Good morning! Join me for coffee?
I have a new, personal challenge for this week – and I’m inviting you all to join me. The challenge is to add visual appeal and interest to my communications (not just in blogging). It’s no secret that I like words. I have nothing against charts and pretty pictures – in fact, photography and art are creative outlets I happily dabble in – but that’s not where my talents lie.
I think I can change that.
I need to change that. So here’s the challenge I’ve set for myself, this week:
- Add visual appeal to the blog. Create an original default image for each Category used on this blog. Now that I have a nifty plug-in that lets me use a different default image for each Category, I should feed it some fresh photos. I’m not going to say, “awesome images” or “the perfect image,” but something appropriate and eye-catching would be a good start.
- Do a better job of communicating data visually. Learn how to present data, using Excel charts, more clearly. It’s no secret that I’m math challenged and may be the only person on the planet who preferred story problems to things involving numbers, lines, graph paper, or shapes. I failed my first “reading readiness” test – despite being the only kid in class who could read – because it was a pattern matching test and my brain just froze and went, “Huh? What do circles, squares, and triangles have to do with reading?” (You math geeks can laugh, but I blew all your statistical theories – I mean, what are the odds of getting 29 out of 30 wrong?)
Now, my challenge for you: Join me (in #1 and #2); or, for you visually-oriented folks, teach me to speak your language or point me in the right direction (for #2 up there).
I do not need or want links to stock image or free clip-art sites. The challenge is to create new, original images.
I do not need or want basic tutorials on “how to use Excel” or “how to use Tableau” – but rather “how to create [type of chart] and why that type of chart instead of a different one.” I’m guessing that’s not really a stupid question, since Excel normally suggests several options based on the data. But I want a better understanding of those options, and how to choose the best one.
The deadline for #1 is one new image daily until all Categories have a different default image. Come back here and leave a link to show me what you’ve added!
The deadline for #2 is March 1. If you’re as challenged as I am, and joining me, learn something – demonstrate it on your own blog, and leave me a link in the comments, here. If you’re sharing your knowledge, do it in comments or on your own blog and leave a link here.