I make no secret of the fact that I don’t really believe in the categories we divide blogs into, even if, for ease, my blog reader is set up that way. Fashion. Beauty. Food. Sex. Travel. Lifestyle. Don’t they all have stuff in common?
If I write about why I love matching underwear, is that sex blogging, or fashion?
Erotica inspired by nail polish. Beauty, or sex?
Sex I’ve had overseas. Isn’t that travel, too?
You get the idea.
I’ve wanted, for a while, to set up something regular to encourage people to write something based on a monthly prompt, a prompt that could be interpreted in ways that fit with all of the above.
And then the idea became fully-formed sort of accidentally. One day I clicked the ‘Log in with Facebook’ button on Pinterest, and because I was Facebooking as Charlie, Charlie’s Pinterest account was born. I had no idea how I might use it (much like the Tumblr I recently created), and then it occurred to me that every month I could have a board of pictures on a certain theme, and you guys can use it a springboard for a post, should you feel so inclined. I’ll post links to all the entries in a monthly round up post. There won’t be prizes, but I may send out the occasional Twix, as Girl on the net once used to do for posts I particularly love.
This is not restricted to the six blog categories I mentioned above, either. If you write a different kind of blog and you have an idea that fits with the prompt, join in! It can be fiction or non-fiction, image or words. The whole idea is to break down the artificial boundaries between blog types and get people reading great stuff they might not otherwise find.
I have a few ideas for monthly themes so far. Glitter (fuck, I love glitter at the moment), Texture, Inspirational Quotes. If you have suggestions and you’d like me to add them to the list, please let me know in the comments below. The first prompt will go up on April 1st.
And if you’re looking for a writing challenge in the meantime, why not try this? You’ve only got one week left! (Competition closes 23.59 GMT, April 2nd).
Ohhh… I like this idea a lot. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. There are so many possible boards you could do. For example, one of my secret pleasures on Pinterest is Bathrooms!
Bathrooms, didn’t see that one coming.
Great idea, I think of stories quite regularly after seeing or reading something, so a good motivation for a variety of stories.
I know! Tempted to get Molly to guest curate a month of bathroom picture prompts now! 🙂
*grins… I like to be unexpected sometimes… my other one on there I love PolkaDots… I just found an umbrella, yes, an umbrella that makes me photography juices flow.
I’m off to find you on Pinterest! Sounds like a great idea!
This is a fabulous idea and if I can, I will definitely join in. I love the idea of breaking down the walls between the different kinds of blogs 🙂
Thanks lovely! Xx
That sounds like an interesting idea!
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