I have always enjoyed programming memes, mainly because they are very much relatable if you code yourself. Sometimes you learn stuff from them as well, although not in a very efficient way, but for sure in a fun one.
It was 2019 and I was new to programming and the software development world. I tried creating an Instagram page with an intention to post programming memes. I think I posted 5–6 memes and then I ran out of content. That was very quick.
It was very time consuming and I lost motivation as I never considered myself to be a content creator. But there’s a thing that very few people know, i.e. you are already doing creative work if you are programming.
As we are moving to the creator economy, I realised that everyone has something to offer. Fast forward to 2022, I thought of giving it another go. Here’s what I found to be different in 2022 vs 2019:
- I have more experience now, and I am familiar with a wide range of tools and technologies.
- Instead of creating memes the hard way, I tried to find ways to streamline meme creation through automation and scheduling. This saved me a lot of time and helped me focus just on the content.
- Instagram has moved from image based content to video based content(Reels). This has made it very difficult for an image based page to grow.
- It is very difficult to make reels compared to static memes.
The way forward:
- I believe consistency will play a very big role in growth, which I have been able to achieve till now and hope to maintain it in the future
- Developing the ability to create video based content easily through automation. Still searching for ways to do it.
- Finally, promotion through collaborations. Right now I am only focusing on organic growth, but after some time I will need some kind of boost.
I have gained my first 50 followers within a week and I might take some time to write about how I did that.