Last week, the unimaginable and hugely exciting happened – my photo of a book tree was featured on Instagram after I entered the #whp🌲 challenge. Since then, nearly 600K people have seen my hallway (and Martha) which is mind-boggling! My personal account has also received a boost. I’ve gained over 2000 followers since the photo was posted and have had lovely comments from all over the world. I am so grateful for each and every one especially after taking such a creative leap this year.
But the real reason I’ve written this post is to shed some light on the challenge itself so that others can join in and have a chance of being featured too.
The Weekend Hashtag Project (#WHP) is announced by Instagram on Fridays (late GMT) so first of all, you need to follow their main account. Each week, they set a new prompt with an accompanying photo or video as an example of what they’re looking for. The rules do change for time to time so keep checking, but here are the guidelines from last week:
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPoddlysatisfying hashtag only to photos and videos shared over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video shared over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.
You then have the weekend to post material which matches the theme. After this time, Instagram then selects up to 6 entries to be featured. If you’re new to the WHP, I recommend looking back over past features to get a feel for the successful content. Creative shots often get picked, but so do other styles – and captions count too. Account size doesn’t make a difference – I had just over 2500 followers when I was chosen so tiny by Instagram standards.
I think my biggest piece of advice for the WHP is to have fun with it. Use it to view the world in a fresh way. Anything goes so be playful and free – find your voice. This was my 9th attempt so it’s worth persisting.
As always, if you have any questions about the challenge, get in contact with me via the comments or the contact page.