If you follow me on instagram, you probably have noticed that I use hashtags on pretty much every photo I post. If I don’t do it immediately in the caption, I usually go back and do it in the comments.
When I do post it to Facebook, via instagram, it shows up there too and people, mainly those who do not use instagram, have asked me why I do that.
The hashtag clearly was not my idea. I mean, hasn’t everyone watched the hilarious clips from Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake?
But I like to utilize it on social media, mainly instagram, for my own reasons. It was my husband who suggested the hashtag thing to me, telling me that I should use #elijahoscar on instagram. Then, after Emaline was born I began using #eliandemmy and #emalinerose.
So what is the point?
I mainly do it so that when I can’t sleep at night or feel sad that my babies aren’t really babies anymore or think about how Emaline looks EXACTLY like Elijah did when he was one, I can just search one of my hashtags and scroll on through. Then I usually show RJ several pictures of Eli as a baby, while he watches lame youtube videos “oh, look at this one!” “He was so tiny.” “Remember this?” And RJ just pretends that he is paying attention to me.
And I certainly do not ever ask RJ why he didn’t like the awesome photo I posted of his children that afternoon…
But the best part is, other people use the hashtags too! So with one search, all pictures of #elijahoscar come up. Whether it is a photo that RJ posted of Elijah’s first piston’s game last month,
or a photo Eli’s godfather took last summer while he was babysitting, they are all in the same place.
Before I chose a hashtag, I checked to make sure that I wasn’t hijacking someone else’s. For example, once I used #skinnymonkey on this picture of Eli’s pants falling down in our driveway on instagram, and then later saw there were some other #skinnymonkey pictures that were completely unrelated. So I didn’t use that hashtag again, although it is still completely true about my 3 year old who only has 5 pounds on his baby sister.
So, Mom, next time you see that adorable picture I posted of your grand babies on Facebook and wonder why it says #eliandemmy after the incredibly witty caption I made, you will know exactly what it is about.
I’m sure that when my kids are teenagers they will search their hashtags and be annoyed that I posted so many great and embarrassing photos of them, but, as Eli likes to tell RJ when he wants to stay in my bed and cuddle, “Mama is the boss.”