face with the rise in cyberbullying. You can read more about it here.
We work hard to provide for our family. We’re laundromats, wardrobe consultants, personal stylists, ATM’s, cabbies and first responders. We make sure that things run smoothly, and when they don’t, we’re the ones out there on the front line.Let's start a movement. #ILoveMySelfie Click To Tweet
We should feel good about ourselves.
We’ve earned it.
And you know what? Something amazing happened…
A few weeks ago, Zoey was sitting on the chair eating dinner before gymnastics. Justin casually asked her if she loved daddy, to which she nodded. Then, he asked her if she loved mommy, and she smiled and nodded again. A few moments later, she matter-of-factly announced, “and I love myself!”
This is not a drill. 😍💕
When we actively show respect for ourselves, our children will respect themselves.
2. Snapchat creates community.
One of the most important aspects of blogging is creating a community. There are so. many. bloggers out there. The ones that stand out are the ones that have a dedicated following. People follow them because they like what they produce AND they like them as people.
You have to step out from behind the blog and show people who you really are.
The best way I can describe this is by introducing you to The Mindells. Kelly Mindell is the creative genius behind Studio DIY. She lives with her photographer husband, Jeff, and adorable pooch, Bella, in L.A. Kelly and Jeff post THE BEST Snapchat stories, and I find myself eagerly awaiting their daily updates. They are one of the reasons I’m so into Snapchat right now because I see the community that they’ve formed. They keep their audience close by giving them behind the scenes of their (adorable) everyday life. If you decide to download the app, I would highly suggest adding both of them. Their usernames are jeffmindell and studiodiy.
3. Stickers and Super Fun Filters!
I love the filters on Snapchat. Of course they have the classic dog face and flower crown filter you’ve probably seen across social media, but each day they change it up with themed filters for movie releases and popular events. They also have geofilters, which are great for adding to your snaps when you’re traveling.
Zoey and I have gotten into a regular routine of taking “funny pictures” as she calls them. You know what, it’s not traditional bonding, but these days I’ll take what I can get!
So, there you have it. Snapchat gives you the freedom to selfie without judgment. It allows you to create a community with your followers by showing them behind-the-scenes of everyday life. Think screenshots of upcoming blog posts, short video tips of the day, snapshots of your work space, etc. The beauty of Snapchat is that you don’t have to be a photographer and you don’t (and shouldn’t) edit your photos, which is the exact opposite of Instagram. I feel like the only thing worthy enough of Instagram these days are perfectly curated photos, which are difficult to put together and even more difficult to stay consistent.Go behind the scenes with your followers on #Snapchat Click To Tweet
By no means should you get rid of Instagram. I’m just suggesting that if you’re looking to form a tight knit community, Snapchat is a great way to do that.
Quick ways to find Snapchatters:
- Add your Snapchat username to your Instagram bio and/or captions
- Add your Snapchat username to Facebook photos (ex: For more BTS find me on Snapchat: lindseytradup)
- Create a quick image in Canva and tweet it with a message (ex: Find me on Snapchat: lindseytradup)
- Download the Ghostcodes app from the app store. You can give other Snapchatters kudos or download their snapcode for easy adding.
Until next time,
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