WordPress Is Awesome

Every day WordPress has an utterly vast selection of prompts that readers who are also writers can choose from.  A writing prompt becomes an idea which readers can focus on as they write and this helps them from starting out with a blank page and prevents them from wandering off the topic.  The readers are supposed to come up with some worthwhile material as a response.  I rely on the prompts for inspiration, as most days, I have no idea what I am going to write about, the only thing that is certain, is that I am going to write something.

I am pretty predictable and I have my go-to sites where I get writing prompts from.  I usually make a reference to all the prompts, before I decide to write anything and hopefully that way, I can make them all fit together.  Some days it feels like my cup is running over with prompts, but I am always glad to have them, as the more the merrier, so there can never be too many writing prompts.  I figure that if I try hard enough, there are always ways to deal with them.  When I near the end of my post, as it comes down to the wire, sometimes I need to cram some of these prompts in that did not seem to fit just right.

When I first started my blog back on April 23 of 2017, I had no clue what it was going to be about, but since then I have published 1,842 posts and they ended up being about everything.  I found this site called the Daily Post which featured prompts and I wrote 268 times for that.  This allowed me to connect with many other bloggers by reading their posts.  The Daily Post on WordPress stopped publishing prompts in the end of May 2018 and a bunch of dedicated bloggers jumped in to pick up the slack.  Sheryl was one of the first to step in with her Daily Word Prompt and Roger Shipp came along with his Daily Addictions.  I don’t know much about the Daily Spur, but it has a word prompt and a picture prompt every day.  Fandango at This, That, and The Other is a very versatile fellow and he hosts four different challenges every week, a daily word prompt, a weekly flash fiction challenge, a weekly provocative question and a weekly flashback of his previous posts.  Michelle has monthly writing prompts on her puttingmyfeetinthedirt site which are always interesting.

The Ragtag community is a combination of seven individuals and they host a daily prompt with the poet Sgeoil going on Mondays.  This is followed by drkottoway, KO Rural Mad As Hell Blog a doctor mom having a crack at this on Tuesday. On Wednesday the nutritionist, dancer. runner, bibliophile and polyglot Curious Cat has her turn.  Thursday is split between two Australians, Tracy from the Reflections of an Untidy Mind site and Brian who writes on Bushboys World. Friday is reserved for Emily a cat person from Victoria, Canada on Zombie Flamingoes.  Punam who lives in India I think writes beautiful poetry has a site titled paeansunpluggedblog and she is the host on Saturday.  Gizzylaw of Talkin’ to Myself wraps things up on Sunday for the Ragtag group.

Di on pensitivity101 is the current host of the Three Things Challenge and she is also the co-host of Fibbing Friday.  The Word of the Day Challenge is a group of four bloggers Dee Kelly a single mom that is Thriving Not Surviving, Kristian from Tales from the mind of Kristian, Cyranny an award-winning writer with Cyranny’s Cove and Kira a guest artist who does Sunday Scribbles.

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie is the name of the group of writers, but there is also a blogger Candice named mindlovemisery aka Yves who hosts the Sunday Writing Prompt and the Monday Wordle.  NEKNEERAJ hosts Photo Challenge that is featured on Tuesdays.  Blogger Chèvrefeuille hosts Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille aka Kristjaan every Wednesday.  Michael of Morpethroad is the host of Tale Weaver for Thursday.  Another blogger named weejars aka Sarah hosts the Saturday Mix.  I have the honor of splitting every other Friday with Dylan Hughes who hosts First Line Friday and then I have the MM Music Challenge.  Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie describes itself as a dose of fetish, good friends, an incomparable muse, so it is a curio of sorts. I also host Song Lyric Sunday, so make sure to check your calendar, so you don’t miss that.  There are many other challenges that I write in, so please don’t feel excluded if yours was not mentioned, as I only wrote about the ones that ones that are here everyday.

