A lot of times, people ask me for advice on running/creating a Christian Instagram account. To make it easier, I have dedicated this post to that very topic. Below, I will discuss helpful information that you should know if you are thinking of making a Christian social media account or if you are a new owner of one. (Some of the tips I mention below are useful for running a blog as well.)
Username or Title
Overall, I would suggest making your username simple. I know it can be difficult to find a great one that isn’t already taken, but try not to over-complicate it.
Also, try to make it unique, and most importantly, meaningful to you. When I made my Instagram account over a few years ago, I decided to call it “Jesus my everything” because that meant something significant to me.
You can look at other accounts for ideas and inspiration, or you can even search the Bible for a phrase/verse you like. (It's OK to go with a classic username like "God Girl" or "Jesus Freak" if you really like it.)
Below are some ideas for what you could put in your account biography:
Some people choose to have an account theme, but you do not have to have a one for your account. I usually stick with more general themes, so I can have more freedom in posting. (The more specific of a theme you have, the more limits you will have on what you can post.)
My posts usually follow the seasons: autumn, winter, spring, and summer. I maintain this theme by choosing background photos for edits that will fit whatever season it is at the time. (For example, during the spring, I mostly use flower pictures for my edits.)
Besides that, I occasionally do holiday themes. (At the beginning of December, I usually start making Christmas-themed posts, and so on.)
“Edits” are pictures that you post on your account that you have edited by adding some form of text. For example, if you find a nice picture of some flowers and add the words “God loves you!” on it, you have created an edit.
Most people make edits with that go along with their devotionals, while some just post scenery pictures (without any text added to them) and focus on writing the caption. Here’s an example of the two:
So as I explained above, you can use either types of these pictures for a post. (I edited the one on the right.) You do not necessarily have to make an edit; you can just post a picture so you can spend more time writing the caption. I sometimes do this if I do not have time to make an edit. (You do not have to create an edit for every single one of your posts.)
When it comes to finding the photos I use for edits, I usually go to Pinterest. Ninety-five percent of the photos I use are from there.
Tip: To get started, start by searching "boho photography" on the app.
I also use We Heart It, and sometimes photos from other people on Instagram. (If you do use a photo that someone else posted, I would recommend giving them credit in the caption, e.g. “Background photo credit goes to @whatevertheirusernameis”.)
My top two suggestions for photos would be:
Before you edit a photo, you must think of what you want it say. You could add a Bible verse, a Christian quote, or Christian song lyrics! (These are only a few ideas.) So before creating an edit, you also need to make sure you have some idea of what your devotional is going to be about since you will be talking about whatever the edit says in the caption.
I usually write about things that God puts on my heart, while sometimes I talk about my personal experiences and how God helped me, strengthened me, etc. I occasionally share what I learned from my pastor’s sermon as well.
When I am looking for inspiration, I go to Pinterest and search up “Christian quotes” to get some ideas. If I have a specific topic in mind, I search “Bible verses about ________” on the internet.
Once you have decided what your edit is going to say, it is time to create it!
The main app I use to edit my photos is called “Phonto”. (Click here to watch a Youtube tutorial on how to use it.) That is the only app that I use for adding text, and it really is a great app. When I first installed it, I wasn’t really sure why people liked it so much. Then, a friend shared an awesome tip with me that made my edits so much better. Below, I am going to explain it to you all.
Phonto has a bunch of fonts that are pre-installed onto the app, but they all are pretty simple and boring. They are not always the best fonts for editing. That is why I suggest going to “dafont.com”. It has a bunch of different, nicer fonts that you can download to the app for free!
Tip: Most of the fonts I use can be found under the “Script>Handwritten” tab.
Let’s go through an example of downloading fonts from dafont.com. (Before you begin, you will need to have Phonto installed on your device!) For this instance, imagine that you want to download the “Aldine” font. To do so, you first need to click on the download button located on the right, where the arrow is pointing to.
It will then open this next page. At this point, you will need to select “open in Phonto”. (If you do not have that option, try checking for it under the "more" tab. The feature may need to be turned on.)
From there, it will take you to the app. You can then choose “install”. When it asks you to confirm, choose “install” again.
Once you have completed that, you can now find the font under fonts>my fonts on Phonto and you will be able to begin using it!
Here are my top 10 favorite fonts from dafont.com:
Additional Editing Tips
When I first started my account, I never really wrote “devotionals”. My captions were usually short and they never really related to the verse I had on my edit. But after years of experience and continuous practice, I have gotten a lot better.
You do not have to be the best writer to own an account. Some people choose to just focus on posting edits and don't write devotionals, and that’s definitely OK. Just do whatever works for you!
I find it easiest to base my devotional on a Bible verse. Also, it is totally fine to research more information for a post. Sometimes, I find myself writing a devotional about something I do not understand very well, so I look up the meaning online. Furthermore, the length of the post is not very important. There is no “certain length” that you have to reach. Besides, what matters most is what you write!
Lastly, I write my posts in the "Notes" app on my phone and just copy and paste it when I want to post it to my account. I find this easier than writing the caption on Instagram. (You could also write yours on Word or even on paper.)
Although this is only the bare bones to the behind the scenes of running an account, I hope you all learned something from this post. If you have any other questions, comment below or send me a DM through Instagram!
Before I finish this post, I'd like to share one last tip: just try it out. I pretty much learned most of the stuff I know today through experimenting. Don't be afraid to try new things and have fun!
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