A Social Intervention

Lucas from LeftnLeaving sat us down and gave us a serious talking to about Instagram.

We joined Instagram in May of last year and since then have posted 108 photos. I’m more of a casual user and enjoy posting on the blog and facebook more.

I knew that I could push Instagram posts to facebook, and since I look at both, I never thought we’d want to have a duplicate stream of photos.

Lucas insisted that I give it a try and said that we should try to post 3 times a day and cross-post everything to Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr!

It’s clear that there are a ton of like-minded travelers to be found and currently we aren’t really visible at all.

So yesterday I gave it a try.

Malimish girls and Curtis
Abandoned Miniature Pinscher
Fabio at Whole Foods

I cross posted 2 of my 3 posts to facebook and was really surprised to see the activity they got on both platforms. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to maintain the frequency, but have decided to give it my best shot.

Where are you all virtually spending your time? Instagram? Facebook? Secret.ly? Is the blog format outdated?

2014 Cost of Camping:
0 nights paid camping
36 nights free camping
36 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $0
Daily average cost of camping: $0

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  • Reply Jim and Gayle February 7, 2014 at 9:52 am

    We older folks are still happy with blogs. We aren’t much for using social media, and rarely look at FB and don’t do Twitter. Sad to say I don’t even know what the other ones are! But it’s probably the way to go if you are looking for more exposure.
    Oh, I made that Warm Lemony Olive Potato Salad the other day. Yum! Thanks.

    • Reply Leigh February 7, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Hey you guys! Yeah, I’ve never really connected with Twitter, but it’s amazing how many RVers are using it. The blog is where my heart is and helps me remember things, but since we’re consistently hearing from fellow travelers about Instagram I figure we should give it a real try.

      Glad you liked the recipe!

  • Reply amanda February 7, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I think it’s a great idea. I would love to see more Instagram photos from you guys. Even though I follow you on both FB and Instagram I don’t always look at both at the same time so the duplicate photos is not a big deal. All that said, I do think that 3 a day is a bit much. And also probably unsustainable for you. I shoot for one Instagram photo a day myself, but more often I only end up with about 5 a week. I did enjoy all three of your photos yesterday though so I would say if you have cool stuff to post than often go for it!

    Oh, and I think it’s hilarious that he sat you for a serious talking to about Instagram 🙂

    • Reply Leigh February 7, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      Ya, I think 1 might be more my speed considering that I’m chained to a desk all day and I always figured the one photo I could get would go on the blog, we’ll see how it goes.

      Lucas talked to us about it more than once, he was very serious about it – he’s like a social media counselor/cheerleader.

  • Reply Claudia Litton February 7, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Hi Leigh,

    I enjoy your blog so much…..great picture, great recipes and informative. That being said I have not been posting to my blog because it was so time consuming and sometimes just wouldn’t post. Instagram is so easy. I post only when I have something of interest to post. We are parked in a non -descript spot right now with not much to post. Hopefully that will change soon. When we are traveling I post lots more. I look at Facebook but do not have an account.

    I think the best thing is to find what works best for you and your situation. Hopefully I can find you,


    • Reply Leigh February 7, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Hi Claudia – am I following you on Instagram? I’m following Claudia @silvertrails if that’s you – anyway, that’s the hard part about instagram for me is connecting the people to the usernames.

      What part of the country are you in right now?

      • Reply Claudia Litton February 7, 2014 at 2:41 pm

        @silvertrails is me! We are south of Atlanta near Perry GA. Ready for warmer weather and to travel!

  • Reply Van-Tramp February 7, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Well, since I blog mainly for myself (and my Mother) it works perfectly for me. I question if I am all that concerned if I am visible to others or not. I’m content either way.

    Mainly, I do not want to computer to rule any more of my day than it already does. I cherish the time I am offline more than additional visibility.

    • Reply Leigh February 7, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      Yeah, our blog has a similar purpose plus memory aid. Regarding the visibility thing, we have some things (that we’ve told you about) that we’d eventually like to share with a bigger audience one of these days. But I’m with you, I LOVE being disconnected way more than being online so there’s definitely a balance to be found.

      BTW – will we see you soon?

      • Reply Van-Tramp February 7, 2014 at 3:39 pm

        Absolutely. I am already nearby, I just want to let you two have some time to settle in before I intrude.

  • Reply Pam Wright February 7, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I tried to get our daughter to set up a Twitter account. She told me I was doing with just fb!!! I have an Instagram account but that’s it. I never use it. So keep things coming on fb and I’ll be good:)

  • Reply Vicki Engelstad February 7, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I spend a lot of time on FB. Love seeing your pictures and reading about your travels and often follow the link to your blog. Rarely look at twitter and don’t have an Instagram account.

    • Reply Leigh February 8, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      Hi Vicki, thanks for the feedback, it’s really interesting to learn how everyone uses social media differently.

  • Reply LaneVids February 7, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    To me it seems like you want to be everywhere since many people are on so many different networks. I use a website called ifttt.com, which lets you set up recipes (I think you might be into this). Ifttt stands for if this than that. Basically if you post to instagram, you can set up a recipe, or a trigger, so that it also automatically goes out to twitter, Facebook, tumblr, Flickr, etc.

    I use it a lot for my YouTube videos also. If you use WordPress for your blog, than you can create a recipe to auto post your blog posts to all those sites as well. Hopes this helps. Let me know if you have any questions. I’m @LaneVids on the Internet!

