Hashtag Authentic Episode 79: Making your own rules on Instagram, with EJ Osborne

EJ Osborne describes himself as a BBC presenter and maker of things who’s big on smiling. He uses Instagram to document his work and life – from spoon carving and woodland adventures to his trans journey and recent cancer diagnosis. In this week’s episode he tells us about how he maintains a healthy relationship with Instagram, how he avoids being distracted by what everyone else is doing, and how is insta adventures led him to his job presenting on daytime BBC.

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Things we talk about in this episode:

  • Old school vs new style Instagram
  • Instagram as therapy
  • How to know what is or isn’t too vulnerable to put online
  • EJ’s experience of sharing his trans journey on Instagram
  • Instagram’s anti-bullying and moderation features
  • The dangers of chasing likes
  • Controlling your ‘inner toddler’ instincts
  • Taking Instagram breaks
  • How EJ landed his job as a BBC presenter
  • EJ’s reflections on sharing his cancer diagnosis

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