Broken-hearted that after tomorrow, there will be no daily WordPress prompt!

Please Join Me in Asking WordPress Not to Abolish the Daily Prompt!!

I am starting a forum campaign to prevail upon WordPress not to drop the Daily Prompt.  Please comment HERE to agree with me and perhaps help effect a reversal of their decision.

Not only has it been an invaluable aid to me in jump-starting me in my writing each day, but it was also a way to find new bloggers to add to my favorites list. Without it, I will once again just fall back on my favorites list without much of a way of meeting new bloggers.

Please comment both on the forum and in comments below.

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About lifelessons

My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

32 thoughts on “Broken-hearted that after tomorrow, there will be no daily WordPress prompt!

  1. Relax...

    I commented over at the forums. I hope they won’t cancel the daily word prompt — it is fun, and what a great way to be in touch with far reaches of the world! A wonderful common denominator for us all. If they cancel, we’ll all have to post and search by tags, but of course it won’t be the same — not half as good as having a locus to go to. Judy, you may have to take up the daily word prompting… 🙂


    1. lifelessons Post author

      I’m wondering if this is one of my nudged by fate to stop blogging and write/finish the book that increasing hints and synchronicities are prodding me to write.I just enjoy the blogging so much. We shall see. Perhaps I’ll see what other bloggers’ responses will be to this post. If all else fails, trust fate and synchronicity. It has always worked for me before. My problem is that I need to be my prompting would not help.

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      1. Relax...

        I enjoy it, too. My prompting wouldn’t help, either — not for long, anyway. I’d likely have to use the dictionary to find a word for Day 18, lol. Well, I’ve found that blogging does indeed take up time when other things could (/must) be done.. but it’s fun-writing, and hence, hard to ever part with. Gah, I keep ending sentences on conjunction words today — it’s all WP’s fault. 😉


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  3. theceaselessreaderwrites

    Submitted in the forum:

    I, too am distraught because Daily Post and Community Pool are being done away with. Both were valuable tools for connecting with and collaborating with a vast variety of bloggers with whom I would otherwise have had little chance of being exposed to. Two brief entries I posted yesterday more vividly express my frustration:

    Please don’t cancel Daily Post and Community Pool!


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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Thanks, Denny. I read your post on the forum and was trying to find your blogs I appreciate the link. Makes it easier. I checked out the one new website you mentioned, but it already has 300 comments mixed in with people who have posted.. Just takes two long to get through it. I wish there was a way to set up a page like WordPress that just had squares with links to work..Also, I miss having a prompt. Whine, whine. I can’t imagine that it was that much work for WP to maintain the Daily Prompt.. wonder why they are dropping it?

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      1. theceaselessreaderwrites

        I wonder as well. I think it was Martha Kennedy who recently posted about her disappointment of changes WP had made that marginalized older blogs in favor of promoting newer, fresher content. I don’t know of any WP-supported platforms that were better at supporting newer bloggers than DP & CP.


  4. Lee

    I have found the artificial discipline of waking to an assignment every morning engaging. What I made of the opportunity was not always “King’s English,” but WOD gave me a hinge from which to swing out some story and poem drafts that I think might be made into something.

    Since most of my blog consists of responses to theses prompts, I begin to wonder if I am up to the challenge of continuing an (almost) daily posting without it.


    1. lifelessons Post author

      Please post this on the Forum. I feel exactly the same way. I just need that “start.” Otherwise I spend all my time trying to figure out what to write about. Once someone tells me, away I go.

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  5. Reflections of an Untidy Mind

    Done. Here is what I wrote on the Forum.

    Dear WordPress, I wish to add my voice to that of Judy Dykstrabrown, requesting that WordPress please reconsider its position to discontinue the Daily Prompt.

    Quite apart from the benefits to individual bloggers in helping them improve their writing, and facilitating friendships between experienced and new bloggers, which is sufficient in its own right to make the Daily Prompt so very worthwhile – the Daily Prompt is the single most valuable forum that I’ve come across for building unity and understanding between such a diverse range of voices. Where other social media platforms build walls and tribes, the Daily Prompt provides a platform for us to come together in respectful conversation. It gives me much needed hope that we can overcome our differences and live together peacefully in a pluralistic global society, even if on occasion we agree to disagree.

    While Longreads and Discover can highlight issues (and publicise some great blogs), rarely are readers enabled to join the conversation. I honestly believe that continuation of the Daily Prompt is necessary to fill that gap. Sure, the Daily Prompt is not perfect. Some people do use it for purposes other than which it was intended, but my casual observation is that the majority of contributions do not abuse the privilege.

    When I first started blogging less than a year ago, I did so because I thought I had something worthwhile to say. As a result of the Daily Prompt, my blog is less about me, and more about putting others first. If my experience is replicated by other bloggers, then why wouldn’t WordPress want to see that continue? When I was discouraged, another blogger quoted Walt Whitman to me: “That you are here—that life exists and identity,
    That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”

    Not every contribution to the Daily Prompt is going to change the world, but maybe the Daily Prompt can help us feel, in just a little way, that we belong to something bigger, something precious – humanity.

    Please reconsider your decision.

    Kind Regards.
    (Reflections of an Untidy Mind)


  6. choosingmyperspective

    I’ve never really used the Daily Prompt but I don’t want the Daily Post to go away, period. The Weekly Photo Challenge is how I made friends with several people, one of whom I even got to meet in person clear across the country, and will be seeing again soon on my side of the US.

    Hope your campaign works. And thanks for YOUR “prompt”!


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  9. gc

    I back your campaign 100 per cent Judy.

    I recently received a notification from Word Press informing me that my yearly fee to continue using my Main Aisle site address and needs to be paid by January 1.

    What platform will I use if they discontinue the Daily Prompt feature?

    Surely to goodness if it is merely a matter of a few dollars the WP geniuses should ask folks to pay a yearly fee so that we will not be left to our own devices.

    If they continue with their plan to end the prompts I would seriously suggest that bloggers start to follow those fellow bloggers they can relate to.

    Is it lack of interest or lack of income that is forcing WP to end this much needed forum?


  10. janebasilblog

    Done! I wrote my message on the forum. in the form of a poem. After I posted it I realised that it could have done with a couple of small improvements. As always, I got a tad carried away… 🙂

    I hope WP’s decision isn’t already written in stone.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Thanks, Alan. I’ve been doing the Daily Promps for five years now so will have done all of those. I’ll put your site on my list of prompts for others, though.



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