Blogging Insights — I’m a Prompter

Blogging insightsThis week’s edition of Blogging Insights, a series of blogging Q&A’s that Dr. Tanya, over at Salted Caramel, started about a year ago, is all about prompts. She asks us:

What is the value of running writing prompts to your writing in general, and your blog in particular?

I pretty much answered this question a couple of months ago in an earlier Blogging Insights edition. But I suppose it bears repeating.

When I first started this blog in May 2017, I never had any intention of hosting any writing prompts. But one of the things I really liked doing on my blog was honing my flash fiction writing chops by posting short tales in response to the WordPress Daily Post one-word prompts.

But then the folks at WordPress decided to stop posting the daily prompt at the end of May 2018 and I knew I was going to miss those daily writing challenges. I thought that other bloggers might also miss them, so I decided to start my own daily Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, aka “FOWC with Fandango.”

FOWC with Fandango was very well received. And over time, I added other regular writing prompts:

  • Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge — a weekly prompt on Mondays where I post a photo and challenge bloggers to create their own posts based upon the photo I selected.
  • Fandango’s Provocative Question — a weekly prompt on Wednesdays where I pose what I hope is a provocative question that will get bloggers to think, to be creative, and to response.
  • Fandango’s Friday Flashback — a weekly prompt on Fridays where I reach back into my archives and repost something I posted on the same date in a previous year and encourage other bloggers to do the same in order to expose their newer readers to some of their earlier posts that those newer readers might never have seen, or to remind their longer term readers of posts that they might not remember.
  • Fandango’s Who Won the Week — a weekly prompt on Sundays where I encourage bloggers to look back at the week that just ended and to select who (or what) they think “won” that week and to write their own posts about who/what they chose and why.

What is the value of hosting these prompts? Well, almost overnight after starting FOWC with Fandango, I doubled the traffic to my blog and got a bunch of new followers. And it’s heartening to have people respond to my prompts on their own blogs. I really enjoy the creative, imaginative, ingenious, witty, and even poetic posts bloggers have published in response to my prompts.

So for my blog and for me personally, hosting writing prompts has been a very positive, very rewarding endeavor. And I hope others have enjoyed participating in these prompts.

28 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — I’m a Prompter

  1. newepicauthor July 20, 2020 / 7:55 am

    I am happy that you are happy and you may be the hardest working blogger here on WordPress.

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    • Fandango July 20, 2020 / 11:05 am

      Thanks, Jim. I’m glad people appreciate my prompts. It’s a lot of fun to read what bloggers like you do with them.

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    • Fandango July 20, 2020 / 11:11 am

      I enjoy your prompts as well, Paula. I’m still contemplating what peeves me the most this Monday.

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      • Paula Light July 20, 2020 / 11:21 am

        Thanks! I have confidence you’ll come up with a great peeve 🤩

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        • Fandango July 20, 2020 / 3:41 pm

          All I had to do was read the morning paper. I just posted my peeve.

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    • Fandango July 20, 2020 / 11:18 am

      I’m happy that you like the prompts.


  2. Melanie B Cee July 20, 2020 / 9:56 am

    You KNOW I love Wednesday and FPQ! I’m always there too, blathering away, usually too much, about my opinion of something. All your prompts are awesome though. I do them occasionally, as the mood provides. Thank you sincerely for your hard work!

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    • Fandango July 20, 2020 / 12:39 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, Melanie.


  3. CARAMEL July 20, 2020 / 10:20 am

    You are so reliable and faithful with providing prompts. Great clear logos to use.
    You offer interesting and inspiring prompts – great prompter you are!!

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  4. pensitivity101 July 20, 2020 / 10:53 am

    I participate in your prompts on a regular basis as they can be a lot of fun. Keep up the good work!

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    • Fandango July 20, 2020 / 1:05 pm

      Yes you do and I appreciate that. I do your 3 things challenge periodically but I haven’t really done fibbing Friday yet.


      • pensitivity101 July 20, 2020 / 1:14 pm

        One day either Frank or myself will tempt you!
        It is fun setting the challenges though.


  5. Sadje July 20, 2020 / 11:25 am

    I always look forward to your prompts. And the Friday Flashback is really a cool idea.

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  6. Taswegian1957 July 20, 2020 / 3:18 pm

    I appreciate the time and trouble that you and other bloggers who post prompts and challenges take now that WordPress doesn’t see fit to encourage writers and photographers.

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    • Fandango July 20, 2020 / 5:48 pm

      I’m happy to provide these prompts for bloggers.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango July 20, 2020 / 10:38 pm

      You’re welcome. And thanks for participating when you get the chance.

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  7. leigha66 July 21, 2020 / 4:38 pm

    I am very grateful that you do all these prompts, even if I only write for a couple of them. Since I am basically caught up I may be back to the Friday Flashback this week. THANK YOU for all the hard work you do sir!

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  8. Stine Writing July 21, 2020 / 5:40 pm

    I agree with everything you said, especially loving the people stopping by your blog. It is fun to have visitors.

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