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The kill of the daily prompt


Long time ago there was an archaic world without a common space for WordPress bloggers to communicate to each other. It was before the start of the daily prompt and the weekly photo challenge.

Many bloggers lived lost in the jungle of the blogosphere feeling pretty lonely and disoriented. Then arrived the great idea of the daily prompts and the weekly challenges and a community of bloggers was born.

They began to communicate and show their posts and photos to everybody. Many friendships were established online. Young people joined the club. Every day the participants made its contributions to the daily prompts, they would check how were doing their friends and other bloggers writing about the same topic, interchange comments and so on.

Then , one day, without giving them time to react, by decree, giving no reasons, the organizers of all this, decided to bring them back to the archaic time by canceling all the prompts and challenges. Now we all are back again at the jungle of the blogosphere without any help. So, farewell, WordPress “happy editors”! We will find our ways to survive without you.

I’m sorry to say, you disappointed me greatly.



To a brick wall

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If you could have a guarantee that one, specific person was reading your blog, who would you want that person to be? Why? What do you want to say to them?

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It’s no use. It’s like talking to a brick wall. But I’m going to do it again. Please, WordPress editors, give us new prompts. This system of repeating old prompts is pathetic. We want new ideas to write about them. It’s weird to take part in a challenge like the daily prompt, and find already in the grid the answer I wrote a year ago like if it had been posted today. And then I have to write about the same topic something new that will appear in the same grid. Old and new, everything mixed. Confusing. I still here because of the community of bloggers I found. I don’t want to leave. But the new system seems to be designed to expel the veterans and destroy the community. I promised myself not to write about this topic any more. But it was you who you asked about what would I like to say. I’m so tired of all this! I guess my readers are tired too. I would like to have had some prompt that inspired me to write a nice story.
Today is Saturday. My neighbourhood is full of life. This morning there was music in the street and dances. Joyful and colourful. In contrast I feel somehow sad and tired. Discouraged. Now the bells chime because tomorrow is a big feast day. Nothing cheers me up. It’s late. I have to finish this nonsense post.

Singular Sensation.



Send in the Clowns!


If you were involved in a movie, would you rather be the director, the producer, or the lead performer? (Note: you can’t be the writer!).

The show must go on. OK. But how? The director, producer or whatever, ran out of ideas and decided to let it go. For a mysterious reason the audience seems to don’t count to them. They didn’t bother to send in the clowns to save the evening. Which would be a good thing. At least we would have a little fun.

Why bother? Don’t bother, They’re here. We are the clowns saving the day with our writings about whatever, to fill a grid already full of old posts about and old prompt like today’s. I didn’t bother to look at my archive but what I know for sure is that when it comes to movies, I would rather be the spectator. Go to the theater, wait for the lights to turn off, look at the big screen and enjoy the result of the efforts of writers, directors, actors, and the money of the producer. Actually my older sister directed a movie and my brother in law was the leading actor in it. This is how they met and fell in love more than 40 years ago in the States. Later they both left the film business. My sister worked as a journalist making TV interviews and video reportages and my brother in law was a teacher in a University.

So here am I like a clown, writing stories about my family, because I don’t want to leave the daily prompt, and I really think the show  must go on. I would like somebody at WordPress headquarters pick up the dying daily prompt and begin to publish fresh, inspiring prompts or at least send in the clowns with some silly, funny ideas to write about. I don’t think we will have them soon. Well, maybe next year…

The Show Must Go On.



My family and my computer

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Have you ever become obsessed with something? Tell us about something that captivates your attention like nothing else.


Obsession is a strong feeling. The dictionary says it is a state in which someone thinks about someone or something constantly or frequently especially in a way that is not normal. I don’t thing I’ve ever been obsessed in my life in that way, thanks God. I thing that being too obsessive is dangerous. Of course there are people and things that occupy my mind frequently, but I would like to think that in a normal way. Number one? My family. I can’t get them out of my mind. They are my life.

Other things appear far away in my preference list, but I have to confess that I’m addicted to my computer and my iPad and that occupies a great deal of my mind every day, more than I would like to.

Lately I’ve been addicted to the daily prompt. I don’t know why I wait impatiently every day for the editors to release the prompt and start writing. I know I’m not too original or funny and I usually don’t have too much time to spend composing my posts, but I feel I’m part of a community of bloggers and that’s great. I enjoy share my experiences with people from all around the world and read what others have to say about the same topic. I also like the weekly challenges but I don’t have always time to participate.

Now we have a new page for the daily post, a little more complicated than before. I like the visual way the page displays the posts on the daily post page, but I miss the list of posts whith which you could easily send pingbacs to your fellow bloggers. I also miss the share buttons that made easier to link your post with the prompt. On the weekly photo challenge page, without the list of posts, you have no way to know if your entry has linked properly until you receive your first “like” and is more complicated to navigate to watch the pictures.

