Welcome! This website is centered around my blog, which initially began as a sort of personal online journal, but has expanded to cover an eclectic range of topics. I am a social media enthusiast, emerging writer, and host of the Talking Taiwan podcast. Thanks for visiting and following along my personal journey!

Dear Facebook, I'm just not that into you anymore

Dear Facebook, I'm just not that into you anymore

It's me, not you. You were my first, the first place I'd go whenever I had something to say or share, but now there's someone else. 

I've fallen down the rabbit hole of Twitter and now I'm hooked. I find myself consumed by the tremendous volume of information that's being shared at breakneck speed there. And it's pretty amazing the things I've learned and discovered through Twitter. I see Twitter as a community of informed people who want to share and pursue knowledge, which appeals to me. I'm really enjoying all the exchanges that are happening in the Twitterverse. I try to do my part to participate and to share informative, inspiring content with others. Now that this Pandora's box has been opened it's not going to be closed! 

Yes, my dear Facebook, I feel like I need to meet some new people. I've never been really big on sharing every aspect of my daily personal life in my Facebook status- like what I'm eating for breakfast. But I do want to share and connect with others. I'm not leaving you, I'm just diversifying.

Don't be jealous but I'm really into Instagram now- a platform which is all about how "a picture is worth a thousand words." In the past it seemed like such a chore have to post a photo every single day. I just didn't take that many photos. But now I sometimes post two or more photos a day!

How did that happen?

I started taking more photos without even realizing it. Lately I've been taking long walks around different parts of the city. I'll just wander around and see where it takes me. If something strikes my fancy along the way I'll photograph it. I've also really gotten into photographing street art. Earlier this month, I did a self-guided tour of the 100 Gates Project, and in the process, I came across a lot of the street art that's around the Lower Eastside. By the end of the day I had a ton of interesting photos, which I figured I'd post one by one on a daily basis. I had a "bank" of photos to choose from for my daily post. If you have a very clear message or subject matter, I think it's a great idea to have a collection of photos on hand to pick and choose from for your daily Instagram post. By the way it's not a hard fast rule, that you can only post one photo a day. I've experimented with posting several photos in one day, which makes sense if all of the photos are related e.g. they are all from a specific event. 

These days I'm always looking around and noticing what I might want to photograph. And now that I've started focusing on photographing street art, it seems like I see street art everywhere! The thing about posting photos on Instagram that is so gratifying, is seeing complete strangers liking and commenting on them. Now I'm thinking of starting an Instagram account specifically for my street art-related photographs.

Here are a few of the photos I've posted to Instagram recently:

 My favorite time of day- before the sun begins to set

My favorite time of day- before the sun begins to set

 Graffiti is everywhere (Lower Eastside, New York)

Graffiti is everywhere (Lower Eastside, New York)

 A tribute mural of Keith Haring 

A tribute mural of Keith Haring 

 One of gates of the 100 Gates Project

One of gates of the 100 Gates Project

 I literally saw this artist at work while I was walking through the Flatiron district.

I literally saw this artist at work while I was walking through the Flatiron district.

 Flowers are one of my favorite things to photograph.

Flowers are one of my favorite things to photograph.

Like what you see? Then follow me on Instagram @felishalin

Don't worry Facebook, I'm not leaving you. I'm just taking a break. You might not be number one anymore, but I will be back. And I'll even share some of the things I've posted on Twitter and Instagram with you. 

Since when did love get so complicated?

Since when did love get so complicated?

Happy July 4th Fireworks or Not