ds106 is not a difficult, technical, secret society of digital robots, it’s actually a quite simple concept of an open course in Digital Storytelling.
The first objective of the Digital Storytelling course is to develop skills in using technology as a tool for networking, sharing, narrating, and creative self-expression.
The second objective is to frame a digital identity wherein you become both a practitioner in and interrogator of new modes of networking.
The third and final objective is to critically examine the digital landscape of communication technologies as emergent narrative forms and genres.
There is no set start date for ds106 and it never has to end either. Every single day new challenges for creating digital storytelling assignments.
There are five different types of ds106 including: writing, photography, drawing, audio, and video. Personally, the writing, photography and drawing portions should all be relatively easy for me depending on what the exact challenge is. I like to think that I am a decent writer. I can take a pretty artsy photo on instagram. I can draw something well enough that you would know what it’s supposed to be. But I am not an audio or video girl thanks to my social anxiety disorder and hatred of the sound of my own voice.
Regardless, I think that The Daily Create challenge sounds like a fun way to stay on my creative toes and not succumb to the monotony of regular assignments. The assignments are only supposed to take 15-20 minutes each so the pressure for perfection isn’t even an option. Along those same lines, there are “no registrations, no prizes, just a community of people producing art daily” (The Daily Create).