Blogging U.’s Photo 101 Course: Post a Photo a Day

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On The Daily Post, we host the popular Weekly Photo Challenge each Friday, and we’re always excited to see your snapshots from all over the world. We thought a free photoblogging course mixing the spirit of these photo challenges with bite-sized shooting tips would be a fun way to get you taking pictures and meeting your daily posting goals.

Introducing Blogging U.’s Photography 101 course

Photography 101 is an intro-level course, open to all. You might be a totally new blogger, an amateur photographer, a veteran photo challenge participant, or a pro-shooter. Or, you may be someone who wants to participate in the daily posting madness of November, alongside NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo enthusiasts, in a more visual way. Self-hosted bloggers and photographers on other platforms are also welcome to join us.

The basics:

  • A month-long course, starting November 3 and ending November 28. Weekend participation is optional.
  • No prerequisites, other than your camera.
  • We…

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Writing 101, Day One: Unlock the Mind

This can’t be that hard. Unlocking my mind for 20 minutes has required at least twice that long just to sit still and put hands on keyboard. So here I am and this will happen. I will learn WordPress — that won’t be my excuse.
“Write. Write. Write.”
While I’ve floundered about, despairing over this last birthday and my sudden mortality, this has been the constant advice from those who know me best. Write. Why should this be so hard? I write stories and narratives instead of texts and messages. Wherever there is an audience, I write more than the situation allows. I cannot stop myself.

Until it comes to this. Unlocking the mind. My mind is brimming over, spilling out and away until wrapping itself around the minutae of these days. These endless boring days of waiting. Waiting to write. Waiting for the perfect moment to sit down with my journals or my photos, whether to elaborate or edit. Waiting for whatever-it-is that will happen after this.
This is the place I call my “halfway house.” Halfway was always meant to imply an in-between area, the space between that part of my life and the next. It did not occur to me that I wouldn’t know what to do next.

***** Now I am sitting half asleep in bed to finish this and publish. I’ve decided that I will publish each day to maintain accountability with myself and to learn (learn!!!) WordPress finally.

Rev Up Your Writing with Our Blogging U. Challenge

Okay, then. Time for me to figure this stuff out.

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Lots of us start blogs with the intention of writing regularly, but quickly find ourselves struggling to sit down at the keyboard. Cultivating a consistent writing habit isn’t as easy as starting a blog — but we can help!

Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit is a write-every-day challenge designed to help you create a writing habit, publish posts that mesh with your blog’s focus, and push you a bit as a writer. It’s also a great way to make new friends and find new favorite reads. All bloggers are welcome, whether you use WordPress.com, are self-hosted, or use another platform entirely.

Here’s how it works:

  • We’ll post a new writing assignment just for Writing 101 each weekday in June on The Daily Post. Assignments will publish at 10:00 AM EST (14:00 PM GMT). You can follow The Daily Post to get assignment notifications.
  • There are no weekend assignments — you’re…

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