I have one prompt remaining and I want to talk about pumpkins, because this is the season for them and everyone is using them in recipes.  Pumpkins are usually ready to harvest but they must be collected before the first frost or when night temperatures are expected to drop down into the 40s for an extended period of time.  The cold weather is heading to Clermont, FL where I live, as the highs are expected to drop down by 15 degrees by tomorrow.  I bought some pumpkin cake and it is yummy.  I heard that there is a pumpkin cider, although I have never tried it, but that is not because I am worried about getting a hard cider hangover.  Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins wrote the song ‘Thirty Three’ in 1994 when he was 27 just after he got married, and moved into a new house.  A friend of his who read Tarot cards said that when he became 33, his life was going to change completely and he felt that he was ready for that now.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Reference, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Wire, for the Daily Spur prompt – Selection, for FOWC with Fandango – Rely, for November Writing Prompts – Hard cider hangover, for Ragtag Community – Vast, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Cup Calendar Curio and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Utterly.

29 thoughts on “WordPress Is Awesome

  1. Jim this is a very helpful post as it gathers a list of those putting on the prompts. You are an organized person to have all of that info at hand. I can’t keep up with them or track them very well and do as many as are practical. Where is Paula Light’s Thursday Inspiration???

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    1. Above I indicated that I only wrote about the ones that ones that are here everyday and since Paula’s challenge only takes place on Thursdays, I did not mention it here. I could write another post that would include Linda Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday and her Stream of consciousness Saturday, Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo which gives a weekly prompt and Reena Saxon’s Exploration Challenge someday along with many others if you think that would be helpful. I have the distinction of being the only blogger who has never missed one of Paula’s Light’s Inspiration Thursday.

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  2. I definitely feel that I get sucked into prompts. I made a conscious decision that I only wanted to spend so much time WordPressing (although I have spent more than that because I have written a lot more than I anticipated). So the upshot is that there are some prompts I stay away from, where if I had unlimited time, I would probably take part. There are a few ones which really attracted me, which I take part in any way. And yes, I find WordPressers (i.e. the people) to be a brilliant community.
    For the “prompt” I write, I started off wanting to write a post, then realised it would be a series of posts, then realised it might be fun to read other people’s posts on the subject. It was kinda a natural progression. But I did it as a relative noob so it is didn’t get much attention (yet 🙂). But again, it doesn’t bother me because people have to pick and choose.

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  3. I like the community here. No one follows you unless they like some of what you are doing or it would be pointless and so you have things in common right off the bat.
    At first, I thought I would run out of pop culture stuff…not songs but the other stuff I have on the weekends…but so far so good.

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    1. Followers might be a useless statistic, as I have many followers that have never clicked on the like button at the bottom of my posts and they have never made a comment. I don’t know why people follow others, but I try to read all the posts that I follow and yours is one that I enjoy reading.

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      1. Yes I’ve had many that liked one time and then I never heard from them again. I also read all the ones that I follow. I don’t follow newer ones as much because I have about reached the maximum I can actually read. I like yours Jim…
        If I ever miss a day I always try to make it up…though that week of the kidney stone I was too far behind.

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  4. I have been remiss lately in my effort to do the daily prompts you mentioned, including my own, but I’ve been a bit occupied with some other matters and have missed a few days worth of daily prompts, including my own. Hopefully I’ll get back into the swing of things in the near future. Keep it up, Jim. I always look forward to reading your posts.

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    1. You are an excellent writer my good friend and I am so glad that I started following you. You deserve a lot of credit for all of the effort that you put in here on WordPress. I am only the host of two challenges and that takes a lot out of me, but at the same time I find it rewarding. I try to read everyone’s post that participates in either of these challenges and I could not even imagine trying to do that for a daily prompt post.

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      1. Yeah, that’s one of the reasons I’m having trouble responding to all of the prompts. It does take a lot of time to read all of the prompt responses, leaving less time to actually write new posts.

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  5. There are definitely a lot of challenges to take part in, all so interesting. The only ones I do consistently is Cee’s Flower of the Day, and your challenge, Song Lyric Sunday. Others I do off and on as the topic grabs my attention. It is hard to keep up with everything! 🙂

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    1. I have never contributed to the Flower of the Day and I always wondered what that is about. I don’t usually take pictures, but I do enjoy looking at beautiful flowers. Do you choose your own flower every day or does Cee select that for you?

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      1. All the Flower of the Day photos are supposed to be a photo we’ve taken ourselves. Cee also posts her own flower photos, but there is never a theme – just any pretty flower we’ve taken a photo of. Myself, I don’t grow any, but take most of mine as I come across them, or those in the floral dept. at the store.

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