I’m a week into my ‘May Making Memories’ challenge, so I thought I’d share my experience so far, along with that of other people who are following the challenge, and some statistics about how it’s helped me to grow my Instagram following.
Experience so far
It was initially a daunting prospect, but I’ve found it quite easy posting a picture each day to Instagram, and having topics to follow takes the brain-work out of having to think of something new each day (always a bonus!). I have cheated a little bit by posting some pictures that weren’t taken on the exact day, but sometimes the weather, or day of the week, makes it less easy to take interesting photos on a particular day, so I’ve allowed myself that.
Lots of people are taking part in or following the challenge, and one person, Debbie Hayes, shared her experience with me. “I’ve found it nice to share simple elements of my life”, said Debbie, who runs her own business, Debbie Hayes HQ. “It was amazing how sharing my rhubarb crop has triggered so many memories off for other people,” she continued. And when I asked her how she felt about the overall challenge she said, “It’s good to take a snapshot of life that in years to come will be nice to reflect upon.”
In a week I’ve had an extra 48 people like my photos, and my followers have increased by 25%, from 60 to 80 as a result of posting my ‘May Making Memories’ photos. I’ve varied the hashtags that I use on each post and have found this has brought some surprising results, attracting people who might not have otherwise found me, but who are still my target followers.
It’s also led me to follow other people and comment on their posts in ways that I wouldn’t otherwise have thought of doing.
Overall the challenge is shaping up to be great fun, and a great way to grow my Instagram following, hopefully with people who will be interested in my business in the future too. Of course, Instagram is changing, like all social media, so I’ll have to keep thinking up new ways to keep my followers interested, but for now, it’s great and I love posting, and seeing other people’s posts.
It’s not too late to join in – you can either start on day 11, or do some catching up if you feel like it. The photos don’t have to be works of art, and don’t worry if you miss a day or two, the fun part is just giving it a go. If you want to join in, follow me on Instagram at @patch_memories, or on facebook at patchmemories
Happy posting – and don’t forget to use the hashtag #maymakingmemories so that we can follow each others’ journeys.