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WordPress And Its Prompts

WordPress And Its Prompts

Those of you who use the web version of WordPress would have noticed that WordPress began the practice of adding new prompts daily to the Block Editor.

And, for quite some time, daily prompts have been a thing on the home page of the Jetpack Website Builder App.

Apparently, WordPress wants to encourage its users to write by providing them with prompts (Which, in my opinion, is not a bad thing).

Daily WordPress Prompts Were Quite Common Years Ago

Back in 2012, WordPress presented users with daily prompts via their official WordPress blog; it was something that bloggers partook in.

As a matter of fact, lots of people (including those who had no intention of participating in it) looked forward to finding out what topics the daily prompts were going to be based on.

Then, one day, WordPress decided to discontinue those daily prompts.

Some Bloggers Decided To Carry The Mantle

Since many people were truly enjoying those daily prompts, some of the bloggers took it upon themselves to pick up where WordPress left off; they would create prompts of their own and the people who love prompts would participate in them.

Those people who hosted prompts saw lots of interaction taking place within the comments section of their blogs.

Prompts, on the whole, were a big hit (Many people were most eager to participate in them).

WordPress Is Serious About Bringing Their Prompts Back To The Forefront

Why is WordPress so eager to push its prompts out into the open?

Because they want to encourage people to write.

And, one of the best ways of getting people to do that is by providing them with new prompts on a daily basis.

Prompts Are Ideal For Those Who Suffer From Writer’s Block

It is an unfortunate fact that there are bloggers who are clueless about what types of blog posts they should publish on their blogs.

An available prompt provides them with an idea — one that they could use to create a new blog post.

Prompts, on the whole, help bloggers to be creative (And, that is a good thing).

Not Everyone Is Into Prompts

Despite the enjoyment that I get from reading the various creative pieces of writing from bloggers (those that were inspired by prompts), I have no intention of being a participant of any of those prompts.

Why?

Because, from day one, I always came up with topics for my blog on my own.

Therefore, there is really no need for me to participate in prompts.

Final Thoughts

The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that I have nothing against prompts; I believe that it is a good thing because they help some people to overcome their writer’s block and those prompts also help some people to unleash their creativity.

What I am not to keen on is having prompts displayed directly inside of my Block Editor.

Now, before any of you start saying to me, “Renard, I have never seen any WordPress prompts in my Block Editor,” I want you to know (well, at least for me) it only appears in the web version of WordPress.

And, I am quite okay with daily prompts being shown on the home page of the Jetpack Website Builder App.

In regards to daily prompts being shown in the Block Editor, I think that WordPress should have added a tab — one that allowed the user to opt-in or opt-out.

I feel somewhat violated by having those daily prompts appear in my Block Editor.

What are your views on this?

Do you like having those daily WordPress prompts displayed in your Block Editor?

Or, are you okay with the idea of having those daily WordPress prompts displayed in your Block Editor?

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61 thoughts on “WordPress And Its Prompts

      1. My rough drafts are all unfinished. They are titled, subtitles, and a few bullet points at most. Whenever I have an idea, I either jot it down on my phone or fire up WordPress. Was hoping to make an “ideas binder” (like a physical binder) but that’s probably not going to happen.

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          1. I have no idea how these things work but I’m looking for something physical. Most of my ideas are digital, scattered across multiple devices. There’s some ideas that I know I will never use, but I kept them just in case. 😅

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              1. Oh I see. Tbh I write my blog posts and edit them all at once, and then I publish them within the same day or the following day. Similarly, I’m the type that edits for hours and can’t put it down until it’s down.

                When I’m really lost for ideas, I often pick one of the drafts at random and write up the rough draft from there. Really depends on how I’m feeling that day.

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  1. I like the idea of prompts too since they encourage people to write. But like you, I’m not too keen on using them either. I have too many ideas and prompts will only distract me from what I really want to write.

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  2. Hahaha – well that explains it!

    I was creating the post that is due out this morning yesterday and when l opened the BE up, there was a question there that said “Are you happy with the clothes you wear every day?”

    I was like WTF is that and where did it come from?? It just screwed with my mind, so l ditched it. Now it makes sense. Good to have that cleared up, many thanks Renard. Like you, l don’t need to see them l am perfectly capable of writing under my own steam on my own topics.

    I don’t have writer’s block, but l have prompt block – it’s one thing to craft my own question prompts once a week, but my muse is no longer interested in writing fiction prompts or responding to them.

