Social Media 1-a-day May Challenge

There is an old Buddhist saying:

“Challenging yourself is challenging.”

Or maybe not.

Either way, I find it challenging.

Some other things I find challenging are:

1. Motivating myself to write consistent content

2. Thinking of interesting stuff to post on social media

3. Eating mangos in polite company

The third one is still a mystery, but for the month of May, I have decided to focus on the first two. By simply challenging myself to:

Post one new thing each day on each of my Social Media accounts.

Things to consider:

  1. If you’re like me, you need a plan.
  2. If you are like me, you suck at making plans.

I knew I wanted to post once per day on Twitter, Instagram, and Medium. The problem I faced is that I had no idea what I wanted to post, i.e. the reason I rarely post now. So, I decided to create themes for each media platform to give myself some direction. Here are my themes:

Instagram: pictures of myself with random household objects.

Twitter: Random thoughts about whatever current event I find that day.

Medium: Still haven’t figured this one out, but that is a problem for future me. Good luck, future me. Likely whatever topic I feel strongly about on that day, or a story

To stay organized, I’ve made myself a structured calendar. It looks like this:

screenshot by Benjamin Davis

As you can see, I have left space for ideas.

But it is not just for fun that I am doing this. I want to see what impact posting every day will have on my follower-count and engagement. So, I have created a form to fill out throughout the month to track my numbers. It looks like this:

screenshot by Benjamin Davis

Now, some people might say that in order to increase follower count, you need to have meaningful engaging content. To which I would respond by sending them the profiles of “Social Media Influencers” who post pictures of their butts and selfies day-in and day-out. But they post them day-in and day-out.

And so that is the only metric of this experiment:

Does posting everyday increase viewership regardless of the depth of content?

(obviously, I will try to make stellar content, but hey — I’m only human)

So, here it goes. If you haven’t noticed, this is the first post of the month.

Also if you haven’t noticed, the main photo of this article is my first Instagram post. That is me. That is my Face. And a fish.


At the end of May, I will publish a report documenting this experience. Wish me luck. If you’d like to try this your self, let me know your experience.

If you’d like to follow along, you can find my social media links below:

Medium: https://medium.com/@benjamindaviswriter

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Comments

One comment on “Social Media 1-a-day May Challenge”
  1. Dana Doran says:

    huh. I did notice you hadn’t posted in while…but, then again, I haven’t been as avid a “social media” (wordpress, instagram, facebook) reader lately as I have been unpacking after a big move across the U.S. I do miss your short stories…most made me chuckle.

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