So Bangers & Mash was yesterday, I can finally do a proper blog post about it!!!
It’s been fairly hard for me to blog in depth about the project, as the whole point was for me to be kept in the dark about the challenges that I was going to recieve. We decided that this would be a good thing to do as it would make the video a lot more real, and get the ability to shoot my genuine reactions on camera (although I’m not sure how genuine anything is when you’re being filmed).
What I learnt over the course of this unit was that Bangers and Mash was not really about the video itself, but about the role that Facebook had in making the day possible. Facebook is the largest social network in the world, so we focussed soley on this site instead of branching onto Twitter and Vine.
The image above is pretty powerfull, when you realise your part of that 50% who return on a daily basis you start to question what you’re doing with your life, wasting on a site which won’t even let you change the theme colour… What if you hate the colour blue? WHAT THEN!
I’m not saying I hate Facebook, I just hate the ammount of time I choose to spend on it.
So focussing purely on this site we set a page up and started to invite people, initially off of the course to ‘like’ our page. We gave the page a custom cover photo and profile picture as well as an insight into what Bangers and Mash actually was in the description section.
The night before Bangers and Mash I ‘unliked’ the page so that nothing to do with the challenges would appear in my ‘news feed’ on Facebook. At the end of the day when all the challenges were completed I looked at the page to see how it went, and Shoma and I were both really pleased with the interaction we had.
Since the start of the day we had doubled our ammount of page ‘likes’ and had loads of notifications from people who were supporting the project. What Shoma had also done was create a short video to post on the page at the start of the day for people so that they knew how to vote.
If you want to watch the video then there is a link to the Bangers and Mash Facebook page below.
So we used the comment section under each set of tasks and wrote the bad and the good option. All people had to do was ‘like’ what option they wanted to see me do. In true Bangers and Mash spirit people still commented on the posts themselves to make it harder for us.
Shoma also made the page really visual for people by drawing out concepts of what people would be voting for. The style he chose matched the silly nature of our concept really well and also gave people an idea of what they would be voting to see.
So this was Shoma’s visual aid to the public for my 1st challenge. Do I have a nice breakfast or attempt to eat 14 slices of fried bread. As well as the written description this gives the audience an entertaining drawing to look at.
He did one of these DIY (very Tim & Barry) drawings for each challenge I had. I don’t think that we’d have got the same ammount of interaction on our page without these.
As well as this was a photo update that was posted after each challenge and a quote from me. So the people voting had something to see before the video was edited.
This is one of the updates that they were given, me attempting to eat 14 slices of fried bread… filthy.
So overall the interaction side of the project turned out a lot better than expected. There’s an ‘instights’ option on a page that you are admin of and we found that we had well over 200 views on some pictures and posts about Bangers and Mash. I guess this goes to prove people love watching people have a bad time.