Cat purse for Xmas 365/361 #2013PAD, a photo by Hecuba's Story on Flickr.
For the last few years I have enjoyed the fun and the challenge of taking a photo every day and loading it on Flickr and then into a Photo a Day (PAD) group. The groups I have belonged to were started by my library friend @sarahgb in Wales who administered the group for a few years. She bowed out of being admin this year so I took over the reins for #2013PAD.
We have 67 members in the group and as of today these members had loaded 6,778 photos for 2013. Well, it looks like we won't hit the hoped 7,000 this year (unless lots of people in arrears get a move on and load photos up), but it is pretty good. In fact, it is a great achievement!! So well done, members of #2013PAD!
From those figures you can see that everyone has not loaded a photo every day. Some barely got off the ground, others dip in and out adding photos when the pleasure takes them, and other diehards take a photo every day and load it up.
I am one of the last group, the diehards, and I have posted a photo each day since 1 January. Other top contributors include Dyfnaint, Graham Dash, louiseholmquist, fiant, and Emmadukew. I love doing PAD. For myself, I can look back over the year and see my life at a glance through this set of photos. As we are a very widespread group covering a number of countries in the northern and southern hemispheres, I love seeing the different seasons showing through in the photos. Sometimes, particularly in Spring or Autumn, there will be a bit of overlap with the same flowers featuring in photos from places in very different seasons. We post photos with all sorts of subjects. There are no rules relating to content. Just post a photo you took on the day.
As a sign that the end of 2013 is fast approaching, this morning I set up the new group for 2014. You can find the 2014 Photo a Day Challenge group here. Why don't you join up and enjoy the pleasure of taking a photo a day and documenting your life in that way? Or why not join up your organization? An example of an organization who has been posting photos in 2013PAD is Civica. It has been fun to get a different perspective from them. This is a great way to document a year in the life of your library service.
Look forward to seeing you on Flickr #2014PAD!