I have been on blogging hiatus for the last few years because I became involved in a writing forum and ended up running the place. I’ve now stepped away and returned to blogging only to discover 97% of my old blogging buddies have disappeared.
When I started my blog back in May 2010 most of us were new to the blogosphere and we made many blogging ‘buddies’. However, back in the early days there was a real sense of community and I connected with people from all over the world and from different walks of life. We were all new and as keen as mustard to participate in the various challenges set by WordPress.
I loved the fact that WordPress was a real blogging community and we all took a genuine interest in our buddies blogs and offered support. We all strived to be Freshly Pressed where every day a handful of blogger’s posts were featured. I was featured twice and a happy dance followed on both occasions. I note Freshly Pressed has now been discontinued.
Today I went in search of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge to check if I had any photographs suitable for this week’s prompt, but much to my surprise the last challenge listed was the end of May. Surely not. It MUST be a mistake!
I then searched for other regular WordPress challenges and found to my dismay they had all been discontinued and a notice posted: To the Daily Post Community:
Thank You! Saying goodbye is hard. Celebrating years of community and great blogging is anything but.
Nothing lasts forever, as even the community pool where we helped new bloggers or those who had lost their way, has been abandoned.
The craziest challenge in which I participated in 2011, was the #postaday or #postaweek. I never quite managed the post a day but I was driven to blog three times a week. The most enjoyable, and my all time favorite, was the #weeklyphotochallenge, so I am gutted to discover the community aspect of WP has been set aside.
What a sad day when WordPress turned its back on the blogging community. What am I missing?
So fellow bloggers, what next? Are you suffering from #bloggersblock or even #writersblock I am. How do you overcome this?
Why not join me and draw inspiration from the following prompts by using these #hashtags to promote your posts.
#mymondaymicropoetry – I’m not sure about this one. I love writing poetry and have been considering writing micro poetry using a photo as a prompt. Anyone else want to join me?
#getgardening – Share gardening tips or shout about your latest purchase. Whatever your gardening passion I want to hear about it.
On a diet? I’ve just started so join me for weigh-in Wednesday either on my blog or in my Facebook Group – Piglet’s Porkers
So where to from here? Come on, please don’t be shy – I’d love to hear from you.