How Instagram Brought Me Face-to-Face with My Own Advice…

How’s it going so far for you this week? It’s been pretty hot here, and it’s only June…even though it’s been that way for the last 10 years here or so–the hot weather peaks in June and slips down from there, when it never used to do that.

Yesterday was the kind of day where I was sitting at my desk and sweating while I wasn’t moving at all. Whew.

Anyway, let’s get to it.

I figured out something would have helped me cut down on a lot of time spent posting last week, and would’ve been a lot more fun, too.

And it’s so simple, you can use it today, most likely.

Here’s how it went:

I mentioned yesterday that I’d been posting to Instagram a lot in the past week, because of a challenge inside a Facebook group, which meant I had to meme and post a lot more than I normally do (I usually try to update Instagram 2-3 times a week, with simple stuff).

I made a post a while back where I talked about repurposing content–it’s actually on Instagram too–the one with the typewriter background.

So there was no need to wrack my brain like I was for ideas about what to post.

I tried to spin things so they’d be a little bit different, sure, but everything I needed stood right there in front of me and waved.

And since Instagram is so compact, I’ll probably be able to split each bigger idea I have into a bunch of smaller ones.

That’s also why I’ve been toying with setting aside one day a week to do a redux of a past post here at Fiction and Copy Decoded. I think WordPress only shows about 10 or 20 per page, or what-have-ya. Which means over 480 posts would be kept out of sight if you’re browsing the blog here (follows are definitely encouraged for that reason alone).

Anyway, if you’re stuck for a tweet, piece of a character sketch, email subject line, or what-have-ya, take a trip back through what you’ve done so far. You’ll come across old ideas you can dust off, and I’m sure you’ll come up with new ones too.

What do you think about repurposing? Drop me a line in the comments.

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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