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Yesterday I came across a random tweet about an event being held last night, and I decided I’d check it out – see what it had to offer. The event was a networking event for blog writers local to the San Diego area, and I had seen their name in a few tweets from some […]

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Andy - Nice write up, awesome picsDecember 20, 2011 – 1:02 pm

Tim - @Justin – yes. Quality, not quantity. Something that was difficult for me to learn going to these things. Talking with someone for a long time is much more worth it than meeting a ton of people and chit-chatting about the same surface stuff.

JM – I was using the 50mm – shot these at 1.4, 1/40th 1600 & 3200 ISO.December 16, 2011 – 1:36 pm

Ashley Goodwin - Seems like a lot of fun! Happy to see some shots “for you” because that doesn’t happen often! And that giant door? I would have stared at it for a long time before I figured out how it worked. Seriously. I can see my perplexed look now…December 16, 2011 – 11:31 am

JM - What lens were you using / and what ISO? Very sharp, clear pictures for such a low-light, indoor setting without using flash.December 16, 2011 – 10:07 am

Justin Douglas - Did you get a lot of connections?December 16, 2011 – 10:00 am

Tim - @Mom – how do you know what foursquare is?December 16, 2011 – 8:24 am

Lisa - So what’s the latest on foursquare?December 16, 2011 – 8:10 am

5 secret reasons to keep your blog updated

Official challenge participants: Erin Oveis Brant, James Law, Ashley Goodwin, Damaris Mia, Maria Maltseva, Ryan Lum, Jerod Harris, Mirian Silva, Sara Wilbur, Mioara Dragan, Saundra McBride, Abril Esparza,  Tiffany Manning, Jessica Furtado, Leslie Wilson, David Pascua, Kyle Bromley, Ed Devereaux, Ivan Harris, Christy Cropper, Chantale Perron, Julia Beckmann, Lori Myers, and Justin Douglas (link to be provided).  To […]

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30 Day Challenge | My Great Photography and Other Happenings Blog - […] Not only did he explain why he was do the 30 challenge, but on day 2 he explained the 5 secret reasons to keep your blog updated.So, on this day, I have committed to take the 30 day challenge myself. I started my blog in July of […]August 25, 2014 – 4:34 pm

the 30 Day Blog Challenge: Is it over yet? » [Blog] Ashley Goodwin Photography - [...] month ago, my friend Tim King posed a challenge on several of us photographers. To blog for 30 consecutive days.  Over Christmas.  And New Years.  And Hanukkah! Today is the [...]January 5, 2012 – 12:23 pm

Is Jesus good for marketing? | Tim King Blog | Tim King Photographer - [...] I said in my post that touched on identifying with your target demographic – you want to have similar common interests, and it would be best if your attitudes on life [...]December 25, 2011 – 5:28 am

Lisa Faulkner - Even though I’m not ‘official’ since my posts aren’t making it up by noon, I’ve managed 8/9 days and I’m seeing results! My day one post was shared with a wide audience so I’m attracting more readers. And interacting more with them.

The ‘start now’ idea has surfaced in my life in a couple other ways (like today’s post:
Ideas are flowing for blog and for my research and workshop projects. Woot!

Thank you for the inspiration.December 15, 2011 – 9:43 pm

New York Fashion Week | Tim King Blog | Tim King Photographer - [...] 5 secret reasons to keep your blog updated [...]December 9, 2011 – 12:13 pm

Early Check In & Like A Love Song {Day 3 of 30} | Sara Wilbur Photography - [...] I have to put myself out there. This is not a new idea and was inspired by Tim King’s “5 Secret Reasons To Keep Your Blog Updated“.  I’ve always had mixed feelings with just how much should be shared publicly and how [...]December 9, 2011 – 8:31 am

Gerald Labrador - I’m glad to see an update. I’m a fan of the Photography topics where you post helpful tips and other helpful information. Keep em coming! and Thanks!December 8, 2011 – 11:50 am

Matthew Kunce - Fantastic post Tim. I wish you and everyone luck on your 30 day challenge. Blogging has helped me better get my thoughts in order so that I can put them out into the blog. This then helps me gain a deeper understanding. And of course the learning by reading other’s blogs (yours included) has helped me grow as a photographer and as a person. I look forward to reading all the blog posts from the group. ~MatthewDecember 8, 2011 – 3:35 am

Christy - tim. tim, tim, tim. i love you. you are a genius and i nearly started crying i was laughing so hard at the ari gold quote.

