Being Square is Fun!
Join in this lovely challenge and post a photographic square daily for one month every quarter. The theme changes every quarter and is announced on this blog a few weeks, occasionally days, in advance of the challenge month. The challenge months are currently January, April, July and October. Please note the months will change in 2022.
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the last day of the current SQUARES challenge
How it works!
Whilst I encourage daily posts, if you prefer you can join us weekly, post all 31 (or 30) in one go at the end of the month, or even pop in occasionally with your squares. The frequency of your posts depends on you and your blog. To join us:
- Create your square post, and include a pingback to one of my daily square posts (not this page or the home page as otherwise I don’t know about your ping!). You can also add the link to your post in the comments on any of my square posts
- Include the theme’s tag (sometimes this may be the only way I can find you too); the October theme is Past and the tag is #PastSquares
- Use one of my squares logos to help promote the challenge
- Leave a comment on my post as well as your link
- Remember to ‘follow my blog’ to receive your quarterly reminders
- Whether you post squares or not, be an amazing member of the Square team and make time to enjoy one or more of the square galleries
Your main photograph must be square in shape!
Other Useful Information:
Why square? It is not that I dislike oblongs with their unequal adjacent sides, in fact they are how I normally photograph. This daily challenge however is all about square photography (and square crops). So before you post please remember whilst every square is a rectangle only four equal sides make a rectangle a square!
In the winter months my post of the day usually goes live between 5am and 7am GMT, in the summer usually within half hour of 6am BST. Pingbacks need to be approved, which means occasionally there can be a small delay in your link appearing in the comments. I aim to visit every pingback/link, so if I have not liked or left a comment on your post within four days of you posting let me know.
At least thrice during the challenge month I create a gallery showcasing everyone who has taken part in the previous 7 to 10 days. It is a great way to catch up with fellow squarers, to make new blogging friends and to find inspiration. It also, we’ve discovered, makes us happy!
The challenge began in September 2017, and since then more than 200 bloggers have taken part. Every quarter around 70 to 90 bloggers take part; some daily like me, others weekly and a few at random times during the month.
Themes to date: Flowers, Sky, Circles & Squares, Roofs, In the Pink, Time, Spiky, Blue, Lines, words containing the word ‘light’, Top, Perspectives, Kinda, Up, Bright and Trees!
If you would like to look back at some of our previous themes, and check out some of the amazing squares that fellow squarers have been sharing, click on a picture below to be taken to one of the gallery posts.
If you would like a mention and link to your posts to be included in one of the galleries it is essential your photographs are square.
If squares are not your thing there are plenty of other shaped blogging challenges. Visit Cee who has collated a wonderful list of regular challenges around the world. I’m hoping though you will try Squares at least once!
Privacy Statement: If you take part in Squares by leaving a pingback or a link in a comment I will record the name of your website in a secure spreadsheet (used to be a notebook!) to facilitate the production of the Square Galleries. I don’t record your url, your name, email or any other information in this spreadsheet and I don’t share this information with anyone apart from creating the online gallery for the Squares challenge.