Homer's Travels: SoFoBoMo Bippity Boppity Boop

Monday, March 09, 2009

SoFoBoMo Bippity Boppity Boop

Some of you may have read about NaNoWriMo, which asks wannabe writers to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.  You may have heard of NaBloPoMo , which asks bloggers to post everyday for 30 days (I did this last November).  Some of the more musically inclined may have heard of NaSoAlMo, which asks you to write and record a solo music album ... in 30 days.  Now there is another wacky acronym: SoFoBoMo.

SoFoBoMo is for the amateur photographer who thinks that putting together a book of their photography is too difficult.  The challenge is to put together a solo photo book of at least 35 pictures in 31 days.  All pictures, editing, layout, and accompanying text must be done in a 31 day window sometime between 1 May and 30 June 2009.  Some of last years submissions are pretty impressive.

A couple of my occasional readers would be perfect for SoFoBloMo: GeekHiker and Dobegil.  They both take great pictures.

I learned of SoFoBoMo from the Best Man (who may have heard of it from the GodSon ...  not sure of that).  The idea is intriguing.  I am considering doing it.  The hard part is to find a good theme and then take 35+ pictures that go with the theme.  Of course, a theme is not mandatory but I would think it would make the book more coherent.  I do have a theme in mind but I am not sure I could find 35 interesting examples of these items to fill the pages.  I'm also uncertain about why I should do it.  This isn't a contest.  It's free to participate.  What you get from doing it is some free publicity (the book, in PDF form, is linked to their site) and, of course, the satisfaction of putting  book together in 31 days.

On a related photography note, my February contest submission did not make the first cut.  Bummer. The GodSon, who did not take my advise and submitted the wrong picture (IMHO), also didn't make the cut.  Oh well, onward to the March contest whose theme is Night Time.


  1. Thanks for the nomination, but, seriously, where the heck would I find the time for one more project? LOL

  2. I'm seriously considering SoFoBoMo, especially if I don't have a job to suck up my time.

    Contest photos: I like Liberty in the window and the two-combine night harvest picture. If those are combines. I grew up in the city, what do I know?

  3. GH: My understanding is that candles can be burnt from both ends.

    BM: I think this is going to be tougher than I first thought but I'm still thinking about it.

    I like the combine-trailer picture as well. I may have to go out at night and take some more pictures. Thanks for your input.

  4. I especially appreciate this one : Backyard Night Time Harvest.

    It really looks like a monster coming out of nowhere ready to eat you.:)

    I like Flashes as well. I would go for more I were you. Those are good, but you might find something even better.

  5. Godefroy: Heh, it does look like a monster doesn't it.

    I tend to agree with you, I need to go out and take some more night pictures.