ok. so, I know this is like starting out with a failing grade but is it too late to join in this challenge? i need to do this. even if you say “no! no you cannot try to be a better blogger, business person, and all around person. it is too late for you! it’s OVER!” i will completely understand and probably do it anyway. just saying.

hearts all around. 1 down, can’t wait to see what the next 29 hold.
xoDecember 7, 2011 – 10:41 pm

michael raymond - this is awesome!! Love it! very informativeDecember 7, 2011 – 7:07 pm

Erin Oveis Brant - Ahhh Ari Gold, such a wise man! I can’t believe how excited I am to be participating in this. It’s like you and my subconscious met for coffee and collectively decided to kick my ass! Not sure if you follow Seth Godin or not, but his blog post today is pretty spot on for what we’re doing. 7, 2011 – 4:46 pm

Jen - I’ve been eager to read this post since you told me about it last night. I think you totally nailed it. Great job and I’ll be following your 30 posts – they better be awesome. But I know they will be :)December 7, 2011 – 3:43 pm

Tim - @Saundra – checked it at 12:30, post was up! You’re all good.

@Justin – get on it!

@Maria – fixed the links, thank you!

@Sarah – yeyuhhhh. Got a lot of shoots to post about!December 7, 2011 – 2:49 pm

Saundra McBride - Got the first blog post up, and it was probably late. :-( not a cool way to start. Once it was posted though it felt good, and I started getting excited about the process. Thanks so much for opening this challenge up to everyone. By the way, from now on I’ll check your blog first thing in the morning to see if there are any updates or info. I didn’t get to read your post till a little while ago. Sorry.December 7, 2011 – 2:25 pm

Chantale Perron - I hope I’m not too late to join in!? I JUST now saw the link CreativeLive posted on Twitter, followed it here and, although I know it’ll be super hard for me I know it’ll be worth it! and the blog is 7, 2011 – 12:59 pm

Ryan Lum - Good post sir!December 7, 2011 – 12:53 pm

Justin Dogulas - I’m in, Right now I’m at work so can’t post my link yet…. :(December 7, 2011 – 12:47 pm

Maria - Thank you for bringing us together and starting this challenge. I’m sure during these 30 days each of us will hate you every once in while but eventually we all will be very grateful.

PS Check your links – James’s link goes to your nightlife photobooth post, Ashley’s says “nothing found”.December 7, 2011 – 12:11 pm

30 Day Challenge » Be My Light Photography Blog - [...] make it to the finish line will benefit immensely. If you want to know how, check out Tim’s post “5 secret reasons to keep your blog updated”. (Hey Tim, I just mentioned you over here, do I get a blogging free day off now? Juuuuust [...]December 7, 2011 – 11:57 am

Erin Youngren - So glad our presentation helped bring into focus the whole content marketing thing! And I LOVE your example about the realtors – that’s such a great analogy! and Ari Gold – classic :)December 7, 2011 – 11:09 am

SarahV - I wish I could explain how happy I am that you are doing this challenge because it means more words of wisdom and sick photos of yours that I get to look at for 30 days STRAAAAIGHT! So essited!December 7, 2011 – 9:43 am

Ashley Goodwin - Pepper spray ees beech.December 7, 2011 – 8:37 am

Brooke Schultz Photography - Wow, this is an awesome post. Thanks so much for writing–looking forward to the next 29 days! :)December 7, 2011 – 6:27 am

The 30 day challenge starts NOW!

So I was going to wait until a certain day to start this challenge, and then I realized that when you make a plan to “start” something on a certain date, it never really ends up carrying through. So I’m starting now.  Whether or not I’m “completely ready” – it’s full throttle. Awhile back, my […]

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30 Day Challenge | My Great Photography and Other Happenings Blog - […] I was scrolling through facebook the other day, I came across a post from, onTim King‘s 30 day blog challenge. Not only did he explain why he was do the 30 challenge, but on day 2 […]August 25, 2014 – 4:33 pm

30 day blog challenge » - [...] would love to challenge you all to join me.  The same person that is doing the VLOG challenge did a 30 day blog challenge as well.  I like how he said that if you decide to join me and I miss a day, I have to promote your blog [...]April 24, 2012 – 8:55 am

Maine Wedding Photographer | The 30 Day Blog Challenge - [...] since I watched Tim King set forth on his 30 day blog challenge, to write a blog post a day for a month, I’ve wanted to do the same thing.  There’s [...]April 15, 2012 – 5:00 pm

