Blogging: when the fun goes

cute brown tabby cat wearing party hat

Now and then you may need a little prompt, a little nudge to get things moving. After a marathon break of 16 months, I’m trying to get going again. “Hobby” blogging is meant to be enjoyable of course, something that you look forward to and want to keep working at, but nothing is all plain sailing, and if you’re not prepared to put in the effort, then maybe it’s not that important to you after all. But what happens when a post just fails to gain momentum- when after that initial spark of energy which gets you out of the starting blocks, things just kind of fizzle out, and you’re left with a deflated balloon in your hand. At that point you may think maybe you are just in the wrong game, and it’s time to move on. Find another love, so to speak. But wait…… maybe there is still a way! Maybe there is hope on the horizon. Perhaps it’s not yet time to throw in the towel. So, think twice before you pack away your crayons; keep your boots on…. don’t hang them up just yet….. Perhaps the solution is right here at your disposal in the form of writing prompts and challenges. Early last year, before stepping out of the blogosphere as I did, I joined in on some of Linda G Hill’s writing prompts on Saturdays as well as her One Liner Wednesdays. This is a really fun and doable way of staying on the blogging track. And having a window on other bloggers’ responses to the same prompts can be quite fascinating, all part of a shared experience.  So perhaps this is where I’ll find my inspiration going forward: seeking out those writing challenges on a regular basis to keep me on my toes. Other blog sites host similar offerings, so there is plenty to choose from at WordPress. Just type ‘writing prompts’ in the search bar in the Reader. I haven’t joined in at SueW’s Weekly Prompts yet, but that may be my next stop….

Some of my responses to writing prompts from last year Here (see the drop down in the main menu), and Here.

4 thoughts on “Blogging: when the fun goes

  1. Pooja G 2022-10-04 / 11:02 pm

    Prompts are such a great way to find new ideas for blogging. After a while it can be difficult to come up with new posts so these can be a great way to solve that problem. Great post!

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  2. Larry Winger 2022-10-07 / 12:03 pm

    Hi Amanda, thanks for your comments on my Fly Agaric piece! I like the monthly challenge that VisualVerse.org poses, which is always an intriguing image for which a 50-500 word reply is expected (contrary to their name, it could be either verse or prose, memoir, fiction, musings) from a self-monitored 60 minutes of actual writing. But in terms of prompts for my daily joy entry, I tend to need to rummage around through my surroundings until I’ve got my own image to ruminate on. I have been forced, sometimes, to look deeply into our cat’s eyes and find something there too! Good luck on your return to blogging!

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