I’ve Finally Found a Use for Instagram!

I’ve had an Instagram account for a few years, and to put it mildly, I am not an active user. But today I read about something that may turn me into a true Instagrammer (@jborden119).

Before I could try out this new feature, I had to get familiar once again with the Instagram interface, since it has been a while since I last used it. Once I figured it out, here is what I discovered:

I have taken a total of five pictures: there was one from this past January, three pictures from 2014, and one from 2012. I’m sure each time I took those pictures I said to myself, ‘I’m really going to start using Instagram now.’

I also found out that somehow there are 50 people following me. I’m sure those 50 people are following me so that they can say to themselves ‘At least my life is not as boring as Borden’s’, and I have been happy to provide evidence to support such a belief.

I also don’t follow a lot of people, just seven as a matter of fact. I also can’t remember, other than tonight, when the last time is that I checked my Instagram account to see what has been posted. I guess I’d rather read about what someone is up to as compared to just looking at a picture. Perhaps that’s part of what attracted me to blogging.

Anyway, as I said earlier, I may have found something that may encourage my use of Instagram.

The New York Public Library is using Instagram’s Stories feature to make classic novels more accessible and enticing to read, especially to the younger generation. It has teamed up with ad agency Mother in New York to create “Insta Novels,” which turns classic pieces of literature into animated digital novels illustrated by various visual artists. These digitized versions take inspiration from the layouts of the original classics, featuring elements that reflect the novels’ designs. The full digital books will be posted as Stories at the Library’s Instagram account (@nypm): simply hold the screen to read a page and lift your finger to turn it. If you’re a fast reader, just let it play on its own to watch the animated elements move on screen. The novel is illustrated by well-known designer Magoz (@magoz).

The first half of the novel was released on August 22, and the second half was released the next day. I have started reading it (I’ve never read it before), and it is a nice interface on my phone. The stories are archive so that they are always available, which is unlike the typical Instagram story which disappears after 24 hours (I’m just learning this stuff now.)

In the coming months, two other Insta Novels will be released on the library’s account: “The Yellow Wallpaper,” a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman illustrated by Buck Design, and The Metamorphosis, a novella by Franz Kafka illustrated by César Pelizer.

My plan is to finish reading Alice this weekend, and if I have anything interesting to share about the experience I will do so.

I just hope I don’t become obsessed with my Instagram stats like I am with my blog. Although it is kind of sad that I have more followers on Instagram where I’ve just posted five items, while my blog has 46 followers after 1,331 posts. Maybe the trick to getting more followers to my blog is to stop posting…


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