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The Sound of Blogging

No matter how long you’ve been blogging, there is always more to learn. As part of the Weekly Writing Challenges,…

  • Ready to write? We’ll give you a new challenge each Tuesday. Publish a new post on your blog that interprets the challenge. Include a pingback and we’ll list your post below. Learn More

No matter how long you’ve been blogging, there is always more to learn. As part of the Weekly Writing Challenges, once a month, we’ll be highlighting a feature in the WordPress.com Dashboard and challenging you to incorporate it into your blog. We want to help you take full advantage of all the tools available on WordPress.com to make your blog the best it can be  — and to make your friends jealous of your web wizardry. 

To participate, tag your posts with “DPchallenge” or leave a link to your post in the comments. Please be sure your post has been specifically written in response to this challenge; obvious attempts to link-bait will be deleted. We’ll keep an eye on the tag and highlight the week’s best posts on Freshly Pressed each Friday.


Sound plays an important role in writing. Rhythm makes a story flow; alliteration and rhyme have long been used to add variation and interest to literature. Anyone who remembers their high school English class has had lessons about iambic and dactylic pentameter drilled into their writing repertoire.

For this week’s writing challenge, highlight the role of sound in your posts through writing about a sound that’s important to you, or by experimenting with different tones and styles. Want some ideas to get started?

  • What was the best sound you ever heard? Are there any sounds that immediately stir up memories for you? If so, what is it? For example, I grew up near the beach, which means the piercing squeak of seagulls conjures both the joy of summertime and the tragedy of having endless snacks snatched by the overly aggressive birds during my childhood vacations.
  • Remember this Freshly Pressed post about tone and text messages? Tone plays a significant part in any type of communication. After all, who hasn’t walked into work and wondered if the, “G’Morning” coming from your coworker was said in a sleepy haze, gruff anger, or sorrowful groan of a day pre-caffeine. What does tone mean to you, and how can a simple note in speech change the meaning of an exchange?
  • Instead of adding sound, what about removing it? Some of the most challenging writing prompts involve limiting what you can and cannot use. Have you ever tried writing a sentence without the hard sound of T’s butting up against your teeth? Better yet, that should read, “Have you ever pursued scribbling sans the sound of one symbolic figure we call ‘T’?”

For an intermediate challenge, think of creative ways that you can incorporate sound to enhance your story, using this guide to embed audio files into your posts.

For an advanced challenge task, try WordPress.com’s Post by Voice, which allows you to literally phone in an audio post to your blog. The full instructions for setting up this feature are available here. If you’re not seeing the Post by Voice column on your My Blogs page, be sure to check that it’s been enabled in your Screen Options.

Do note that when you phone in an audio post through Post by Voice, it is published automatically, so you may consider using a private blog to store your audio file if you’re not ready for a full-fledged voice post. If you need help, let us know in the comments — we’ll be here to answer questions.

The ties between sounds, writing, memory, and tone are intricate. Whether writing while wrangling words with similar sounds, or describing a noise in such detail that it feels like your reader is there alongside you, the words we write will always be both read and heard by our readers. At the Daily Post, we can’t wait to see what you do with the musicality of your posts.

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  1. The piano sound,especially when it comes unexpected, takes me miles away from where I am…..It can be while walking in the street ,or it’s the new neighbour playing her Chopin etudes, or even a few notes before an ad….It brings me memories from the past……… Something I’m trying to recognize ……………… Long ago, when I was a little child, my mother was a pianist. She died when I was nine, now I’m nearly eighty………. Is it her music that still touches that chord inside me?

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  2. umm interesting! something to think about ! somtimes good to think about overnight and come back to as long as dont leave it to long also can feel blood sugar dropping so will deffo have to come back to this umm heading off to kitchen for food

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  3. The best sound I can think of right now is the tap-tap-tapping of my keyboard in action: proof I have something to write about….better go put my thinking cap on for this challenge!

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  4. Reblogged this on Emotfit's Blog and commented:
    A Sound Challenge From Word Press. Thought I would comment a bit about the loss of sound. I am totally deaf in one ear and slowly losing the hearing in the other one. Definitely, changes one’s appreciation of sound. and as I tell my critical husband, it is nice to turn off my hearing aid when he goes on and on.

    Will work on telephone in a post. Watch for it.

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  5. Wow! Wondering why we wait without working? Living life looks lonely, unless light lits up the whole place… Laughs!
    I’m just trying out some sounds. That’s aliteration right? Just hope I find the drive to take on this challenge. By the way, I love the beautiful aliteration used through out your post. Good work; welldone!

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    1. Hi Molly! To participate in the challenge, you will want to take your post with “DPChallenge.” If you haven’t added tags to a post before, this guide will walk you through it.

      Let me know if you have other questions :)

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61 Responses Ready to write? To participate, publish a post on your blog that responds to the prompt. Include a pingback and we’ll list your post below. Learn More