    • Reply Leigh February 8, 2014 at 7:45 am

      Hey LaneVids – I tried ifttt for a minute but didn’t connect the dots with it. I wonder if the wordpress recipe works for self-hosted blogs. Great idea!

  • Reply Jess Curren February 7, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Intervention. Ha! I love it. I post WAY more to Instagram than Sam does because, like you, he’s chained to a desk during the day. Instagram is more for me and my journaling with plans to make them into books. Eventually. My blog is for everyone else. So, we’re opposites?

    • Reply Leigh February 8, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      HA! Yes we’re opposites. 😉 Though it probably doesn’t really matter what our intentions are as long as it’s fun right?

  • Reply robin February 8, 2014 at 8:57 am

    chiming in, and I guess I belong to “older” crowd, I love following the blog.
    maybe cause I started following so long ago when you silver cloud? or what was the name?
    I check out FB often during the day and actually had my first and, hopefully, last FB political debate last night.
    am on Instagram but barely open it.
    love your photographs and meal descriptions.
    love curtis updates and seeing you and brian.
    sad sad photo of that wide-eyed abandoned doggie.
    anyway, ultimately, I would follow you anywhere, lovely leigh….xxxxx

    • Reply Leigh February 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      Aww what a great comment. I miss you and want to talk on the phone sometime soon. xoxo

  • Reply Tabitha Acosta February 8, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I use, instagram, twitter, and Facebook — but twitter and instagram are my go to sites. Blogs, for me, are outdated — but I love yours cause I just do. I do everything on my phone so twitter and instagram are a better format. I get notifications of your post to the blog but can’t always get to them at the time ’cause I am not on my computer – then i forget to check back — but twitter and instagram – I can do on the go.

    Love you!!!!! Love your blog!

    • Reply Leigh February 8, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      You’re awesome Tabby!! It makes total sense to me now. I forget that there are people who aren’t on computers all day!

  • Reply Doug February 8, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I like the blog format. Like many others above, my blog is to memorialize my experiences. I guess I could have done that privately but on some level I must want to share. Before I bought my Airstream, I learned so much from those who shared their experiences on a blog. I was reluctant to put anything out there because I thought our story was simply not that interesting since we are weekend warriors. We are not full timers. We won’t be posting about our trip to San Miguel de Allende anytime soon. However, there are quite a few people who want to know what it is like to travel with three children in an Airstream while balancing a busy life at home. So I decided to share our experiences through a blog. As for social media, FB is extremely popular. I closed my account because I found that I was spending too much time with it. I have started using Instagram and I like it much better. If building an audience is important, then I would cast a wide net. Three a day sounds exhausting though. Good luck.

    • Reply Leigh February 8, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      Hi Doug, I LOVE San Miguel and went a few times when my grandparents had a home there. I’d be interested in seeing how it’s changed since then!

      We’re not trying to “build an audience,” we’re more interested in connecting with people that have common interests. Airstreams, travel, San Miguel…. 🙂

      • Reply Doug February 8, 2014 at 4:27 pm

        I will tell you when I go. I meant that I can’t get there with my Airstream yet! I agree with you on making connections. Building an audience has negative connotations. I would have had to learn a lot of hard lessons without the online community. Despite living close to Jackson Center, there are very few Airstream owners near me. I have always been and continue to be inspired and learn from the online community. It is nice to see that there are so many people out there with common interests.

  • Reply Kerri February 13, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I’ve actually made the effort come back to this blog post and comment! I read your blog regularly via my blog feed, but am a lurker by default, because I do all my blog reading in the morning and at night, in bed, on my iPhone, and it’s just such a hassle to comment on blogs on a tiny phone. I think that’s why I take to instagram more — it’s much easier to engage from any device. The downside, discovering instagram, for me, was the death of our already sickly blog. It was so much easier to update, and stay connected, and takes so much less thought. But I comment and interact a lot more via instagram or fb than I do via blogs. I’m with you on the twitter, though — I could just never really identify or connect with it.

    • Reply Leigh February 13, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      Hi Kerri! Thanks for making the effort! I really wish there was an overlay app or something for Instagram where I could see who the person is that goes with the username.

      For example, I “know” who you are, meaning, I recognize your name, we’ve interacted through comments and I’ve seen your blog. So just now, I went to your blog and looked at your sidebar to see what your username is on Instagram and just made the connection between you the commenter over here and the_ls_calypso on Instagram!!!

      I’m totally rooting for you and love your Instagram stream, hopefully we can meet when we make our way up the coast.

  • Reply Allison February 14, 2014 at 10:13 am

    The thing about a blog, is that it’s more of a photo album. There are pictures, and words so that 5 years from now you can remember the significance of the event. Pictures in instagram are nice, but an unlabelled photo loses its meaning over time. I used to photo album (which is not scrap booking) and now I have the blog. Eventually, I’ll print the blog when I have more storage. Anyway, fb and instagram are nice, but the blog conveys more meaning. It brightens my day when you post.

    • Reply Leigh February 14, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Hi Allison! What a really sweet comment!

      We printed our old 63flyingcloud blog with http://lp.blurb.com/ in 2007, it looks like they’re doing hardcover now (an option I wish they had when I needed to print 2 years of posting every day).

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