What does a being prompt host entails?

I have been hosting What Do You See Prompt for almost 2 years now. In addition to it, for the last 40 odd weeks, I ask a question every Sunday, the Sunday Poser.

Since the day I started my prompt, I’ve made it my policy to visit all the posts that are written in response to that prompt.

In the beginning, I used to reblog all the responses but I found it hard to keep up with it and besides people over here weren’t happy with me flooding their readers with so many posts.

I feel that since people are writing /posting in response to my prompts, it is just common courtesy to visit these posts, provided that they have linked it back to my post. Specially if I ask a question, I like to read the replies from my readers!

Some hosts just give daily or weekly prompts but seldom visit the responses.

The purpose of this post is to ask you, if you write in response to prompts, that does it make any difference to you if the host reads and responds to you posts or not?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

Thanks for visiting and reading!

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Does writing needs to have a purpose?

As bloggers, we all write. Some do it daily, others weekly and some sporadically. The question that came to my mind today is that;

Does writing needs to have a purpose?

What is the purpose behind my daily posts? Do I write for myself alone or for my readers, or perhaps both?

These questions are sometimes circulating in my mind and here I will try to make some sense of my thoughts process.

When I started blogging, it was just to see what I can write. At that time the plan was to write some informative posts with a touch of humor. I still have many, many drafts from that initial time. I have them saved because I do plan to write and post them eventually.

But I didn’t stick with my initial plan. I ventured out into the realm of poetry and short stories. It was a fun exercise and I learned a lot. As they say the more you write, the more you learn how to write.

There was a time when I was posting around 5-6 times a day. It irked a few people that I was flooding their readers with so many posts daily. Gradually I reduced my post to around 3 a day. I stopped the daily Prompts post which was an exciting challenge for me as I used to fit in 4-6 words into a coherent post.

The reason why I reduced my posts was that I felt;

a) I was over stretching myself

b) With too many posts in a day, none of them were being given the attention I wanted.

c) I felt some of my posts had absolutely no purpose to them.

These were the reasons which prompted me to reduce my daily posting schedule. I realized that for me to feel good about my writing, I needed to say something with at least one of the posts I published every day.

And that is the reason for my initial question; Does writing needs to have a purpose?

Perhaps for me, it does. It should either entertain, inform or inspire the reader!

What are your thoughts on this question!

Please share your thoughts!

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Who will listen to my story?

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I am thankful for you all for listening to my ramblings

Empty nesters are in a peculiar situation

They have ample time at their hand no one to mother

No one has time to listen to their story or how their day went

It was at such a time that I discovered blogging

I connected with a wonderful community who are always here

I pour out my heart, my stories, and poem on my blog

And I am always sure that out there is someone who is reading

It gives a purpose to my writing and I feel connected

Thank you all who read my writing and listen to my stories

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What’s your writing style?

It does matter how you write.

All of us, the writers, poets, and journalists have our own way of expressing our thoughts. I follow lots of blogs full of wonderful writing.

But some are better than others because they have certain qualities;

• Clarity

• Simplicity

• To the point

• beauty of expression

Have you’ve noticed that the beauty of writing and expression is what draws you to a blog again and again? For me, it is one of the things I look for when I follow a blogger.

I love when I read something the first time and it immediately sinks in, giving me the true feel of what the writer is saying. On the other hand, there are many wonderful bloggers who write beautifully but it takes me at least a few readings to get their meaning.

Clear and simple writing, is to my mind the best type of writing. Even philosophical thoughts are best when expressed simply. It should be like telling a story, if we write it clearly, the reader is right there with us. And if the language or the expression is too complicated, we lose the attention of the reader as well as the plot.

Grammar is another very important thing that needs to be checked when editing your writing. A few common mistakes are enough to change the meaning of your writing and can be off putting to the reader. A very useful app, Grammarly can help you with checking your spellings and sentences. The free version is good enough for simple task of checking grammar.

What are your thoughts on this topic?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Block editor- I must admit that it isn’t that bad

For almost a year I resisted using the block editor on my WordPress app.

