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? Each Tuesday, we’ll provide a theme. Publish a new post on your blog interpreting the weekly theme. Create a pingback to this week’s challenge to share your post with the community. 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 Dashboard and challenging you to incorporate it into your blog. We want to help you take full advantage of all the tools available on 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’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?


  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


  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!


  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.


  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!


    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 :)


  6. Any sound other than the daily familiar sounds becomes a surprise guest into my space. Not surprising at all, since in the hustle and bustle of the city, surrounded by man made structures, sounds are a dime-a-dozen.The sweetest sound I hear now is my mother’s voice. Again music takes me floating to a fantasy dreamland from where I thud back to earth reluctantly. The sound of waves breaking on the rocks and the constant roar of the ocean in my hometown with its unhurried pace of life enveloping sounds of silence are sounds that I crave for.Having said that, after a brief period in the lap of nature, the city sounds beckons me.


  7. I feel like this challenge was inspired by my last DPchallenge post, which you Freshly Pressed last week. :) AM I RIGHT?
    Anyhootles, I’ll go off to write another post about sound. tootles!


  8. I recently wrote a post JUST about this…. can I go back and tag it DPChallenge and have it count? Or do I have to write it now that I’ve heard about the challenge? :)


  9. My first entry to a writing challenge yey! Not an easy topic for me though…hmmm…so the end result is a bit off-beat..and crazy, I think =) Thanks for the topics dp!


  10. The spoken sound of the written word is something that I try to take into account in all my writing, but, sadly, sometimes my blog posts don’t get quite the same amount of attention as other things I write :(

    Since the rhythm and flow of words in relation to the content, purpose, and emphasis of the work is often primary in how I judge the quality of both my own (and others) writings, I really appreciate the reminder! Thanks!


  11. Here is my post for today, it is about the loss of sound, growing deaf. Tried to make it light and humorous, but not unreal. .

    Also pinned the challenge on my Better Blogging and Writing Board.

    I found pinning a useful way to mini blog as well as to learn, care, and share.

    Thank you WPress for this. And tell me is this link loading or sharing knowledge to help others as well as myself? Staying strong.


  12. Thank you so much for these weekly writing challenges. I love the ideas and I love that it helps me to stay motivated in writing too. I was a little scared of this one – wasn’t sure what I would end up writing about, but it reminded me – sometimes there can be more than one sound that truly is an influence in your life.
    Here’s mine:

    Thanks – Heather Decker


  13. now i hear the sound of pain it runs all over my body… i wonder how will the pain will stop? how can i go on my life without someone to hurt me over and over again… i’m tired of getting hurt i want to be healed from all of the pain i feel inside….. i don’t know how to do it, i don’t know till when my heart stop feel the hurt and pain……


  14. At attempt to evoke the cacophony of Little Havana on election night.

    It’s midnight. He is talking.

    We’re squeezed into a red Toyota. Either a Corolla or a Camry. Bodies are twisted up out of sunroofs and rear windows, tiptoe on benches and fire hydrants. You don’t see their faces. Just limbs that flail with hand-painted signs about the fate of the world. VOTE.



    One says PLEASE. Not McCain or Obama, not God hates fags, not save the whales or lower taxes. Just PLEASE. The woman holding it does not flail. She’s on her knees in front of the curb, head jacked up to the heavens, eyes closed. I remember a coldness creeping into the humid air. Then horns, bells, screams, whistles, curses, chants, weeping. The passage of time, which had accelerated with such certainty for 52 weeks, towards this single day that had itself unfolded simultaneously in past and present tense—all of it finally just snaps. The red Toyota pulls up. The guy inside screams, “let’s go!” Five strangers push in.


  15. I wrote poetry as a child and even got a Master’s degree in English (my thesis was a book of poetry), but I always wanted to write books. So I poured all my music into prose. In this excerpt from my new book, “Fire and Ice,” I write about domestic violence in a poetic way. The English poet Shelley said that poetry turns all things to loveliness. I think that applies to poetic prose also. What do you think?


  16. Reblogged this on Tea and Trivia and commented:
    I’ve committed to Post A Day 2012 and thought this challenge was a good way to start. I’ll be posting on a different sound each day this week starting today and will also be following the Weekly Writing Challenge guides. Could be interesting and may help with my DDS ( Discipline Distraction Syndrome).


  17. I’ve been writing advice pieces this year on how to portray the seasons. Sound is a much bigger part of creating atmosphere than we care to realise sometimes.


  18. Okay, I am old and my brain is leaking a bit, but I still am mostly ahead of the crowd my age and even some of the under thirty crew. So help. Are there two or three DPchallenges going on? I am referring the post yesterday asking me to comment on the Olympics. Maybe DP is a daily challenge. Help me understand.

    Also where can I go to see the posts without having to come here?


  19. I’m definitely going to take up a weekly challenge. I want to at least write some fiction since my life stories are pretty boring. Thank you for the tips!


  20. Writing about sound is almost akin to drawing it. Without taking LSD we cannot see sound and even this is only sensory disorientation, so pretty much ‘pseudo-seeing’. I can imagine sound quite accurately but find describing it far more difficult as it mainly relies on a reader’s prior experience, onomatopoeia (or as I like to call them crashbangwhallopisms) and cliché. But, as I’d quite like to crash the writing challenge, I’m going to take a whack at it =)


  21. I have had a go of doing this not sure if exactly right but at least gave it a go not sure how to link it up properly !! just thougth would be interesting to show what noise can belike for someone who used to be an elective mute!


  22. Hi

    My name is Corinne and I write, or try to write a daily inspiration blog at When I started writing I was surprised to find that everything came out in rhyming verse. I love words, the sounds of words and the magic of rhythm and rhyme. For me it has the power to move the spirit and thrill the soul, a veritable shortcut to the senses.

    I would love to add audio to the inspirational poetry that I write at I don’t know if that is possible. I am very new to blogging and haven’t even been able to download the daily post badge!!!!

    However, I am going to try, to add the audio and download the badge. Don’t know which will be the more difficult. Any tips gratefully accepted.

    I would love you to visit would love even more if you left some comments.

    Hope to meet you there.



  23. Reblogged this on teenagegurl and commented:
    hey guys, back to school again i guess, year 10, WOW! it only feels like it was last year that i was that little kid starting in year7, its sometimes strange how time flys by, sometimes without you realising it. i dont really like my timetable this year, but i guess ive gotta stick with it for the next 12months. i wonder if anyone will be reading my blogs? is anyone even out their? well, much love for tonight, ill blog soon.xoxo


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