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23 September 2015

Instagram Newbie: Tales from my first week with a smartphone

Since I whined incessantly about how I was forced to purchase a smartphone on the 12th of September, I thought I'd reflect on my first 10 days (give or take) using a smartphone in general and Instagram in particular.

First, it should be noted that getting used to recognizing a new phone's ringtone is harder than it would seem. When I'm at home, I'll notice a funny noise, and only eventually it will dawn on me that that's the sound of my phone. I was out a few days ago when one of my sisters had to point out that the ringing coming from my purse was probably my phone, begging to be answered. It's funny, I jump at the sound of Angel's phone, but mine is so unfamiliar I don't yet register it as a sound that requires an immediate action.

Second, I still don't like Whatsapp. Group texting is just awkward, in my opinion.

Third, real keyboards are awesome. I can type probably 70 words a minute on a standard keyboard (when I'm not slowed down by having to think about what I want to say, of course). It feels like I can type one word a minute on the little smartphone touch screen, but in reality I'm probably up to like 7 words a minute, so that's good, right? Still if you want any real information, just ask me to email you, because I'm too lazy to type it out with one finger.

Fourth, Instagram is interesting. I have amassed 43 followers, between family members, real life friends, and bloggers. I have found that in my case, I sometimes think of a caption first, and then I want to take a photo to match it. A lot of the instagramming I've done so far has occurred solely in my head because I'm too lazy to take a photo to match the imagined caption.

I'm going to do the least-cool thing in the Instaworld (see, I do know a little about what's cool and not cool when it comes to Instagram) and recap my first-ever week using this form of social media, just to show a little about what I was thinking when I took each photo.


The first-ever photo taken on my smartphone--of the white board after a Sunday school class covering one of my favorite passages of Scripture. I so didn't know how to use the camera, but I eventually figured out how to make it stop looking at me and turn it around to face the outside world.

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Sunday evening cookies--perks of being siblings with a baker-in-training.



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Rainy season is here, of that there's no doubt. This photo really doesn't capture how hard it was raining, I wish that photos could capture the magnitude of sudden downpours here, it's kind of incredible.


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You can tell that I find myself hilarious, right? This was one of those, oh man, I know what I want to say, now I have to figure out how to use my right hand to take a photo of my left hand (because I wear most of my rings on my left hand) with my book. This is easier said than done when you're left-handed.



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This is so real. The number of times I mention roti telur bawang in casual conversation to all who know and love me is probably ridiculous. Think of how much the typical human loves coffee. That's half of how much I love roti.



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It was a public holiday, which meant playing board games instead of doing schoolwork. This was the first time we have every successfully completed Pandemic.




You know those days when even a laundry soap commercial can make you feel all sentimental? This was one of those days. I was sweeping the house and I started thinking about how once up on a time I though this little broom was so weird and hard to get the hang of. Now I think it's nearly impossible to sweep a floor with those tall, stiff Western-style brooms.




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The pollution has been bad here lately. I've been mostly staying indoors, but this guy has to leave to go to work every day. Good thing we kept the reusable/washable masks we used in China.



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This is called "How much of my house can I walk through in less than 15 seconds?"




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I like models, especially really tiny ones. I particularly enjoy this brand of tiny metal models. Dad bought me this kit for my birthday, and I finally got around to making it while watching an episode of The Mentalist on Saturday afternoon. My adorable little pirate ship. This is the 2nd of this sort of metal model that I've made--I would warn you that the sharp metal tabs leave your fingertips a little torn up. But it's worth it.



I figured I had to at least experiment with a selfie, since they're such a cultural phenomenon. I think it's so much easier to just have someone else take my photo! You can tell from my eyes that I'm not exactly sure where the camera lens is and where I'm supposed to look yet...

25 comments :

  1. This is pretty awesome! When I look back on my first Instagram posts, I laugh at how embarrassing they are. They don't even have captions! You are definitely to a great start! - Jenny

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  2. I've had a smart phone for years and I still don't recognize my ringtone. But that's mainly because I keep my phone on vibrate 90% of the time. I don't like getting startled every time someone texts or calls. And I have no idea what Whatsapp is so you're ahead of me on that one.

