Stroke of Midnight: Where were you last night when 2013 turned into 2014? Is that where you’d wanted to be?
Resolved: Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution that you kept?
Kick it: What’s the 11th item on your bucket list?
Quote me: Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?
Call Me Ishmael: Take the first sentence from your favorite book and make it the first sentence of your post.
My favorite: What’s the most time you’ve ever spent apart from your favorite person? Tell us about it.
Helpless: Helplessness: that dull, sick feeling of not being the one at the reins. When did you last feel like that –- and what did you do about it?
Teacher’s pet: Tell us about a teacher who had a real impact on your life, either for the better or the worse. How is your life different today because of him or her?
You’re locked in a room with your greatest fear. Describe what’s in the room.
32 flavors: Vanilla, chocolate, or something else entirely?
This is your life: If you could read a book containing all that has happened and will ever happen in your life, would you? If you choose to read it, you must read it cover to cover.
Take two: Run outside. Take a picture of the first thing you see. Run inside. Take a picture of the second thing you see. Write about the connection between these two random objects, people, or scenes.
Clean slate: Explore the room you’re in as if you’re seeing it for the first time. Pretend you know nothing. What do you see? Who is the person who lives there?
Ripped from the headlines: Head to your favorite online news source. Pick an article with a headline that grabs you. Now, write a short story based on the article.
Polite company: “It’s never a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t really know.” Agree or disagree?
Toot your horn: Most of us are excellent at being self-deprecating, and are not so good at the opposite. Tell us your favorite thing about yourself.
In a crisis: Honestly evaluate the way you respond to crisis situations. Are you happy with the way you react?
Free association: Write down the first words that comes to mind when we say . . . home. . . soil. . . rain. Use those words in the title of your post.
Apply yourself: Describe your last attempt to learn something that did not come easily to you.
Breaking the law: Think about the last time you broke a rule (a big one, not just ripping the tags off your pillows). Were you burned, or did things turn out for the best?
Sweet sixteen: When you were 16, what did you think your life would look like? Does it look like that? Is that a good thing?
I got skills: If you could choose to be a master (or mistress) of any skill in the world, which skill would you pick?
Shipwrecked: Read the story of Richard Parker and Tom Dudley. Is what Dudley did defensible? What would you have done?
Ready, set, go: Set a timer for ten minutes. Open a new post. Start the timer, and start writing. When the timer goes off, publish.
Dearly departed: Write your own eulogy.
Musical: What role does music play in your life?
Sliced bread: Most ofus have heard the saying, “That’s the best thing since sliced bread!” What do you think is actually the best thing since sliced bread?
Ode to a playgroun: A place from your past or childhood, one that you’re fond of, is destroyed. Write it a memorial.
Through the window: Go to the nearest window. Look out for a full minute. Write about what you saw.
Burning down the house: Your home is on fire. Grab five items (assume all people and animals are safe). What did you grab?
Burnt: Remember yesterday, when your home was on fire and you got to save five items? That means you left a lot of stuff behind. What are the things you wish you could have taken, but had to leave behind?
Flangiprop! Invent a definition for the word “flangiprop,” then use the word in a post.
Think global, act local: “Think global, act local.” Write a post connecting a global issue to a personal one.
Writing room: A genie has granted your wish to build your perfect space for reading and writing. What’s it like?
Changes: You need to make a major change in your life. Do you make it all at once, cold turkey style, or incrementally?
Call me, maybe: Describe your relationship with your phone. Is it your lifeline, a buzzing nuisance, or something in between?
Choose your adventure: Write a story or post with an open ending, and let your readers invent the conclusion.
Right to health: Is access to medical care something that governments should provide, or is it better left to the private sector? Are there drawbacks to your choice?
Karma chameleon: Reincarnation: do you believe in it?
Childhood revisted: Sure, you turned out pretty good, but is there anything you wish had been different about your childhood? If you have kids, is there anything you wish were different for them?
Teachable moment: You have to learn a new skill. Do you prefer to read about it, watch someone else do it, hear someone describe it, or try it yourself?
Whoa! What’s the most surreal experience you’ve ever had?
All about you: Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you.
Shoulda, woulda, coulda: Tell us about something you know you should do . . . but don’t.
