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Blogging 101 and Photo 101 Start November 3

Blogging 101 returns next month, and we introduce the newest Blogging U. challenge: Photography 101!

If you’ve new to blogging and missed September’s Blogging 101, never fear — a new offering starts up on Monday, November 3rd. We’re also excited to announce Blogging U.’s first photo course, Photography 101. Learn more about each and register:

Photography 101

This November, we launch a new track in Blogging U.: photography! First up: Photography 101, a photo-a-day challenge that combines a daily photo theme with photography and photo editing tips. You’ll publish new posts, make new friends, and hone your photographer’s eye.

Photography 101 is a month-long course, starting November 3 and ending November 28. This is an intro-level course open to all, from new bloggers and hobbyist photographers to veteran photo challenge participants and pro-shooters. Use the camera you like — a phone, a point-and-shoot, or a dSLR.

A note on cameras…

If you’ll be shooting mainly from your iOS or Android phone or tablet, download the WordPress app (for iOS or Android) if you haven’t already.

Although the suggested goal is to publish an image-based post every day, Film photographers are welcome to use the daily themes as shooting inspiration.

  • Each assignment gives you a new photography theme and tip — we might share advice on composition, tips on working with different light sources, or image editing ideas.
  • We’ll post a new assignment here on The Daily Post each weekday at 12AM GMT. While each tip is meant to complement the daily theme, you don’t have to use it — focus only on the day’s theme if you’d like (or apply our tips to a shot of your choice). Weekends are off, but we’ll provide suggestions for ways to take the week’s tips further.
  • Participants will have a private community site, the Commons, for chatting, connecting, and seeking feedback and support. Daily Post staff and Happiness Engineers will be on hand to answer your questions and offer guidance and resources.

Whether you eagerly await the Daily Post‘s regular weekly photo challenge each Friday, just got a new phone and want to explore what its camera can do, are a long-time shutterbug looking for some new inspiration, or all of the above, Photography 101 is for you. (It’s also a great way for photobloggers to participate in NaBloPoMo this November.)

Charge up your camera batteries and get ready to shoot!

Blogging 101

Before Blogging 101, my blog felt like a lost, small fish in a big pond. It is still a small fish but it looks much better, has new features and fresh content more regularly, and is very interactive, with regular visits from supportive new followers.
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Blogging 101 is a month of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” At the end of the month, you’ll have a blog you’re proud and excited to publish — and that others are excited to read. Here’s how it works:

  • Assignments fall into three broad categories — publishing posts, customizing your blog, and engaging with the community — and are designed to build on one another.
  • We’ll post a new assignment here on The Daily Post each weekday at 12AM GMT. Each assignment will contain all the inspiration and instructions you need to complete it. Weekends are free time (but we’ll suggest some ways you might want to spend it).
  • Participants will have a private community site, the Commons, for chatting, connecting, and seeking feedback and support. Daily Post staff and Happiness Engineers will be on hand to answer your questions and offer guidance and resources.

On Day 30, you’ll have six (or more!) published posts and a handful of drafts, a customized theme that reflects your personality, a small but growing audience, a good grasp of blogging etiquette — and a bunch of new online friends.

To sign up for Blogging 101 or Photo 101, fill out this quick form and indicate which challenge you’re interested in. You’re free to participate in both, but we recommend one at a time — both challenges will be offered again, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed — which is not our blogging goal!


Please note that you will not receive an automated confirmation, but you will get a welcome email with more detail before the challenges begin. 

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  1. Looking forward to this. Started a blog but I am sure doing blogging 101 will help me out a lot. Hoping to join photo 101 next time!

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  2. I am so looking forward to Photo 101..I started my blog 2 weeks ago and writing is not my cup of tea, really.. looking for any challenge or assignment , anything to do with Photography… Now it is a great chance to participate in Photography 101…Many Thanks!

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  3. Yay! I’m so excited to see these courses being offered! I am currently participating in Blogging 201, so I’m having a hard time deciding which of these to choose. Since I’m already participating in 201 would I still benefit from Blogging 101? I am also interested in the photography course, so is there a recommended order in which to enroll? Should I take Blogging 101 when it starts next and wait for the photography course to be offered again or has Blogging 201 covered the basics (plus some) and what I need to know enough that I should skip 101 and take photography next? I know the decision is mine, but input and suggestions are welcome. I really want to enroll in both but as I’m having a hard time keeping up with my current course, I’m sure trying juggle two at one time would be overwhelming. Thank you for offering these educational opportunities! 🙂

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