Friday faithfuls- Blogging Challenges

For the Friday Faithfuls challenge this week I would like to know your thoughts on blogging challenges, which ones you participate in.

I love participating in different types of blogging challenges. There are two month-long challenges that I try to do every year;

JusJoJan in January, and A to Z in April. Other than these I do many weekly challenges/ prompts. Which are too many to list.

If you do like to get involved with these things, why you decided to participate in them.

I started daily prompts way back when I started blogging, ( four years now) it was a challenge to combine many words to write a cohesive post. It was a way to challenge my creativity and imagination. I learned a lot by doing these prompts.

If you are a host of any blogging challenge, that would be wonderful if you could talk about your challenge.

Around 3 years ago I decided to do on a trial basis, the prompt hosted by a very dear blogger, Helene who had passed away that year. My blogging friends gave my idea a warm welcome and now it’s almost been 3 years since I’ve been hosting What do you see, an image prompt that I post every Monday. This has been a wonderful experience for me. In addition I ask a weekly question, Sunday poser, every Sunday.

Also, I would like to know if you feel that the host of a blogging challenge has any responsibility to the participants.

I don’t know if it’s an ethical responsibility, but I feel the host should at least acknowledge the posts in response to their challenge and visit or comment on them. Though many hosts just post the prompt and have no other interest in the responses.

If you would like to talk about Mr. Linky, or the Blue Frog, or when you encounter trouble because the host is not automatically approving your comments or pingbacks, that would also be appropriate.

I only participate in one challenge which requires me to add my link to Mr Linky, the Six sentence story hosted by Denise. I’ve had no trouble with it yet! I think the idea is to have all responses in one place with their images. It makes visiting them convenient.

Written for MLMM- Friday faithfuls, hosted by Jim



34 thoughts on “Friday faithfuls- Blogging Challenges

  1. Interesting thoughts Sadje.
    I agree with your point regarding host’s responsibility.
    I have come across a few hosts who are busy hosting challenges but fail to acknowledge or interact with participants.
    It’s simply a one-way traffic.
    Sometimes I feel I am wasting my time since there is no response. Not even a courtesy ‘like’.
    After all we blog to interact with each other and express our thoughts at the same time knowing the other side views better.
    Is it not so?

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  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on blogging, Sadje. I love both of your challenges and I try to participate as much as I can in them. You are one of the most gracious hosts here on WordPress and I greatly respect you for that.

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  3. I’ve seen some, and read contributions from those participating but never contributed myself. I think it would be off-putting to not have a contribution go unacknowledged and I can see how it could discourage future participation.

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  4. I’ve done the six-sentence one and Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday with Mr. Linky. It seems to work for me; I have more issues with WordPress’ form when I ask for submissions for my Terrible Poetry Contest.

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  5. I participate in some challenges, but there are so many from people I follow that I must pick and choose. I like a lot of the photo challenges. Usually I can think of a story behind the image, but sometimes I’m just not “inspired” by whatever the prompt may be. I recently wrote for a poetry challenge and the word “challenge,” in this case, really applied. I enjoy stretching my writing muscles every once in a while.
    I guess the only “responsibility” of the host would be to make sure everyone was given credit for their work.
    I haven’t hosted very many, but sometimes I think I should do more.

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