Inspiration comes from strange places. I was arguing – sorry, "discussing" – with the ridiculously talented MotoGP photographer Cormac Ryan Meenan about the relative value of various Social Media outlets. I am, as you may know, a big Twitter fan, and a fairly prolific tweeter. Twitter allows me to quickly post updates and respond to questions from racing fans. As I have little affinity with the graphic arts (a euphemism for saying I take rubbish pictures), I have no real time for Instagram. My primary method of communication is words, not pictures.
Cormac disagreed. He strongly believes in the value of Instagram as a means of communication, and especially in the power of Instagram Stories. Cormac, together with others like top photographer Tony Goldsmith and On Track Off Road kingpin Adam Wheeler, persuaded me that plenty of people would be interested in an Instagram story telling the tale of what an ordinary race weekend looks like for a MotoGP journalist. When I asked people on Twitter if they would be interested in such a thing, the response was overwhelmingly positive.
So I have been officially convinced. Or perhaps bullied into submission, but the effect is much the same. This weekend, I will be attempting to post an Instagram Story documenting what a weekend at a MotoGP race is like for me. I will try to post regular updates with photos and (outside of the paddock, to avoid Dorna's still relatively draconian video rules) quick videos of what I am doing.
Of course, the moment I agreed to do this, the camera on my old phone packed up. So I have scored a cheap phone with a working camera, and am currently sitting at Schiphol setting it up. I hope to have the Instagram Story up later today.
If you want to follow my adventures (and Aragon is one of my favorite races, for reasons I will explain in the Instagram story, so it is always an adventure), then follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/motomatters/. The Instagram stories will not stop me from posting on Twitter, of course, and you can follow my Twitter feed at @motomatters. If Facebook is more your thing, you can like the MotoMatters.com Facebook page instead.
As this is the first time I will be doing an Instagram story, I have no idea how it will work out. I hope you will excuse all of my failings, and enjoy what I attempt to put up anyway.
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