One of our Lockergnome Community members writes: “I’m headed to the finish line. I’ve only got two more posts to complete my 365 day photo blog. Here are some tips that have helped me get through this experiment”.
- Make sure you have a measurable goal and track it. I personally use Joe’s Goals to track my posting goals. It is a simple web based goal tracker. I really like that I can set it up to send me an email reminder if I haven’t updated my goal in the past two days. It is also nice in that you can post your goal graph on a web page. I use iGoogle and have the widget on there to remind me as well. The more reminders for your goal the better. Joe’s goals is also nice in that it tracks your chain of consecutive days.
- Use some sort of software that will let you post in the future for timed release of your photo. This is the best feature of WordPress ever! I tend to try and batch up my posting to save time. This also works great for back posting missing days. If you’re not super hung up on really posting every day and faking it this works too.
- Reward yourself. Come up with something that if you complete your 365 posts you will give yourself. In my case, I am planning on producing a book (That will be another post). I am looking at using Blurb to do the publishing. It doesn’t matter what your reward is. Some ideas are a new lens for your camera, a new flash, or really anything for enhancing your photography.
- Get a solid work flow. I personally use UFRaw for RAW conversion of my Nikon D50 RAW files and GIMP for image manipulation. I do have Photoshop but find that I’m using GIMP 95% of the time. It doesn’t matter what you use, just find something that works for you.
- Join Flickr, PhotoBucket, or some other social photography site to get feedback on your photography. This will help motivate you to keep shooting. Look for a local group that you may be able to go out on photo walking expeditions with.
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