Going forward, we will be tapping into our huge collection of writing prompts, as well as adding new ones.
We started publishing writing prompts on a daily basis back in October 2012 — a near-eternity in internet terms! 785 prompts and one free ebook later (not to mention tens of thousands of posts generated and shared in response to these prompts), we thought it was time to tweak the way we approach prompts on The Daily Post.
In the final days of 2014 we started publishing a mix of older prompts from our archives, along with the occasional new prompt. We still feature prompts suggested to us by our loyal, incredibly creative readers, and will continue to do so in the future (if you have a prompt idea please share it with us here). Everyone can still share their posts via pingbacks, which will appear in the grid below each individual prompt; the technical issues we’ve experienced with pingbacks last month have been resolved.
While daily prompts are currently available on our homepage, we’re working to make sure they also appear in your WordPress.com Reader as well as delivered via email to our followers.
Given the depth of our prompt archive, the vast majority of bloggers visiting our site will never encounter a prompt to which they’d already responded. That said, if you see a prompt you’d previously used, or if today’s prompt leaves you cold, we’ve got you covered. We’ve added a “Try Another” button to our homepage as well as to individual prompts’ pages, letting you browse through as many prompts as you wish until you hit one that inspires you to write a new post.
Every writing prompt is, ultimately, an invitation to share your own perspective with the rest of the community. We always encourage bloggers to interpret prompts in any way that makes sense to them — to make prompts their own. Whether you use them as a tool to help you meet a posting goal, a way to jump-start your daily writing, or an occasional lifesaver on days you feel stuck for a topic, we hope our daily prompts continue to be a part of your Daily Post experience.