I don’t think the WordPress editors would read this post and read my suggestions. I guess they are already working to solve this problems, because I know I’m not alone in these opinions.


via Can’t Get it Out of My Head | The Daily Post.



Open letter


If you could have a guarantee that one, specific person was reading your blog, who would you want that person to be? Why? What do you want to say to them?

A WordPress editor who would select my wonderful, original and imaginative post and featured it on “Freshly Pressed”. This way my blog will flourish with a lot of new readers and followers and my self-esteem will boost.

Not. Seriously. It was my believing that the whole idea of blogging was “publishing.” That means a lot of potential readers. If I had one single person I love in mind, I would write him or her a personal letter, not thru a blog post that everybody can read.

That leaves us an unknown or not specially loved addressee. Maybe would be a good chance to publish an open letter to some world leader and blog reader. Are there any?

I would write a post reminding my addressee that the world is full of human beings with feelings and needs, not just numbers or money. Human beings who need freedom, dignity, peace, justice, food, jobs… Thinking only in terms of power, force, weapons, money and greed leads to injustices and wars.

But my open letter would be useless. They all know about that. But power structures are corrupted or damaged and from these peaks they don’t see life as we see it. They have other perspective and other interests. As they say in Spain, There is no worse blind than the one who doesn’t want to see. Nevertheless I’ll ask them to stop for a minute and take a look at the harsh reality thinking in terms of human beings.

Not very original and imaginative, but it is what the prompt inspired me.

Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation
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Not enough

Khalil Gibran - Autorretrato con musa, c. 1911

Khalil Gibran – Autorretrato con musa, c. 1911 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words. What would your seven words be?

I love you. Do you love me? Yes. No. 

This will solve a basic communication problem with people I care about, but I’m not sure it would solve the global understanding problem.

I tried to find the Gibran quote and was unable. I would like to know what his seven words were. Personally I think seven words are not enough. Michelle W. here from WordPress needed more to make us understand the meaning of this prompt.

Does the quote she choose means people are not able to learn more than seven words properly to communicate with each other? I found a Gibran’s quote that says:

  “All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.”

Not much of a feast if only leaves seven crumbs. Maybe his idea was to find seven sublime words, but that doesn’t helps to communicate, only points to great ideas we have to elaborate with more words. Let me think:

Love, Faith, Hope, Family, God, Friendship, Beauty…   I need more words to express all what I consider sublime and to form sentences to explain why. These words alone are useless to speak with another person and communicate what I want to say.

And then, what about those thousands little things that occupies our lives and are the subject of our everyday, sometimes wonderful conversations?

No, definitely I can’t find my seven words.

Note: After completing my post I read  A Mom’s Blog’s contribution. I learned that Gibran’s quote is from a poem and he is using seven as a symbolic number, probably meaning that to understand one another the best way is going right to the point. If that is the meaning, I agree. Seven symbolizes perfection, so maybe he was trying to say that to reach the understanding we need the perfect amount of words. Obvious. Well, who knows? I’ll leave the discussion to specialists. Have a good day and good luck.

Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders.

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Not for sell


Write a script for a late-night infomercial — where the product is your blog. How do you market yourself? What qualities do you embody that other “products” don’t? What are the benefits of reading your blog?

Beautiful, peaceful live images of a sunset in the ocean with pelicans and seagulls

By stanhig

By stanhig

Beautiful, peaceful live images of a forest in autumn with animals if possible.

By Schick

By Schick

Beautiful live images of the Croatian coast  with islands and boats

By Noboru

By Noboru

Beautiful animals

By lilil

By lilil

And so on…

Melodic instrumental music, no words.

Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music (Photo credit: Newman University)

I’m not selling anything. I’m trying to use this time to show you some beautiful things to relax a little from the stress of the day. I would like to be a good script writer to have ready for you a little program full of beautiful, peaceful images and good music. But I don’t have a sufficient knowledge of the TV to do it.

My blog  is  not for sale. I don’t want to commercialize it. I only can offer in it what inspires me the Daily prompt usually from the perspective of my daily life and my experience as a journalist. Sometimes I try a little short fiction story, but this is rare. So nothing outstanding. What are the benefits of reading my blog? I have no idea. I hope other bloggers who participate in the daily prompt and other challenges at WordPress find my point of view interesting as I find their posts interesting and useful. I enjoy being in contact with bloggers from all around the globe commenting about the same topic at the same time.

Of course I could use the opportunity to promote my other blog at Then I would advertise a site with selected news, comments, analysis and links about World News from the perspective of a journalist with more than 30 years on the job. What are the benefits of reading my blog? you can find most of the information you like about world news and human rights selected in one site . At least this is what I’m trying to do. But you have to know that is a personal blog so it’s just a selection…

I’m not in the mood and I feel ridiculous in this self promoting post.

Daily Prompt: As Seen on TV.

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