Thinking back to when I was told we had to make a digital artefact for the final project, I had no idea what that meant. When it got explained to me, I had a mind block and did not understand still what we had to do. Then I finally sat down and saw that it had to be something that was important to me or what interests me, many ideas sparked in my brain. I looked on Pinterest for some ideas and that really helped me develop some ideas as well.
I originally wanted to make an instagram of tips of being abroad and what to pack and the things available to do specifically for Australia. But then I really wasn’t getting very far and thought of people just thinking I was being stereotypical and wouldn’t want to follow my page. I pitched this idea, and did not get the response I wanted. So then went up to Doug, asking if I should do something along the lines of how to live in Australia and my views of it being a student. That idea was a go and then I totally switched gears and have been posting about what it is like to live in Australia for a few months being a Uni student.
I wanted to really keep that idea of Fast, inexpensive, simple and tiny. I don’t want to have to pay for things such as software or cameras. I had my iphone and camera already here, and just edited my pictures on instagram or Photoeditor that was free on the app store. The simplicity part, is just making a few little adjustments on these apps and then post it. Also, keeping a colour pallet goes in the simplicity category as well. Fast, I take a picture, edit it and post it on instagram. Tiny, I did not want to post a bunch of things and overwhelm my followers. I wanted to keep my followers intrigued and not want them to get bored of what I was posting.
Creating an instagram page was the best ways to get my information out. Personally I like to see cool pictures that are clean and sharp and have vibrant colours. A lot of my followers are travel pages or Australian picture pages. But, after posting something on Facebook which was from a comment I got on the last Blog post, I got more of my friends to follow my page. Like in the lectures, everyone is going to fail but you just have to learn from that mistake and just make it better. I was frustrated with not getting any followers, but then I got some feedback and I achieved my goal to get more followers. I really wanted my page to be authentic and have it be from my point of view and pictures I took. I think that really describes how I approached the social utility for my DA. I guess I wasn’t really aiming to get a lot of followers, I just wanted to get people’s attention and the best way for my DA was instagram.
We see all these awesome pictures online when we google Australia, and looks like the perfect lifestyle.. But they don’t mention the cost of things or where people live and get by on a daily basis. Coming to Australia from the U.S was a huge cultural shock. I was told it was just like the U.S and that it has some Uni’s and have to find accommodation and sign up for classes. I was not told about public transportation and how to use the Opal cards, or that rent is paid weekly, and that there are some bomb American burgers, or that there are cool cities you can fly to super cheap. I wanted to let people know who potentially want to come to Australia to study abroad or come for a long holiday what it was truly like to live here and how to live here cheaply and what awesome things there are to do with no cost.
It has been a major rollercoaster making this DA because I have to mess around posting pictures and having to add and delete pictures based on the viewings of them and the likes. I really have noticed having the blue and white colour scheme has gained me followers. I have had people comment on my pictures saying they love the content I am producing. That made me feel better about it because I feel like no one really looks at it, they just brush right by it. But that is why I did not post a long caption for pictures because no one really is on there to read. Posting about Melbourne and about the Opal cards were the most likes I have gotten. I don’t think I really care if people like my posts, as long as they see the information then I will be happy. I enjoy posting about what I have learned about the cost of things and the ways people get around if you don’t have a car.
I have learned a lot about instagram and what people appeal to and what they do not like. Making this DA has been a learning curve for me and makes me really have to try to keep to that authenticity aspect and really make it so it’s not a lot of effort for my followers to comprehend. I have also learned to fail early and fail often in this process. It is better to fail in the early stages which I did but it’s good to fail often which happened as well. I will be honest I did not post as much as I wanted due to writers block and I did not want to post something shitty and have it not be relevant to my project. A lot of my followers like I said are travel pages so I wanted to post cool places I have been and make them as clear and colourful as they did. But a lot of my followers are my friends and they post tons of pictures of where they have travelled and really liked my Melbourne post. I think tagging my location was good so people knew what part of Australia I was. I wish I had done more hashtags because that seems to get more likes and followers after seeing on the travel pages and what my friends post as well.
Overall, it was quite the learning experience. If I could change one thing it would be posting more. Sometimes I just would forget to post. I hope this DA helped people who were thinking about coming to Australia, but I hope people see what I have experienced and made it unique and very personable. It was a fun idea and will continue to post on it for the duration left of my time here in Australia.