Introducing Blogging Prompts

By Brenda Bethman

Happy 2011! We took a bit of a break here at Student Affairs Women Talk Tech over the holidays. We didn’t all take a complete break from blogging, however — Kristen, Colleen, and I all participated in the #reverb10 challenge, which provided daily prompts for blog posts throughout the month of December. Near the end of the month, we were discussing (on Twitter, of course!) ways to keep our blogging momentum going into the New Year and came up with the idea of sharing weekly prompts on this blog to give people (ourselves and others) ideas for posts. We will post prompts on Mondays and will send them out to the Twitterverse for y’all to use as you will (answer the prompt, snark at it, use it as a springboard to write on something else, ignore it, whatever. It’s all good). We ask that if you do respond to the post in some way that you leave a link in the comments to the post and tag it on Twitter with the #sawomenblog hashtag. We will also be assigning one of our bloggers to respond to each prompt and will post both the prompt and her response on Mondays.

On Wednesdays we will continue posting our Linkage Love posts and have designated Fridays as “Blogger’s Choice.” So you can expect a minimum of four posts per week from us on a MWF schedule — and we may post more depending on schedules and what’s happening in the world. Please join us as readers and bloggers! We are looking forward to growing this blog community in 2011 and welcome your thoughts on how to do so.

PS: If you’re looking for even more inspiration for topics in 2011, check out The Daily Post at WordPress.com or the 30 Day Writing Challenge.

[Photo Credit: Flickr user Joyce-Rhiannon, Creative Commons license]

Introducing Blogging Prompts

#Reverb10 or Rediscovering the Joys of Blogging

By Brenda Bethman

In last week’s “Linkage Love” post, I mentioned the #reverb10 challenge, an annual event designed to “reflect on your year and manifest what’s next.” You sign up to receive daily prompts in your email and pledge to blog about the prompts throughout the month of December. We are up to day six now, and I have to say that I am enjoying this more than I thought I would. For me (and I imagine for many of you), taking time to reflect tends to get crowded out by the details of what needs to be done to keep daily life running. In many ways, December is the natural time to do something like this, but for those of us who work in higher education, December can be extremely hectic. This year, however, thanks to #reverb10, I am starting my days thinking and writing about the daily prompt. While it’s a bit difficult to carve out the time, I’ve committed to making it the first thing I do in the morning (knowing that if I leave it until after work, it will never get done). Sitting in my study on these dark, cold December mornings, drinking coffee while reflecting has turned out to be a perfect way to start my days — and so far has the effect of helping me start my day in a calmer mood, thus making the rest of the day better as well. I am hopeful that a month of this will be long enough to turn it into a lifelong daily habit.

Another great benefit to participating is that I’ve discovered (and been discovered) a number of bloggers whose work I didn’t know. Simply follow the #reverb10 hashtag on Twitter to see what people are posting and tweeting. It’s an amazing group of people and the amount of content being generated through this project is mind-blowing. Three of us here at SA Women Talk Tech (Colleen Riggle, Kristen Abell, and I)  are participating in #reverb10. Check out our blogs if you’d like to follow along (and please, feel free to encourage us!). And it’s not too late to join — if you sign up, let us know so we can follow your posts.

#Reverb10 or Rediscovering the Joys of Blogging