Near the end of last year I decided that Project 365 had run its course for me. I’d done that photo-a-day thing for twelve years, and while there was still something of value in it for me, I found other parts of it were just too rigid for my liking and for the way I live these days.
So, I abandoned the parts of it that were too much:
- The requirement that there be exactly one photo every single day
- The posting of the photo to a strict Project 365 Flickr group
- The distinctions I was making between a 365 photo, and an extra bonus photo I may have posted to Instagram on the same day
And I decided that these new rules would be more sustainable, and would bring me more enjoyment:
- Taking a photo every day is encouraged but not required
- Taking multiple photos on a day where multiple photogenic things are happening is also encouraged, and I don’t have to pick just one to be the photo of the day – they’re all equally as valuable
- No more Flickr
- Photos can be posted on Instagram, but it’s not required to actually post them anywhere, if I don’t feel like it
- Including a video component in the form of 1.5-second clips with 1 Second Everyday will add a fun new dimension and challenge. The same zero-or-more clips-per-day rules apply to the video as to the photos.
So, goodbye Project 365, hello, “This Week in Pictures” (I wracked my brain for weeks trying to come up with a good hashtag for this project, but it finally hit me on New Year’s Day, that I already actually have a project name with these weekly posts that I’ve been doing since 2014 😀 So, I am just using that, and hashtagging my Instagram images with #thisweekinpictures and a more specific-to-me #twiplrc2021.)
I hope that changing things up in this way will allow me to keep the things that I have liked about a daily(ish) photo project, and abandon the things that were no longer working for me. I also think that this flexibility will be more friendly to taking on month-long projects when the whim strikes. The biggest challenge is to make sure I have enough images to make a decent weekly post here. Without the daily requirement hanging over my head, will I think to pick up the camera enough? We’ll see.
And if I decide that I miss the structure of a daily project, there’s nothing stopping me from changing my mind about the whole thing and starting a new Project 365 in the middle of the year. I did it once before, and it was fine 🙂
So, what is This Week in Pictures?
It’s a roundup of the little (and big!) moments I have captured all week. Most of these images are posted on Instagram, but others aren’t posted anywhere but here. Some days there may be no photos, and other days there may be multiples. It’s more laid back than the Project 365s of previous years. You can learn more here 🙂
It might have been nice if the first full week of 2021 was uneventful and easy, but you get what you get. And what we got was a brief hospital stay for Neil and an attempted coup at the US Capitol Building. Yikes.
Some new colors in the basket today: blues, browns, and teals. My mom likes to use the #pdccoastalmaine blanket I made for my dad, and she’s asked if I can make it a bit longer than the lap size it currently is. So. Blues, browns, and teals, and four new rows for Dad’s blanket.(View original post on Instagram.)
Story for Saturday
It’s been a productive day (five episodes of Bridgerton later 😁)(View original post on Instagram.)
Story for Sunday
I dropped Neil off in the emergency room last night with kidney stone issues. Covid restrictions mean I can’t hang around there with him, but I can bring him a bag of things with which to entertain himself, so that is what I did today.(View original post on none.)
A bowl of basmati + wild rice with grated cheese and a couple of my brother-in-law’s famous meatballs for supper tonight 😋(View original post on Instagram.)
I left him (her?) a bowl of nuts. Just doing my part to keep the local squirrel population pudgy.(View original post on Instagram.)
Thanks for helping me celebrate the week! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Instagram ♥