My favorite social media platform currently is Instagram. There’s so much creativity being shared that I’m constantly being inspired. Instagram is also a great place to find a community of others who share your creative passions. The hard part? Finding out where those people are. Unless you are friends with them on facebook or you happen to follow their blog, you might not find them. At least not without the help of hashtags.
What Are Hashtags?
Hashtags are a word or a series of words (without spaces) that follow a hash symbol (#). Hashtags are used as a metadata tag that can allow a person to find things of a particular interest that have the same hashtag. For example, if I searched #blue on Instagram, I could expect to see pictures of things that are blue. Hashtags can also be used on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Google+.
Why Should I use Hashtags?
Besides being able to find information that has a hashtag you’re searching for, you can gain followers by posting information under a hashtag that others may be looking for. Maybe you took a picture of a collection of blue items, so you tag that picture #blue with the hopes that someone might find your picture through that tag.
Here are a few of my favorite hashtags creatives should be using to get more views and to see what others are making. Be sure to comment below and let us know if I’m missing any.
The folks over at A Beautiful Mess have done a great job of creating a community on Instagram. They have several different hashtags and they are often reposting pictures that are tagged. Not only will you find other creatives that are inspiring among the various hashtags, but you could also be found by other people or even by A Beautiful Mess themselves. Their hashtags include:
Design*Sponge is another blog that has it’s own series of hashtags to follow. With lots of options to post under, you’re bound to find one that fits with your pictures. All of Design*Sponge’s hashtags begin with DS and include:
Yet another blogger that has created a couple of hashtags. What I like about these ones is that they are focused on a challenge. The two going on right now are #crafttherainbow and #crafttheletter
For more challenge based Instagram feeds check out these ones:
As far as I can tell, #livecolorfully started as a part of Kate Spade’s marketing. Since then it has seemed to be a catch phrase for all sorts of different people and companies. As far as Instagram goes, #livecolorfully is what you’d probably expect, a feed full of colors and colorful things. This is one of my favorites to scroll through. It’s just so happy!
And, of course, there’s an entire series of hashtags that let you know how you should live. All started by various people. Here’s a few of the most popular ones
Craftsposure is a feed dedicated to featuring great Etsy shops. They have a few features they do every week in order to highlight different things people are selling. This is a great hashtag to use if you have an Etsy shop. If you don’t, that’s okay too. It’s pretty cool seeing what others are making.
If you are posting a picture of something in your Etsy store, be sure to include this one and a few of the ones below:
There’re quite a few inspiring hashtags that have to do with creating, being creative, and such. So of course I have to mention my hashtag for the Making Creatives Workshops. I love seeing what everyone is up to! Besides just this one, I also check out the following to see what others are making:
I like this one because it’s just pictures of people’s hands who happen to make things. Most of the pictures are of hands that are dirty from whatever craft supplies they use. There are also ones of hands creating and hands displaying people’s wares. It’s a good one to use if you want to give people a look behind the scenes. For more behind the scene pictures try:
In this feed, you can find thousands of pictures that are simply inspiring. This one isn’t particularly focused on any one art medium but rather of just things that are fascinating and beautiful. These descriptors are up to the beholder though so you may find some less than stellar pictures but it’s worth a scan through when you’re feeling uninspired. Other similar hashtags are:
Now that you have quite a few hashtags to look at, find the ones that are your favorites. As for which hashtags you should use on your pictures, pick the ones whose theme fits your picture. If you have a picture of all blue things, don’t post it under #pink. You’re not reaching your target audience that way. You also don’t need to use every hashtag. That’s just time-consuming. Think about the ones that make the most sense. I find it helpful to post my hashtags in the first comment rather than flooding the description with them. That way I can easily repost the picture to my other social media sites in addition to making it look a little cleaner. I think a block of hashtags can be distracting.
Be sure to comment below with any of your favorite hashtags or ones that I’ve missed!