Photo Blogging Challenge: ‘Tis the Season


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For those of us dealing with it, the winter is here. And that signifies a great season — the holiday season. No matter what you celebrate, this really is a wonderful time of the year. And that also means, so many opportunities for photographs! This month’s theme is: ‘Tis the Season. I’ll be excited to see what people can come up with! 

You have a whole month to come up with five, ORIGINAL photos. This one I will certainly enjoy!

Post your photos on Tuesday, Dec. 30 and join in the fun. Comment below if you are taking part in this blogging event!



Blogging 101: Try (Another) Blogging Event

It’s time to leave the confines of Blogging 101 to seek other opportunities (blopportunities?). From weekly iPhoneography challenges to monthly flash-fiction events, blogger-hosted events are fun, free, spirited ways to get even more feedback on your work, build your audience, and make friends.
Today’s challenge: pick a blogging event from the Community Event Listings to try for some instant community.

I am upping the challenge by tackling two blogging events– one is monthly and the other is weekly. These two events should keep me motivated and in the “habit” of writing.

Anyone participating in any other fun, photo blogging events? I want to stay inspired to take pictures.

Blogging 101: Extend Your Brand

As soon as you started publishing, you became a brand: you announced to the world, “This is the place on the internet where you come to find XYZ.”
As you define your brand, you build a distinct personality and consistent experience for your readers that reinforces why your blog is worth reading. Think of the sites you love reading. You can probably give a one-sentence description of most of them — that’s their brand. You’ve got one, too (even if you don’t know it yet).
Today’s assignment: extend your brand with one of the following: a custom Blavatar, a custom image widget, or a Facebook fan page.

For this assignment, I created a custom Blavatar for the blog. Again, this was one of those assignments that I completed before it was assigned. Lucky for me, this was a no brainer!

The image is from a picture I took a few weeks ago. In the midst of some wire fences, on a rolling hill, I found a lovely patch of ivy. Ivy is an important symbol to me. Its properties– strength, endurance, resilience– all speak to where I am in my life.

The ivy and its vine are examples of the twists and turns that can occur in our lives. But they are also a testimony to the lasting connections we have in terms of our relations to the earth and to each other.

Blogging 101: Create a New Feature

One of the best ways to inspire loyalty is to publish regularly. And the best ways to make sure you publish regularly is with a recurring feature — it’s like making a pact with yourself and your audience.
Today’s assignment: develop a regular feature for your blog.

Interestingly enough, I developed a feature on my blog without knowing it and before this assignment was released. Thank goodness because the holiday season has started to fry my brain!

I am a lover of wrestling but not this newfangled mess. I grew up watching and liking the old school wrestling– Jim Corckett Promotions, NWA, WCW, WWF, etc. I loved many of the wrestlers and their personalities. But there was one in particular that would make me laugh so much till my belly hurt — Ric Flair, the Nature Boy.

Before the era of hashtags and quick comebacks, before being flashy and bragadocious was the “thing to do,” Ric Flair was known for his long-winded yet hysterical monologues during this television interviews. In a strange way I admired his self-confidence. Ric always believed he was the best and surrounded himself with the best. Yes his bragging was over the top. But that was part of his appeal. Everybody wanted to roll with the winner and that was usually Ric.

As a throwback to all he represented, every Sunday I will share a “flairism.” A highlight or clip of his famous television interviews. You can definitely find some humor in these old clips and his comments are definitely social media worthy by today’s standards. A good friend and I constantly pick the segments apart for what we call the hashtag/s of the week.

It is fun feature, nothing serious. Just my weird way of finding inspiration in the small things.

You can check out the earlier “flairisms” here and here.