The Daily Prompt closed its doors and it was about time. The good, old fishing ground for new readers and followers, had been hanging on for too long. It had lost its brilliance a few years back and I wondered when it would give up -had expected it to happen much sooner.
I found The Daily Prompt about six months after I started blogging. First I had to find my way around but then, after I had found it, that’s when I was hooked. I learned what a pingback was, learned to link a post and finally, I was a proud blogger and a member of the Daily Prompt community.
Back then -about three years ago- the prompts were asked in the form of questions. It was so much fun. Of course, there were always a few knuckleheads who abused the prompt but 90% stayed on target, and that was the magic of it. It was not just about writing, it was also about reading.
I spent hours reading other blogger’s answers and I enjoyed the different approaches to the same subject.
Then, somebody at WordPress must have lost interest, and they repeated the same questions over and over. Just when we thought it couldn’t get worse, they changed it to The Daily Word Prompt and it all went downhill from there.
Many -too many- bloggers didn’t even bother on target. They promoted their own blog mercilessly. Medical advice, fitness instructions, unrelated animal pictures, books, and poems, even cooking recipes could be found on a daily base.
The Daily Prompt helped new bloggers to find their voice and for that, I will be entirely grateful. It helped me to find out that I can write about nothing and everything, that I can laugh and cry with fellow bloggers and readers any time. I assume it helped a lot of new bloggers and sent them on their way.
Like so many, I left when it became a one-word prompt.
I hope nobody will try to copy The Daily Prompt. Trying to replace it, would feel like watching a bad Elvis imitator, who is trying hard, but will never even come close to the original.
The Daily Prompt had its purpose, may it rest in peace.
Kick off the training wheels people, ride alone!