Recently I set out on an experiment of such. An experiment to share images on an extremely consistent basis. To the tune of one image per day. Every day. For fifty days. If Ian Plant could do 40 in 40 while in Africa, then I could do 50 in 50 from the US right?
That was the hope of course. Several “real world” things got in the way though. Things, such as time needed away from the internet (vacation), car issues, long work days, etc.
The 50 images did get posted in 62 days. Roughly 38 days less than I would have originally guessed. The “hot streak” was in the neighborhood of 32 consecutive days.
The catalyst for this experiment was simple: I’m actually terrible at sharing images. Yup, simple as that. It’s partly due to a busy schedule but also because I prefer to selectively sharing images. This means images are held onto for longer than is needed. Maybe it’s linked to the care and concern that also goes in to making most of my images. Regardless this was a great way to knock off some digital dust and let others see images that had been hiding on hard drives for far too long. There was hope to also improve my workflow as well.
Along the way I learned:
1. People love them some wide angle formula. By far the best received images were vertical in format and utilized the wide angle formula approach to creating a sense of scale.
2. Some “misses” were hits. Some “hits” were misses. This I could have guessed.
3. Sharing images across multiple (6!) social media platforms takes a ton of time. Roughly an hour a day. Comments, a slow computer, and the bad workflow didn’t help the matter.
4. I never want to do this sort of experiment again. I became bitter towards the project near the end and was very glad it wasn’t a 60/60 challenge. Or worse.
Please work your way all to the bottom. Some of my favorites are down there.