I have just completed a photo a week challenge on a social media site. I never thought I would be able to finish this, my life gets so hectic that sometimes I wonder how I am going to be able to eat lunch, let alone indulge in my hobbies, but I did and here I am one year later wanting to launch into it again... I found it really helped my photography improve and I found it very enjoyable. Of course, doing this on a social media site, while a great ego-boost, isn't really giving me any constructive feedback, it's all "Wow!!! You are sooo talented!!" and "Wow!! That's beautiful", when I know that the quality is more like "Well... you are getting better...", hence I have decided that I wanted to do this on here this year. I presume that the feedback on here would be more realistic and less flattery.
Here's the thing... I have checked out the member's challenge for this, about to put in an introduction and found that it is themed, but I don't want to do a themed challenge, I want it to be based on my week and I often put a little story to go with it, explaining how my week has shaped my inspiration and execution of the photograph. I want to do a fluid challenge, where for me the challenge is simply submitting a decent photograph every week and constantly aim to improve my art. My weeks often throw me curve balls, I never know what is coming next and I find this erratic motion of my life often leads to some very interesting inspiration and ideas (even if I don't always manage to pull off this idea). That's one super-positive thing about my life - I live a substantial way away from work, I work nights, I do my best thinking at night and I plan out my ideas on the way home.
So here is my question - Where do I place this on the forums? I would like to keep it together, which indicates to me that this should be under the 52/2012 Member's Challenge forum, but I am concerned that it will be mistaken for me missing the target of the theme every week, which tells me I shouldn't place it there... What I photograph changes from one week to next, so I can't put it under a particular thread, like "Candids" or "Landscape" because it won't be kept together and that will make it hard to track my progress, maybe put it under Sundry, but then I am concerned that I will cross some line and be told that it should be under the member's challenges...
Can you see my dilemma or am I over-complicating this?? I want to do the right thing by the site, so any advice, suggestion or solution you can come up with would be greatly appreciated. The only idea I have come up with (admittedly at 2:15am on New Years morning...) is to place it under the member's challenge, but make it VERY CLEAR at the beginning that it is not part of the themed challenge and that the aim of the challenge for me is to take my every day life and make art from it, as well as challenging myself to improve my technical ability. Would this be okay?
Your thoughts would be very much appreciated!! Thanks in advance!!