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Behind the scenes: taking history adventuring into Instagram, and IRL (In Real Life)


Since history adventuring is my life, I want to go everywhere, and be everywhere. I started doing this many years ago as mostly a journey of imagination, and it still it, but with my ever-improving health and fitness, I'm trying to get out into the Real World more often, and it's happening more this year. And oddly enough, it's also guiding me into a corner of cyberspace that I really never understood before: Instagram.

I want no limits. I want to go as deeply into the history of Phoenix as possible, and also to see it from the point of view of people who just want a quick look. And since you're here, reading my blog, you may be wondering why someone would just want a quick look, and not want to find out more. And all I can say is that sometimes you feel like a full meal, and sometimes just a snack would be perfect, if you follow what I mean.

For those of you who know me IRL (In Real Life), or have read between the lines here, I have some severe physical challenges. I like to say that I wobble, but often it makes even simple walking just about impossible for me. And now waitaminute, I'm not looking for sympathy here, this is just behind the scenes, and it's not all bad. And I've discovered that the best medicine for me is history adventuring. And I've decided to show my face in all of the places that I go, both in cyberspace and IRL. I want people to see me and say, "Hey, that's that history adventuring guy!" I like that.

And getting out there IRL has give me more of a reason to use my nice little Smart Phone. And to my surprise, there are some cool things that those people who seem to be always looking at their phones see, and one of them is Instagram. And I gotta admit that it puzzled me for about a year. I started with a personal account, and posted pics of my wiener dog, or my exercise equipment, or views of where I was exploring in my immediate neighborhood, or whatever. Little by little it started to click with me that Instagram was a delicious place, and although not as satisfying as what I'd been used to, kind of nice.

History adventuring really isn't a business, but from the point of view of places like Instagram, it kind of is. So I created a business page there, called historyadventuring. My plan is to repost stuff that I've already posted on Facebook, but in a more condensed form, and maybe some other stuff that's more appropriate for Instagram. That's what Instagram is all about - a quick look, a short caption. Once I did that, I also converted my Pinterest account from personal to business. That is, instead of wiener dogs, historic photos of Phoenix. Well, I may sneak in a wiener dog every once in a while, if it's an historic Phoenix wiener dog!

I like exploring, and I like sharing. And to me there's no wrong way to do it. I want to do it all, with everyone. Thank you for walking with me.

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