    I run series for a reason – that is l am never out of ideas, even social calendar post series aside, l am never out of ideas. Plus not all of the categories are totally open yet in the blog, so if l really struggled l would open up the fifth and final fully.

    I maintain 35 series and currently the figures of operation are 24/11. The last 11 will start to be written into between now and the end of January – so l don’t really have time for other prompts in my life. They are great for those who need them – maybe, yes maybe.

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    1. 🙂 Rory, if I were to make future predictions about WordPress, daily WordPress prompts in the Block Editor would not have made the list.

      I immediately knew that it was a daily WordPress prompt because the same prompt shows up on the home page of the Jetpack Website Builder App (I am okay with that because it is on the App’s home page and not in the Block Editor).

      WordPress really surprised the hell out of me when they chose to add their daily prompt in the Block Editor of the web version of WordPress.

      Apparently, no one but myself has complained about it being intrusive via a blog post (So, my educated guess is that the masses are okay with it or they have not discovered it as yet.

      It is nice to know that you do not have writer’s block.

      In regards to your prompt block, I recommend going with the first or second idea that comes to your mind.

      I wish you the best of luck with your series.

      And, do enjoy the rest of your day, Rory.

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      1. I guess because l don’t have much to do with the WordPress Reader on a regular basis it just struck me as odd. It is intrusive, even for an old fashioned fella like me. But then l am not big on social stuff so l find it even more intrusive.

        I don’t miss prompts if being honest – l like my question prompts because they are inspired by other bloggers or questions l have discussed when volunteering, out and about or overheard or spoken about with friends or Suze when we are in the garden 🙂

        I am not even reading much fiction these days and worms don’t tend to write short stories … maybe that’s an idea 🙂

        Mm

        Have a great Sunday Renard 🙂

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  3. Yup. This morning saw a question re: What are my differences night and day. Paraphrasing because I deleted the sentence straight away. Rather like the generic everyday Facebook question ‘What’s on your mind…..?’ I’ve began an upload and used that phrase a few times. Specifics like the WordPress intentions are more of a challenge to broaden an intentional ‘individual previously thought out’ blog story I suppose. Change the theme so to speak. That Night/Day question if about to write about fountain pen journalling experiences? Well. Are the written experiences more effective or less effective at given times of the 24 hour period. Could be beneficial as an inclusive. Rather like your Christmas experiences with blog writing. Thanks for pinpointing. Cheers and all the best.

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  4. After reading your post, I had to go to the Web version to check out the prompt … maybe it’s the question posed, but I can’t see it inspiring me to write. I’ve got a book where I write down all my ideas, and everything is scheduled in my diary so I know what I’m writing when. Sometimes I will be inspired and change what I’m going to post; but I don’t think writing about nor being a morning person will do it … it feels too bland.

    It seems like the prompt disappears when you start typing, so I don’t think that’ll bother me too much.

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    1. 🙂 I believe that you are supposed to read the prompt and soak it all in before you start typing, Brenda.

      Writing ideas down in a book is highly effective when you want to get some inspiration to work on a blog post.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion, my friend.

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  5. Since your tip, I’ve deleted the WordPress mobile app and have gone over to the Jetpack app. But I haven’t seen any prompts on the home page, Renard.

    I don’t go along with the idea of writer’s block; it’s probably nature’s way of suggesting writing isn’t for you, try something else. I find there are things to write about all the time, we just have to observe the world around us and think!

    Anyway, out of curiosity and a sense of fun, I tried blog prompts for a while. The short story idea ones could be quite good as we’re only limited by our imagination, but 97% of the others – photo prompts, word prompts, question prompts etc. – just weren’t inspiring, thoughtful or challenging enough. I felt it was just done as an easy way for that blogger to get traffic to their site.

    I feel prompts need to be relevant. Some of the best places for prompts are daily newsfeeds and, dare I say it, Twitter. The manufactured outrage I see on there always gets my juices going.

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    1. Okay, I see where the daily prompt question appears on the app. The reason I don’t see it is the app opens for me on the posts page, not the home page, every time.

      It’s like when we arrive at our own house, we don’t tend to go through the front door but around to the side door! 😆

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    2. 🙂 I strongly agree that there is something that is readily available to write about. My educated guess is that there are those who have the aptitude for it, while there are those who have to work way harder than others to write an article.

      Thank you for letting me know how you feel about prompts.

