Social media is sort of like a full-time job – it takes a lot of time and dedication to log into all your accounts at least once a day and be up-to-date about what’s happening with your friends and the rest of the Internet populace. It can even become tedious, but it doesn’t have to be – more than anything else, the Internet should be a source of fun and enjoyment, right? A great way to alleviate social media fatigue and re-introduce creativity into your digital life is by participating in online games, and thanks to the wonderful world of hashtagging, you can do that every day of the week on Instagram.
Everyone knows about #ThrowbackThursday, but anybody who religiously posts a vignetted kiddie pic or a Polaroid-style photo featuring their 8th grade posse should be curious… what about the other days? Not to worry, there are pretty big followings behind these daily Instagram hashtags.
Depending on your personality, the first day of the week may be perceived in a highly optimistic or very dreary light. There are over 80,000 posts on Instagram tagged with #MondayBlues, and if you decide to participate, you can either be one of the users who post Garfield-like “this day sucks” snapshots of your Doritos-stained pajamas, duck face frown or unruly bed hair; or you can be someone who prefers to reverse your bad case of the humbugs by posting your photos from the weekend, quotes backdropped by sunrises and nature, or a super-smiley selfie.
If you are a fan of The Bangles who happens to have a 9-to-5 job, then maybe #ManicMonday is more up your alley. At first you’d think this hashtag refers to a super-busy first-day-of-the-week like a pile of papers on your desk or a shot of a conference room or your work calendar – which is something a lot of gainfully employed people suffer through – but in reality, it’s a hodgepodge of snarky e-cards, food photography, selfies, basically anything you can think of. Hey, we’re manic! Anything goes!
Think tunes are limited to Pandora, Spotify, and Rdio? You’re wrong! Thanks to Instagram’s video feature, you can now share a snippet of your first-weekday tunage by tagging your post #MusicMonday. Who knows? Maybe you can discover a diamond in the rough and find something new to add to your song rotation.
If you’re feeling particularly crafty, you can find inspiration for your next nail art and share your own work under #ManicureMonday, where there’s a plethora of patterns, colors, and mini-drawings to be enjoyed. Why Monday? Well if you want your paint job to last seven days, it only makes sense to do it on the first day of the week. Also, Monday and Manicure both start with the letter M – alliterations for the win!
Finally, my favorite: #ManCrushMonday, a hashtag both men and women can play a part in. Guys can post gratuitous pictures of themselves and girls have an excuse to upload pictures of their celebrity crushes. Warning though: Although I haven’t come across one yet, it’s entirely possible to see an NSFW pic… there are two million posts marked by this hashtag, after all.
Otherwise known as the other ‘T’ in your calendar. According to Instagram, you don’t have to wait till the weekend to party – #TuesdayBoozeday has over 10,000 entries filed under it, and it’s a never-ending stream of drinks, sexy pics, and drunken antics.
If you prefer the more responsible, more positive route, check out #TransformationTuesday to witness other people’s progress with their personal goals. You will find before and after photos of all kinds as well as inspirational and beautiful photographs. Seeing as this tag is home of the then-and-now body comparison shot, know that you might come across some skin exposure of varying proportions, if you get my drift.
In an attempt to elevate Tuesday to the heights its more popular brother achieved, at least 33,000 Instagrammers used #TakeMeBackTuesday as a prequel to their weekly throwback. It’s pretty much the same thing – photos of faded photos taken with a film camera (back in the day, that was the only option!), bestie photobooth pics, people just hanging out in their baggy jeans and Lilith Fair bandanas.
Yay, it’s the middle of the week, which means, we’re almost there! In the online world, Wednesday is also referred to as #HumpDay – now that you’re at the summit, the rest is all downhill till Sunday, so sit back, relax, and enjoy pretending it’s already the weekend! Also, if you happen to be riding a camel, you probably should tag it with this as well.
Of course, you also have the option to take advantage of your day by promoting health and fitness and pre-gaming for an eventful weekend. Showcase all the yoga poses you can hold and barbells you can lift through #WellnessWednesday. Remember, no pain, no gain!
Not quite ready for the weekend? Are your woes bearing down on you? Psych yourself up with #WednesdayWisdom and share your favorite Dead Poets Society quote (there’s pretty much only one).
And in case you have too many childhood photos to share, you can use #WayBackWednesday. One day is definitely not enough for a trip down memory lane.
Since this day is pretty much dominated by throwbacks, hashtag choices are pretty limited… but feel free to make one up! #ThirstyThursday is an Instagram favorite, so is #Thursdate and #ThursdayFunDay. Also, here’s a tip: Don’t confuse #ThrowbackThursday with #TbackThursday… they are NOT the same.
Also known as Rebecca Black’s favorite day, because anything can happen on a #FridayNight, proven by almost two million posts using this hashtag. If you don’t feel like going out and partying like crazy, you can check out #FridayReads and see what the bookworms consider a #FridayFunday.
More old photos? #FlashbackFriday is your last chance, so make it count! That’s it! No more!
If you partied hard last night, then it wouldn’t be hard to contribute to the usual morning, afternoon, and night hashtags pertaining to Saturday, so we won’t even mention that. One hashtag everyone must participate in and enjoy, however, is #Caturday. Because come on, everybody on the Internet loves cats. If you don’t, then something is seriously wrong with you. And you’re lying.
There’s also #SaturdaySwag and #SaturdayShenanigans, which can both be used to document your entire day of shopping (or doing nothing in particular).
This is your last chance to make something out of your entire week, so make sure you make it a #SundayFunday. If you haven’t bombarded your feed yet, consider this day #SelfieSunday – if you’ve done your friends a great service by holding out on sharing your face, you may now reward yourself.
Before you bum yourself out by thinking that tomorrow’s another Monday, find a way to cater to your desires and have a #SinDay. You’ve earned it.