Do you ever think “Ugh, I’d totally write a new blog post, if I just had something to say?” Or maybe, “I’m sick and tired of writer’s block but I don’t know what to do about it!”
We’ve all been there — those days when the light bulb seems dim, if not burned out. To give you a little creative push and get that writerly mojo flowing again, we’ve added a new service called Plinky.com.
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?”)
To get started, sign up for a new account at Plinky. Then, add your WordPress.com blog to your Plinky account, which will let you share your answer. We’re excited to see what you’ll create, and we hope to feature some of the best Plinky answers on WordPress.com. But we can’t feature your Plinky posts without your help: You’ll need to add a “Plinky” tag to your blog post, so that it appears on the Plinky tag page.
- Jun 25, 2010 @ 8:00 pm
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Jun 25th at 8:11 pm
interesting…ususally my crazy life lends to many writing blog posts…but if my life should ever resemble normalcy, I’ll give it a try!
Jun 25th at 8:21 pm
Ok! Let’s see if that’s good ( I hope it is). I have signed up and I’m ready to go! Off I go POOF!
PS: thanks WP!
Jun 25th at 8:32 pm
Very nice! I sometimes have trouble coming up with new posts. Thanks for the tip!
Jun 25th at 8:36 pm
That sounds interesting. I’ll be sure and check it out. Thanks!
Jun 25th at 8:44 pm
I don’t like linking accounts to other sites b/c I can’t be sure my info is kept private by all parties (Facebook, Twitter, etc), but it’s an interesting thought.
Jun 25th at 8:45 pm
Love this! Sometimes a little kick is all you need.
Jun 25th at 8:55 pm
I would love to try out this. Sounds interesting and definitely worth taking a shot.
Jun 25th at 8:57 pm
How innovative is that!!! Am signing up already!!!
Jun 25th at 9:06 pm
What a great idea!
Jun 25th at 9:10 pm
THANK YOU! I was having one of those days today!
Jun 25th at 9:10 pm
this is doubly awesome upon awesomeness!! especially since I’ve challenged myself recently to write more eloquently to get on the major boards. You have made my day good when it was going so bad! thank you again WP!
Jun 25th at 9:21 pm
Sounds great! I’m going to try it out right now.
Thanks for the update.
Jun 25th at 9:29 pm
I rarely have writers block, but I signed up anyway. It sounds like fun. Thanks!
Jun 25th at 9:35 pm
Jun 25th at 9:40 pm
That sounds awesome- it’s been awhile since my last blog post!
Jun 25th at 9:52 pm
Now I can get rid of my “Will Work For Food For Thought” cardboard sign.
Jun 25th at 10:13 pm
I will make sure to check this site because sometimes I don’t know what to write about.
Jun 25th at 10:19 pm
Signed up. Thanks for this!
Jun 25th at 10:21 pm
Very very nice! I like it very much. Good ideas!
Jun 25th at 10:29 pm
Initially, I was skeptical about this. But after going to the site, I can see that it will be an effective tool for dealing with writers block. Great idea!
Jun 25th at 10:51 pm
What a brilliant idea! Kudos to whoever came up with it! But seriously…Plinky??
Jun 25th at 10:51 pm
It’s good to learn some thing new,
Even if it’s about a haiku
Now what shall I do .
I think I need this plinky !
Jun 25th at 10:52 pm
That sounds like a great idea. I know that as an artist, it has always helped me to have a theme like they give you in school.
Jun 25th at 11:33 pm
Can users post directly from Plinky to WordPress.com?
Jun 25th at 11:37 pm
Overcome what with a what now?
Jun 25th at 11:55 pm
well… I am not so sure..
Yes, indeed it looks attraktive and fun, but are we not writing enough notes already in so many sketch notebooks? so much that we do not find them just a few days later, but keep buying notebooks because the paper feels so good and one is ALWAYS expecting some ‘plinky’ to pop along sometime, somewhere?
(had immediately my thoughts about the REAL reason for yet another internet-toy, but in the mean time even answered my first question)
perhaps the meanest, most effective and most wonderful virus to have overwhelmed the human race in the last 50 or 100 years: communication
so… keep the innovation up, WP (or at least the expansion)
Jun 26th at 12:13 am
This seems like a great idea to deal with writer’s block. We all get it sometimes.
Jun 26th at 12:17 am
Very nice! Will sign up right away:)
Jun 26th at 12:20 am
Jun 26th at 12:43 am
Thanks so much for this resource. I love the idea and look forward to writing more blogs!
Jun 26th at 12:48 am
wow! you guys just keep it comin’!
Jun 26th at 1:25 am
i’ve been a member of plinky for a while. i believe they are not going to be adding any (new) more prompts to focus on their new project. the olds ones or whatever they have left are cool though. it is a nice service.