Dee Britton - Hey Tim,
How did you go?
You have just finished and I am just about to start. Thanks for the inspiration. Looking forward to reading more of your 30 days of posts.
I will let you know how i go?
Have a fabulous day.
Dee :)January 8, 2012 – 11:49 pm

DomainsAfrica - Hey, how was your 30 day blog challenge? Did you succeed or did you succumb to lethargy? It takes a great deal of discipline to accomplish this :) How much of a traffic boost did you see? Best.January 7, 2012 – 8:41 pm

Looking back on 2011 – Highlights & Regrets | Tim King Blog | Tim King Photographer - [...] Met up with Jasmine Star & the J* Jets for some reflection time.  Also started this 30 day challenge – which I have learned A TON from, but to tell you what I have learned – look for a guest-post [...]December 29, 2011 – 9:22 pm

A blog about blogging | Tim King Blog | Tim King Photographer - [...] – for all of you doing my 30 day blog challenge, this is a great example about finding something to do – then blogging about it [...]December 16, 2011 – 8:24 am

I Heart You, Internet | Shane Jeffri - [...] 30-DAYS-IN-A-ROW BLOGGING CHALLENGE / I came across this challenge via CreativeLive and considered taking it on for all of about 30 seconds, after which I realized how much I value my sanity, at least for the moment, and quickly decided to stick with my M-W-F schedule. That isn’t stopping me from checking in on the participants, though. I’m excited to see the content they manage to produce over 30 consecutive days (I start getting a headache just thinking about it). And, dude, they have to be serious entries. None of that one-poetic-photo stuff I’m overly fond of. Not only that, but there are consequences for being a slacker. It’s like boot camp meets reality TV for creatives. [...]December 9, 2011 – 7:14 pm

Julia Beckmann - Okay! I’m in! ahh, i’m scared!December 9, 2011 – 7:04 pm

Lori Myers - My blog is

I’m in!December 8, 2011 – 7:23 pm

Lisa Faulkner - Hi Tim. My friend, Sara Wilbur’s facebook post yesterday inspired me to check out your post & blog challenge. I joined in yesterday and am deciding to make an official, public commitment today (though I’m not a photographer). And my posts won’t ‘count’ in your challenge since they won’t be up by noon most days. Here’s my day two post with a note at the end about my “Start Now 30 day blog post challenge.

Thanks for the inspiration! Great idea!

LisaDecember 8, 2011 – 5:28 pm

Tanya Petraglia - Hey Tim!
I am in! Woot Woot! Hi five to you! I just blogged:) Tomorrow is day 2!December 8, 2011 – 9:39 am

Dale - Hey Tim, Great idea for a post. I’ve blogged every day for over a thousand days in a row and I’ll tell all those photogs who are nervous about being able to do – once you make it a priority, it doesn’t seem so bad. In my mind, it’s not a question of “should I blog today?” – instead it’s “what specifically should I blog today?” Those two words at the beginning make a really big difference. I take the escape route right out of the equation. I’ve found that as I’m more and more consistent with my blogging, the more and more people come back daily (or subscribe) to the blog. The end result is that I’m on my clients’/potential clients’minds every morning when they open their inbox or sign in to the rss reader, etc. It’s been well worth the time investment. Thanks for coming up with a fun way to keep each other accountable!December 7, 2011 – 9:15 pm

Kaitlyn Hanrahan - I love this! I have a travel blog [] that is pretty far behind, maybe 30 posts will get me up to present day. I’ve been back-date-ing my posts so the date reflects when I was somewhere (rather than when I’m finally writing about it). That might make it hard to see that I’m following the rules from my blog, but I’ll tweet new posts to @kait3210 to compensate. Excitement!December 7, 2011 – 8:18 pm

Harmony Loves - oh I want to commit so bad but just thinking about it makes my stomach hurt… someone push me into the pool! Please!December 7, 2011 – 5:40 pm

Marissa Rodriguez - this is so great! i hope you do it again in the near future! being that we JUST moved to hawaii from san diego, things are a little crazy right now so there is no way that i could keep up. but i’d love to participate if you ever decide to do it again! :)December 7, 2011 – 5:15 pm

Ed Devereaux - This interests me on so many levels. There is the fact that it may force me to be more eloquent, detailed and informative on my posts, I tend to write in short sentences. I will have to have ideas prepared ahead of time. 7, 2011 – 1:32 pm

Chantale Perron - Tim, I’m hoping I’m not too late to join in on this awesome challenge!?!?
Blogging has always been a huge effort for me – I blog every couple of months, and feel like I’ll never find enough topics, or nobody wants to hear it anyways. EEEEk! I know I “should” blog more often from a business perspective, but I totally struggle with it. This challenge is seriously the push I need to get me going!!

