Daily Inklings: Writings Prompts for Appreciating Everyday Life

There’s an old expression: if you want something done right, sometimes you have to do it yourself. While I adamantly disagree with the implications of that assertion — I believe the whole is so much greater than the sum of its parts — I must confess that sometimes the fact of that statement is true.

The loss of the Daily Post daily prompt left a bit of a hole in my blogging heart, despite the fountain of creative ideas I’ve had since the WordPress-run super blog hung up its boots. What was once a thriving community of bloggers having a quirky and creative prompt to chew on slowly changed. The situational irony of the past became simple one-word thoughts tossed into the either, searching for a lonely spark. And then, on precisely April 1, 2018, nothingness. It was the long, sad, lonely heat death of the daily prompt.

But as I was writing my myriad of super-specific questions, I came to a realization! I’m passionate about coming up with weird questions, quirky situations, and witty word choice! Why shouldn’t I be the one to reignite the universe of daily blogging prompts? Who’s to say these concepts can’t help others appreciate everyday life and jump-start their creative process? Everyone deserves a spark, and I can think of no better way to serve than as an optimist who’s all about finding joy in the simple things.


  • We’ll post a new prompt every day at 12:00 Midnight CST/6:00 A.M. BST
  • Write a post inspired by the prompt! Feel free to modify it as much as you like. It is your clay, so model it into whatever form you see fit.
  • Leave a pingback to the post you’re inspired by so others can see it!
  • Read/follow/comment on the works of other bloggers of the same post!

One of my favorite bloggers,ย lifelessons, went so far as to petition WordPress to restore the daily prompt, so I hope this comes as enjoyable news to her.

Starting tonight you’ll be seeing the very first Daily Inkling in your reader — assuming you follow Normal Happenings, of course! I look forward to seeing everyone’s creativity on display!

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  1. Hi.. thanks for the mention, Matthew, but may I make a suggestion? I usually devote my mornings to blogging and by noon, my written prompts are long completed. Would it be a huge problem for you to post your prompt at 8 a.m.? You could actually do it the night before and just set it to post at 8 a.m. I would love to support your prompt, but would be so much more likely to have the time to do it at 8 or 9 than at noon. Best of luck. Judy

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    • Hey there, Judy! I’m glad that you noticed this, as I was partially inspired by you. Thank you for your support!

      The whole A.M. – P.M. thing is so terribly confusing when it comes to noon and midnight, so I had to make sure what I wrote was correct. I’ll make sure to update my post to clarify. They’ll go live at midnight CST and 6:00 A.M. British time. I have a substantial British audience, so that seems like a good time so everyone can wake up to it. However, as you were a source of inspiration, if midnight is going to be a problem, I can tweak it further. ๐Ÿ™‚


      • No no.. that’s perfect. I’m on Central time as well, it’s just that I know when ragtag doesn’t get the prompts up in the morning on weekends that I end up just not doing them, much as I like to be faithful to prompts I follow. If you’re doing it at midnight it’s great. I’m a night owl so might get them in early!

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