I have never responded to a Blogging Insights question before, but most of the other hosts seemed to have answered this question posed by Dr. Tanya which is: What is the value of running writing prompts to your writing in general, and your blog in particular?
I host two prompt challenges which are both music challenges. I took over the very popular Song Lyric Sunday challenge which receiver 31 Likes and 51 Comments last Sunday. This challenge was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time who fell ill at the end of 2019 and I volunteered to take over the hosting duties for her. Helen provided me with a list of the Song Lyric Sunday themes that she had already used and she had been running this challenge since June 19, 2016. What would this world be like without music? I have been a huge fan of music for my entire life and I also participate in this challenge every week and many people are happy to see me keeping this challenge going. This challenge draws in a lot of regulars and they have all become like an extended family for me, as I read every post that is submitted and I get to listen to a lot of music where I learn new things. Next Sunday July 26, 2020 the theme will be Different/Same and everyone is invited to join in on the fun. I will write about the Beatles song ‘Rain’ this week.
I took over the MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie MM Music Challenge from Mandi of Mandibelle16 who was from Canada after responding to a Writers Wanted post and I made my first post for this challenge on April 19, 2019. This is a bi-weekly challenge, so every other week I switch off with Dylan Hughes who hosts First Line Friday. I became part of the MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie team, which consists of the Sunday Writing Prompt and Monday Wordle which are both hosted by Yves. The Tuesday Photo Challenge is hosted by Nekneeraj. Wednesday Heeding Haiku is hosted by Chèvrefeuille and Thursday Tale Weaver is hosted by Michael. Dylan Hughes and I alternate every Friday with her First Line Friday and my MM Music Challenge. The Saturday Mix is hosted by Sarah Whiley.
This week 7/24/20 I will write about the Sade song ‘Smooth Operator’ and then I will make my own post about the Blondie song ‘Call Me’. Participation is open and free to all and although this challenge is not very popular, I think it is more fun, as it has very few restrictions. Mandi used to number her music posts and I think that I will start doing that now. My first post should have been labeled Week 51, but since I just decided to do this, my next one will be labeled Week 84. I have found a lot of writers here on WordPress who really know a lot about music and I seem to learn something new every day here.
I feel that there is value in running writing prompts, as it gives the WordPress community something to share together. It is fun to see how others respond to prompts and in general any type of writing is good mental exercise. For my blog in particular, I have responded to many types of prompts and writing keeps me out of trouble and it prevents me from getting bored. I write about music, because I find that to be satisfying. When I chose a song, I look for significant facts that I feel will make an interesting story.
Written for Dr. Tanya of Salted Caramel Blogging Insights # 37: Hosting a Writing Prompt.