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  6. Thanks for this! I thought I was losing my mind, just a tad, when I noticed oddball prompts in the editor…my first instinct is always that I made some mistake – like with settings or something. I get that’s it’s harmless and it goes away when you begin working, but TBH, it felt…still feels…a little intrusive. Maybe I’m being too possessive of my block editor space. 😉

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  7. I use the web version and I’ve received no prompts. Maybe it’s because I have the grandfathered, super cheap version of WP? I did notice that the block editor in the document is back to full effectiveness and no longer disappears when I attempt to engage.
    I wouldn’t mind prompts. I’m “take it or leave it women” when it comes to those.

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  8. I noticed the prompt and it took me a while to figure out why it was there. I don’t mind it being there but not the kind of prompt I would use. My weekly prompts are geared toward those who write poetry. One or two words and an image set the stage for those who like to be creative.

    I remember the WP prompts and I’ve accessed them a few times to get ideas. My ideas for prompts usually just pop into my head and I like to evoke a mood rather than throw out a random word or two. Also, I state in my prompt post “Go where the prompt leads you. It can be any variation of the prompt and/or image. ” So it is not just words or an image, it’s whatever my participants want it to be.

    Prompts can be a lot of work but I enjoy it.

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  9. Is it new feature?
    Because I haven’t noticed it.
    From few days I haven’t used the web version.
    I will see it tomorrow 🙂
    Till now, I haven’t faced writer’s block, I don’t keep anything in drafts for future. Only those blogs on which I’m working atm.

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    1. 🙂 Prompts appearing in the Block Editor of the web version of WordPress is something that is fairly new; I made that discovery approximately two days ago.

      Also, it is nice to know that you have not faced writer’s block.

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Devang.

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  10. One appeared in my block editor on Friday, Renard, and I thought I had been hacked. Not sure how it will work for writers who are never short of ideas but may provide an avenue of fun one day.

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    1. 🙂 Being hacked would be one of the things running through people’s minds (Especially if they saw a question in the Block Editor of the web version of WordPress and did not know that it was a WordPress prompt).

      Luckily for me, I knew what it was right away since I use the Jetpack Website Builder App.

      The prompt on the web version of WordPress was exactly the same as on the Jetpack Website Builder App (And, that was when I made the correlation).

      I do not think that the prompts were meant for seasoned writers; they were most likely created for those bloggers who complain about having writer’s block.

      Do enjoy the rest of your day, Davy, and thank you for reading and commenting.

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  11. I like prompts personally. It can be one word, a phrase, or a picture. It usually sends me on a research project if something strikes my fancy and I find it interesting. So my creative muscles get flexed even when I do not have a particular idea for writing. I have not seen Prompts on WP though. I sub to blogs that have them. The only drawback to that is that it can limit your audience if you are trying to connect with a lot of readers. I’ll take a stroll through the WP site and see if I can find these prompts. 🙂 Thank you for mentioning them and happy writing.

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  12. I’m sure the prompts will help writers suffering from writer’s block. I just noticed it, though. I usually write on Word then copy and paste over to WordPress. That way I can keep the original copy on my hard drive.

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    1. 🙂 Saving a copy of your blog post on your hard drive is always a good idea.

      Would you believe that there are one or two bloggers who have not seen those prompts show up in their Block Editor as yet?

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      1. It really is. I have lost many posts and songs by relying on an online service lol. I now make sure I have a flash drive while also making sure that I save frequently!

        And I would think the only writers whom haven’t seen it would be mobile users, aye? I mean it’s clear as day once you create a new post. I feel like many also ignore them and get straight to writing.

        No problem, brother! 🙂

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  13. I have not noticed the prompt. Personally I like receiving prompts. It takes me out of my comfort zone encouraging me to write on arbitrary topics – not only focusing on what comes easy to me. A sort of personal development. Would love to receive them.

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    1. 🙂 You will see those Daily Prompts pop up in the Block Editor of the web version of WordPress.

      Those Daily Prompts also appear on the home page of the Jetpack Website Builder App.

      I stopped using the WordPress Mobile App in November. Therefore, I am not in a position to tell you if the Daily Prompts are in there or not.

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  14. Funnily enough, I just today noticed the prompt-section on my dash for the first time; clearly they aren’t all going to be winners, but a stopped clock only has to be right twice a day, and this particular clock literally comes to us, so even if there’s just the occasional interesting prompt to toss into the Possible Posts file it’ll still well be worth checking out.

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