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  3. It's so True about the typing! I'm so slow.

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  4. Welcome to the smartphone world & IG! :)

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  5. "Somehow I doubt that the One Ring would be enough for me." That is hilarious! :)

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  6. I'm only 7 months into having a smart phone, so I can relate! I like Whatsapp to text with my overseas friends for free. I enjoy your IG pics!

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  7. Haha :) And by the way, I love the rings you are wearing on your middle finger in the pic where you read LotR!

    Have a great weekend Rachel!

    Alex - Funky Jungle

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  8. Instagram is far and away my favourite social media! I just followed you and can't wait to see more snapshots of your life in Asia!

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  9. Haha. Welcome to the world of dumb smartphones ;) You'll be calling it a dumb phone often :p

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  10. You totally sounded like me "forced" - my hubby was like I get a good deal on the newest one and yours is actually free if we turn in your dinosaur -- I don't think I ever double checked the paperwork on that one, but almost a year has passed and I've had a great time on Instagram too! I had my newbie moment earlier this year. It is so much fun to see people's lives through their captures. Lovely people all over the world. You certainly look like you're having fun!

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  11. Love it! Welcome to the world of Smartphones... Loved your instagram post.

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  12. I had so much trouble on Instagram too. I've had it for almost 2 months now and I'm still never sure what to post!

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  13. I am totally with you on the keyboard thing. I don't usually use my phone for anything that I have to type more than a couple of words.

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  14. Instagram is definitely still a major work in progress for me too!

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  15. OMG! Just got a smart phone - crazy town! But also kind of awesome and I am impressed. I cannot live without my phone, NOPE not at all.... It's glued to my hand and face! LOL! I hope you never become as obsessed as the rest of the world ;)

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  16. Glad you're getting the hang of instagram! :) I find it really addictive, I'm already limiting the time I spend on it, haha! It's got a great community though, easily my favourite social network :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  17. Rachel, I'm with you - I loathe Whatsapp. I eventually took it off my phone because it drove me mad. And if I looked like you in a no filter, no make-up selfie, I'd be posting them daily. You're gorgeous. Great post - told you, you'd get used to it :)

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  18. Yay for getting the hang of instagram, and I'm glad I can follow you on there! I'm as much a fan of pictures as I am of words, so that's probably my favorite social network! :]

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  19. When I first started using instagram, I took pictures of the weirdest things and didn't really get the appeal.

    Now I have 2 accounts (personal and private) with over 1000 photos posted and I LOVE it. I hope you're used to your ringtone now and are downloading fun apps.

    group chat annoys me too
    xxox
    Laura @ www.cookwineandthinker.com

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  20. When I first got my new phone, I'd be sitting quietly drinking my tea, wondering (a bit irritably I'll admit) why the neighbors chose THAT particular moment to start blasting an AC/DC song...then I'd realize it was my phone ringtone!!!! Ooops. Obviously I missed a lot of calls at first, LOL.

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  21. Wow your FIRST smartphone? That's insane. I love mine - I also don't care for group texting but people seem to really love doing it. I don't care for WhatsApp either but maybe it's just me. I don't have an Instagram yet but that's because I'm lazy. Do you recommend to create an account or no? What kind of phone did you get? I don't do selfies. Have a great one Rachel! -Iva

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  22. I also don't recognise my phone yet - I guess because it's mostly on vibrate. Oh, and I love your boat! Malcolm built a model like that, though of a plane, and is wanting to expand his collection :)
    Also, well done on your Instagram-ing. I think if I were 10 years younger I'd comment with something like "totally goals" ;)

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  23. Roti! Funny story... in Rwanda they eat chapati at almost every meal and it's so good. I love it! So the other day we were standing in the grocery store and I asked Cory if he thought we could find chapati. He says "Good luck ever finding that in an American grocery store." So a few minutes later he walks up with box recipe for roti (bread?) and was talking about how it looked a lot like chapati. He looked it up and apparently they are very similar and the names are some times interchanged. I really, really hope this is true and the boxed roti we bought will be as good as the chapati in Rwanda!

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