If you follow me on Instagram then you know I just loooove posting pictures through out the day. I treat it as my little 'visual diary' of lovely things I see. It's an exercise in "stopping and smelling the roses", sometimes literally to re-affirm that life around me is indeed beautiful! I also take pictures of everything I eat and drink... don't give me that look, I KNOW I'm not the only one! Well, what I have been wondering recently is how to use Instagram more creatively, that is instead of just sharing photos, or quotes... what else could it be used for?
The first thing that popped into my mind was, I'd love to share recipes. It's so much easier to snap quick pics of what's cooking with your phone then be constantly grabbing your 5 lbs camera... Then you have to upload these photos online to your blog, etc, etc, etc. Sure if you're an aspiring food photographer and have a few recipe books in the works, I understand you would be spending the time to take higher quality photos, but what if you just want to share a quick recipe? You can do it on Instagram taking an individual picture of each step and writing down the instructions, but it's a bit of an awkward process. So I searched for something that would allow a series of photos to be posted and lo and behold a few days ago I came across a new social media application called Dayre. I immediately downloaded it and tried it out...
It is structured like a daily diary, hence the name "Dayre", and you can:
- upload a photo
- upload a video
- write text (longer then 140 characters)
- apply location
- and there are also cutesy stickers, sounds and so on
The interesting thing is that you can do all of the above in ONE POST which you can then share on Facebook or by emailing your own dayre.me/yourname link.
The initial marketing for this was for moms who want to take lots of pictures and videos of their babies to document their growth daily and share with the rest of the family. Obviously there are tons of other uses for this! The guys at Dayre came up with these "how to's" to give an example:
Also Lifestyle bloggers can inevitably use this as a supplement to their online blogs to give quick updates and post reviews of restaurants, coffee shops, blog updates from media events, runway shows, etc.
There are however a few questions. Like, since it's structured as a daily diary, how would you search for recipes for example? Yes you can use hashtags, but what if you want to search your own archives or someone else's in particular? Also there is still the hold up of not being able to put links.
What I see as a good supplemental use for this application that lifestyle bloggers can take advantage of is life blogging from events. You can geo tag your location, make short videos of what is happening, perhaps conduct interviews, and that way you can make a live reportage of the day and finding this would be a snap because you can just search for it by date.
This app is new so I'm sure it will be evolving with new features, it'll be up to us to keep up and think of creative ways to apply it in our lives and our work. While I'm still thinking how to use this for On The Same Page purposes, I'm excited to see this app available and follow it's evolution! To check out what some of the 'seeders' for this app are doing see this list of profiles.
OTSP blog is on Dayre... but we're still figuring out how we'd like to use it. You might want to sign-up and grab your name since it's filling up fast with apparently thousands joining daily.
We have started a new category "Blogging & Business" to talk about new trends and technologies for bloggers and entrepreneurs. I'm a huge technology fan and love keeping up with what's the latest and though why not share it! We also realized that we LOVE to read about the blogging process on our favorite blogs and follow their evolution from blog to business that we too decided to share any tips and tricks we are learning along the way. Hope you will like these posts!
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