Blogging 101 and Photo 101 Start November 3

Blogging 101 returns next month, and we introduce the newest Blogging U. challenge: Photography 101!

If you’ve new to blogging and missed September’s Blogging 101, never fear — a new offering starts up on Monday, November 3rd. We’re also excited to announce Blogging U.’s first photo course, Photography 101. Learn more about each and register:

Photography 101

This November, we launch a new track in Blogging U.: photography! First up: Photography 101, a photo-a-day challenge that combines a daily photo theme with photography and photo editing tips. You’ll publish new posts, make new friends, and hone your photographer’s eye.

Photography 101 is a month-long course, starting November 3 and ending November 28. This is an intro-level course open to all, from new bloggers and hobbyist photographers to veteran photo challenge participants and pro-shooters. Use the camera you like — a phone, a point-and-shoot, or a dSLR.

A note on cameras…

If you’ll be shooting mainly from your iOS or Android phone or tablet, download the WordPress app (for iOS or Android) if you haven’t already.

Although the suggested goal is to publish an image-based post every day, Film photographers are welcome to use the daily themes as shooting inspiration.

  • Each assignment gives you a new photography theme and tip — we might share advice on composition, tips on working with different light sources, or image editing ideas.
  • We’ll post a new assignment here on The Daily Post each weekday at 12AM GMT. While each tip is meant to complement the daily theme, you don’t have to use it — focus only on the day’s theme if you’d like (or apply our tips to a shot of your choice). Weekends are off, but we’ll provide suggestions for ways to take the week’s tips further.
  • Participants will have a private community site, the Commons, for chatting, connecting, and seeking feedback and support. Daily Post staff and Happiness Engineers will be on hand to answer your questions and offer guidance and resources.

Whether you eagerly await the Daily Post‘s regular weekly photo challenge each Friday, just got a new phone and want to explore what its camera can do, are a long-time shutterbug looking for some new inspiration, or all of the above, Photography 101 is for you. (It’s also a great way for photobloggers to participate in NaBloPoMo this November.)

Charge up your camera batteries and get ready to shoot!

Blogging 101

Before Blogging 101, my blog felt like a lost, small fish in a big pond. It is still a small fish but it looks much better, has new features and fresh content more regularly, and is very interactive, with regular visits from supportive new followers.
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Blogging 101 is a month of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” At the end of the month, you’ll have a blog you’re proud and excited to publish — and that others are excited to read. Here’s how it works:

  • Assignments fall into three broad categories — publishing posts, customizing your blog, and engaging with the community — and are designed to build on one another.
  • We’ll post a new assignment here on The Daily Post each weekday at 12AM GMT. Each assignment will contain all the inspiration and instructions you need to complete it. Weekends are free time (but we’ll suggest some ways you might want to spend it).
  • Participants will have a private community site, the Commons, for chatting, connecting, and seeking feedback and support. Daily Post staff and Happiness Engineers will be on hand to answer your questions and offer guidance and resources.

On Day 30, you’ll have six (or more!) published posts and a handful of drafts, a customized theme that reflects your personality, a small but growing audience, a good grasp of blogging etiquette — and a bunch of new online friends.

To sign up for Blogging 101 or Photo 101, fill out this quick form and indicate which challenge you’re interested in. You’re free to participate in both, but we recommend one at a time — both challenges will be offered again, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed — which is not our blogging goal!

Please note that you will not receive an automated confirmation, but you will get a welcome email with more detail before the challenges begin. 

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  1. I am so stoked about this Photography 101 course! I know so little about the subject and my smartphone and camera..I hope to know a little more by the end of this 30 days! And it will be fun to get to know more photobloggers, and to be able to add my name to the list of photobloggers, and not just have a boring blog!

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  2. I’m really excited about participating in photography 101. I have a fantastic camera that I’m constantly looking for a reason to use and get better with. This seems like a great opportunity. I am a bit worried about it conflicting with NaNoWriMo, but I’m willing to take on the challenge.


  3. Michelle,

    I want to participate in Photography 101 and possibly Blogging 101 but I will be sailing to New Zealand from Tonga during the first 1/2 of the course. Can I either 1) participate only in the 2nd 1/2 or 2) submit my entries for the first 1/2 when I arrive to New Zealand. So excited!!!


  4. I want to register to blogging 101 but I don’t want to take up a spot if someone else has more free time than I do. My concern is I may not be able to keep up and complete the weekday assignments for the full 30 days. Will it be okay to still register?


    1. Don’t worry, you can still register to receive the challenge posts & access to The Commons even if you don’t complete every assignment. There’s no set number of slots for participants so you aren’t taking someone else’s opportunity regardless!

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    1. Looking at the details of your comment here, it looks like you do have a URL —

      If you’re planning on starting a new one, go ahead an register with the URL you have; you can always do the challenge assignments on the new blog. We’re flexible 🙂


  5. I highly recommend blogging101 even if you’re a seasoned blogger. Never hurts to go back basics every now and then. For everyone still new to the game, it’s a great course to really get you started off in the right direction and a way to connect with other bloggers to keep you motivated 🙂

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    1. Have to completely agree — I learned more then I could have imagined from Blogging 101. Cant wait for Photography 101 to get started – and to be schooled again.

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  6. Hi editor, I would love to register for the blogging 101 challenge.

    However, I am facing problem in providing my url. Will you be able to help please?



  7. Survey seemed to not like my Safari (running the new OS) — worked just fine in Chrome. Humm ….. just an FYI to those that are having troubles.


  8. Hi guys 🙂 I’ve just signed up for Photography 101, because I have to improve my photo skills to capture the northern lights before the end of the year… Swav