This is the second post in my Instagram and/or Blog photo linkup series. The hashtag #HTRJack stands for “Hit the Road, Jack” and it’s to motivate me to leave the house more often. Honestly, I’m the worst kind of homebody and I need the motivation. And since I live near Paris, I hope that this means I’ll be exploring the streets of Paris on a more regular basis. For my sake. (And yours?)
I would love company if you want to get out and explore your hometown as well. Down below are the instructions for joining in, (hopefully much better explained than in last week’s post).
However, first let me share with you two of the Instagram photos I took this week from my time out of the house. The first image is to PROVE that your pictures don’t have to be exotic or touristy. It just has to be out of your house. See? The gas station. Notice we’re in euros and our gas is measured in litres instead of gallons. And if you have a mathematical brain, you’ll see that we pay dearly for it.
The second image is of a street in another city where horses have the right of way. Nothing fancy. Just a snapshot of places nearby. I’d love to see yours!
One-way street. Unless you’re a horse. Love this place. #France #HTRJack A photo posted by Jennie Goutet (@aladyinfrance) on
Okay, so the instructions. There are two ways to join in:
1) Linking up with your blog:
If you want to join by writing a blog post and including the pictures you took that week, you can link up through the linky-tool down at the bottom of this post. Your post can include one picture or more than one, and it can have as many or as few words as you want to accompany the photos. It just has to be related to the theme of getting out of the house. Your post can also include regular pictures in the blog post, or embedded Instagram photos.
The benefit to using Instagram photos in the post is that it’ll be easier for people to follow you there. And, when I feature one or more of the people who have linked up that week, I’ll be able to show the photo itself with your Instagram link, in addition to the link to your blog.
Make sure you include the button in your post if you want to be featured. The way you do this is to copy the code inside the scroll box (not right click – use the “edit – copy” function in your menu bar). Then go to your post and choose the “text” version of your post rather than the “visual”. You should see that on the upper right hand of your post draft. Paste the code where you want it in the text version, and the button should appear when you click back to visual. (Without the scroll box).
Finally. It helps to tweet the post, using the #HTRJack hashtag. It’s more visible for me, and it’s more visible for you. And the second way to join in?
2) Simply using the #HTRJack hashtag when you Instagram theme-related photos.
If you don’t have a blog, or prefer to join in only through Instagram, include the hashtag when you post the photo on Instagram. If you want to be featured on my blog, I recommend choosing just one or two of your favourite theme-related photos to include the hashtag. If there are too many to choose from, all coming from the same person, I will likely look elsewhere. It’s even more important to tweet your Instagram photo, including the hashtag, if you want to be featured. This ensures that I see it.
Who’s Featured This Week?!
There are two features this week – a blog post and an Instagram photo, so you get an idea of both. The blog post is written by Maria at Tri-lingual Mama, who also lives in France. She showed us the city in Normandy, called Cabourg. A perfect illustration of getting out of the house and exploring places nearby. You can see her post, by clicking here. And you can follow her on Instagram here.
The second feature is an Instagram photo by Leigh Ann, who blogs at Genie in a Blog. This is her picturesque photo – out of the house with her kids on a sunny, idyllic day. You can find her blog here, and follow her on Instagram here.
Thank you to everyone who linked up last week!
Now for the Linkup Tool if you’re linking a blog post. (You can only link your blog here, not your Instagram url. Too bad, right?)
Ready, set …? GO!