Friday, 2 April 2010

Canary Islands - The Virtual Paintout in April

The number of people participating in The Virtual Paintout each month is growing. In March there were 117 submissions and there were over 100 in both January and February. Of course some people submit more than one but whichever way you look at it that's a very big number.

All of this means that Bill Guffey needs to look at ways to make this project and blog an exercise which continues to be pleasureable for him rather than onerous.

Consequently, he's made some changes to how the Virtual Paintout works which we all need to pay attention to. Karin Jurick did pretty much the same sort of thing with her Different Strokes from Different Folks blog so this is pretty much par for the course when it comes to a successful blog project.

Size your picture correctly

With Bill now posting well over 100 entries each month, the last thing he needs is to have to adjust the images of people who don't submit them according to the rules. However I gather from Bill that around a third of the submissions are not correctly sized.

So - if you've not paid attention to the sizing rules in the past, Bill has now highlighted in the sidebar of the Virtual Paintout all the reasons why an image might not get posted. It's worth a careful read!

Don't forget to make a note of the link to your location

Bill has also introduced a new rule - which will help those of us (like me) who find a spot and then lose it again. From now on when you submit your picture you also have to submit the link to the view you used.

I think this is a really great idea for making sure everyone really is participating in a Virtual paintout as opposed to submitting a work they'd already painted - which I gather may have happened.....

and finally....

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Bill Guffey has selected the Canary Islands for the Virtual Paintout in April - which means two islands to look at!

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