Please say it isn’t too late…..pppppppppplease!! 7, 2011 – 1:02 pm

Kyle Bromley - I accept the challenge, whether or not I can complete it. I’m gonna try :-D

KyleDecember 7, 2011 – 11:47 am

David Pascua - My apologies. Forgot to share the URL to my first blog post: 7, 2011 – 11:29 am

David Pascua - Thank you Tim (and creativeLIVE for making me aware of the challenge) for the challenge! This is just the nudge I needed to be proactive and get a headstart on things I want to accomplish in the coming year. I wish all my fellow colleagues and participants the best, and I look forward to being further inspired and encouraged by everyone else’s blogging endeavors…December 7, 2011 – 11:27 am

The 30-Day Challenge | Captive Eye Photography - [...] In an effort to motivate myself and get a jumpstart on goals that I have in mind for the next year, I’m accepting a challenge via photographer Tim King (check out his 30-day challenge at his blog.) [...]December 7, 2011 – 11:24 am

Leslie Wilson - I’m in. I love the challenge!December 7, 2011 – 11:23 am

Jessica - I love this! I actually started the 30 Day Photo challenge myself but took it a step further to include a thoughtful blog with each picture. So I’m so in! Can’t wait to read everyone’s great posts. Already have a couple post up from this week!December 7, 2011 – 11:05 am

Tiffany Manning - What a great challenge. I’ve been looking for a reason to get more blog on… so here it is. I’m in. My site is
Posted my first one this morning.

Let’s go!December 7, 2011 – 10:51 am

Abril -

this is a great idea. all of us can get inspiration from each others work. :) good luck to all. wish you guys the bestDecember 7, 2011 – 10:38 am

Abril - this is a great idea. all of us can get inspiration from each others work. :) good luck to all. wish you guys the best

<3December 7, 2011 – 10:37 am

Kenna Klosterman - Tim and the J* Jets continue to amaze me! The momentum and enthusiasm that you bring each other as a group oooooozes out to the rest of us! I’d love to share your 30-day challenge with the rest of the creativeLIVE community! Here’s to ending 2011 with a bang and starting 2012 with an even bigger one! Rock on Tim!December 7, 2011 – 10:24 am

Ashley Goodwin - You always push me. and I have a love/hate relationship with you for it.
http://www.ashleygoodwinblog.comDecember 7, 2011 – 8:38 am

A very good place to start {Day 1 of 30} | Sara Wilbur Photography - [...] a post from Erin Oveis Brant Photography on facebook about a 30-day blogging challenge initiated by Tim King and immediately thought “not.a.chance.”.  In a flash, I was envisioning even later nights and [...]December 7, 2011 – 7:19 am

Saundra McBride - Ok, so I’m in. For several weeks now I’ve put off updating my blog. (I am in the middle of totally changing my photography business and it’s look) Every excuse in the book. Well, maybe some legit ones were in there, anyway. When a photographer like Tim, puts something like this out there, well, you’d be crazy not to jump in because you know in 30 days you will be better for it, you will learn a lot about yourself, and it will be amazing.

My blog, (bless it’s pitiful heart)

Have a great evening!
SaundraDecember 6, 2011 – 6:25 pm

Justin Dogulas - I might regret it but this motivated me to launch my blog so I’m in. I’ll post the link today or tomorrow. I get off work in a couple of hrs and will be buying my blog…. HERE WE GO!!!!December 6, 2011 – 5:43 pm

Mioara Dragan - Erghhh, to participate or not… that is the question! >_<December 6, 2011 – 2:52 pm

Damaris Mia @ Le Magnifique - I’m in! Here is my link:

I may do this for my wedding blog as well.. which is:

I know.. crazy.December 6, 2011 – 2:08 pm

Sara - And, you know, the important part – :)December 6, 2011 – 1:32 pm

Sara - I know that on a very late night a week from now I’m going to be kicking myself for saying this… but I’m in. Rather than competing with one person directly, I’m happy to keep a list of participants and promote anyone who would like it during the 30 days.December 6, 2011 – 1:31 pm

