Using an app like Instagram for any length of time inevitably leads to periods of lower motivation or loss of mojo. If I’m honest I am in one of these lulls at the moment. There is nothing at all wrong with that (or you/me!) but one thing I find helpful is searching new hashtags, finding new hubs or accounts via community hashtags and with that hopefully finding inspiration and motivation by taking in trends or techniques I’d like to try.
Not only are these communities great as an encouragement, they also offer you the chance to be featured on the hubs page which in turn introduces new people to your account and (if you return the favour) introduces you to other accounts too.
I thought I would share a few I have enjoyed and used over time, starting with the dailies. It only seems right to start with @fatmumslim and #fmsphotoaday since this was the whole reason I started using Instagram. Although the challenge has evolved over time and she now no longer shares the daily choices on her Instagram page like she did when I played along… You can find out more here, I am not actually sure where she shares her selection now but what I would say is that there is a brilliant community of Instagrammers who support and encourage each other based around this challenge.
Other daily hubs worth noting who do share their features on Instagram are @365_today whose prompts are posted weekly, most recently here and have a unique hashtag each day. And then there is @my_365 whose most recent list of prompts can be found here also with a unique hashtag each day. On a slightly different tack is @jjcommunity who post their theme each day, look out for the announcements that are a little like this as they will include the numbered hashtag for the day. They then share images for the rest of that day which have been tagged. This hub accepts old photos as well as new, always a bonus if you haven’t posted a photo on the day!
Moving on to some weekly projects, and of course I am going to mention @its_my_week first as I was a founder member of this community. Themes run for a week during which time you can post a photo a day or a photo for the week or anything in between. The current theme can be found here. The community of Instagrammers who use this hub are the best, it’s the most supportive group and I am very proud to have helped build this one up. Unfortunately time and circumstance meant I had to step down but I recommend a look if you don’t play along already.
Instagram themselves also run a weekly hashtag project over the weekends, I’m sure you will have seen it, a new theme and hashtag each week though they have not put text on their announcement photos recently. No idea why but it does mean that the gallery tends to be a little smaller each weekend… And with that a higher chance of catching their eye but don’t count on it… This one is like the Holy Grail.
Also a quick mention to a few more weeklies with more specific themes. Of course there is #collectedsaturday which is mine, I’m sure you’ve heard of that before and if not I explained it here. Then my friend Emma of @aquietstyle runs #aquietstyle each Tuesday, essentially it is what it suggests, a place to share quiet moments and styled images. If you are a crafter then @allison_sadler_ runs #makeitsewcial on Mondays (lovely supportive bunch they are too) and if flowers are your thing then how about @emilyquinton and her #floralfridaycompetition. Even if you have nothing to share with these tags, I recommend you have a browse as there are some really talented people there. One last one, #fridayfaffingcompetition with @katherinedorrington. An excuse to style an image, always fun, and another I used to co-host and can honestly say has a lovely community.
Beyond these prompted hashtags there are countless rolling ones. From #emojisinthewild to #puddlegram to #jumpstagram. Some have associated pages and some do not but all are worth a scroll if you’re looking for inspiration and different accounts to follow. Then there are the hashtags associated with apps and companies. @vsco #vsco #vscocam or @pictapgo #pictapgo #pictapgo_app, find your app of choice, chances are they have an associated hashtag!
There are tags too numerous to mention here, so many people who run their own and if you know of any good ones please do share in the comments, I’m always looking out for ones I don’t already know. As I said at the beginning, I’m in a bit of an insta-lull at the moment… I would encourage you to search the hashtags, if you use the explore page they give suggestions of similar tags along the top of the results of your searches, another great way to find new tags. Instagram is a community based app, it relies on us visiting and commenting on others posts, keeping up the motivation and making it interesting is up to the individual. I absolutely believe you get out of this app what you put in…