Cupid’s arrow: It’s Valentine’s Day, so write an ode to someone or something you love. Bonus points for poetry!
Proud: When was the last time someone told you they were proudof you?
The clock: Write about anything you’d like. Somewhere in your post, include the sentence, “I heard the car door slam, and immediately looked at the clock.”
Mentor: Have you ever had a mentor? What was the greatest lesson you learned from him or her?
Far from normal:Many of us think of our lives as boringly normal, while others live the high life. Take a step back, and take a look at your life as an outsider might. Now, tell us at least six unique, exciting, or just plain odd things about yourself.
Nightmare:s; Describe the last nightmare you remember having. What do you think it meant?
A plot of earth; You’re given a plot of land and have the financial resources to do what you please. What’s the plan?
Undo; Ifyou could un-invent something, what would it be? Discuss why, potential repercussions, or a possible alternative.
Seconds; Describe the most satisfying meal you’ve ever eaten, in glorious detail.
OH! that was close!
B+; Write about what you did last weekend as though you’re a music critic reviewing a new album.
Buffalo nickel; Dig through your couch cushions, your purse, or the floor of your car and look at the year printed on the first coin you find. What were you doing that year?
Cliché: Clichés become clichés for a reason. Tell us about the last time a bird in the hand was worth two in the bush for you.
Happily ever after; “And they lived happily ever after.” Think about this line for a few minutes. Are you living happily ever after? If not, what will it take for you to get there?
Comedy of errors; Murphy’s Law says, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” Write about a time everything did — fiction encouraged here, too!
Assignment: do you keep a notebook next to your bed? Good. Tomorrow morning, jot down the first thought you have upon waking, whether or not it’s coherent.
First light: Remember yesterday, when you wrote down the first thought you had this morning? Great. Now write a post about it.
Back to the future: A service has been invented through which you can send messages to people in the future. To whom would you send something, and what would you write?
Places: Beach, mountain, forest, or somewhere else entirely?
No, thanks: Is there a place in the world you never want to visit? Where, and why not?
Twenty-five: There are 26 letters in the English language, and we need every single one of them. Want proof? Choose a letter and write a blog post without using it. (Feeling really brave? Make it a vowel!)
Perspective: Write about the last disagreement you had with a friend or family member — from their perspective.
All grown up: When was the first time you really felt like a grown up (if ever)?
Seven days: You wake up tomorrow morning to find all your plans have been cancelled for the next seven days and $10,000 on your dresser. Tell us about your week.
Fantasy: The Tooth Fairy (or Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus . . .) : a fun and harmless fiction, or a pointless justification for lying to children?
VIP: Who’s the most important person in your life — and how would your day-to-day existence be different without them?
Playlist of the week: Tell us how your week went by putting together a playlist of five songs that represent it.
Ghostwriter: If you could have any author –living or dead – write your biography, who would you choose?
Erasure: You have the choice to erase one incident from your past, as though it never happened. What would you erase and why?
Silver screen: Take a quote from your favorite movie — there’s the title of your post. Now, write!
180 degrees: Tell us about a time you did a 180 — changed your views on something, reversed a decision, or acted in a way you ordinarily don’t.
Comfort zone: What are you more comfortable with — routine and planning, or laissez-faire spontaneity?
Show and tell: You’ve been asked to do a five-minute presentation to a group of young schoolchildren on the topic of your choice. Describe your presentation.
Bone of contention: Pick a contentious issue about which you care deeply — it could be the same-sex marriage debate, or just a disagreement you’re having with a friend. Write a post defending the opposite position, and then reflect on what it was like to do that.
Impossible: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – the White Queen, Alice in Wonderland. What are the six impossible things you believe in? (If you can only manage one or two, that’s also okay.)
Menagerie: Do you have animals in your life? If yes, what do they mean to you? If no, why have you opted not to?
INTJ: Do parties and crowds fill you with energy, or send you scurrying for peace and quiet?
Bedtime stories: What was your favorite book as a child? Did it influence the person you are now?
Stranded: You’re stranded in a foreign city for a day with no money and no friends. Where do you go; what do you do?
Local flavor: Write a piece about a typically “local” experience from where you come from as though it’s an entry in a travel guide.
