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