How do you “create” a hashtag? I admit it, I Googled it a while back… and again yesterday. The way people have been going on about creating hashtags, you’d think there was something special to it, right? Nope, you pretty much just have to make sure no one has already taken it. No one has taken #letsbelivin so… BOMB. Created.
With that, this my official announcement I have a hashtag! *Throws confetti and blows party noise makers*
So take me seriously, Social Media.
With that said, have you noticed the new addition of #letsbelivin challenge to my sidebar? Wondering what exactly it means? Well, let me explain.
Without thinking much about it, I’ve started including the hashtag #letsbelivin on all my Instagram posts. I also always include several other bloggers’ staple hashtags and I think how cool it would be for others to use #letsbelivin. It would be a great opportunity to see what Lex Be Livin’s audience is up to and it would serve as a way to potentially interact, make new friends. Whoa, that doesn’t sound creepy at all. But you know what I mean.
Rather than just saying, “Hey! Use #letsbelivin so I can stalk you!” we’re going to create a challenge out of it and make it fun/beneficial for everyone. Especially for you, my fellow awesome bloggers. I’m all about giving back to the blogging community and supporting other bloggers–I am really only just scratching the surface of blogging myself, learning more and more each day. My goal for this hashtag is to connect with others in the blogging community and for your participation/support be reciprocated.
I am going to pick three #letsbelivin favorites and post them here on the blog every Wednesday, starting November 24. This will increase to five #letsbelivin favorites once the word spreads. For right now, I’ll be excited if three people use the hashtag.
Here’s what happens when your photo is picked as a weekly favorite…
If you are a blogger, I will absolutely include your blog link and promote it with a sincere description about why others should follow along, as well as share via social media. I hope it goes without saying that I will also follow you on all social media platforms (because we all secretly want that, right?). That’s not even the best part about getting picked as a weekly favorite. Your blog button will be featured on my sidebar for one week until the next set of weekly favorites are chosen. (Pst, Cat–get a button!) So if including another hashtag on that Instagram post provides an opportunity for a shout out and free sidebar space, why wouldn’t you do it? It’s FREE advertisement!
Now for you nonbloggers… I’ve stayed up late at night wondering how to incorporate something awesomely beneficial for you if you are chosen as a weekly favorite. I’ll be entirely honest: I’m coming up with a blank. I promise it is not from lack of trying. All I can say is that this #letsbelivin challenge is a work in progress and we will figure out something soon, so keep on including that hashtag in your Instagram posts.
I expect this to evolve and more posts to come with further explanation as I, well, have further explanation. Any questions? Concerns? Please voice them in the comments below!