If you look over to the right on the side panel, you will see that I have put up topics (themes) (Mimes) for the month of January. Below that is a list of other suggested topics and BELOW that in red are two suggestions that I made a ways back that can be special events.
Coming up with topics, interesting topics, month after month is probably the hardest thing about being an administrator for our group. I found that the last 4 or five weeks’ topics were so similar that I had to scratch my brain to come up with photos and story for them all. In the end, I didn’t post for all the weeks. We want everyone to post ALL the time, so topics are important.
When I did this for nearly a year back in 2009 – 2010, we were new and fresh, and I tried to think about what in My Town I would like to show those who might not ever travel to Brasil. Brasil was much easier than Houston; it was all new to me also, and I had a gazillion photos. I also tried to mix specific photography (Macro) weeks with My Town specific photos and story (the four corners). We also started out asking those that suggested a topic to submit the photo and a paragraph that told us what direction you were thinking when making the suggestion. In other words, I didn’t have to continually have a photo from my archives that matched a topic someone else was thinking about, imagining ….. this is REALLY difficult.
(#1) I like the idea of having you submit an idea / photo / and paragraph to go on our topics list,. This allows everyone to participate and to have some ownership in our blog. Take a look at the topics already suggested – pick one or give us another. Send the idea photo / a photo / and a couple of sentences about the topic to email@example.com … on the RE line put FSO – topic suggestion. I will start putting participant's names to the suggestion and assign a date. You know your submission will then be posted on that date. Scavenger hunt ideas are welcome, but being more difficult, lets limit them – maybe 3 a year (?).
(#2) Now! one more thing. The ‘About my town’ topic that I suggested a few months back; we have been publishing photos, a glimpse here and there of our towns, and I thought it would be nice to have little essays about our towns. We can do this as a topic for one week with everyone submitting a short story about their town or we can do Special Events once a month or so on the FSO blog, featuring someone’s town. You tell me what you think. I see this as 50 to 100 words with maybe 3 photos. Something like… I live in a seaside town of 50 who … or on a mountaintop that…. or like Houston, a sprawling metropolis of 4.5 million that…..A few facts, why you love your town (or hate about it), not to complicated, easy to read but tells us a lot about the town. What do you think?
I would like to hear from everyone, active and at-rest participants. See you one Friday….anyone want Friday’s topic???