Building story and adventure with Instagram

Adventures in Instagram! Meet the North and I have been experimenting.

I wrote about what I’ve learned so far for the Creative Non-Fiction Collective (who get the coolest people to go to their conferences).

Here’s an excerpt to get you started. . .

Instagram is big, it’s growing, and it’s an opportunity for us nonfiction types. Yes, there’s a bad reality show component, but don’t be fooled. There is fine documentary there too, and we can be a part of it.

Instagram made me nervous at first. I saw it, like other social media, as a proliferation of social obligations—without the benefit of leaving the house.

A friend convinced me to give it a try; she said it would be perfect for our new idea, Meet the North, which, in half a year, grew from a spark to a full-time commitment—a bonfire that took over my yard.

I’ve been traveling to meet the people of the Arctic starting in Svalbard, Greenland, Iceland, and Nunavut, and I set my itinerary by the recommendations of the people that I meet. Their introductions, from one person to the next, lead me along the true threads of life up north, and I’m sharing the journey on Instagram.