Daily Prompt: Baggage Check or Where have all the blogs gone?

We all have complicated histories. When was the last time your past experiences informed a major decision you’ve made?

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Seems that everyone has cold feet today, no go, and not a word written on this spectacular daily prompt. Did I miss something? Did the faithful followers of WordPress decide on a day of strike: refusing to write a word, describing all the exciting past experiences that we had and the decisions they caused? It might be that the system is not working today. The brain behind the software of WordPress has collapsed and the great new look is not looking where it should. Perhaps I have bombarded it too much with the dreaded pingbacks which no-one seems to like. Most of us are still trying to remember how to do it, the system no longer being pingback friendly.

To be quite honest, I am also at the cross roads today. I wrote a complete prize suspicious entry, checked to see if anyone else had written something and discovered that the prompt page was still empty. I also decided that I had not written anything prize suspicious to leave an eternal mark on the blogging scene, so I destroyed it, sent it to the land of recycle bin, never to be found again.

Did we all forget where we left our baggage? I must admit I have had my moments of absentmindedness from time to time. I remember when my youngest son was still in pram age, not able to walk on his own, a sort of crying/smiling/ machine. I deposited him at the entrance to the supermarket in his pram. I was not planning to desert him or forget him, really not, I just wanted to fetch a couple of items. Eventually I left the supermarket and somehow something was missing. Oh! I did a speedy return and found my little boy sound asleep amongst the hustle and bustle of the supermarket still in his pram. Honest, I did not forget him on purpose, I just forgot to pick up the pram (forgive me son). He does not seem to have carried a fear of being deserted psychosis throughout his life since thank goodness and he does not tremble when entering a supermarket, fearing never to leave again.

I have been trying to remember all my past experiences that have formed the decisions taken in my life. I wanted to get out of London and see something completely different. I moved to Switzerland, saw Mr. Swiss who was something completely different, because he spoke another language, and was Swiss, and I got married. I wanted to learn Russian and at the age of 45 I began to learn for about twelve years. I still cannot speak it fluently, but it would be enough to talk my way out of a problem, should I be arrested in Moscow for spionage. The Russians seem to have the habit of suspecting foreigners. I was in Leningrad (St. Petersburg as it is now known) at the age of 17, but they were the days when Nikita Chruschov was president and there was something going on called a cold war where all sorts of English and Russian spies were being arrested and put into prison. I found it a nice place, full of gentlemen in uniform and big hats. Somehow I probably made the decision to learn the language, but not to move to Russia.

Now and again in between I look in on the WordPress Daily Prompt Site with this new, attractive Grid system, where all our blog entries are isolated in little boxes to see if there are any brave souls amongst us that have written a contribution, but there is still nothing there. Come on Russians, you must have a little spammy entry somewhere which has nothing to do with our subject of the day? 79 other bloggers have stated that they”like this” where the title is, but somehow they do not like it enough to write something.

I have found the solution.This is the WordPress revenge because we are still pingbacking, despite the obstacles planted in our way and despite the bans and limitations imposed. An embargo has been organised, a Veto declared.In this case I think I will go, the count of “like this” has now increased by 2 to 81, but still not sign of activity. Perhaps we have all caught the dreaded “no daily prompt” virus and are sneezing into our screens with running eyes. Indeed there may be computers in many households where the owners are slumped over the keyboards, the fingers shaking over the letters but not able to use a last drop of energy to type. Is this the end of blog? Will we be rescued by Bloggerman? Read tomorrow for a further instalment in this exciting, enthralling daily prompt serial.

Daily Prompt: Baggage Check, or Where Have All The Blogs Gone?


28 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Baggage Check or Where have all the blogs gone?

  1. Pingback: All Aboard! | I'm a Writer, Yes I Am

  2. I’m actually having a hard time finding the pingbacks for today’s post – I think there’s a glitch, or something. I’ve posted twice on today’s topic, actually, so there’s that at least.


  3. I am doing what you said, sitting over the keyboard, just trying to think of the first word! This may be the end of blog! Well for me at least…at least until the next prompt comes out. To tell the truth, I hate some of these Daily Prompts. Some of them are a little useless while others are just dumb. Like this one today! That it probably why no has posted. Now it may be MY absentmindedness for not coming up with a post for today, but still, the least WordPress could for its community is hand out some good prompts. Didn’t prompt me one bit…
    After that rant, I’d like to say a very good post.
    But…what to write about? Maybe there is a way besides the Daily Prompt to figure WHAT to write about, but how if not by a very motivating prompt?
    Oh and is it me or can no one else find what others have written? On the front of the Daily Post, it says 9 people have replied to the Prompt, but I see no one’s when it directs me to the grid page. What’s up?
    P.S. Where is your forum located? Is it open to the public to write on?


  4. My reason for not responding to the prompt is very simple: I don’t think that any daily prompt which requires me to go digging into my past is good for me or anyone else, let alone spectacular. I firmly belive that going back so as to explain why one made certain decisions is dangerous for the psyche and counterproductive. It’s in the past, and that’s where it should stay. That said, I did respond to a prompt back in March which re-capped my personal history of the past two years, and that’s about as far back as I’m willing to go. I did it to put to rest that period of my life. If you’re interested in reading it, here’s the link:



    • I am with you on this – I always avoid giving my private life out in the prompt, I just tend to twist and turn the prompt to suit myself. Now and again I might tell a little, but it is a prompt, and I just like to have fun with it. A very good blog you wrote about leaving Zagreb.


  5. This may be a late, late, comment but I just found this post after searching for “pingbacks not working on daily prompt” because that’s the problem I’m having right now. My posts have not been showing up for two straight days now and I can’t figure out what the problem is.


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