Whoda Thunked It?

Well – I lasted longer than thought, and nowhere near as long as I would have liked: 1 week out of 4.

I am of course referring to the photo a day for one month theory: 1 month, 1 week (if I say 7 days, does sound longer?).

The problem started on the weekend: its was still hot and uncomfortable outside so we pretty much stayed in all weekend.  I could say that no opportunity arose for a photo, but the reality is that I did’nt even think about it on Saturday and having missed Saturday, didn’t bother on Sunday.

I’ve been thinking about this while I decide what to do – I’m not really that undisciplined and I could come up with any number of reasons for why I didn’t take the photos, but the simple reason was that I lost interest: not in the theory but in the practice. 

I may have rationalised why I was doing it – to increase my use of Flickr, but the reality was it was lazy blogging: a quick way to up my posts: a photo a day with a line or two of text and off I went; seven posts in a week.  Its a new record!

This wasn’t my motivation in the beginning and don’t even think it was my motivation in the middle, but by the end of the week, that was the only value I was seeing.  My heart wasn’t in the taking of the photos – it was an obligation, not a desire. 

So why how did it come to this?  Simple: I have no network on Flickr.  I know people who use it: some as an image repository, others as a networking tool, but I am not active in any networks utilisng Flickr.  This is what I need to do in order to more activly utilise Flickr – I need to be activily involved in utilising Flickr.

So, where to now?

Firstly, I’m going to move more of my images onto Flicker and get involved in the social side.  Thinking about the “30 Day Blog Challenge”  – this could be the sort of thing that I need to do – a number of challenges and activities to increase my productivity: “comment on a stranger’s photo”, I don’t know – something along those lines anyway. 

Let’s see how we go with this one

Picture This …

Going to try something new; something that requires a little discipline on my part. 

I find myself asking “Why?” but pushing that little voice away, I’ll continue.

Anyway, I’m going to try and get into Flickr.  I’ve had a Flickr account for quite a while now, and like my photobucket site, it has been used primarily as a place to store photos and images that I have wanted to post on messgae boards and such like.  A couple of times, I have gone a little more social with it, posting a range of photos from various events that others wanted photos from, but for the most part it has been nothing more than a repository.

This is something that I have been toying with for some time now (even when I wasn’t writing here, this was what I had thought about using as my re-entry).   Sue Waters (Mobile Technology in TAFE) got me thinking about it when she was running the infamous lolly jar series (I’ve looked for the link in Sue’s archives, but cannot find it – sorry.  Thinking now, was it even a blog post – may have existed on Twitter.  Anyway…).   Sue used her Flickr account to illustrate an ongoing story and her Flickr photostream was as important to the story as the text was.

Added to Sue’s example, was Alan Levine’s (cogdogblog) project to take a photo every day of the year. To me this was a mammoth task – I don’t have that sort of discipline.  What I am going to try and do is start a little smaller: let’s try for a month and see where we go from there. 

I’m going to see if I can stay focused enogh to diarise a month in my life through pictures – starting today. 

Having said that, I wont be posting anything until Monday at the earliest – I don’t have access to my Flickr account at work (can view images, but cannot upload) and tonight we are going away for the long weekend, so I will start taking the pictures today, but wont have access until Monday night.

 

Approval

It looks like I’ve got the approval to go ahead and buy my process capture software.

Love an organisation that works on the theory that as long as you are not breaking the bank and the purchase will help productivity, then its a smart buy.  My former employers would say things like this, but follow them up with “Dance monkey, Dance!!”

Flickr image. Munky dances on the globe: Treehouse1977

Paperwork that entitled you to fill in paperwork that allowed you think about purchasing something.  By the time it had gone through the process, the product was available for free download.

 

 

*sigh*  There some things that you just can’t miss, no matter how hard you try.

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Flickr image: Munky dances on the globe.  Treehouse1977.