Why I’m Doing a 30-Day Snapchat Challenge (& Why You Should Follow Along)


I LOVE doing 30-day challenges.

Taking cold showers helped me learn how to dive into uncomfortable situations head first (…literally).

Talking to strangers helped me overcome my crippling approach anxiety.

And meditation has helped me in more ways than I can count… In fact, I’ve found meditation so beneficial that I now consider one of my two “keystone habits” (the one other is journaling) that I make sure to do every single day, no matter what.

I’m excited to announce that tomorrow, on October 5, 2016, I’ll be starting yet another 30-day challenge…

My 30-Day Snapchat Challenge

Basically, I’ll be “snapping” as much as I possibly can every single day for the next 30 days.

I’ve decided to do this for three reasons.

1. To get more comfortable with speaking on camera.

Although I’ve already gotten a lot better at talking on camera recently, I still get pretty bad camera anxiety–especially when I’m around other people.

It’s not too bad when I’m by myself (but even then I usually end up having to do multiple takes…), but it gets really bad when other people are around. As soon as there’s anyone within hearing distance of me, my camera anxiety becomes 100x worse. I’m hoping that by the end of this 30-day challenge, I’ll be able to get over that.

2. To force myself into my best mental state.

About a month or so ago, I listened to this episode of the Tim Ferriss Show with Shay Carl. If you don’t know who Shay Carl is, he’s one of the most successful Youtube vloggers who now has over 2.3 BILLION views on his channel.

At one point in that podcast, Shay started talking about how he used daily vlogging as a tool for choosing to be happier. The basic premise was that by turning a camera on himself every single day, he learned that in order to improve his mental state and put on a good show for the camera–even on the days when he wasn’t in a good mood–all he had to do was change his physiology. I found this extremely fascinating.

When he was having a bad day and feeling like crap, he would simply sit up straight, take a deep breathe, smile, and start recording. And then here’s the awesome part… when he turned off the camera, he actually felt a lot better. 

He also explained how re-watching his life on camera at the end of every day enabled him to overcome a lot of his verbal ticks and catch a bunch of other weird/annoying/bad things he does. Basically, it seems that spending more on time in front of a camera can actually be a great tool for self-improvement.

3. To experiment with Snapchat. 

I’ve been on the fence about Snapchat for a while now. I’ve started using it more over the last few months, but I haven’t really pulled the trigger on it because I’ve been having a hard time deciding if it’s worth it. While I understand the benefits of being engaged with social media, I’ve found that it can often be more of a distraction than anything else.

That being said, the great thing about Snapchat is that it gives you a very raw, unedited look into the lives of the people you follow. Since I try my very best to be as transparent as possible here on my blog, I think Snapchat could be a great avenue for me to take that even one step further.

I figure this challenge will allow me to fully commit to Snapchat and go all in for 30 days. Then at the end of the 30 days, I’ll be able to decide once and for all whether or not I think Snapchat is worth my time.

Here’s a quick 1-minute video montage I put together from some of my past Snapchat stories…

3 Reasons Why You Should Follow Along

While I’m doing this primarily as a personal challenge, I’d love for you to get involved by engaging and following along as I go through the 30 days.

Here are a few reasons why you should.

1. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look into my life.

Ever wonder what I do all day? Do I lounge around in my PJ’s all day? Or do I work from fancy hipster coffee shops with cute latte art? This is your chance to find out…

2. I’ll be teaching you something new every day.

In addition to documenting as much of my life as possible, I’ll be doing daily Snapchat lessons. I’ll be covering different topics like how to overcome social anxiety, how to boost your confidence, how to boost your productivity, how to build good habits, how to find your passion, and much more. I’ll also do occasional book summaries and give recommendations to some of my favorite resources and tools.

3. I have a dalmatian.

His name is Roland (AKA “Rolly”). Everyone loves him, and you will too.

The challenge will officially start tomorrow on October 5, 2016 and will end on November 3, 2016. I’ll be writing a follow-up post about what I’ve learned once the challenge is over.

If you have any other suggestions or ideas of anything in particular you’d like to see on my Snapchat, let me know in the comments below!

Or just add me on Snapchat (username: sganddini) and let me know on there. :)


UPDATE (10/19/16): 15 Days To Go…

As of today, I’m halfway through the 30-day challenge and so far the feedback has been HUGELY POSITIVE.

I’m honestly a little shocked by how much positive feedback I’ve gotten so far. People are LOVING my daily lessons, and I’m having a blast giving them. :)

Here’s a little snippet from Day 12’s Lesson of the Day…

If you enjoyed this and want to get more daily insights like this on building confidence and motivation, ADD ME: sganddini 👻 

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  • Great post, Stefano! I’ll add you on snap, and will follow your venture :)
    I haven’t been on your site for a while now, so I dont know when you got your new design, but congrats with it! Looks inviting and fresh.

    • Stefano Ganddini

      Thanks, Fredrik! Redesigned the site about 4 months ago or so. Not too long ago. Glad you like it! And right back at ya – just took a peek at your site and it looks awesome!