Jun 26th at 2:08 am
I like the idea of being given a random topic and sticking with it, even though sometimes it might be a bit out of the blue. I think by constraining yourself within certain boundaries, you can actually become more creative. I find writer’s block strikes when you sit down and think to yourself “I could could write about ANYTHING in the world right now, why can’t I think of something”, so if something like this could give you a push in the right direction, then it’s great
Jun 26th at 2:11 am
Can it also write codes? I am writing some code and I am facing “Writer’s block”! :p
Jun 26th at 2:19 am
This is the best thing I’ve read all week! I usually have trouble coming up with new posts so this should help a good deal. Thanks, WP just keeps getting better and better.
Jun 26th at 2:33 am
This is kind of like formspring.
Jun 26th at 2:42 am
How did they come up with the name, Plinky? Do you know. Sounds interesting.
Jun 26th at 2:49 am
Ha, I came upon this at the right time. I felt I was going to have writers blog for a while, but now that there’s Plinky, I’ll look at those prompts for wacky ideas.
Jun 26th at 3:18 am
Interesting…will have to check it out.
Jun 26th at 3:20 am
Being away for nearly two months, this should help!
Jun 26th at 3:44 am
Awesome. Will try.
Jun 26th at 4:12 am
I’m a poet and now I wont have to go roaming around the streets looking for inspiration… thnxxx…
Jun 26th at 4:49 am
““Ugh, I’d totally write a new blog post, if I just had something to say?””
Well, that’s a little tragic! What’s someone’s motivation when they don’t actually have a worthwhile message they’re trying to say but want to post anyway? The impetus of blogging addiction?
One truly thought-provoking, enjoyable or inspiring post is better than countless “haikus about the last meal you ate”.
Quality is better than quantity.
Jun 26th at 5:04 am
Now thats a Plinky Idea.. Can’t wait to get started..
Jun 26th at 5:04 am
Seems like it has the potential to be fun!
Jun 26th at 5:05 am
a brilliant idea!
It’s really good news for the bright weekend!
love it, and thanks
Jun 26th at 5:08 am
This is great! I often suffer from writer’s block, so I know I will be using this a lot!
Jun 26th at 5:28 am
great. i always wanna be a writer and really need some prompts
Jun 26th at 5:52 am
my life is Plinky.com itself, everyday there’s is a (life’s)question or challenge.
But I think this might work for some people.
Jun 26th at 6:16 am
interesting idea ….
would certainly try it
Jun 26th at 6:36 am
Interesting… all righty I’ll give it a try.
Jun 26th at 6:36 am
Will be signing myself up! Fab idea!
Jun 26th at 6:45 am
this is interesting!
Jun 26th at 8:55 am
WOW I loved it. Personally I consider myself Mr. Internet (or computer maybe ) I spend all the time on computer. I don’t have any real friends so I like to use social sites to talk to other people (a few of them) and most of the time talking to myself even if I know that no one would see what I write or what I do.
Not long ago my personal blog was private and search engine indexing was disabled. I was talking to myself there and I liked it too much. But, at times, I feel depressed and everything becomes dark. I’m really in a problem. I’m seeking real friendship but I can’t find it anywhere, everyone is thinking about interest and benefiting from others.
Sorry to talk about myself here, sorry to make you here that.
Have a nice weekend.
Jun 26th at 9:18 am
This is interesting, will give Plinky a try… though its not the writer’s block i’m having problem with, it TIME factor… So many things to do, so little time SOB!
Jun 26th at 9:32 am
Great idea! I shall sign up now!
Jun 26th at 9:51 am
Excellent idea! This plinky shall help me save a lot of time that I usually spent staring on the screen of my laptop.
Jun 26th at 9:52 am
If I don’t know what to write about, I take it as a hint that I shouldn’t write at all – I don’t think Plinky would do much more than irritate me with predictable ideas and “meme” style questions. And a haiku? Are you serious? Most of them are absolutely dire.
No, I’ll stick to posting my attempts to educate Americans in the ways of the British (and the occasional obscene sausage photo), thanks!
Jun 26th at 10:14 am
Will definitely give it a try. As always, kudos on this ever expanding creative world. One does wonder, however, what happened to the famous adage ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say…” I’m sure there’s still some wisdom there. Having said that, I’ve posted a cute quote on writer’s block from the Victorian writer George Gissing if anyone’s interested..
Jun 26th at 11:15 am
Neat Idea! A good source of inspiration! Thanks alots!!
Jun 26th at 11:27 am
Very, very cool!!
Jun 26th at 11:49 am
Coming back to German language – we are now already two asking for that … is there a light at the end of the tunnel?
Jun 26th at 11:56 am
Another very helpful tool for WP bloggers everywhere! Thanks!
