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A 366-day pursuit in personal portraiture, presented by nige.

The challenge: to photograph, and post to this moblog, a portrait shot of myself, every single day, over the next year. Apparently, it's much harder than it sounds...

Perhaps more challenging: that i don't enjoy seeing my phizog in a photo at the best of times, and knowing that i'm probably going to annoy the hell out of the moblog community in doing this. So, sincere apologies in advance for this undertaking, but i just can't help myself. I promise to try and be creative, so you won't have to look at my mug every day.

Anyone interested in joining me? I think i'm probably going to need the company...

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2007, almost at an end. wow. an awful lot has happened for me this year; quite a few decisions made, and i'm looking forward to 2008 to see how they turn out.

seems like alot has changed on moblog over this year too. lots of comings and goings, and the place seems mighty different at the end of this year than it did at the end of last. i don't know, maybe it's just me, but what does everyone else think?

anyway, hope to see more of you all in 2008. looking forward to next years Shoot London gig (as it was such a great day in 2007), and many more moblog meets - they are always such a pleasure.

right, i'm going back to monopoly with dontbelievethehype and friends. ciao! ciao!
31st Dec 2007, 22:27   | tags:,,


Euphro says:

Happy New Year!

31st Dec 2007, 22:29

factotum says:

Wishing you both continuity and change for 2008, Nige, in just the right proportions! Happy New year!

1st Jan 2008, 00:05

anonymous says:

Happy New Yearrrr!

1st Jan 2008, 03:07

Tori says:

Happy New Year

1st Jan 2008, 04:37

Mandy says:

wot, right nie?

1st Jan 2008, 05:02

paintist says:

you are right about the 'feel' of moblog this year, but comings and goings are all part of a growing, living, breathing group, and what make this place very special......
wishing you a very Happy new year Nige :-)

1st Jan 2008, 11:03

Jane Doe says:

I hope 2008 is everything you want it to be, Nige

1st Jan 2008, 11:53

MaggieD says:

Agree with Paintist, and isn't it a buddhist saying that 'nothing remains the same' ..... in a way it is difficult for me to gauge how things have changed from this year's end to last year's end. At the end of last year Alex died, I was so impressed with all the messages of support from so many people on the blog that I felt a real glow of warmth ..... of course this was an exceptional circumstance ..... I don't know if the
'vibe' has changed so much, I still find Moblog a very supportive and caring community .... lots of new people, which is a good thing ..... and I hope the new members feel very welcome .... maybe a bit of the buzz has gone .... not sure about that, what I do know is that Moblog remains, for me, at least, a 'special' place :)

1st Jan 2008, 20:34

OJ says:

Happy New Year nige. I'm not quite sure how the feeling has changed for you - perhaps you could be more specific?

I've had my ups and downs with moblog in the last year so am probably not best placed to say. I really enjoyed taking a photo for the advent calendar though - it was doing that that made me realise I'm now a regular...for better or worse!

2nd Jan 2008, 16:21

nige says:

Happy New Year everyone. Thanks for your wishes.

OJ, i'm amidst a few other things at the moment, but i will come back with something more specific. The advent calendar was kinda great though, wasn't it?

No matter how i feel things have changed this last year, ultimately, I'm glad to be amongst such a great group of people. I hope this year brings happiness, growth and life for everyone.

2nd Jan 2008, 17:37

OJ says:

It was, yes. I enjoyed that.

2nd Jan 2008, 17:50

Dhamaka says:

I've thought hard about posting here as I tend to avoid discussions on open forums unless they're work related and/or I know exactly what I'm talking about, but last year in joining the fight for Lucia (while I've been deeply touched by the support that was freely given by some) I was amazed at how many people didn't want to be counted, even when doing so committed them to nothing but a simple request that facts be formally re-examined.

I don't want to be counted as one of them, so am writing this now.

For me moblog has changed a lot. It seems to me that there are fewer conversations and my perception is that there are also fewer posts per moblogger (with one very active exception). There was a time when I couldn't catch up with what everyone was doing if I missed a day. Now even though there are many more mobloggers on my flist I can catch up after a few days. While we are all still in contact, the single big group who appeared most active (and were so inclusive) last year has fractured into several groups and many people visit less often. There have been quite big differences in opinion which resulted in disillusionment for some.

I don't know why things slowed down to this extent but I think this is what happens as any community grows (if any of the experts read this maybe they can tell me if I'm right). The fact that we have different groups that interact on different levels, that different people have different opinions, that people don't like aspects of how things are done but stay and that we are all still here proves to me that it's a community and not simply a user group or peer group of like minded individuals.

As a village grows there comes a time that, with the best will in the world its inhabitants can't keep in touch with everyone else. The individuals and groups within it might be just as open, inclusive and generous as they always were but it starts to feel different. It doesn't make the place less of a community, it just makes it a bigger one. I think - and hope - that is what is happening here.

(sorry if this doesn't read well - I've got a deadline to meet)

3rd Jan 2008, 09:51

OJ says:

I prefer to discuss things in open forums generally - I think that's the spirit of this sort of community. Though it has felt very awkward in the wake of the disagreements you referred to.

D, I too perceive there to be fewer conversations, though I'm not sure if there are fewer posts. I also think there's been a shift from the immediacy of blogging being valued to the quality of photographs being valued. Subtly and over time I suspect that this means that bloggers are valued and popular for being great photographers rather than great community members.

I don't necessarily think the end is nigh though, not all doom and gloom. I suspect my blogging behaviour has changed over time with my cirucumstances, amount of free time, level of engagement etc.

4th Jan 2008, 11:24

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