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What is Project 365 and Should You Jump In this New Year?

Project 365 10 Tips Angry Julie MondayThe New Year is here — and with it a whole new batch of Project 365. If you have been anywhere near Pinterest and Facebook, you have seen calendars with the first few Project 365 photos proudly displayed, a whole year’s worth waiting to join them.

But, you might have been wondering, what is Project 365 and have my friends lost their social media minds again!?!

To get all the info on Project 365 — and help anyone attempting this daunting task to do it successfully — I cornered Julie Dance, aka @AngryJulie, and Project 365 survivor. This week, Julie published an incredibly helpful post, How To Organize Project 365 and Stay Sane, with 10 tips on how to organize your Project 365.

Watch out… I predict you are going to be adding Project 365 to your New Year’s Resolution List.

Janice Croze: OK — Julie, what IS project 365???

Julie Dance: Project 365 is committing to taking one photo a day for a year — or as this year, it shall be called Project 366, with the Leap Year.

Janice Croze: When did Project 365 start? I remember my friend Tasra Dawson hosting a 365 challenge, but lately I have been seeing people posting their projects on Facebook.

Julie Dance: After doing some research for my post, I found information going back as far as 2006. I think Pinterest on all of the cool photo projects had spawned everyone’s interests this week.

Janice Croze: So is there a place where people are posting their projects and sharing? Is it Flickr based?

angry-julie-instagramJulie Dance: I posted every day on Instagram, then had it sent to my Flickr account, where I had a set. Then every week I did a recap post, because really the point is to look back at them, to see your past year. If you can’t find them, why bother.

Janice Croze: Exactly! But Julie — what happens if you miss a day? I am stressing just thinking about the pressure!

Julie Dance: I missed probably 2-3 days because of work being insane, etc. So I had some days where I take multiple photos like 5-6, I used a photo of a can of Dr. Pepper or my shoes or something. But I felt dirty, my OCD was mad at me. I can tell which photos they were, my upload dates on the photo is different, hanging my head in shame.

Janice Croze: I know – I feel nauseated just thinking about “lying” on my own project. I am a perfectionist like you. Are your photos a mix of DSLR shots and iPhone shots?

Julie Dance: ALL iPhone. Some people use DSLR to perfect their techniques, some people do self-portraits, some people take pics of their kid to show them growing.

Janice Croze: Wow – your shots are incredible! I thought for sure you were using your DSLR on some.

Julie Dance: Yep, all iPhone shots.

Janice Croze: OK – I might want to do this. BUT I am LATE! We are already into January. What am I going to do?!? What about readers who want to start now?

Julie Dance: Do you have any photos you took yesterday and today? You can use those.

Janice Croze: Yes, I have some. But I am perfectionist — not sure if the photos are “good” enough?

Julie Dance: Not all of them are going to be good. That is OK.

Janice Croze:: Thanks SO much for getting me up to speed about Project 365. I am definitely tempted to try and your fabulous Project 365 tip post and Project 365 ideas make it doable. (But I think I might just have to stick with my weekly photos on Wordless Wednesday. That may be all I can handle. LOL)

P.S. If you are thinking of jumping into Project 365, you may want to make sure you are on Pinterest to show off your photo project. Check out my post earlier this week, To Pin or Not to Pin — Does a Blogger Need to be on Pinterest?.

Read more of Janice’s posts at 5 Minutes for Mom.

And don’t miss a post — follow @5MinutesforMom on Twitter!

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