Competition: What activity, task, or game most brings out your competitive streak?
Idyllic: What does your ideal community look like? How is it organized, and how is community life structured? What values does the community share?
Déjà vu: Have you ever truly felt déjà vu, the sensation that you’ve already had the experience you’re currently having?
Judgment day: If you were to judge your favorite book by its cover, would you still read it?
Happy happy joy joy: We cry for lots of reasons: sadness, pain, fear . . . and happiness. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?
Trading spaces: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a member of the opposite sex for a day? What do you think life would be like?
Five a day: You’ve being exiled to a private island, and your captors will only supply you with five foods. What do you pick?
Odd couple: Does a messy home (or office) make you anxious and cranky, or is cleaning something you just do before company comes over?
The social network: Do you feel like you “get” social media, or do you just use it because that’s where all your friends and family are?
Prized possession: Describe an item you were incredibly attached to as a child. What became of it?
Escape!: Describe your ultimate escape plan (and tell us what you’re escaping from).
The transporter: Tell us about a sensation — a taste, a smell, a piece of music — that transports you back to childhood.
Share the love: Tell us about another blogger who has influenced your own online journey.
Third from the top: Head to your favorite blog. Scroll down to the third post in the list. Take the third sentence in the post, and work it into a new post of your own.
Alma mater: You’ve been asked to speak at your high school alma mater — about the path of life. (Whoa.) Draft the speech.
Turn, turn, turn: For many of us, winter is blooming into spring, or fall hard- ening into winter. Which season do you most look forward to?
Do-over: Go back to a blog post you always thought could be better, or were unsatisfied with — now, fix it.
Imperfection: Imperfections — in things, in people, in places — add character to life. Tell us about an imperfection that you cherish.
Press it: Give some love to three blog posts you’ve read and loved in the past week, and tell us why they’re worth reading.
Decisions, decisions: How are you more likely to make an important decision — by reasoning through it, or by going with your gut?
Charitable: You’ve inherited $5 million, with instructions that you must give it all away — but you can choose any organizations you like to be the beneficiaries. Where does the money go?
S/he said: Pause whatever you’re doing, and ask the person nearest you what they’re thinking about (call someone if you have to). Write a post based on it.
The satisfaction of a list: Who doesn’t love a list? So write one! Top five slices ofpizza in your town, ten reasons disco will never die, the three secrets to happiness — go silly or go deep, just go list-y.
History of language: Write a piece offiction describing the incident that gave rise to the phrase, “third time’s the charm.”
Unknown caller: You receive a call from an unexpected person. Who is it, and what is the conversation about? Go!
Freaky Friday: If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be, and why? Ifthat seems too easy, try this one: who would you like to have spend a day as you and what do you hope they’d learn from the experience?
The bizarro world: In the DC comics universe, a planet called “Htrae” (“Earth” spelled backwards) is populated with bizarre versions of superheroes. A Seinfeld episode made the idea of this Bizarro World popular, where the characters encountered their opposite selves. Craft a scene in which you meet an opposite version of yourself — or a story in a bizarre, backwards world.
Companionable: Head to one ofyour favorite blogs. Write a companion piece to their penultimate post.
Critical eye: Write about the subject you usually blog about as if you were a music critic.
Earworm: What song is stuck in your head (or on permanent rotation in your CD or MP3 player) these days? Why does it speak to you?
Stranger: Have you ever had a random encounter or fleeting moment with a stranger that stuck with you?
Clone wars: If you could clone yourself, how would you split up your responsibilities?
Second time around: Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored — what is it that speaks to you?
Wall to wall: What do you display on the walls of your home — photos, posters, artwork, nothing? How do you choose what to display? What mood are you trying to create?
Your time to shine: Early bird, or night owl?
Cringe-worthy: Do you feel uncomfortable when you see someone else being embarrassed? What’s most likely to make you squirm?
Art appreciation: Do you need to agree with an artist’s lifestyle or politics to appreciate their art? To spend money on it?
Personal space: To what extent is your blog a place for your own selfexpression and creativity vs. a site designed to attract readers? How do you balance that? If sticking to certain topics and types of posts meant your readership would triple, would you do it?
