Last week, in an attempt to make the Monday Photo Shoot topic a fun and easy one, I asked for pictures of any kind of game. Although several people enjoyed seeing my board games based on bad sf tv of the 1970s, only Martha actually took a picture of her own for the MPS, of a Spongebob edition of The Game of Life. I'm grateful that Martha took the time, because she has other demands on her life at the moment.
As you might imagine, it bums me out that this particular Monday Photo Shoot bombed so completely, but it's not a huge surprise. Since I took it over from John Scalzi at the beginning of 2008, it hasn't had nearly the level of participation that the Weekend Assignment and the Round Robin Photo Challenges get. And actually, even Scalzi himself wasn't getting great participation on the Monday Photo Shoot by late 2007. The reason why seems fairly obvious. When Scalzi started it in 2005, there weren't a lot of photoblogging memes making the rounds. Now there are, and the Monday Photo Shoot, based as it is on a three year tradition and one C-list blogger's weekly ideas, can't compete with better established shoots.
At this point, I figure I have four choices:
1. I can give up on it, and find something else to do on Sunday nights.
2. I can embark on a publicity campaign, reminding people about the Monday Photo Shoot and begging for entries.
3. I can do it anyway, and if there are no entries, then I make do without them.
4. I can ask you folks whether you think it's time to drop the meme, and ask you to post an entry if you want it to continue.
I'm not going to do #2. At least, I don't think I am. It forces me to confront a major phobia of mine about contacting people uninvited, and asking them to do things for me. Really, I'd rather not. #1 is probably where I'm headed, although I might dabble with #3, and post photos on my own even if it's not a meme any more. But I'm going to try #4 first.
So. One last try:
New Monday Photo Shoot #20: You're busy. I'm busy. Everyone's busy. (Well, almost everyone.) Show us a photo the represents one of the demands upon your time.
Yes, like everyone else, I have dishes to do. But first I'm going to have fun with the photo of them, using ArcSoft PhotoStudio:
Wet brush effect
Wet brush and negative
Your turn! Post a picture of something you need to get done, along with a link back here. Then post a link to your entry in the comments below. Please be sure to say in the comments whether you honestly think it's time for me to give up on the MPS. Then on Sunday night/Monday morning a week from now, I'll post the results, and my decision on whether to continue the meme. Fair enough? Meanwhile, have a great week!