Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


How to Do an Instagram Takeover

How to Do an Instagram Takeover {Living Outside the Stacks}

Last month, I had the honor of taking over the Cape Girardeau Visitor’s Bureau Instagram account. It was quite possibly one of the most fun experiences of my time here in Cape. Imagine walking down the street and having people sayHey, you’re the girl who’s taking the pictures, aren’t you?” Just fun.

But if I had all to do over again, there are a few things I’d do differently:

  • Treat the account like my own and share the things that I’d normally share on my personal account
  • Share pictures of my family, friends, and myself
  • Post more pictures

If you ever get the chance to do an Instagram takeover, take it! It gives you the opportunity to reach a new audience and re~examine how you see the world around you.

Here are a few other tips to get you started:

How to Do an Instagram Takeover - Morning Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks}

Be consistent ~ if you have a routine that you follow on your own Instagram account, bring it over to the one you’re taking over. This is the first clue to who you are… My Instagram friends know that I share a cup of coffee with them every morning, so sharing a morning cup with a new group only makes sense.

How to Do an Instagram Takeover - The Glenn House {Living Outside the Stacks}

Let your personality shine through ~ people want to see the person behind the curtain. Seeing your face, your hands, some part of you in a few of the pictures puts a face to the message and makes things much more fun. Especially when people recognize you on the street.

How to Do an Instagram Takeover - Dynamite Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks}

Show people in action ~ pictures should tell stories, make sure that people know what you’re telling them. Watching Katie and Robbie work behind the counter at Dynamite Coffee is so much fun, it’s like watching them dance…

Be social ~ when people comment on the pictures, make sure you respond

  • Use your voice and be authentic. Your host wouldn’t have invited you to takeover if they didn’t trust you.
  • Use a special hashtag that you set up with the host ahead of time. For example, if someone were to take over my instagram, I’d use #LOTSguestinstagrammer {for Living Outside the Stacks guest instagrammer}. Add your instagram name in parentheses, this helps people to identify {and follow} you as well.

What makes you interact with someone on Instagram?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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Five Tips for Updating Your Profile Picture {Tip Tuesday}

5 tips for updating your profile picture {Living Outside the Stacks}

What is it about Autumn that makes people think pumpkins belong in everything? It does not. Pumpkins are good for three things: decorating, making pies, and describing a shade of orange. That is all.

deep cleansing breath

I have issues with pumpkin mania but that has absolutely nothing to do with this post except that the insanity starts in Autumn and Autumn makes me wanna change everything…

Usually, I focus the changing on things like my closet. You know, organizing my collection of cardis, checking my tights for runs, etc. But this year, I decided to do something a little different. I decided to update my profile picture to match the season.

My previous profile picture was a shot of my face, tightly cropped to showcase my pixie haircut. You can see it by clicking here. Cute but dated. My hair has grown out, not as much as I’d like, considering the picture was taken 6 months ago but… I digress. The picture just didn’t fit my needs any longer, so it was time for an update.

Here’s my new profile pic:

Fall Profile Picture {Living Outside the Stacks}

Cute, right? It took me a couple hundred tries to get the shot just right but once I hit the sweet spot, I was beyond excited by the results. I take all of my own pictures without the benefit of a remote, so there’s a lot of running and wiping away of sweat involved in my selfies. Anyway, this will be my profile picture for the next few months. I’m planning something equally cute for Winter. 😉

Here are five tips for updating your profile pic:

  1. Select a picture that represents you ~ I like floral skirts, funky shoes, books, and, of course, coffee
  2. Add a little whimsy ~ the “Hello!” on the coffee mug in my photo is both friendly and fun
  3. Make sure your name, symbol, or blog name is visible ~ This is especially true if you’re using a picture that doesn’t include your face, like I did. I use PicMonkey to edit my photos; it’s quick, easy to use, and many of the tools are FREE!
  4. Give people a head’s up ~ sometimes it can be a little disconcerting to people if your picture suddenly changes {that also goes for changing your name}
  5. Be consistent ~ make sure you update all of your avatars so your friends can recognize you

Will you be changing out your avatar to match the seasons?

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Share Your Instagram Photos to Your Fan Page {Tip Tuesday}

Tip Tuesday: Share Your Instagram Photos to Your Fan Page  {Living Outside the Stacks}I big puffy heart Instagram. In fact, I was one of those people who waited {im}patiently for Droid to get the Instagram app because *insert kids’ hand game here* “Droid and me, us never part. Droid and me, us have one heart…”

One of the things that have bugged me since I downloaded the app is the fact that I couldn’t post my pictures directly to my Facebook Fan Page. I always posted first to Instagram and then went back to my phone’s gallery and posted the picture to my page. deep sigh So redundant and so time consuming.

That is until I looked at the Instagram settings and realized that there really is an option to share to directly to my fan page. Cue groovy disco music.

Here are the steps:

  1. Open the Instagram app
  2. Go to your profile
  3. From the menu bar select “Share Settings”
  4. Select “Facebook”
  5. Under “Choose a Page”, select the page you’d like to share to

When you’re ready to post your picture to Instagram, you’ll see where you have the option to share on other social media sites, simply pick Facebook and there ya go.

Now there’s no more toggling back to your camera’s gallery, finding the picture and then sharing to your Facebook Fan Page. Yay!

Are you on Instagram? Give me a yell at 4daenelt.

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