All these pictures are from my Instagram account. You can follow me @paulagaston.
It has been a little bit quiet here on the blog since we have been traveling for a week. Traveling with a baby (or kids) just doesn't leave a lot of time to write during the trips. When you finally get the kids to bed in the evening, the parents pretty much crash quickly. Before I tell you about our Spring Break trip, I thought I would share some Instagram pictures with you again.
Lately there has been so much talk about Instagram and how hard it is to get more followers. This is due to algorithms that don't show pictures on peoples feeds in chronological order. Many people also complain that travel blogger feeds often look identical and they are bored with that. Some stage their pictures and travel to famous destinations like all the other instagrammers do. That made me think about what kind of pictures I like on Instagram. I like colorful and happy pictures. I like pictures from destinations that I have already been to or hope to travel someday. I like feeds where I can sometimes see the blogger as well since it makes it more personal. Overall, I like positive photos.
If you have looked at my instagram account, you have probably noticed that my feed is a happy mess with no logic at all. I have tried all kinds of photos and filters but it just didn't feel like me. Maybe someday I will find my own style for Instagram, but right now I just post pictures I like, and some of them are not the most stylish... like these:
THIS IS HOW IT ALL STARTED
When I was just starting my blog, we were about to travel to Finland for Christmas and before that we went to get a Christmas tree from a farm. This picture looks like I'm done and leaving the place even though that was not the case. It just happened to make a funny photo. That same year I took a photo of the halloween decorations here in the U.S. at the wine section of the grocery store. The unintended thought I got from this picture was that there are consequences for drinking some wine.
HAIR ON FIRE AND CAMELS ON SNOW
I took this photo of the Finnish singer Paula Koivuniemi at a Venetian party which at the end of the summer house season. Traditionally it is also a celebration of fire, so this worked well on my photo. Of course her hair was not really burning, it was just the pyrotechnic display in front of her at the right time. The other picture is from Finnish Lapland. Have you ever seen a camel in the snow?
Pretty often we fly with Norwegian Airlines and they have pretty funny barf bags onboard. The "In a while you feel fine" -bag can be helpful if you feel yourself sick but we have mostly used it for trash. The other picture is a map from the lobby my old work office. Long Island has changed to Wrong Island, and if you look closely, you can see that the cities are in the wrong order.
Over time I have been able to use all kinds of chairs. These must be the biggest of them.
CAPTURED IN A GLASS AND A THIRSTY HIKER
A few years ago we were in Yosemite National Park in California and were goofing around by taking silly pictures. I ended up drinking some water from a water fall. On the right is a picture from a Trick Art museum that we visited in Japan. In the museum you could create illusions with different backgrounds and this was one of the best ones I got.
One year we drove from California to Utah. While we were in Nevada we saw a "no shooting sign" on the road. And of course the sign was full of bullet holes. In Utah we had dinner in a restaurant that served some of the best ho-made pies.
BLOGGING AND EATING
Writing a blog is fun since you can do it almost anywhere, even in a giant tea cup. My blog also features some food which is an important part of my travels. This time I am trying some donuts.
What kind of Instagram pictures do you prefer?