Are you Square?

The challenge is to post a photographic square daily for one month every quarter.

The theme changes every quarter and is announced in a post on this blog a few weeks, occasionally days, in advance. In the lead up to every squares challenge you will find a countdown timer in the footer, but just in case you want to make a note of all the months they are: January, April, July & October.

Click here for the current challenge!

How it works!

Actually you don’t have to share daily. If you prefer you can post all 31 (or 30) in one go at the end of the month, join us weekly or even pop in occasionally with your squares. The frequency of your posts depends on you and your blog. To join us:

  1. 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
  2. Include the theme’s tag (sometimes this may be the only way I can find you too)
  3. Use one of my squares logos to help promote the challenge
  4. Leave a comment on my post as well as your link
  5. Remember to ‘follow my blog’ to receive your quarterly reminders
  6. 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
The only absolute rule however
Life of B square collection

is 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!

My post of the day usually goes live between 5am and 7am GMT. 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 there are now around seventy of us taking part every quarter, some daily like me, others weekly and a few at random times during the month.

Themes to date have included flowers, sky, circles & squares, roofs, in the pink, time, spiky, blue, lines, words ending in light, top and perspectives.

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.

By the way 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. For 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!


Privacy Statement: If you take part in Squares by leaving a pingback I will record the name of your website in a secure off-line 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.

I also occasionally look at the anonymous statistics produced by WordPress. Here’s my full privacy statement.