Jun 26th at 12:19 pm
Jun 26th at 12:53 pm
Really all that I do is watch South Park and I’m back in the game.
Jun 26th at 1:22 pm
Did Automattic acquire Plinky from Thing Labs?
Jun 26th at 2:05 pm
Hi! Thanks for the link to the site! I’ve signed up, but have a question…how do we insert pictures into the post?
Jun 26th at 2:17 pm
Jun 26th at 3:24 pm
Very nice tool. I will sign up to see if it can help me to have more ideas to promote my products! : P
Jun 26th at 4:04 pm
would be great!
Jun 26th at 4:31 pm
Thanks for that!
Jun 26th at 4:32 pm
Hi Joy! Thank you! It made sense!!
Jun 26th at 4:44 pm
I don’t know what to say. I’m drawing a blank.
Jun 26th at 6:46 pm
Thanks for creating this. I’m dealing with a bit of writer’s block. Getting good ideas for my screenplay, but I’m caught up in staring at the TV to watch the World Cup! FYI it’s much more exciting on the Spanish language stations!
Jun 26th at 6:54 pm
Its interesting how one little question can stir up the mental pot. I like plinky and will start using it regularly.
Jun 26th at 7:59 pm
Thank you, I’m just starting and already out of anything to say, lots of thoughts. Thanks
Jun 26th at 8:28 pm
Sounds good, does everyone get the same question each day or are they a bit more random than that?
For example is everyone that signs up going to be blogging about their favourite colour on the same day?
Jun 26th at 9:23 pm
I really like this idea! Thank you for give me some cool things to write about! x
Jun 27th at 1:58 am
Sure, great idea–but it doesn’t actually seem to be every day, though. Friday’s prompt was “Your favorite summer memory,” and Saturday’s prompt seems to be…the same thing. In the list of “all prompts,” there’s a big gap: June 25 is listed, and the previous day from June 25 is April 6 instead of June 24, as would be expected. Hmm….
Jun 27th at 2:26 am
Oh wow this will definitely help me on off days.
Jun 27th at 4:31 am
good news for the silent-at-hand and fuzzy mind
Jun 27th at 9:40 am
It is a welcome development.
Jun 27th at 10:12 am
I will try to sign up, it’s great..
Jun 27th at 11:11 am
This is so awesome! I’m sure it’ll come in handy on those days when you are only coming up with rubbish ideas for your blog
Jun 27th at 11:11 am
Now all I need is someone to give me the extra time to sit down and write!
Jun 27th at 11:50 am
that sounds like a good idea
Jun 27th at 11:55 am
Love the idea! Still, some random part of my mind is saying that if people can’t ever think of anything interesting to write, they shouldn’t have a blog in the first place.
Jun 27th at 12:13 pm
Sounds like fun, but I’ve never heard of Plinky. How secure is my password there? I feel really reluctant to put my wordpress passport on any site but this one.
Jun 27th at 12:19 pm
I read this post, tried Plinky rite away, and fell in love with it instantly. Thank you, Automattic & Plinky!
Here’s my blog post about Plinky:
I kinda dislike the auto-publish feature since it can’t display the post exactly like the format I used to use in manual publishing. Therefore I prefer answering questions in Plinky, writing a post about it, and then publishing the post manually from Dashboard. Or it’s just me with my OCD, LOL! Either way, it’s indeed a cool tool for writers, bloggers and all those who always find excuses not to write. XD
Jun 27th at 12:25 pm
Sensei, I welcome you into my life. Finally, a teacher at our level.
Jun 27th at 4:16 pm
I used plinky for a while when I came back to writing. It is useful. The prompts are simple. It’s up to you to turn them into something.
Jun 27th at 5:10 pm
this is a great idea. My blog is very structured about my experience going through the Lung Transplant process so I am never at a loss for words. But I can see this a wonderful way to get people use to writing on a daily basis.
Jun 27th at 5:49 pm
This Plinky thing is awesome! Thank you so much Ms. for sharing this. What great fun indeed!!!
Jun 27th at 9:21 pm
ahhh writer block does :(!!! great post friend…
Jun 27th at 10:39 pm
Great idea – some of us have determined to blog every day this year. I always have lots of ideas swimming around my mind, but they are usually chomping at each other and none will come over even when I dangle a fish. Maybe this will be the occasional tasty fish.
Jun 28th at 12:12 am
I’ve been dying of writer’s block for about a month now… I’m trying to set up a literary blog and when you cannot write, there’s a problem
Jun 28th at 1:06 am
I am excited about having Plinky as a new resource for my writing. I’ve already used it once and it works great to get me writing. Thank you for introducing this!
Jun 28th at 1:44 am
How cool is THIS?!