This post contains two important announcements!
Welcome to Thursday Doors! This is a weekly challenge for people who love doors and architecture to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos, drawings, or other images or stories from around the world. If you’d like to join us, simply create your own Thursday Doors post each (or any) week and then share a link to your post in the comments below, anytime between 12:01 am Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time). If you like, you can add our badge to your post.
There isn’t much to say about barn doors. You either love them or you don’t. I do, and I’ve been collecting quite a few. I thought I’d share them today because I have two announcements. Both are important to door photographers, but the second post should also be of interest to writers.
First, as you may have noticed, I’ve kinda-sorta suspended one of the long-standing rules of Thursday Doors. Norm established, and I both appreciated and continued the notion that Thursday Doors should be a standalone challenge. However, I’ve noticed several posts which are targeting multiple challenges, and I haven’t wrapped anybody’s knuckles with a ruler, sent a note home to their parents or dropped their grade from an ‘A’ to a ‘B- or C‘ – No, I’ve looked the other way.
As I thought more about this, I realized that in the years this challenge has been running, the blogscape has changed in several ways. First, there are many more challenges today than there were several years ago. Second, and correspondingly people who participate in one challenge are often running a challenge of their own. Third, people have their own schedules. I, for example, like to avoid posting several days in a row. You might notice that although I participate in the We Are The World Blogfest, I rarely put that post up on Friday. That would have me posting four days in a row – six if you consider the Thursday Doors Recap announcement to be a post.
So, if you want to include your Thursday Door(s) with another challenge, that’s OK. Please keep it light – no politics, social commentary, religious proselytizing, etc. People come here to see interesting doors, so let’s make sure we give them what they want.
The second announcement is for the Thursday Doors Writing Challenge. Oh, heck, let’s be aspirational and call it the First Annual Thursday Doors Writing Challenge (TDWC). This one is easy. Next week, April 29th, I invite door photographers to designate one of their doors as a subject of the TDWC. This designation is important because by designating a door, you are giving permission to others to include it in their writing challenge entry. If you aren’t planning a doorscursion between now and then, feel free to designate a previously posted door. If you don’t want to participate, then do NOT designate a door.
I will gather the designated doors and put them in a separate gallery post for writers to peruse and ponder. Doors will be listed in the order they were linked to next week’s Thursday Doors post. I will include the photographer’s name, blog URL, and anything else (within reason) the photographer includes about the door. I will assemble that post for publication after the Thursday Doors window closes.
One month later, on May 27th, I am inviting writers to post a story, poem, song, open letter, or book (hey, we’re being aspirational) and to link up with Thursday Doors that day. All you have to do is include an attribution for the door you decided to use.
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