Ryan Lum -

Game on sir.December 6, 2011 – 1:26 pm

Tim - Tomorrow will be the first day of the challenge, so anyone can still get in before tomorrow at noon. I’m stoked! This is going to be a fun month :)December 6, 2011 – 1:24 pm

Mirian Silva - Ok..I am game…hahaha…so I am assuming today is the first day or will it begin tomorrow since noon PST is long gone? http://miriansilvablog.comDecember 6, 2011 – 1:21 pm

Erin Oveis Brant - I’m in. You know I can’t back down from a challenge! And I’m confident that the reward here will be WAY more satisfying than a slice of pizza and $10 ;) http://erinoveisbrantblog.comDecember 6, 2011 – 10:24 am

Bombchell - posted w/out a link cuz i’d love to see this, but wont be participating in this challenge. should be very exciting to watch.December 6, 2011 – 8:59 am

Emilia Jane - This is so great Tim! I look forward to seeing what you post :-) I’d participate but I only blog M-F so I think I might have to just observe.December 6, 2011 – 6:31 am

Deals, Discounts, and how YOU, the client, can get the BEST out of your photographer

One of the trickiest things as a sole proprietor is figuring out how to price your services. You, yourself, make the decision on how much you are going to charge people – including your friends, acquaintances, and estranged family. In a perfect world, we could provide our services for free to everyone in a joyous […]

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Photography Pricing | San Diego Photographer - Blog - [...] very very very close friends. Use the “hide a body” method outlined by my friend Tim here. Its a good idea to have a fixed discount “rule” for everyone. Set a percentage and [...]December 22, 2011 – 1:02 pm

Dana Laymon - great post! you have to take yourself seriously if you want others to. So many of my friends are getting married or having babies and i can’t do it all for free! i have to put my foot down at some point and so far they understand! ( i should ask them if they’re willing to help me hide a body :)May 16, 2011 – 11:10 am

s h e r r y - :) Awesome post, again. The friends-or-acquaintances-that-you-met-once-at-a-party who want hookups. Fun times to deal with… :/May 13, 2011 – 10:06 am

Ashley Goodwin - Would you help ME hide a body? Better answer yes, got some work that needs to be done! Seriously though, this is a great concept, sometimes I do struggle with who to hook-up and who to NOT hook-up. When is it just the right thing to do and when are you screwing yourself, so good call!
The girlfriend/family section is quite possibly my favorite of the two. My I suggest an addition to the post? Photographer friends!! :)
Groupon is such a tempting idea for some, I am sure, but it is TOTALLY dangerous! Not only do you get locked into a contract, but I have heard of photographers who signed up to do this, got tons of clients, yes, (but clients they didn’t necessarily want, I am sure) and then they were BOMBARDED with work and couldn’t keep up. This killed their business and reputation and the clients got the shaft. Just not a good idea all in all. I would never purchase a service like that from Groupon, just restaurant deals! :)
Once again, friend, a super helpful post!May 10, 2011 – 9:45 am

The Payment Process Challenge

So this post is for all my future “fun” clients out there. As a result of a few conversations over the last week, I decided to put together a fantasy wish-list for future clients & a more stylish way of accommodating discounts. This goes for any client investing in my services for over $2500 for […]

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Carly Kolbo - This made me laugh! #2 is my choice. :)September 21, 2011 – 11:17 am

3 Day Bender | Tim King Blog | Tim King Photographer - [...] The Payment Process Challenge [...]May 2, 2011 – 3:01 am

s h e r r y - Bahaha. Love this. I think #1 is my favourite. I think. Do you think the bank will hate you for trying to deposit thousands of $1 bills?May 1, 2011 – 1:42 pm

Bombchell - In Atlanta - No 4 sounds good to me. Ill move in a few months overseas in a couple of months, so can i book you in advance. And by advance it means there’s no groom yet, but I’m hoping the discount would apply in the near future years.April 30, 2011 – 10:28 pm

Christy Cropper - this is beyond genius. i sincerely hope your clients take you up on these options because seriously? BITCHIN!
ps- if it were me, i’d pay you with the mega huge check.April 29, 2011 – 9:53 pm

Ashley Goodwin - DUCK TALES!!!!! Nice flashback!
Can’t wait to see it unfold….wish I had booked you just so I could do this. I would fly out to San Diego just for the occasion!April 29, 2011 – 9:18 pm

SarahV - Love it! And I like to think that my remark about this in one of your old blog posts has something to do with this post. Look at me! Look at meeeee! (Ok, I’m not this needy all of the time, I swear)April 29, 2011 – 1:14 pm