Most commonly it is a day of the week. She is also the daughter in the Adams Family. For the followers of Bats without Borders Twitter feed it is the day of winged facts. However for me it is a nightmare.
For the majority of people my age you were expected to be able to spell the days of the week from the age of seven, I am aged twenty-two and only now am I confident on how to spell the third day of the week. Why did I struggle so much to spell this word? I’m sure it’s because I don’t pronounce it properly.
Maybe it’s because I’m hard of hearing or perhaps it’s just the regional accent but usually when pronounced I hear it as “Wed-en-sday”. As such I would normally spell it as phonetically and it would always be wrong. In the last couple of days I have tried to pronounce it as Wed-nes-day but it doesn’t sit right.
How did I manage to start spelling it right? Scheduling, yearly, monthly, daily scheduling. Numerous Social Media Gurus insist that to have successful social media scheduling is key. Initially I started by trying to see what common weekly occurrences I could fit in to. That sentence makes little sense but really I mean what common weekly hashtags I could use such as #FeelGoodFriday. At this point I couldn’t really find an appropriate hashtag for Wednesday and had to look further afield.
As part of my internship I am completing an examination of Non-profit Organisation’s Social Media this includes looking at their hashtags. I tried to select charities that were also focusing on the conservation of animals and as such I came across numerous different Bird Conversation Charities. Within this group of the charities one hashtag that was trending was #WingedWednesday and from this I have adapted it to Bats without Borders. And now every Wednesday we present our followers with 3 facts about a specific species of bat.
Creating the schedule, having to write the tweet and having to create the content itself means that on average I need to type out Wednesday about fifteen times a day. The old cliché has some truth to it: practise does make perfect. I still don’t understand why it is spelt the way it is however now when I go to type that infamous day of the week my brain remembers the correct pattern. To the majority it will seem like an incredibly feeble achievement but to me and the poor, humiliated seven year old who failed the same spelling test seven times in a row, this is a tremendous accomplishment.