Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Top Ten Reasons to Start a Picture Blog...

As of late, there has been much talk of picture blogging. Two friends Friends everywhere seem interested, but haven't been able to pull the trigger.  Here is my battle cry for all of you who are still on the fence...

I originally began my picture blog after stumbling upon one in a place where I find much of my inspiration... blogland.  It was a rough time for me as a mom.  I was had pneumonia twice within two months, and Gibson was struggling with many health issues as well.  It sounds dramatic but I feared each new specialist, each MRI, each blood draw and every x-ray because I was waiting for the shoe to drop.  I was beginning to realize how precious life was and wanted to capture as much of it as I could.

My first post was almost two and a half years ago.  We have taken two trips around the sun, and I have never regretted my decision to just start...and I think you should just start too... here are the top ten reasons why...

Picture blogging is...

10. Cheap Therapy: Let's face it, being a mom can be a tough and relentless job.  This is a way to slow down and reflect upon your crazy, hectic days.  A way to look for the silver lining and remember all of the reasons you love your kids.

9. Quick and Easy: While a narrative blog may seem daunting, a picture blog is the exact opposite.  It just takes one picture to snap, edit {if that's your style}, upload, and write a simple caption for. That. is. it. Once you get into a routine, it only takes 5 minutes, I promise.

8. A Family Affair: Your kids will take great pride in your picture blog and smile each time they see themselves online.  My kids have recently started coming up with suggestions and often say, Mom, this could be our picture of the day. Melts my heart every time.

7. A Stress-free Scrapbook: I tried scrapbooking over and over, but I just was not cut out for it.  I admire them, oh, how I admire them; but I would get so stressed out trying to keep up and make it look just right.  I would avoid it at all cost and end up feeling guilty.  I no longer feel guilt because I have my picture blog, and that is enough of a scrapbook for me. Even better, there are no paper scraps to clean up afterward.

6. A Net for Catching Days: Life with kids is fast, furious and often missed because we are flying through it.  Picture blogging is the net that catches moments you may have otherwise overlooked.

5. A Way to Connect: I have three friends that picture blog, {KtBethany, and Sara} and I love looking at them each day. I often laugh and love catching glimpses into their everyday lives.  However, with only three friends on board, my sidebar is looking pretty sparse.  We'd love to have you join the party!

4. Shows your Kids that You Care: When you take the time out to capture your child's first day of school, the fort they worked so hard on, and even their first attempt at making their bed they notice and it matters.

3. Tells the Story of You: Is there any better story to spend time creating? It breaks my heart thinking of the day that I am the woman in the grocery store, telling a young mom, Enjoy it because it goes by so fastI know that day will come, but I find comfort in the fact that I will have our story to remind me of those fleeting days.

2. Fosters Creativity: 365 pictures is a lot of pictures, and if you want to keep it fresh and new you have to be creative.  You will find yourself looking for new ways to portray the mundane, and you will find complete joy when you come up with a post that is outside of your normal box.

1. Forces you to Live Wide Awake: When teaching my students how to write essays I always tell them that they need to live wide awake.  I tell them they need be aware of the world around them, the sounds, the smells, the everyday moments they would otherwise be too busy to notice.  The same is true for picture blogging.  It introduces you to a world that you may not have noticed before, a world you wouldn't want to miss.

If you need even more inspiration, this post is just what you're looking for.

1. Just Start: Don't over-think it.  It's kind of like having a baby...not completely logical and it will take a lot of work, but you will never regret it.

2. Don't be too Hard on Yourself: It's OK if you miss a day.  Fill it in with a different picture.  If I feel guilty about missing a day I simply don't write the day on the picture. Just forgive yourself and move on.

3. Use the Less than Perfect Shot: In my opinion, those are the best, and they tell the story.

4. Use your Cell Phone: It's OK and they are great shots.

5. Buy a Year Subscription to Picnik: For $24 you have access to lots of great fonts and the two features I always use: vibrance and vignette.

6. Edit HTML: See this Public Service Announcement

Now all you have left to do is to come up with a name for your blog.  Happy Blogging.


  1. reason #11: a year from now you will wish you had started today ;)

    fantastic post, T-licious. thanks for inspiring me.

  2. Maybe I should give it a try! I have a title in mind... Better late than never! You might have to help me get started though.

  3. Hey Theresa....I love this post! I am inspired by your picture blog and think I might just give it a try....but I think the only way I will be able to keep up is if I do it with my phone.
    I have been using a $10 phone for 6 months...Jeremy is promising me the next i phone when it comes out with the new features, so I might just be joining you! Hope you are all doing well and enjoying the great weather!

  4. here is the long overdue PSA :)

  5. did you edit every picture in this collage before you collaged it? I need to make my header on my 365 blog look a little nicer.

  6. katie- I used the edit-ted ones from my blog. All the pics have the days of the week on them, but they are cut out.

    marie- I can't wait to see your new blog:)

  7. I'm starting a photo blog on January 1....some of your 10 reasons helped convince me! :) Thanks for posting.

  8. I started my photo blog today and linked this post to explain why! Thanks! :)

    You can check it out at

  9. I started too!! I haven't totally finished designing my new blog, but you can check it out here:

    (And my "regular" blog is here: )


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