[Image above by Swallows & Damsons]
Last week I talked a little bit about how I’m using our social media channels to embrace (and test out) different types of content. From sharing lists of inspiring resources to links for important cultural happenings in our community, these social updates are becoming a huge part of what we do here at DS and they mean a lot to me. Between our Twitter and Instagram feeds we have over 1 million readers talking and sharing ideas, and I approach both of those feeds differently. Twitter is the feed I’ve been running the longest now and it’s a place I feel comfortable being more personal and more upfront about some of the important social and political issues in our creative community. It’s also the place where I share links to great events and shows around the world, as well as recommending inspiring people and pieces of writing to read online. Visual inspiration is always a huge part of everything we do, but if you enjoy delving a little deeper into the people/politics/changes within the creative world, this feed is for you.
[Image above by Georgianna Lane]
When it comes to Instagram, I love embracing the sheer image-based nature of the platform. This is where I share inspiring pictures from our world, creative people we admire and, my favorite part, our readers. More than any other feed, Instagram is where I love getting the chance to share and promote amazing readers like all of you. So many of you are unbelievable photographers, stylists, makers and crafters that it’s easy to find stunning images (and people/feeds) to share with everyone. Our hashtag challenges (over 25 now!) have become a huge part of that sharing and have led to posts here on DS, from home tours and interviews to business features and makeovers. So today I’m excited to launch a new challenge: #DSFloral
[Image above by JGDN]
Photos of flowers (like simple backyard finds, elaborate installations, flower-based artwork and digital images) are some of the most popular in our archive of images, so I decided to embrace our flowery friends with a challenge of our own. And, to sweeten the deal, this month’s challenge comes with a surprise: a copy of two of my favorite flower books. I’ll post the winner and the books at the end of the month. But until then, share your favorite pics (they don’t have to be actual flowers, they can be floral-related, too!) with #DSFloral and we’ll keep sharing them on our feeds. xo, grace
*I posted another roundup of great books to read on Instagram in case you missed it. You can also check out a (clickable) grid of our Instagram feed on the right hand side of DS if you ever want to check it out!
[Image above by Amy Sanderson]