Each weekday, Plinky provides a prompt — like a question or a challenge — and you type in an answer. To keep it interesting, prompts are a mixed bag of fun commands (“Write a haiku about the last meal you ate”) to more thoughtful questions (“What is your favorite summer memory?”)
It’s an interesting concept, helping people in conquering writer’s block by getting them to write about something, ANYTHING, every weekday. Seeing as how I’m trying to get back into a more consistent blogging rhythm myself, on the surface, Plinky sounds like something I’d find useful.
Never mind that there is a distinct gap in the Plinky prompts, from April 6th until today. I assume that can be chalked up to Things Labs focusing on other things, like Brizzly, and letting Plinky go stale until Automattic came into the picture.
My issue with Plinky is not the concept, but the prompts themselves. I would need something a little meatier to write about, especially if I was stuck for content. I really can’t see myself writing anything more than a couple of lines on any of these topics. I know that a service like Plinky is looking to appeal to a mass audience, and with over 11 million blogs on WordPress.com alone, that certainly qualifies as a mass audience. There’ll be SOME pickup of these Plinky prompts, but not enough to make me think the prompts will become compelling to me. I can’t imagine writing 500 words on “What’s a good place to get fresh produce?”, unless I gave you turn-by-turn navigation from my house to a farmer’s market several towns away. And, really, who wants to read that? I know I sure as hell don’t want to write it.
Although, for today, it’s kind of fun to throw a bunch of them into one blog post…
What’s your favorite summer memory?
Driving over the Bourne Bridge with my father, for Cape Cod summers, with Dad waxing, “Don’t you just love Cape Cod? It’s sooooooooo relaxing.”
Share a time when the end of one thing meant the beginning of another.
You’re in charge today. You make the rules.
Chocolate pudding for everyone!
What landmark did you find disappointing when you saw it in person?
Plymouth Rock. It’s just a rock. No, really, it’s a frigging rock.
Could you live without a car for a year?
I’m pretty sure I’d survive. I require oxygen, food, and water. Everything else is bonus.
It’s the last day of middle school… will you sign my yearbook?
No, but I’ll write on your Facebook wall.
Which animal makes the best pet?
Turtles. I can outrun them if they escape. Usually.
You only get three crayons to make your picture. Which do you choose?
Red, Yellow, Blue.
Write a haiku about the last meal you ate.
Lunch today was yum,
I had a slice of pizza,
Just cheese, no toppings.