The new year is upon us. In 2016, many of us will take on resolutions related to our photography. There’s probably not a more common resolution than the 365 project, where a photographer commits to publicly post one photo every day. Projects range in scope, theme, and popularity, but one thing is for sure: Most of us never complete it.
Heck, I’ve never even attempted one. But this year, I’m going to give it a try. I just got done reading a compelling collection of blog posts by tookapic Founder Paweł Kadysz about the many benefits of committing to daily photo-sharing projects. I’m always on my own case for not having a simple longterm project. This year, Paweł has me convinced to start a tookpic account and see if I can maintain a streak.
What is a streak, you might ask? Well, you see, tookapic is like 500px for 365 projects. The more you post, the bigger the streak associated with your public profile becomes. It seems like a great way to satisfy your need for attention outside of Instagram likes and Xbox Live achievements. “Streak is a number of consecutive days you upload your photos to tookapic. To keep it growing, you have to upload pics every day or every other day,” Kadysz wrote on the blog. “Once you miss two days, the streak breaks and you’re back to one.”
Overall, I’m pretty excited to use tookapic as my vehicle for making a run at daily photo sharing. It’s got a very simple, easily navigable layout, and the achievement system offers a fun way to keep you motivated to grow those streaks. The gamer in me loves the way the goal setting is laid out; so, here’s to some photographic progression!
The 365 section of his blog also offers enough motivation to give it a shot. So, here I go. As simple as it sounds, I’m pretty nervous that I’ll fail. According to Kadysz, 100-day streaks seem to be huge achievements for most people who start a profile. I have zero plans for theme; I’m going in just hoping to check one day at a time off my streak. See how badly I fail here; I’ll also post my daily photo on Instagram.
Of course, you could always start a 365 project on your existing Instagram, Flickr, or 500px account, and forgo living with the specter of the “streak”.
Interested in joining me on my 365 journey? Come on. It’s way less cliché than resolving to go the gym, right? Happy New Year!