Daily Prompt: Broken

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I was surprised that our WordPress people, the same that have created our Daily Prompt Grid and the same that have encouraged us to write daily for a prompt, chose the subject of “broken” for today’s prompt. They broke everything for the blogger in WordPress when they announced that the Grid will no longer be a grid, that daily prompts are no longer required and that the bloggers should do something else. Go and play in another playground. There will no longer be a daily prompt, tomorrow is the last daily prompt.

Those over the pond find the daily prompt subject waiting for them on their computer first thing in the morning. In my part of Europe it appears in the early afternoon, but we all have something in common, we write for the daily prompt. We might look in on others to see what they have written.

There is a daily prompt community on WordPress. We have found colleagues sharing a common interest in writing almost daily. Perhaps not every day, but I find an average of 100 entries daily written by us (usually many more). I have met many bloggers, Olga from Pamploma, Marilyn from near the Blackstone River in the States. There is Tony in California who tells me about the plants he grows and I tell him about the plants I grow. One day I will meet Martha, the lady with the three dogs almost bigger than she is and author of interesting books. I already met Susan from the States when she was on a trip through Switzerland, she lead a very interesting challenge to encourage the use of macro images with the camera. And Cee, whose challenges with photos are weekly and keep us all on camera quests to find something to fit.

These are not all people that make a daily entry for a daily Prompt, but they read what I write and pass a comment now and again. I have got to know them through my daily prompt and they know me.

From 31st May, when the last prompt is posted, this will all be gone. There will be silence in the prompt world. Some have sent out messages to the daily prompt people not to do this, but to continue. It doesn’t hurt to post one word a day through a computer programme, or does it? Perhaps it brings no profit.

Let us see what can be repaired in the meanwhile. Perhaps the 1st June might bring an unexpected surprise although I do not think so. WordPress only surprise us when they forget something. I will now wait and see.

Daily Prompt: Broken

29 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Broken

  1. I was heartbroken at this decision. I’ve enjoyed it and written a poem (occasionally) a picture or a comment every single day for nearly 2 years. June would mark my 2nd year, with a daily prompt every single day, none missed! It’s about money, and turning word press into fb, and if they think they’re going to draw teens, they’ are barking up the wrong tree. They don’t read! number one, and they only send pics! number two and they aren’t interested in anything beyond their immediate group! number three. Here, with 279,000 ppl reading and posting from around the world, we’ve met friends, made friends, learned shared laughed joked even told personal stories. It’s a crime! And I’m heartbroken.

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    • I think I have been participating since I discovered it, and that is many years. I have been in WordPress for ten years. It always seems to be about the money and no thanks to a second FB. One is enough and I very rarely comment there. I like to use the messenger to contact people I know but otherwise, it is not my idea of fun. They have been working on the teens for some time with their enhanced telephone messaging possibilities. I too have made many friends online in WordPress and even met a couple I have got to know them like my real life friends. WordPress are destroying this with one very bad selfish decision.

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      • I got that from your article earlier, and I agree. I’ve come to know Marilyn and as she said, if we were closer, we’d have been hail and hearty friends as teens and youth and adults. I adore her and Garry. I’ve come to know others, such as you, and so many more on a personal level through your writing on the daily post and it’s special precious and dear. WordPress decision is based completely on money. They are barking up the wrong tree here.

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  2. I agree, Mrs. Angloswiss! I don’t understand why the prompts are going away. All the words are selected far ahead of time (which I learned when I complained to WordPress that the prompt the day after the Manchester bombing was either “bomb” or “explosion” or something along those lines) and are scheduled to post in the morning (seems to be around 8 am Eastern time here in the States). Surely they have a post template and only need to plug in a word and schedule the post to post. I haven’t done the daily prompts in a very long time because my brain isn’t as spontaneous anymore due to illness, but I enjoy reading everyone else’s. I am very sad to see them go!

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    • I don’t think anyone understand why they are going. It is really not a lot of extra work for the WordPress staff to make a prompt daily. I think they are more a random generator than a planned word. I do have days when I do not feel like writing, but somehow I always seem to find something.

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  3. I pretty much rely on the reader to find the posts I want to read, but that won’t help me find new blogs or share my work with new readers. it’s a really really stupid decision on WPs part. I don’t even deal with any aspect of Word Press except the Daily Post. How it would morph into Facebook, I have no idea. I just don’t know. I’m not leaving — I have my websites for my books here and sure don’t want to rebuild those. But I dunno’. I think it’s really sad to tear down something that works for so many people.

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  4. Correct me if I am wrong! WordPress will still be a platform to communicate your stories, ideas, and other viewpoints as a story, fact, or whatever, If this is so, maybe we can still use the platform to originate ideas and convey content worldwide. Or, maybe a person(s), groups, etc could daily publish some suggestions to act on from there. I know it is a change but we can do it. Now I know I am new here, enjoy it very much, and would like to continue it because it relaxes me. I dread the FB platform myself. Yes, I do still use it sometimes. I am just asking, no negativity meant.

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    • It is always good when someone takes the initiative to do something new. I have had a few suggestions from WordPress colleagues about how we could continue and I congratulate them for their ideas. I am now the darker side of 70 and no longer have the energy to commit myself to something new, but I love participating in challenges. I will now wait and see how it all develops.

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      • I am an infant 71 so I understand. If I knew more about it I could throw some input. I would hate to duplicate the efforts. I think Dee was talking about it once not long ago. We can see and play it by the ear.

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  5. I boycott facebook forever, period. Why don’t people just make their own prompt and keep doing things like Cee’s, and that way those taking part will stay in touch with many of the same folks, and can endorse it on their own blogs, and then people can follow that? make a blog called dailyprompt.wordpress.com or similar, and then all join it, and take turns posting prompts, or have one or more people maintain it…?

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  6. I thought it was an ironic choice for a Daily Prompt although probably randomly chosen by a computer. I doubt WordPress expends a lot of human effort on it now. I know what you mean about community. I’ve got to know many bloggers by reading their Daily Prompt posts. I think that relationships we have already made will continue but a common meeting place is needed when you are part of an online community. It is hard to understand why WordPress can no longer provide this. It can’t be that expensive or inconvenient to run.

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    • I don’t think anyone understands their reasons for doing this. It was the attraction of WordPress. There are many blogging sites out there, but none such a good platform for getting to know each other. The reade is ok, but you only see posts of those you know and how are you going to get to know people when you have no meeting place

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  7. What makes this so distasteful is that this is a zero cost operation for them. They don’t need anyone to monitor it unless something goes wrong. It’s automated, none of them has to read the material or comment on it or respond to it. So taking it away hurts people and does not help them.

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    • I also do not understand the point of the whole operation. It has left a very bad impression of WordPress behind. And they seem to be ignoring us completely

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  8. I still hope to see you and Tabby on Friday! I will think of something to post–and I hope everyone else does, too. This was one very sorry decision WP made. How do you gather all your employees and tell them, “OK, here’s the plan. We stop doing everything for them.’ Ridiculous.

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