Don’t you just love the name Trash Can Bloggers? I have been a member of this group for awhile and while I enjoy the connections with other bloggers and reading their articles, I haven’t participated in as many of them as I probably should. This week’s prompt got me to thinking about this group as well as several others and why they are special.
The prompt this week was not so much a prompt but a question as to why this series should be continued if the support seems lacking. I can quickly tick off several reasons for the low support such as:
It’s summer time – most of us have children at home and are spending less time at the computer
It’s vacation time – we are just coming back from a 25 day combo working/vacation (that is a long time to be gone!)
It’s convention time – this is a busy season for the blogging community with conventions, not to mention homeschooling conventions
It’s beautiful outside – enough said on that one!
And while these may be solid reasons, I got to wondering if they could also just be excuses. Are we the same with other groups such as youth group at church or the ladies bridge club? Do we only participate when it is convenient to us? Do we commit and then not follow through when the activity or topic becomes challenging?
I hope not. I would like to think of an online community such as this one would continue to support each other even when the topic is something that either doesn’t apply because of the season of life we are in, or is old hat because we have the been.there.done.that mentality.
We all have something to offer. If you are experienced in a topic, share that experience with others. If you are on the vertical learning side of an issue…ask for help. Sure there are times when “life” gets in the way of us being able to participate…but that shouldn’t be the norm..or we should reconsider our being in the group altogether.
What is the real purpose of Writing Prompts?
Basically they are a suggested article topic. These can be designed to be a theme which everyone participating contributes their experiences, sort of like building your own online archive on any given topic. They often are just a intro line that you take and run with as your thought pattern may lead. At times they may focus on tough topics…they may force us to get out of our comfort zone or spend a little time considering another view on a topic.
Personally, I find them fun to participate in, and usually not too hard or time demanding. Most topics are generic enough that you can just start typing. Remember those speech classes where you picked a topic out of a jar and had to “wing it” for a two minute talk? Now that was scary…
So, if you enjoy writing, share this post on Facebook and add your own thoughts to the article. If you are a blogger, how about contributing an article on your blog and linking up!