Many of you know that May was the first month that I hosted my own challenge, #LetteringMayFlowers. It was a super fun month and challenge, and I have since decided to extend the challenge and keep going and am hosting the #AFlowerADay_June challenge this month. That first challenge was eye-opening and I learned many things. I thought that it may be helpful to some of my fellow Instagram-ers if I shared what I learned.
First off, hosting challenges is so fun, and I 100% recommend that you take the plunge and host one if you are thinking about it. These tips/tricks are meant to make the hosting and planning job easier for you.
My tips for hosting challenges:
- Pick a topic that you are interested in
- Create your challenge image and make sure that it can be read easily on Instagram (that seems to be where most challenge participants look when deciding which ones to do)
- Include the following on your challenge image:
- your Instagram handle
- the challenge tag (make sure that this is very unique because you don’t want your challenge posts getting mixed with another)
- the prompts
- the type of challenge (i.e. planning, doodle, draw, paint, reading, hand lettering, etc.)
- Post your challenge at least twice – once about 10 days before the challenge is scheduled to begin and again the day before
- In the description of your challenge:
- make sure to indicate how and when you will feature participants work
- tag or DM the challenge Instagram accounts (these are accounts that just share challenges and they are a great way to get your challenge seen by more people)
- Extras: prizes?
- Keep your word – strive to keep up with your challenge (rare slip ups are normal) and stick with your features schedule to motivate your participants
This was a short post, but I hope you found it helpful and informative for those of you thinking about becoming a host.
Have a great day!
P.S. I think it would also be fun to co-host with someone (if you are interested – send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org).