Blogging Prompts – Yes or No?

Thinking of the blogosphere much like the stars in the cosmos, there are more possible writing prompts, than one can possibly count.

insightsSimply, pick a prompt that catches your eye or that you have some interest in, or go “hog-wild” and start writing a post, based on a prompt that you have absolutely no interest in or know nothing about.

The next installment(Number 17) in Dr. Tanya’s Blogging Insights Series is Blogging Insights #19 – Writing Prompts.

Not giving any sort of preamble to this issue, Dr. Tanya poses these four questions.


 1. Do you like to respond to writing prompts?

2. Do you feel that they add value to your blog?

3. What is your favourite kind of writing prompts?

4. Which ones are you less likely to do?


Writing Prompts – Yes or No?

Do you like to respond to writing prompts?

I’ve only ever responded to “writing prompts”, on a couple of occasions, other than this wonderful “Blogging Insights Series.”

prompt2If by not responding to “writing prompts” does that mean I don’t like them?

Not sure. Obviously, there are plenty who do like them and respond with much gusto and terrific posts. When I read what people have come up with in response to these writing prompts, I think, “what creativity and brilliance.”

In all honesty, I find that with my work and outdoors schedule, the time I currently do have needs to be focussed on pursuing the topics I feel passionate about; exploring them further; and ultimately writing about them.

Doing that in and of itself consumes all the time and energy that I have. Adding “writing prompts” into the mix at this point simply doesn’t fit into the equation time-wise.

Do you feel they add value to your blog?

The couple that I did in the past, I thought were really good and yes, they added value of some description to my blog.

The “Blogging Insights Series” I feel has added tremendous value to my blog as a resource, but more importantly to myself as a blogger, on that many of the topics have forced me to step back and examine specific issues/topics in greater detail.

What is your favourite kind of writing prompts?

At this very moment Dr. Tanya’s Blogging Insights Series.

Which ones are you less likely to do?

That’s a great question, but not one that I can answer since I really don’t do writing prompts.

promptsIf I had to answer, I suspect it would be those ones that would get me thinking outside the box, perhaps on topics that might not get mainstream attention.

But, on the other hand – who knows?


All of this isn’t to suggest that at some point in the future, that “writing prompts” won’t be a feature on my blog or an aspect of blogging that becomes a greater component of my writing. They certainly appear to me as a challenge and challenges when it comes to writing is something we shouldn’t steer away from.

In fact, to grow as writers it is often just the thing we need to do. Run towards the challenge and grow.

For those of you, who are right in the thick of it when it comes to responding to “writing prompts” or perhaps are creating your own prompts for others, keep going. You’re doing a great job of it.

As always, a huge thanks to Dr. Tanya(Salted Caramel) for her neverending work on this “Blogging Insights Series” and looking at “writing prompts” within the blogging universe.


—  get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself  —


13 thoughts on “Blogging Prompts – Yes or No?

  1. Jody Mabry

    I deliberated a long time on whether I would provide writing prompts to my site,, but so far I’ve received several positive messages as well as a bunch of stories that readers have written. So, I think, as long as they are not overwhelming, writing prompts can be useful for you and your readers. Thanks for the post.

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  2. get you on the time factor … you put a lot f you into your posts!

    I have followed some prompts for a while, it becomes more like a micro community as you all read and share each others versions/responses. The creativity is enormous. Currently I’m enjoying the d’Verse poetry prompts … inspires me 🙂

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    1. Thanks Kate. I think it’s like a process or journey we take in the blogging world. Some will head off early in the trip to word prompts, others maybe later on, if at all. All of this discussion over the past day or two has sort of got me thinking. So, who knows.

      You’ve produced such great poems through the d’Verse prompts. A wonderful gift for all of us.

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  5. I’ve only done a couple of writing prompts. I do see the potential value of them for those who want to try new things with their writing, seek fresh ideas to write about, want to feel part of a writing community. I may do more but it isn’t in my list of musts. The couple of prompts I actually did spoke to me personally when I saw them. I’m a what’s-on-my-mind-today personal- experience writer and so there’s usually already some self-imposed prompt being worked on behind the scenes in my mind. But for the most part, I consider them a value added for writers as individuals and for the community of writers.

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