Many people have asked me how I manage to blog Project Life 365.  Well, if you follow this blog on a daily basis, you’ll know that the truth is that I don’t blog every day.  Yes, it is nearly every day, but NOT every day.  I have a life.  I didn’t have time to sit down every day.  I was already cheating the “rules” a bit anyway as I didn’t take a picture every day.  The important part to this amazing project is that you have to find what works FOR YOU.  Over the course of 2011, I watched my Project Life 365 morph and change.  In the beginning, I wasn’t a scrapbooker and didn’t have the “eye” that comes with it.  I took your “normal” pictures and not pictures that scrapbookers take.  Believe me, there *is* a difference.  I also started too big.  About mid-February 2011, I had to force myself to keep going.  I was writing longer stories and sometimes with multiple pictures.  I think I was making it too difficult.  As you can tell, I did keep going and I have no regrets.  I simply love this project now.  If you are thinking of blogging your own Project Life 365, I have a few tips that might make it easier on you.

  1. Start small.  Go with short stories.  Use the little things that strike you.  Take a picture of “Laundry Day” or something funny you saw.  Use the title as your only comment on a picture or write one line.  Starting big with long stories can make this project feel like a chore.
  2. Find time to post.  If you have five minutes at 11:55 pm, take that five minutes.  If you have five minutes while waiting for breakfast to cook, post then.  Just post.  That is the important thing.
  3. Don’t be afraid to cheat.  Don’t have time during a very busy day?  Can’t find the five minutes?  Don’t sweat it.  You can change the publication days and times.  I use that feature.  ALL.  THE.  TIME.  Post when you can.  Cheat.  It’s all the same result in the end.
  4. Take lots of pictures of various things on the *same* day.  When I first began Project Life 365, I had to think every day about what I wanted to post.  After about three weeks, I went around my house one day and took all kinds of random pictures.  For the next couple of months, I used some of those pictures.  It made the whole project easier.  The only person who knows that you didn’t take a picture on that particular day is you.  Who really cares anyway?  It’s *your* project.
  5. Don’t use a picture some days – blog your thoughts.  Some days, I had no picture to take or it wasn’t a picture that was the important part of the day.  I often posted the goofy things the kids said or I posted what I was thinking.  Again, it’s *your* project.  Do what works for you.
  6. Use an old picture now and then.  Towards the end of January 2011, John stopped using his pacifier (pluggie).  This was a major event in our household.  Of course, I couldn’t give him his pluggie back to get a picture of him with it, so I used an old picture.  Other times, I was looking through old pictures and I wanted to share my current thoughts about that old picture.
  7. Have too many pictures from a day?  Post them all.  It’s a blog.  You have the space.  Don’t be afraid to use it.
  8. Most importantly, GIVE YOURSELF A PASS now and then.  I went through a short period in September 2011 where I didn’t post for five days.  I had just been told I was losing my job and I didn’t care about Project Life 365 or really much of anything.  It’s fine.  Skip a day or two if you need to.  I kept taking pictures, but I didn’t post.  I didn’t have it in me.  I woke up one morning, plopped my butt at my computer, and caught up.  Shit happens.  A few days off isn’t killing anyone.

These are just the things that nearly tripped me up on this long, but somehow surprisingly short, journey.  It wasn’t long before I was noticing all the little things that occur every day.  The memories on this blog are priceless and I have no regrets.  Good luck to you in your adventure!  If I can help you, let me know.  I could talk all day long about this project.  🙂