Retrospection

In retrospect participating in daily prompts and weekly photo challenges developed a blogging routine and a meaningful connection to like-minded bloggers! Which I have thoroughly enjoyed and may even have sparked others to also contribute.

It gave a ready pool to sample three new – new to me, not necessarily new to blogging – blogs most days. Was always impressed with the huge range of responses we gave to the same prompt. Some were literal, most creative, some utilised it to convey a core message. All were well worth reading and I have absolutely no idea how we can replicate this through the reader or personal blogs …

Friends I made through this inspired me to start flash fiction as poetry and photography were already a passion. So extending myself was fun. My most popular posts were the photo challenges as I liked to team them up with a poem or few lines. My daily prompts varied greatly but poetry is still my favourite. 

Years ago I used to be very active on TED Conversations … their archive has now completely vanished, replaced by glossy long posts on idea.blog which are one persons rant. They forced us to move on when this amazing community interaction platform folded. They claimed that they were just upgrading the system and would return bigger and better … it never happened!

Don’t recall listening to a TED Talk since, have recommended a few of their special ones but have only just gone there now in order to write this … it left me cold.

Will wordpress return with something better? Maybe just another version of glossy one person rants. Pray that this free platform survives but there is certainly a push to upgrade to premium. No idea how it survives on a free basis but advertising would help.

So in reflection doubt that my poetry, prose or photography have really improved although it’s been an amazing ride to share with so many kind and encouraging people. Very different from other social media from what I hear but I don’t go there!

The bonuses I’ve got out of blogging here is the warm friendship and encouragement of so many. An introduction to the world of flash fiction, let’s pray that wordpress can survive the killing of its community connection …

Thank you wordpress team, engineers and all who run this fabulous platform … I could not have done this without your hard work. Thank you friends, followers, readers and fellow bloggers at every possible level … this is our final daily prompt and life will continue but very differently!

DP: Retrospective

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16 Comments

  1. Hello calmkate, I’m equally disappointed with the WordPress decision. I’m loathe to push our blogger-initiated version of the daily prompt on others, but I invite you to check out our new initiative tomorrow when we “launch”. If it turns out that it is not what you are looking for, then that’s fine. Curious Steph has posted about it. There is a link on my latest post. Kind regards. Tracy.

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    1. Hi Untidy, I am part of Dee’s group so that will be sufficient daily prompts for me thanks … we need many groups as no one blogger can cater for the volume that WP had!
      Please post your link to the actual prompt once it starts … there is room for everyone but it may scatter the energy 🙂

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  2. Hello Kate, I am happy I found you somewhere midway. I am very happy to be a follower of a person like you.
    I also benefited and somebody has to pinch me ‘I also write poetry’

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  3. Well said! As a new blogger I really appreciated being able to get myself out there. I don’t know how I’ll reach a wider audience now. This community pool and daily prompt events were great and I will miss them, and I will work hard until I am able to develop a following.
    Thank you for sharing 😊

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  4. I was not a part of the blogging scene when the Ted talks were out. But I have found 90% of my followers (still less than 200) from the community pool and daily prompts. I, like you, am very sad to see this avenue fall prey to this ever-changing and evolving online world. I have gotten so much feedback from this platform that I am unsure what I will do without it. Hope and pray for a bright future I guess. The entire point of blogging is to share your voice with others. Without a concrete solution to get your personal posts out there and obtain readers, I think WP is going to find a lot of blogs dropping off because of lack of interest when there are no connections made.

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    1. good points Cheynoea! A healthy way to grow readers is to read and comment on others. I used DP and WPC to find new bloggers daily … now I am left to blindly fish around on the reader. Not ideal but keep posting and commenting, it does matter.

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  5. Kate, this is a very heartfelt post and written very honestly. I could not agree with you more than the daily prompt not only gave the triggers for our creativity but also helped in connecting with the like-minded people. I also developed a routine around it and today it felt so weird to see there is no “June” month. I’m hoping desperately that it should end up like the TED talks thing as you mentioned and they should come with a better replacement.

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    1. please don’t hold your breath … if they had something better they would have waited until it was ready before killing our only other realistic option … it is the end but follow Cyranny, Dee or me for daily prompts … just wont have the same universal potential as a platform driven by our host

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  6. Yes, I’m so disappointed that the Daily Prompt has ended. As a new blogger it motivated me each day to create something from that one word. It was also an opportunity for me to connect with others and get their feedback. I will gladly participate in anything you suggest. I’m following you! Thank you for your efforts.

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  7. I, too, began to learn to blog through The Daily Post word challenges. Then I strayed into flash fiction. If you fell the need for a-word-of-the-day, I a going to try a new endeavor. You are invited to join!

    Have you missed The Daily Post? If you have, please visit Daily Addictions. It might be what you are looking for to get you through your withdrawal?

    I hope you don’t find me pushy… It’s not meant to be.

    Just an invitation…

    Check out Daily Addictions: https://dailyaddictions542855004.wordpress.com/

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  8. It is troubling when things change in a not-good-way. 😦
    But, I do join you in thanking WP for this Wonderful Place (I call WP my “Wonderful Place”!) to blog and make friends! I join you, too, in thanking all my friends here…for reading and commenting my blogs, etc. ! 🙂
    Thank you for being a friend, Kate…and for your encouragement, wisdom, fun, and ETC!!! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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