Julie Kirk of Notes on Paper has been running a terrific series/free class called "Push-Up Bra Blogging. It all about doing more with what you have (named after the similar intended effect of a push-up bra). Well, anyone who has met me in real life knows that I am most definitely not in need of a push-up bra (LOL!), but I have really enjoyed Julie's blog series. Partly because many of her ideas are very similar to what I do already, but I hadn't realized until reading her posts why I do what I do or how it works for me on my blog.
In any event, today I wanted to share my own "push up bra" example - how to make a week's worth of blog posts from one creative outing.
Earlier this week, I took the dogs out for a walk in the open space near my house. I took my iphone along and took a variety of photographs. From that one outing (which was something I kind of needed to do anyway), I created the following posts:
Sunday - A Simple Moment (journaling was from a run, but photograph from the walk)
Wednesday - Look Up//Look Down (two photos from the outing)
Thursday - My Photographer's Eye (one instagram photo from the outing)
Friday - Paint Party Friday (water color art journal page created based on a photo I took during the outing, as well as a flower sketch in my sketch book)
Saturday (today) - art journal page using flowers practiced in my sketchbook, based on photo I took during the outing.
That's five posts from one 45 minute creative walk with the dogs. I could easily have illustrated my "Hello Monday" post with a photograph from the walk as well, but I liked the pay phone better. And, if I really wanted to, I could have blogged the two Friday entries separately - with the art journal page for PPF and the sketchbook page for my occasional series - "A Peek Inside my Sketchbook"). So, I truly could have created seven posts from that one walk.
How did I do it? You'll notice that two of the posts (Look Up//Look Down; Paint Party Friday) are weekly memes and one of the posts (A Simple Moment) in a monthly meme - Julie mentioned using periodic memes as a way to fill out your blog. One of the posts (My Photographer's Eye) is a recurring thread of my own creation - another idea mentioned by Julie. Also, I wrote them all early in the week and scheduled them to run as the week went on. One benefit of preparing these all in advance was that it freed up "computer/blog time" for me, so that I was better at getting around to read blogs, leave comments and participate in community activity.
So, here's my question for my regular readers? As the week went by, did you notice that so many postings came from the same event? If so, did they seem repetitive? Or did you admire my ability to make the most from what I had to work with? And have you learned anything from Julie's blog series? If so, consider popping over here and contributing to her fundraising effort for "Save the Children."