Taking stock and thinking ahead

Where I’m at

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve recently become active on Twitter, which, for me, primarily entails responding to a lot of micropoetry prompts and networking with other poets on that platform. It’s fun. And ~ it’s time-consuming.

It’s very clear to me that writers in the modern world must expand their networks on different channels; as my blogger-friend Ingrid recently mentioned to me in a comment, most of the traffic she receives on her WordPress blog comes from other WordPress bloggers. For me, this is also true, which is why I’m mentioning it.

In other words, even if a writer wants their WordPress blog/website to be their primary online ‘home’, they still need to promote it on other channels. In fact, this is obviously one of the potential benefits of getting one’s poetry published elsewhere – the opportunity to include a link to one’s blog in his/her biography could drive some traffic to it.

Twitter is incredibly different than WordPress (duh). Here, at The Skeptic’s Kaddish, I’ve become very reluctant to post more than 3x over the course of 24 hrs… And, usually, I try to keep it down to twice a day. Twitter, on the other hand, has an entirely different dynamic because the platform encourages its users to tweet countless times daily. I’ve gotten into the swing of writing multiple Twitter micropoems in response to various prompts every day… not to mention that I x-post every WordPress post to Twitter also.

On the one hand, I take my blogging very seriously, and I’m strategizing about how to continue increasing my involvement and my readership here at WordPress. This is, in part, why I’ve been responding to more writing prompts (beyond those offered by d’Verse, which I’ve been following for quite some time). It’s also, in part, why I’m giving some very serious consideration to launching a writing prompt of my own (BTW, I’m open to suggestions on that, Friends).

On the other hand, I am increasingly realizing that I need to draw back from WordPress a bit, or at least manage my time here more effectively (a constant struggle for all of us writers)

While, yes, I’m managing better than before, I still need to step my game up… Otherwise, I’ll never be able to dedicate myself to submitting poems of mine to other publications, which I would really like to do.

It’s a difficult balancing act, for sure; and, as always, I’m learning as I go.

A writing prompt of my own?

As I just noted, I am very seriously considering launching a writing prompt of my own, in addition to responding to other writers’ prompts. The thing is, I’d like mine to have a unique flavor… to be something more than responding to a single word or picture, as so many other prompts are.

  • Maybe I could ask for responses to poems (or snippets of poems) that I and others have written…
  • Or, maybe I could explore a different form of poetry every week through my prompt?

I’d really love to get your feedback on this, Friends… whaddaya think I should do?

This is not something that I plan to do immediately, but it’s important to me that when I do launch my own writing prompt, it should be engaging and challenging. I want to create one that I can feel proud of and interested in myself!

46 thoughts on “Taking stock and thinking ahead”

  1. It takes more time and energy to share and promote than to actually write. Or maybe writing is what a writer is actually good at it. I think starting your own writing prompt would be great. But again, more time investment. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 1) “Maybe I could ask for responses to poems (or snippets of poems)” – This sounds potentially intriguing.

    2) “…that I and others have written” – Responses to poems you have written feels aggressively self-promotional. You might look at Shay’s approach with the Word Garden prompt; I think she does a good job of highlighting and educating about the weekly featured poet’s work, and then using that as a springboard for inspiration.

    3) “maybe I could explore a different form of poetry every week through my prompt?” – Personally, I would not be interested in a form-based prompt. Look, you can do whatever you want, but speaking honestly, a form-based prompt would not interest me.

    4) Keep in mind that prompts mean actively reading and commenting on all the responses. This can also be time-consuming, and there’s no guarantee that all the prompt response poems will be ones that speak to you. You could wind up with prompt responses that are very religious in nature, for example. Granted, it’s easier to write a comment on someone’s religious prompt response poem that isn’t your cup of tea vs. writing a companion poem of your own, but it’s something to think about.

    1. 1) right now, that’s the direction I’m thinking of going in.

      2) I was thinking that every week would be a different poet, selected by the previous week’s poet…

      3) I think that’s an example of different people liking different things…

      4) thank you.

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