I’m bummed. I don’t always read Ben Huberman’s posts, but when I saw yesterday’s title in my feed, which included Thank You, followed by an opening line of “Saying goodbye is hard”, I had a bad feeling.
The Daily Post with its daily prompt and other cues and supports for blogs is going away. Its been around a while, over seven years. As someone who has been blogging less than a year, I find this disappointing. Once I started using the prompts last summer, I’ve become both more regular in my writing, and have developed an increasing appreciation of the opportunity provided by the appearance of a semi-random word each morning. My response to the prompt varies, ranging from a long blank space to a flood of ideas. Almost every day at least something makes it into a post. Its good exercise for me.
I’ve met other bloggers, and of course, I can still follow their posts in my feed. That’s not going away. One of the other things I’ve enjoyed about the prompt is the variety of responses that are shown. Some of us will take a similar tack, and many times I really enjoy what someone else will do–its fun and its creative.
Now, I know that everything in life is finite. When I’m done with something, I’m done and I’m fine with moving on. However, like many people, I’m not always ready to be done on someone else’s schedule. This is one of those instances. I would like to continue with a daily post in some form or another.
Here’s my proposal:
I’m imagining that a less formal version could happen here, with other folks who are interested. I’d be willing to be a prompt generator, once a week or thereabouts. If others were also interested, then we could take it in turns to post a prompt, and then anyone who follows will see it in their feed and can use it or not as they see fit. Lots of possibilities here, I’m just throwing this out to get things started and see if anyone else is interested.
If you’re interested, put it in the comments below, and feel free to share this. Cheers!