A (Tentative) Blog Schedule

It’s not cast in concrete, but it’s a good start!

As learned from Blogging101, part of a blog’s brand identity is established through the cadence of posts that are provided within that blog.  In all honesty, I have struggled with that aspect a little, which probably comes from my own lack of understanding of Dutch Goes the Photo‘s brand identity.  I felt a little bit, as in this image…

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Centripetal Force Equation

Luckily, some of my fellow Blogging101 students have successfully tackled the issue of creating a schedule, which inspired me to come up with my first schedule:

  • Sunday – Shot of the Week feature – this will usually be a shot that I took during that week, even though I have already violated that rule once…
  • Monday – Free-form post – posts on Monday will vary across a range of photographic items, which could be topical or throw-back.
  • Tuesday – Technical Topic – starting this week, I will kick off a series of TTT (Tuesday’s Technical topic) posts, for which I will be happy to take requests.  Some topics may require more than a single post to complete, so they could be across several weeks.
  • Wednesday – Wednesday Wonderment – these posts will focus on items that have amazed me in the past; some are simple, such as this past week’s Mushroom, whereas others will be more convoluted.  It’ll depend on where my mind takes me.
  • Thursday – Dogstar Thursday – this is my version of TBT, as these images will all be throwbacks to the days, when I photographed a lot of dog agility competitions.  I have a thousands of images, so there’s a bit of source material.
  • Friday – Free-form Friday – we’ll see where this takes us!  It may be food, strange collectible, custom toys (I have a bunch).  It’ll be fun!
  • Saturday – Variety – I’ll definitely include some photo challenges in here and will pick up some other items along the way.

As you can tell the schedule has plenty of flexibility built in, which is one of the items that I learned over the past week.  I figure that might work to my advantage, so that I’m not too boxed in, but still have enough regularly schedule items to not have to be uber-creative to come up with a new post.

So, Dear Reader…  What do you think about this?  Do you have suggestions?  I’m curious to hear how you have tackled this issue…

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

18 thoughts on “A (Tentative) Blog Schedule”

  1. I think it’s always good to have a schedule, even if you don’t stick to it. Nothing has to be fixed in stone. I wrote a short schedule too, and sometimes I look back at what I wrote and surprise myself at what I haven’t posted! You seem to have a good brand identity, focussing on your lovely photos and hints and tips for photographers.
    Have a good week!

  2. Hi!

    I have the same the problem myself, i.e. sticking to a schedule. I’ve been so busy lately I couldn’t follow Blogging101 lessons, even though they were so simple and not as demanding as I expected. But I’ve promised myself I would do them when my other projects are finished.

    It is nice you make a start with a schedule, flexible or not it does not really matter. I think the key is to find what is working for you and what doesn’t. I haven’t had previously any luck with schedules, I’m still struggling with them and still failing to follow one. But I keep trying. I hope your schedule works for you and helps you be productive in your beautiful blog!

    Cheers!

    1. Thank you very much for your great comment!

      I saw the idea of allowing for some flexibility within the schedule from another blogger and thought it was brilliant. I need enough structure to allow me to not have to overthink every day of my blog posts, but without the rigidity. This will be my February attempt and I’ll post on how it went near the end of the month.

      In January, I didn’t have a plan, but I kept at posting, and things started falling into place, such as the Shot of the Week and Dogstar Thursday features. That’s how they became the anchor points for the schedule.

      Small steps…we all keep at it! I look forward to your developing your blog and will watch for it.

  3. It looks good to me. I don’t have a problem with scheduling as there is so much going on with Mrs Dementia on the prowl. My problem is if I take my eye of the ball for long Maureen may scarper, as she did when the carer was here this morning. No harm done Chloe tracked her and brought her back safe and sound.

    1. Thank you for your feedback, and taking part of your very precious time to read my blog.

      I can only imagine how your schedule is being driven by Maureen’s ability to put the slip on folks. You have my utmost respect for your dedication and perseverance. You have my best wishes!

  4. Hey, Love your plan of attack. I feel a schedule does keep me a little more on track and organised. But it’s hard keeping up l know what you mean. Good Luck, me personally l can’t wait for your Thursday. Love Dogs, they are so smart:) Have a great day.

    1. Who doesn’t love dogs? They are the best and always happy to see me whether I have been away all day or 20 minutes 🙂

      Thank you, I agree with you that a basic idea of what you want to do when helps quite a bit. I’ll stick with it at least through February and then I’ll decide what I might want to adjust.

  5. Are you really as organized as this? 🙂 i love the idea though and i’m already looking for Wednesday Wonderment post!What’s gonna be your first entry on this? tell me how it goes then I might try this for myself although i need to shake myself first before i could write anything..Sending you warm thoughts.

    1. The problem is that I am not incredibly organized, so structure becomes important 🙂 Wednesday’s post won’t be too tricky, as there is a lot in nature that amazes me and I have a pretty good library of images, from which to draw.

      Writing is not a problem for me, as long as I don’t start trying to perfect each word.

      Warm thoughts in return, as I look forward to much more of Kuwait.

  6. I don’t blog every day of the week — that’s not necessary — but I do have a schedule. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday with specific topics to be expected on Saturday and Sundays.

    1. You found the plan from last year! As you can tell, I have deviated from it, but have definitely fallen into a comfortable cadence with interstitial diversions.

      Blogging does turn into a bit of an addiction over time 🙂

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