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Instagram - Fast, beautiful photo sharing for your iPhone

I have this weird habit. I sign up for things when they are first released (like Facebook, Tumblr, etc.) and don't actually start using them for months or sometimes years.  I was one of the first subscribers to Facebook way back when no one knew what it was, including me.  My account just sat there untouched for about 2 years.  Then when it started picking up momentum and people were talking about "that Facebook thing" I suddenly remembered, "Oh yeah, I think I have one of those accounts!"

I do this all the time.  I did it with Instagram.  I signed up for Instagram a long time ago but didn't quite "get it".  But eventually I caught on and now I just plain 'ole love it!

For those of you still in the dark, Instagram is an app for your smart phone that allows you to upload pictures and share with other viewers.  But that is a WAY simplified explanation because Instagram is so much more than that. Instagram gives you opportunities, straight from the app, to take photos, add artistic filters, add tags and more.  You can make your account public or private so you can decide who sees your photos.  Of course my account is linked to this website and public for all to see/share so go ahead and pop over to my feed to get a peek at Instagram at work!

Here are a few of the photos you will see there:

There are lots of food related pictures on my feed, like the above post-it note with my scribbles on it.  That is exactly how I create recipes.... scratches on post-it notes.

But those scribbles turned into this delightful stuffed pork loin!

I made a quick but delicious chicken dinner, so I shared it on Instagram. Because that's me in a nutshell.  Cooking...eating...feeding the masses.

I also share things like my nature walks.

A handful of wild flowers or an old feather off a guinea hen are things I share.  In an often unlovely world, I am fascinated by lovely things when I see them.

And sometimes I share completely random stuff.  Like when my ice cream mochi exploded all over my shirt and jeans.

Coincidentally, Facebook recently bought Instagram so I'm not sure how it will change in the coming months but for now I really enjoy sharing my photos and seeing my friends photos.  I"d love to see yours too!! Just search for careypowell and click "follow" or leave a comment here and let me know your "handle" on Instagram!

If you use a reader, you can also subscribe to my Instagram feed here. http://statigr.am/feed/careypowell

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I meant to do a little blog-iversary post in the fall when we hit our 1 year mark together, but I was so busy with 31 Days of the Simple Things that the anniversary came and went.  But it’s still the new year so now is as good a time as any to stop and take a look back over the past year here at ATC.

WordPress (our host) sends out a nifty little report at the end of the year to show you some interesting stats about your site.  For instance:

  • There were about 11,000 hits last year, our first year.  That’s pretty amazing to me, especially since I have done zero marketing or advertising (so far).  In fact, the site got it’s start just over a year ago with me sending a private email to 7 of my closest friends.  Today there are about 50 regular followers, not including those who follow on the Facebook Page.
  • Out of you loyal readers, the top commenters are:
    • my Wonder Twin (Serena)
  •  image  who has brilliant ideas & I hope to pass on more of her suggestions in the coming year;
    • Rebecca from Older & Wisor, who is my new friend found through the 31 Days challenge.  Her site is chock-full of creative gems so be sure to visit;
    • and my creative pal/idol Beckie who you will be hearing more from in the months to come.  She’s going to guest post around here from time to time and you will love her!
  • Most of you wandered to this site via Facebook, which is a testimony to all of you who hit the “share” button on a post.  Keep it up!  But some of you were referred here from some other great sites: 
    • image The Paper Studio wrote a great little post on my use of their papers for Natalie’s baby shower.  I think I get at least one referral every day from that article.  I truly love their papers and hope to use more of them this year.  And Paper Studio, if you ever need an affiliate I’m ready-willing-and-able!
    • I’m getting a lot of hits from Pinterest lately.  Various pics get pinned to Pinterest from my site and that leads them back here.  I’m not complaining, I hope they stay and share with us! 
    • Occasionally I will participate in the Linky Parties on other sites, like Thirty Handmade Days.  I still get referrals from those link-ups, months later.  Thanks to the gals that host those Linky Parties, I know they are hard work.
  • Most of our readers are from the good ole US of A however, we have had readers from every continent and countries like Italy, Morocco, New Zealand and Vietnam!  How very international we have become!!
  • I think this is the most interesting stat of all, the posts.  Which posts have generated the most hits, the most searches, the most attention?
    • image For the longest time, this was the number one post, Hudson’s Little Man Party.  It got so many hits and for months it was getting all the attention.
    • image Another really popular post was the DIY Paper Clip Flags I made last year.  This one is still getting a lot of hits thanks to Pinterest.
    • But the number one, hands down, most popular post is one that doesn’t even feature something I made!  It is this post:
    • image It was a Friday Recipe I shared from The Chew, Carla Hall’s Mac & Cheese.  I didn’t even write that post until October 2011 and in that short amount of time it has far surpassed all other posts in popularity and searches.  Dozens of people land at my site every single day looking for that recipe.  Now, I could let my ego get in the way and be upset that the number one post on my site isn’t one of my own creations.  But here’s the deal:  this has never been about me (despite the fact that the site is named after me).  Marketing aside, I’ve always wanted this to be a place where we share information, because that’s really what gals do best.  We share recipes, cleaning tips, inspirations, highs, lows and everything in between.  So go Carla Hall!  You make one mean Mac & Cheese!

2011 was a crazy, crazy year.  2012 is looking to be even crazier.  But one thing I will continue to do is share with y’all here because I do truly love it.  I do get a little overly busy from time to time, and I have to take a couple days off but I always miss sharing with you when I’m away and I have some great things in store for the coming year. 

Thanks for coming along with me on this journey!

I'm not sure if this matters to anyone but me, since I have to check it periodically to make sure it's working all right, but did you know you can add ATC to your home screen on your Iphone.  It's really simple too!
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Just open Safari and go to accordingtocarey.com. See the little button at the bottom of your screen, the one with the square and arrow? Tap that button.

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Next it will give you a list of options, choose "Add To Home Screen."

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Next my little crown icon will come up and you are given the option to name the button whatever you wish.  ATC, According2Carey, CAREY, The Queen, Her Majesty... all good choices.  Tap "Add".

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Ta-Dah!  Anytime you tap that button you will be taken straight to the website, via your browser.  The website is automatically formatted for Iphone viewing, but you can switch to normal viewing if you wish.  You won't miss a thing that goes on around here.  Standing bored in a grocery line?   Come on over to ATC and see if there are any new recipes.  Sitting in traffic school just trying to stay awake?  Click over to the website and learn how to do gel medium transfers, you already know how to drive :)

(I know some of you are looking at my mail app and wondering why I have 42 unread emails.  Mind your own business, I'm a busy girl!)