The reason was that when I tried a few trial posts on it, it felt that too much time was being wasted on doing the routine stuff. The layout was new and different from the classic editor and I had to find my way around it from scratch.

Please, also note that I blog exclusively from my WordPress app on my iPhone. So when I was informed by WordPress through an email that very soon the option to use the classic editor would be taken away, I was resigned to the fact that it’d take me a lot of extra time and effort to write my posts.

Well the day finally came and guess what?

It isn’t all that bad. In fact it’s almost the same but different.

It isn’t as difficult as it was when I tried it initially and my guess is that the developers have made some changes. I can’t say how it is for those using a laptop or a Pc to blog, but for me, it’s working well. In fact, there are some things that are easier to do in this editor like well…. editing.

So I withdraw all my objections to the new editor and encourage others to try it too.

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#BlockEditor

It happened!

So it finally happened! They updated my WP app, automatically and now I have to use the dreaded block editor. I was afraid that it would take me a lot of time to compose a post on it but that’s not the case. Perhaps, because I don’t do any formatting after I write my posts. Anyway, now I am in the same boat as the rest of the community. So much so for the smug feeling that I still have my classic editor!

It’s not that difficult as I imagined. And maybe I’ll be able to work with it.

So what’s the verdict?

Wish me luck!

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Guess what? 3000 followers

This milestone was tantalizing me for a few months. Yesterday I got to 3002 follows.

My heartfelt gratitude to everyone, old friends and new ones for being a terrific support to my blog.

You people are the real stars who give me the encouragement to write day in and day out. I am honored by the fact that you visit my blog read my posts, like them and some share their thoughts in the comments.

Thank you all so very much!

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To reblog or not to reblog, that is the question!

I have been running my prompt;

For a little more than a year now.

I reblog the first response when I first see it and then share the rest of the responses in batches of three each daily. These shares add to my number of daily posts.

As I have decided to reduce the number of my daily posts from 4-5 to 3-4, I want to know the opinion of my readers about the reblog and sharing of the responses.

Should I keep on sharing these posts daily or is the final roundup post on Sunday enough?

( As one very wise blogger said that only the bloggers whose post is being shared is happy about the reblog! )

Another change I’ve made, albeit reluctantly is that I have stopped doing the 4-5 daily prompts that used to do.

All this is to reduce the burden these frequent posts put on my readers. Lately, I have noticed a drop in the number of comments by my readers on my numerous posts and that is very understandable. I don’t have enough time to read all by all the bloggers that I follow so it is but natural that others are having the same issue of time management.

I would be really grateful if you all can give me your feedback in the comments.

Thanks,

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Blogger Recognition Award

Navaparna of the Passionate Learner has very kindly nominated me for this award

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and give a link to their site.
  2. Do a post to show your award.
  3. Give a summary of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice for any new bloggers.
  5. Select at least 15 other bloggers for this award.
  6. Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and give a link to your post.

How I started my blog;

I have told this story often but for the sake of this post, I will tell it briefly. My good friend, Tanya started a blog on WordPress and asked me to check out her posts. Now I could open her blog and read her posts from my browser but I couldn’t comment on them. I thought that to do this with ease, I should make an account on WordPress too. From this first step, the next one was to start my own blog came quite naturally. As as they say, I never looked back.

My advice to new bloggers:

• Write as much or as little you want.

Never be intimidated by the demands of writing more than what is convenient for you. Or less than what you want. Bear in mind that it is your blog and you can do whatever you want on it. Be genuine and always be yourself. Don’t try to emulate anyone else.

Do interact with others on blogosphere;

Blogging is not a solitary activity. It means being part of a community. Most of the fun of blogging comes from interacting with others here. Build your community and be appreciative of those who show interest in your blood by returning the favor.

My nominees;

Tanya

June

Carol Anne

Fandango

Melanie

Di

Paula

Angie

Priya

Jeff

Sangeetha

Ramya Vivek

Jude

Leigha

Era

All the nominees are under no obligation to accept but it would be nice if they did ( see, no pressure! 😂)

Thank you once again for the nomination, Navaparna.

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