I don’t believe there’s a person I know to whom I haven’t mentioned at least once that I’m kind of a narcissist, so when I decided to go through with my quitting social media plan, I realized the posts themselves wouldn’t garner sufficient attention from the people in my friend’s list on Facebook and thus could have left a lot of people wondering where the hell I disappeared.
‘The Cover Story’ was set up as a 16-day teaser, with one image posted as my profile’s cover photo every day and a countdown being issued, without any other explanations than the content within the images. Unknown until the reveal, I would delete my Facebook account at the end of the countdown. Sure enough, people started following the story and ‘liking’ it every day. With 3 days left, I posted the first part of the story detailing my motives, and at 1 day left, I posted the second.
It was a fun storytelling experiment through an unconventional medium. I tried to have both ups and downs, and then slowly reveal what the subject is about. I also had a self-imposed limitation to how I could tell it (which made it even more interesting to write) although I don’t think anybody noticed it: each image had exactly as many words in it as the number of days left – no. 12 had 12 words, no. 5 had 5 words, and so on.
It’s the little things that make me excited.