Blogging 101: Make a Prompt Personal

Today’s assignment: publish a post based on your own, personalized take on today’s Daily Prompt.

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Writing prompts can be a blogger’s best friend: when inspiration is low and fresh ideas few, responding to someone else’s question can do get you out of a slump. There’s no need to treat them as requirement, though; prompts work best when you personalize them to fit your interests and perspective.

Today’s assignment: publish a post based on your own, personalized take on today’s Daily Prompt.

Why do this?

  • Learning to interpret prompts is an invaluable skill for when writers’ block hits.
  • The best way to become a better blogger is to blog — and prompts force you to do that.

Prompts are not homework, and they’re not mandatory. They’re also flexible: prompts are here to help you, and the best way to make the most out of them is to personalize them.

Maybe you’ll know what you want to publish as soon as you read the prompt — great! If not, don’t abandon it. Just like you customize your theme to match your tastes and preferences, you can tweak prompts to fit your interests and blog.

Take this (terrible) prompt:

Two plus two equals four: yes or no?

Sure, you could just answer the question. You also could write about why you love math, rant about the technology behind solar calculators, post a few photos of pairs of things, or tell a story about how you met your best friend in 9th-grade algebra. None of those posts answer the question; all of those posts respond to the prompt.

A reminder: comments are closed on Daily Prompts, so don’t forget to add a pingback to your post to be listed with all the other responses to the prompt. And of course, be sure to use the blogging101 tag.

Today, practice turning a writing prompt into a post that fits seamlessly into your blog. Read today’s prompt, and interpret it. Focus on a particular work. Take a broad-brush view. Use it metaphorically. Find an alternate interpretation.

If the prompt still isn’t moving you, write about whatever thought popped into your mind when you first read it. Write about why you think the prompt is silly. Or check out the comments: some bloggers might’ve already posted their responses, and you can post a reaction to one that strikes a chord. For more, check out our tips on making prompts your own.

(If you really aren’t moved by a given day’s offering, check out past prompts or browse our 365 Writing Prompts ebook. You can also search the Reader to find other options.)

We’ll be building on this assignment tomorrow, so no skipping! Head to The Commons for feedback and support.

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  1. It’s really nice to see alternate interpretations if prompts but some are just taking it to far by linking it to a post they have with no connection whatsoever to the prompt!LOL

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    1. Oops…typos again…I’m nearsighted, that’s why…the correct words were “of” instead of “if” and “too” instead of “to” 🙂

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  2. So I have a question… I included a youtube link in my post. When I published my post the link appeared as the featured image in the reader instead of the image that I had set to be featured. I couldn’t figure out how to fix this so I deleted the post and re-published it without the link. Obviously, this fixed the image problem, but the original post was not deleted from the reader. So now there are two of my posts in the reader… I feel kind of dumb haha is it possible to fix this?


  3. I think I did the assignment a day late, because I seem to have written on a different prompt than everyone else. Perhaps later tonight I’ll go back and take a crack at yesterdays prompt as well. Hmm…