Different Direction

Dropping out of the regular Daily Prompt. Explanation below 🙂


Before I respond to an alternate prompt for today, I want to let you all know that I’m truly fed up with the rerun prompts.  I’ve decided to click on the “try another prompt” option, and if I find things there that I haven’t already responded to, I’ll use those prompts.

The one thing I don’t want to do is to lose touch with many of you who have become an important part of my day. If you don’t see me on the grid, it’s because I’m using an alternate prompt, and I’ll be on that grid.  I should also show up in the Reader, which I’ll be checking more faithfully since some regulars, like Anglo-Swiss, are opting out of the daily prompts as well.   If WP’s goal was to get rid of some of us who have been on board for a while, they’re succeeding.  I don’t know why they’d want to do that, but who knows.

I will do my best to check the daily grid and read your posts.

Maybe this whole thing is just a plot to get us writing outside the box!


14 thoughts on “Different Direction

  1. I understand your frustration. I now only respond to the prompts when I feel like it. I have been lucky to connect with an online Writing Group on Facebook – we all took the same MOOC course ‘Start Writing Fiction’ – and I set them a challenge every Monday and post the challenge and my response on my blog. Keep posting. 🙂

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  2. I guess I’m not so caught up in this rebellion since I only do a Daily Prompt-flavored post when the prompt strikes my fancy or specially inspires me. I don’t care for the same prompts over and over, either. For interest’s sake I checked out the first “alternate prompt” this morning and found the recent posts on that grid are from at least a year ago, so looks like no one is using this option — and neither is the prompt a new one.

    I’m sure you’re right: Word Press is trying to get us — or counting on us to start — thinking outside the box. If a person does want to keep doing the daily prompts, perhaps it would suffice to take a few words from the prompt and go from there. Especially today. There are lots of things that “bite and sting us” besides books — the kind behavior of others that reproves us of our own attitudes — and there are lots of worthy books that guide and encourage us.

    As to continuing to stay in touch with other bloggers, I’ve gone into the Reader and clicked on “get instant notification by e-mail” for blogs I follow so I don’t miss any posts. (Unless I have to shut notifications off for a time while I’m otherwise occupied.)

    Oh, dear! This comment is so long now I should have posted it as “Musings” on my own blog. 😉

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  3. Patti

    “Oh dear – Oh no”……I’m very new to the blogging world and was very happy to have found you just yesterday. I loved reading your posts and felt a connection to someone who thinks very much as I do. Now I’m not sure where I’ll be able to find you because I have no idea what Reader is or where to find it. Hopefully I’ll still receive your emails but if there is something else I should do to keep in touch please let me know.


    1. It’s always nice to meet a new fan 🙂 I’m glad you enjoy my posts. Whenever the daily prompt is NOT one I’ve already writte to, I will probably use it.

      You can find the Reader from your Stats page. It’s on the upper left of the page. Very nifty little tool. Good luck!


    2. Patti – if you follow someone, all their posts will automatically show up in your Reader – there’s a link at the top left-hand side of your blog page that takes you to it if it doesn’t show automatically. Welcome to the world of blogging 🙂

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