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    • I'm all for educational and constructive criticism of the photos submitted in each challenge. There are already many apps and websites to share photos just for likes, but on Cake we can focus on commentary and learning.

      I'll need to figure out how to add your suggested topics to the daily challenges. They need to be rethought.

      Thank you for taking the time to write a great response with solid suggestions!

    • Have you ever seen DPChallenge? It's similar to what you and others have been talking about. There are a couple challenge topics that get announced and then you have I think a week or so to take and submit an image that meets the criteria. There is a voting process and then ranking is announced. Critiques and encouragement are welcomed - at least that's how it was years ago, the last time I was active.

    • Thank you so much for including the link to the DPChallenge! I was totally unaware of it, although I wish the website looked a bit more modern and intuitive.

      One thing I'm debating is whether to start a single evergreen conversation for each daily challenge or start a new one monthly or quarterly:

      Evergreen conversation for each daily challenge:

      Pro: Having a single conversation for each challenge makes it easy to follow and stay updated.

      Con: A single conversation could balloon up with hundreds of posts over time.

      Monthly or Quarterly conversation for each daily challenge:

      Pro: Starting a new conversation with a time period in the name sets a deadline. For people who just signed up they can discover it easier in the "For You" feed and thus more likely to participate.

      Con: Keeping track of monthly or quarterly conversations can be a hassle.

      Should we keep it simple with a single evergreen conversation or go granular starting a new one every month or quarter?

    • I don’t really have a preference on the question of evergreen or not, but would like to point out that you don’t really need to be restricted to ‘7 topics’. You could easily do 14 topics and repeat them every 2 weeks instead of each week.

      The FStoppers community also runs regular challenges (called ‘contests’) and they have many different and specific themes. Sadly, though there’s lots of back-patting, there isn’t much education going on. People seldom say how they captured something, or how much they processed it.

    • How about this list of daily challenges?

      1. Monday - Macro

      2. Tuesday - Travel & Street

      3. Wednesday - Art & B&W

      4. Thursday - People & Animals

      5. Friday - Nature & Landscapes

      6. Saturday - Action

      7. Sunday - Photo of the Week (in any category)

      @DangerDave entire day dedicated to action 😉

      @Apocryphal added Travel and Art. Abstract could be covered by Art. Don't know what to do about Architectural.

      @StephenL I was internally debating having Phone photography as its own category... Phones are taking amazing photos these days, and sometimes one can't even tell the difference. So maybe sticking to the subject matter is better?

    • Definitely stick to subject matter. I think it would be a mistake to have a separate phone category - then you need to start breaking out different kinds of cameras.

    • I think it would be easier for new folks to feel comfortable jumping in if it is set up as a monthly or quarterly conversation. It can be overwhelming starting out with a conversation that is already full of posts.

    • I'd turn No.2 into 'Urban' which captures street and architecture, and is a counterpoise to No5 'nature & landscape'. Travel, in retrospect, doesn't need its own topic - there are plenty of other categories in which travel shots can be posted. Maybe Abstract goes with Macro.

      I like the 'open' category. I think I'd leave B&W as just B&W. Action is definitely something I'd like to learn more about.

    • One more pass at the daily challenges:

      1. Monday - Macro

      2. Tuesday - Urban

      3. Wednesday - B&W

      4. Thursday - Creatures

      5. Friday - Nature

      6. Saturday - Action

      7. Sunday - Open

      I'd like to start these daily challenges beginning of next week on a monthly basis as @Denise suggested.

    • They could use a redesign. It has hardly changed since the early days. I looked at results for the current challenges and it looks like activity has dropped off quite a bit. It seemed like there used to be hundreds of submissions for individual challenges, but now the highest one is like 50.

      The idea I was trying to convey when I mentioned it is that if you don't have a rigid set of topics, you can be more inclusive of different types of photography. The downside is that compared to set days, planning becomes a bit more complicated.

      The latest list does seem to hit most of the general topics, though.

    • A photo forum I used to use did something similar then when numbers/ interest was up they made it a one topic specific challenge. Open for a week or so, then all images were reviewed and judged only by people who had posted. Once a winner was chosen, they would pick the next subject/ topic

      Just an idea if this doesn't get the numbers you hope for

    • It looks like we've settled on a format and the challenge topic days!

      Starting on Monday, we will run the challenge for the last week of January. From there, we can start learning what works and what doesn't.

      I also want to keep the daily challenge conversations open so that people who are in different time zones can still post regardless of the day. It also solves a problem when people are actually traveling or out shooting. This way, we get everyone a fair chance to participate.

      Have I missed anything?

      Thank you @wgoodey, @rtwPaul, @StephenL, @Apocryphal, @JazliAziz, @DangerDave and @Denise for your suggestions.

      Again, this is the final list of daily challenges (for now):

      1. Monday - Macro

      2. Tuesday - Urban

      3. Wednesday - B&W

      4. Thursday - Creatures

      5. Friday - Nature

      6. Saturday - Action

      7. Sunday - Open

    • Sorry I’m late to the conversation.

      I have this book in my Amazon cart (I found a library copy and thumbed through it—seemed like a good one to buy, which I rarely do). Maybe after the daily subjects idea runs its course, this book might offer a good format with some valuable thoughts as well.

      Carry on. :)

    • I think it's a good idea to keep the challenge threads open all of the time as opposed to only on the day of the challenge. While we may only post photos on the proper day others may want to post comments - and I'd hate to discourage that because a conversation is locked.

    • I don't know about others, but for me the challenge is:

      1. Rediscover interesting photos.

      I have so many images collecting digital dust that never see the light of day. I want to share them with you.

      2. Get out and take photos.

      Sometime it takes me a little push and a specific subject matter to explore new places and ideas.

      Those two are my personal challenges and I feel that others might share these as well.

      So the challenge is to post interesting photos and learn from feedback from our photography community.

    • What about picking the best of all the challenges at months end, maybe a vote, do it over 12 months and get Smugmug to produce a Calendar.The challenge could then to be featured in next years calendar!