An Instagram day in the life…

Thu, Aug 11, 2011

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If you’re a regular reader of my blog (or follow me on Twitter or Facebook) you know I’m a huge fan and borderline addicted (who am I kidding?) to Instagram. It’s become my go-to network for enjoyment and community lately. I even recently documented a bunch of my “must follows” in the PR/marketing world–and that list grows by the day as people join the (relatively) new community.

Last week, friend and co-#mnblogcon-conspirator Missy Berggren threw out a great idea: Document one day in the life by posting an Instagram pic each hour that tells the story of my day. I loved that idea immediately and made plans to give it a try this week. Turned out, given my schedule (which has been a bit crazy of late), yesterday was the perfect day. I thought that particular day had all the elements that demonstrate what my days are typically like as a solo counselor (although I didn’t stay with the #photoeveryhour theme I wanted to initially).

So, I give you an Instagram day in the life of Arik Hanson (gratituous third-person reference):

7:56 a.m. — Drop my son off at school

I walk my son to school every day (and usually pick him up). It’s one of my favorite parts of each day. And I get to do it every day. This summer, we’ve been riding our bikes together to school. Couldn’t be any better.

8: 52 a.m. — Working at CoCo MSP.

I’m relatively new to the coworking scene, but ever since I first saw the new CoCo space in Minneapolis, I’ve been a huge fan. I signed up for the part-time package, so I’m down that way once a week for now. Working out great so far. Also gives me an excuse to bike commute at least one day a week.

9: 47 a.m. — My desk

If you don’t like open work environments, you won’t like coworking. I share office space with roughly 20-30 people at any given time at CoCo. This is just a quick shot of my “office space” at CoCo. But, we also have access to pretty cool “conference space” there which is the main driver behind my membership.

12:14 p.m. — Food trucks on Nicollet Mall

After a quick networking appointment with a new connection, I made my way to Nicollet Mall to persue the food trucks. I’ve heard great things about the Dandelion Cafe–but didn’t pull the trigger.

1: 32 p.m. – Caribou near Saks Fifth Ave. Outlet

After a quick lunch with my brother (who also works downtown), I had to find a space to crank out work for a bit before a meeting at an agency downtown. A nearby Caribou did the trick. This was the view from a nearby fountain.

2: 43 p.m. — Bikes at Colle+McVoy

Had an afternoon appointment at local integrated marketing firm, Colle+McVoy downtown for some client work. I’ve been in their office a few times, but love the bike culture they foster across the agency. Everywhere you look there are bikes. These Schwinns were lined up near the lobby.

4:30 p.m. — Government Plaza

Maybe my favorite shot of the day from Government Plaza close to where I parked my bike for the day. Right after I snapped this one, I grabbed my bike and made the trek home to pick up my son (takes about 25 minutes to get home from downtown–not too bad).

6:10 p.m. — Lynhurst Park

After picking up my son and meeting my wife at home, we grabbed a quick bite to eat and it was off to nearby Lynhurst Park for an annual carnival-like event. Obviously, the slide was our first stop ;)

7:24 p.m. — Still at Lynhurst Park

My kids both took their shot at the dunk tank–son hit in on the first try!

After getting the kids down around 8:30 p.m., I was back on my computer for a couple hours before bed. With a speaking engagement on Thursday (today), I tried to get a little extra sleep.

Pretty typical day for me in that I rarely have a “home base” for more than a few hours in any given day. I biked to and from certain spots around the city. And, I spent a fair amount of time with my kids on the “shoulder” portions of my day (my favorite part).

What about you? Have an iPhone? Try documenting your day this way? I know a few others in the Twin Cities were doing this yesterday.

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9 comments
Ari Herzog
Ari Herzog

I don't own an iPhone so I can only experience instagram updates through others. Your above stream is reminiscent of similar updates capable on Posterous and Tumblr. How's Instagram different?

Nikki Little
Nikki Little

Love this idea! And such fun photos. You got me hooked on Instagram.

tamiatmcs
tamiatmcs

@arikhanson Your pictures are lovely! Looks like a lovely day as well. Thanks for sharing this.

rachaelseda
rachaelseda

I love it!! Now I just need an iphone so I can do it too! What a great type of journal to keep as well.

Krista
Krista

Arik, you're making me homesick! That photo from the fountain in Gaviidae Common really put me over. I should check out your Instagram page for more photos of the Twin Cities when I need a fix. This is a great idea, by the way, of sharing what makes you who you are with your audience. Very effective and fun :)

arikhanson
arikhanson moderator

@Ari Herzog 1) Filters. I'm a wannabe photog and IG gives me access to shots and filters I wouldn't otherwise have. 2) Community. You could argue Tumblr has a strong community (and it does), but I love the IG community right now. Feels like Twitter 3 years ago. and, 3) Mobile. Again, I know you can post remotely to Tumblr & Posterous, but this is merely a photo app. It's a bit different.

arikhanson
arikhanson moderator

@rachaelseda Get on that! Yeah, I've always loved the journaling aspect of blogging. It's why we have a family blog. Want to chronicle our kids' lives so we can look back someday and smile...

arikhanson
arikhanson moderator

@Krista Thanks, Krista. It was really fun to try this. I might do it again soon.

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