Beyond 365, erm, 366

by DaniGirl on January 24, 2010 · 18 comments

in Photo of the Day

So are you getting tired of the 365 posts yet? I’m pretty sure this will be the last one. Well, kind of.

First, I wanted to share with you the very exciting (for me!) news that I’ll be on All in a Day on CBC Radio One tomorrow afternoon, talking to Alan Neal about the end of the 365 project. You might remember I was on the show back in July with former host Adrian Harewood, when I hit the half way point. On Wednesday, the last day of the project, I was driving around town listening to CBC (as always!) and thinking, “Hmmm, I wonder if it would seem needy of me if I pinged my friends at CBC and said, “So, just by the way, I’m done that 365 project…” but promptly forgot all about it. Until, that is, I opened my e-mail the next morning and there they were, wondering if I wanted to come back and chat about the big finale. So of course I said yes!

I’ll be on tomorrow afternoon, right after the 3:30 news. That also happens to be, I know from my CBC Radio addiction, just after Alan checks in with Ian Black on the weather. Dare I hope to meet both Alan, to whom I’ve been listening since back in the Ottawa Noon days, AND Ian Black? Squeeee!

Ahem, anyway, beyond my schoolgirl crushes on a good number of CBC Radio and TV personalities, I have more news. Well, sort of news.

It took about three days for me to really start missing the daily picture routine. It wasn’t so bad the first day, although Beloved did raise his eyebrows at me when I grabbed the camera on the way out the door on Thursday morning. I shrugged my shoulders and said, “It’s habit, I’d feel naked if I didn’t have it with me.” But in the evenings, between the end of dinner and the beginning of the bedtime routine, I’ve truly felt lost. That was my picture time, where I sorted and processed and posted the picture of the day most days, and that’s when I most keenly missed the project. Go figure.

Not only that, but everything I look at lately seems to be begging to be photographed. The light is coming back, and it’s making the most mundane things seem enticing. I can’t help myself.

So I’m not exactly embarking upon another 365. I figure I’ll call it (because a project needs a name, if for no other reason than I need a place to keep it on the blog!) The Thousand Picture Project. There’s 365 days in a year, so there’s 1095 days in three years. It should take me about three years of daily pix to get to the thousand mark, give or take — and I’m already a third of the way there! If I don’t take a picture every day, that’s okay, and if I take 17 pictures in one day, that gives me more than two weeks of fodder. I think it will work out. I need the project part for inspiration and a reason to haul around my camera, but I’m free of the need to stress over finding a picture — a good picture — on days when there simply is not one to be found.

Best of both worlds, I think. Now, what about you? The 365 blog posts get very few comments, but so many of you have said you’re interested in the process behind the pictures and my commentary on them. Shall I continue with the weekly picture blog posts?

Thanks, always, for your input! (I remember back when I started blogging, the prevalent idealistic advice was to blog as if nobody was listening, and that blogging in a manner which was cognizant of what the readers wanted was seen to be pandering. I think those days are long gone! The Thousand Picture Project, like it’s big brother the 365 Project, are entirely for my own satisfaction — but it’s a pleasure and a delight to be able to share them with you!)

Don’t forget to tune in to CBC Radio tomorrow after the 3:30 news — cuz hey, nothing strokes your ego more than knowing your photography is ideal for radio!! šŸ˜‰

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Elise January 24, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Hi Dani
Short answer: I love your pictures and I love your posts about them, your comments, etc.

Me-centred answer: You may remember that you inspired me to take on the 365 project challenge as well. I have to say, I’m going to stop now. When I started the 365, I had been home looking after my son for 1.5 years and I needed a project for myself. Now, 11 months later, my son has been in full-time daycare for a few months and I’m shifting interests: I’m looking for a job and I feel I need to concentrate 100% on that hunt. I don’t have the stamina for the 365 anymore. So I’ve actually stopped, one month short of the challenge šŸ™‚

Hearty answer: I heart with you. I also feel empty-handed. I also don’t feel I can really stop and have some ideas – mainly, a photo-project based on Toronto, illustrating Toronto. With no obligation of a photo a day. So, go girl ! Express yourself ! You’re the best šŸ™‚

2 Elise January 24, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Oh, and also : I love your new hardwood floors šŸ˜‰

3 Kim January 24, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Please keep going! I love your pictures, and your commentary. Your Project 365 hasn’t quite inspired me to start my own (I can barely get a blog post out, much less a pic a day too!), but I have to say I AM inspired by you to take lots more pictures – which can only be a good thing! Thanks, Dani!

4 Heidi January 24, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I hope you will continue, I love seeing your pictures, and reading about how you find your inspiration and process your pics. I wish I had the dedication you do to try something like the 365 challenge, but you have inspired me to pick up my camera more and try different things.

5 Angela ( jhscrapmom) January 24, 2010 at 4:26 pm


i have missed 4 days of shooting since the end of alex’s 365…which immediately followed the end of my 365…and i remember every one of those 4 days,lol. and i regret not having taken a shot;).

i think your idea is awesome dani:), you are a photographer. plain and simple.

6 Finola January 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm

I’m going to try to listen tomorrow afternoon šŸ™‚
Awesome that you are going to keep it going and I look forward to seeing the results.

7 Batman January 24, 2010 at 5:39 pm


8 suze January 24, 2010 at 5:40 pm

I’m all for you continuing in a way that works for you! I love looking at your pics and reading about the process.

9 Eric Jacksch January 24, 2010 at 8:06 pm

RT @DaniGirl: Beyond project 365:

10 Kimberly Adams January 24, 2010 at 8:18 pm

RT @DaniGirl: Beyond project 365:

11 smothermother January 25, 2010 at 7:56 am

have fun this afternoon. ian black is just as yummy in person as he is on tv. and just as nice! hopefully i’ll be in the car on the way home and able to listen.

12 Ernesta Rossi January 25, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Congratulations on the CBC interview – good luck with it!
I am looking forward to your thousand days of pics!

13 Martha January 25, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Great job, Dani! You are very articulate. I’m pleased they gave you a chance to really talk and didn’t just give us a quick, vaguely-informative blurb. Now I want to go and have a look through all the 365 in one viewing. And congrats on the successful completion of the project. 16,000 pictures! I’m impressed.

14 trixie January 25, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Just caught your interview. Well done! You’ve got a great voice and conversational style for radio. Perhaps a future career? šŸ™‚

15 girlaboutOtown January 25, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Just heard you on CBC. Congratulations on going all the way and on doing what makes you feel right. If a 1000 picture project is what inspires you, and photography is you passion, then go for it!

16 smothermother January 25, 2010 at 4:14 pm

just heard you talking to alan. awesome interview. so, what’s he like? he seems so nice.


17 Marianne January 25, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I caught the very end as I got into my car to leave work today. It was interesting to hear your voice.

18 embem30 January 30, 2010 at 4:19 pm

I felt the same way at the end of my 365. I have pictures each day through day 370, partly because I was on vacation when I finished, and then I had the moment/day of truth when I got back and officially decided to stop. I’m still wading through those vacation pictures, so I’m not completely out of photos to edit. But it’s still strange to not be shooting every day.

Like you, I decided I needed a new project to collect my photos this year without being forced to take a picture every single day. I decided to call it a “Year in Pictures,” even though some people apparently call their 365s by that name. It seems good enough for me, though. I can collect all my pictures of the day in one place, even if there are a couple pictures for a given day.

And I, for one, would love for you to continue posting about your photos each week. I enjoy reading them each Saturday while I eat my lunch. šŸ™‚

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