Inspiring Prompts


Today is the beginning of March Break: one week in which the schools are closed so that both teachers and students can recharge their batteries. The task I set for myself today was to do a little spring cleaning on my blog to make it look less cluttered. The result? A brand new page highlighting the prompts that inspire many of my blog posts. The list includes the badges as well as the links to the blogs that host these challenges. I shall add to this page as I come across other prompts I wish to participate in. Hopefully you may find this page useful as well for your own reference.

Have you considered doing a spring clean on your blog? What have you changed?


30 thoughts on “Inspiring Prompts

  1. Well, my house definitely needs a good spring cleaning, but I don’t want to do that. So I opted instead — last week — to switch to a totally new theme for my author’s blog. I wanted to try one of those that shows a picture on the home page for each post and let’s readers click on that picture to go to the post page. I really like a lot of things about the new site, but I’m also unhappy with one or two aspects.

    I found that when I copy and paste — which I do with many of my articles and poems, because when I type right on the page, the font is way too small and I don’t want to fuss with HTML code — the text, especially poetry, will not go up properly the way it did on my Twenty-Eleven theme. Also, the posts sit way over to the left margin, and I don’t care for that either. But I’m going to give it some time and see how I like it by next week.

    I do also like the option of posting a welcome message that stays on the front page. In addition to that, I discovered that I like moving some of my material that stayed in my sidebar to only my “About” page, so that most of the pages don’t look so cluttered, but the information is still available if anyone is interested enough to read the “About” page. So, we’ll see how it goes …..


    1. I have considered trying a new theme but I am too comfortable with the current one to change. Maybe one day I will take the plunge. I do like the new look of your blog as it highlights your beautiful pictures.


      1. I’ve read quite a few of your stories from these challenges, and I’ve thought about taking part in them as well, but you know how it is: never quite enough time to do everything. Maybe sometime soon.


  2. I do plan to change the Theme of my blog, within a week. I found it very simple and basic when I first started my blog, which is what I wanted, but there are some hiccups with it, as well.
    My current theme has no sidebar with blog archive or tags.
    According to my Heart, it is also horrible to try and read on a mobile device. The balloons in my theme keep blocking part of my sentences.
    It definitely needs an overhaul, not just a simple spring cleaning. πŸ™‚


    1. That is the beautiful thing about blogging: as you go on, you discover what works for you. I wish you the best for finding a theme you love. There are so many available that it can be difficult at times to choose.


  3. Hi Colline – the new pages look great! I took a different approach a while back and simply deleted the awards and prompts from my blog. I prefer your approach I must admit!!


  4. Have been spring cleaning my house and resume lately. Blog has been neglected. So so busy with other matters that need straightening out. I am suffering writer’s withdrawl this past year. πŸ™‚ I miss writing! Other writer’s are advising me to simply write and get on with it and worry about the rest later.

    My worry – I’ll become absorbed in the delicious distraction that writing offers and neglect the other parts of my life that are calling for attention just now!

    Enjoy your March break holiday with your family, Colline. Every teacher needs a good break to rejuvenate for that last leg of the year before summer vacay!


    1. I find that I cannot go by weeks without writing at least just a little. Writing and blogging has become a much needed part if my life.
      As for spring cleaning the house, that will be done a little as well.


      1. Yep, I like a minimalist and elegant style. Clutter makes me nervous πŸ˜€ Thank you, Colline πŸ™‚ This nice theme you have was my original clean theme πŸ™‚


  5. I re-worked things a bit several months ago, Colline, though I realize a blog is very much a work in progress. I do like the new look around here. Whether we’re Spring cleaning our homes or blogs, we dread getting started but really love how they look and feel when we’re finished. πŸ™‚


    1. I agree with you John. And what I love about WordPress is that we are able to make the changes we want, when we want. No waiting around for others to do it for us.


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