#100daysofpractice: Hilary Hahn’s creation, inspiration, and the impact on practice during the pandemics

Graph showing a crescent number of posts per day with a marked increase during the pandemics.

Hello back!

This time I bring a fresh new graph: the initial analysis of the #100daysofpractice dataset (1). After all the work to fetch the almost half a million posts’ data from Instagram, it was a relief to look at it more closely and see that it apparently makes sense—strongly suggesting that we may move forward to the next step: stratify the data and fetch the practice videos! But before that, let’s not only celebrate, but also look at it and let things sink in.

First things first, let’s look at the creation of the hashtag! Hilary Hahn—@violincasecreated the hashtag in May 4, 2017 (2), starting her first 100 Days right there. If you look at the picture, you can see purple vertical lines at the very left. These lines correspond to the days when @violincase posted with the hashtag. Most of the time this means she’s in the middle of one of her 100 Days, but not always. For instance, in November 3, 2017 she has a post with the hashtag (3), but this is a repost from @stringsmagazine on their new news article about Hilary Hahn’s creation of #100daysofpractice (4).

It’s also interesting to see how her startings of her 100 Days seem to coincide with an increase in the number of posts with the hashtag. This suggests that she inspires us not only with her music, but also with her practice routine. The most marked time this happened was at the start of 2021, where the number of posts with the hashtag soon doubled! Here, her inspirational prowess may have been helped by one curious—though possibly not very surprising—trend: the number of posts with #100daysofpractice seems to drastically increase at the beginnings of the years. One obvious explanation for this would be, of course, the not so rare resolution of “practicing more this year” :)—or “start the year with a good practice session!”

It is also good to see how the hashtag was used more during the pandemics. During those uncertain days, the daily number of posts with the hashtag jumped from 300 to 800 daily. Those lonely hours of practice were certainly a good occupation for many many practitioners.

We would like to say our sincere Thank You to Hilary Hahn for creating such an inspiring hashtag! It certainly helped practice with a beautiful sense of connection!

Now, we will have some great news soon concerning the use of the #100daysofpractice dataset. Stay tuned!

  1. https://github.com/rafaelbeirigo/100daysofpractice-dataset
  2. https://www.instagram.com/p/BTrwiUuh8vV
  3. https://www.instagram.com/p/BbDB7gHhY4l
  4. https://www.instagram.com/p/B1mUVxel8Kn

You can also play with the Python Notebook on Google Colab!

Published by eglur

I have a B.Sc. in Computer Science and a M.Sc. in Computer Engineering, both from the University of São Paulo, and have been programming for 16 years.

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