Weekly Writing Challenge: Using Forms Creatively
For some of us, blogging is personal. Others are trying to educate or entertain; many more are hybrids. Yet we’re all storytellers. Creative Writing Challenges help you to push your writing boundaries, show off your blogging chops, and, hopefully, spark more post ideas.
To participate, tag your post with DPchallenge or leave a link to it in the comments. (It would also be great if you could link to this post to encourage people to take part – the more the merrier!) Your post should be specifically written in response to this challenge. We’ll keep an eye on the tag and highlight some of our favorite posts on Freshly Pressed on Friday.
This week’s writing challenge forces you to think outside the typical “contact form” box. In our piece from Thursday, “Beyond ‘Contact Me’: Engaging Your Readers with Forms,” we explored the many ways you can use this often-overlooked feature. Whether you’re looking to gain insights into your readers’ wants and interests, come up with new post ideas, or interact with your community of fellow bloggers in deeper ways, using forms in your posts can get you there.
So, let’s go from theory to reality this week. We want to see what you’ve got, using forms as a springboard. The challenge this week will be two parts:
- Create and add a custom form to one of your posts.
- Write a second post based on the information you collect from your form, and tag this post with DPchallenge or leave a link to it in the comments.
Think about your goals as a blogger and how you can use forms as a tool to help you achieve them (or at least get a bit closer). Then synthesize the feedback you collect, and see where it takes you — it could confirm something you’ve been thinking all along, or take you in an entirely new direction. (And if you’ve not read the aforementioned post from Thursday, be sure to check it out once you’re done here, as it walks you through the process of easily adding forms to your posts.)
On Thursday, we gave you a few examples of creative form use. If none of those move you, here are a few more:
- Maybe you’re itching to write about your ongoing feud with your annoying neighbor and need just the perfect comeback line.
- Perhaps you’re planning a post about fun ways to keep your kids busy this summer and would love tips from other parents.
- If you’d like to write about your personal top-ten-movie list from the last decade, ask your readers which ones they’d choose.
- For fiction bloggers, let your readers guide your characters’ next moves.
These are all mere starting points, though. How could you best use forms to drive content in your own blog? The possibilities here are as limitless as the WordPress.com universe. We’re excited to see what you come up with. Please don’t forget to tag your posts with DPchallenge, or share them in the comments below. We’ll be waiting.