Blogging Insights — What I Like to Write

For this week’s Blogging Insights prompt, Dr. Tanya has asked us…

What type of writing do you enjoy the most?

My blog contains four types of writing: flash fiction, non-fiction, writing prompts, and “poetry.” The last category, “poetry,” represents a tiny fraction of my posts. And I put poetry in quotes because my “poetry” is mostly short prose where I randomly insert line breaks, capitalize the first word of the next line, minimize other punctuation, and rarely rhyme. So to call my alleged “poetry” poetry is a stretch.

My prompts are mostly for other bloggers. I don’t typically respond to my own prompts. I have one daily prompt that I host and a handful of weekly prompts, so that adds up to about 12 posts per week. So my prompts account for about 1/3 of my post each week.

The other two thirds is probably split evenly between flash fiction and non-fiction. My flash fiction posts are often in response to photo or word or music prompts from other bloggers and I enjoy writing them because it gives me an opportunity to use my imagination and to weave stories around pictures and words.

My non-fiction posts are often rants about politics, society, technology, religion, and various other things that are bubbling around inside my brain. Writing such posts can be cathartic, but they can also kick my blood pressure up a notch or two. On the other hand, I enjoy responding to Q&A prompts (like this one) and to music posts like Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday prompt.

My non-fiction posts can also be about what’s going on in my life, and for the past three months, that’s been mostly about falling off a ladder, fracturing my hip, busting my right arm at the shoulder, and my rehabilitation struggles, which I’m sure my readers are tired of reading.

So, having just read what I’ve written so far, I’d say my short answer to Dr. Tanya’s question is that the type of writing I enjoy the most is flash fiction.

14 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — What I Like to Write

  1. newepicauthor May 15, 2023 / 12:20 pm

    You never miss Song Lyric Sunday and your posts no matter what you write are always fun to read.

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    • Fandango May 15, 2023 / 1:49 pm

      Thanks, Jim. I appreciate your compliment. I actually did miss a few SLS posts in the few weeks after I busted my hip, but I got back at it as soon as I was well enough and had the energy.

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  2. CARAMELODY May 15, 2023 / 4:04 pm

    I think variety is important – but for a writer, and also for readers.

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong May 15, 2023 / 4:38 pm

    I used to mostly write with some photography added. Then it slid into 50-50 photos/writing. Now I think it’s more like 75% photos and some writing. This is not so much laziness as tiredness — and having written more about 13,000 posts. There isn’t much I haven’t written about in the past 11-1/2 years.

    And truth be told, I do get more tired after a day now than I used to get after a week of work when I was younger. I often got bored with work, or just fed up with some project I was on — but I don’t remember getting tired. Now, I get very tired and sometimes, I just can’t do it. I never thought I could be too tired to write, but I’m pretty much pooped.

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    • Fandango May 15, 2023 / 9:41 pm

      Yes, I can relate. My energy level really bottomed out after I busted my hip and arm, and I just didn’t have the energy to write much. Most of it has returned, but it’s not back to where it was and probably never will be again.


      • Marilyn Armstrong May 16, 2023 / 12:52 pm

        I don’t think I’ll ever be back to where I was, but I was also a good deal younger when I started this blog. In between, I’ve had heart surgery and a whole lot of other medical issues. I just slowed down and I don’t even really WANT to speed up again. Time for my retirement to become an actuality.

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  4. Carol anne May 15, 2023 / 5:16 pm

    I like your mixed bag of posts! Always something interesting to read and respond to!

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  5. Sadje May 15, 2023 / 8:53 pm

    You’re one of the few bloggers that I follow who writes flash fiction.

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    • Fandango May 15, 2023 / 10:02 pm

      Really? I’m surprised. Your “What Do You See” prompt generates a lot of flash fiction responses, doesn’t it? And you often post flash fiction for other bloggers’ prompts, including my Flash Fiction Challenge and Story Starter prompts.

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      • Sadje May 15, 2023 / 11:22 pm

        Yes, I do write some fiction, but most people write poetry in response to WDYS. Jim, Keith and you are my regular contributor of flash fiction. There were others like Michael and Kristian who have stopped blogging who wrote entertaining fiction.

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  6. drtanya@saltedcaramel May 15, 2023 / 9:15 pm

    Thank you for the break up of your types of writing. I would make a pie chart of it , if I had the required skills.
    I am so glad you like to respond to my prompts.

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