Mad Libs: Turn to your co-workers, kids, Facebook friends, family — anyone who’s accessible — and ask them to suggest an article, an adjective, and a noun. There’s your post title!
The little things: Describe a little thing — one of the things you love that defines your world but is often overlooked.
It’s a text, text, text world: How do you communicate differently online than in person, if at all? How do you communicate emotion and intent in a purely written medium?
The glass?: Is the glass half-full, or half-empty?
Evasive action: What’s the most significant secret you’ve ever kept? Did the truth ever come out?
Key takeaway: Give your newer sisters and brothers-in-WordPress one piece of advice based on your experiences blogging. If you’re a new blogger, what’s one question you’d like to ask other bloggers?
Success: Tell us about a time where everything you’d hoped would happen actually did.
Landscape: When you gaze out your window — real or figurative — do you see the forest first, or the trees?
Morphing: Language evolves. The meaning of a word can shift over time as we use it differently — think of “cool,” “heavy,” or even “literally.” Today, give a word an evolutionary push: give a common word a new meaning, explain it to us, and use it in the title of your post.
I want to know what love is: We each have many types of love relationships — parents, children, spouses, friends. And they’re not always with people; you may love an animal, or a place. Is there a single idea or definition that runs through all the varieties of “love”?
Fill in the blank: Three people walk into a bar . . .
Unconventional love: Over the weekend, we explored different ways to love. Today, tell us about the most unconventional love in your life.
The interview; Interview your favorite fictional character.
Memories for sale: On a weekend road trip, far away from home, you stumble upon a garage sale in a neighborhood you’re passing through. Astonished, you find an object among the belongings for sale that you recognize. Tell us about it.
Too big to fail: Tell us about something you would attempt if you were guaranteed not to fail (and tell us why you haven’t tried it yet).
Feed your senses: Write down the first sight, sound, smell, and sensation you experienced on waking up today. Pick the one you’re most drawn to, and write. (For a bigger challenge, pick the one you’re least drawn to.)
Helping hand: Tell us about the most surprising helping hand you’ve ever received.
Dulled: You encounter a mysterious man offering you a magic potion that, once sipped, will make one ofyour senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch) super sharp — but dull the others. Will you sip it, and if so, what sense do you choose?
Bittersweet memories: You receive a gift that is bittersweet and makes you nostalgic. What is it?
Goals: When you started your blog, did you set any goals? Have you achieved them? Have they changed at all?
Green-eyed: Tell us about the last time you were really, truly jealous of someone. Did you act on it? Did it hurt your relationship?
Fictional elevator: You’re stuck in an elevator with an intriguing stranger.
The next big thing: What will the next must-have technological innovation be? Jetpacks? Hoverboards? Wind-powered calculators?
Tell us your story: Tell us about a journey — whether a physical trip you took, or an emotional one.
Switcheroo: If you could switch blogs with any blogger for a week, with whom would you switch and why?
Say your name: Write about your first name: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it? If you had the choice, would you rename yourself?
Elevator from the past: You’re stuck in an elevator with a person from your past.
Weaving the threads:Draft a post with three parts, each unrelated to the other, but create a common thread between them by including the same item — an object, a symbol, a place — in each part.
Fight or flight: When faced with confrontation, do you head for the hills or walk straight in? Was there ever a time you wished you’d had the opposite reaction?
Teleport: If you could travel to any location in the universe — where would you travel and why?
Silver linings: Write about something you consider “ugly” — war, violence, failure, hatred — but try to find beauty, or a sense of hope, in your thoughts.
The zone: Tell us about your favorite way to get lost in a simple activity — running, chopping vegetables, folding laundry, whatever. What’s it like when you’re in “the zone”?
Tourist trap: What’s your dream tourist destination — either a place you’ve been and loved, or a place you’d love to visit? What about it speaks to you?
Red pill, blue pill: If you could get all the nutrition you needed in a day with a pill — no worrying about what to eat, no food preparation — would you do it?
Never: Tell us about a thing you’ll never write about.
Four stars: Write a review of your life — or the life of someone close to you — as if it were a movie or a book.
RSVP: Plan the ultimate celebration for the person you’re closest to, and tell us about it. Where is it? Who’s there? What’s served? What happens?
Do not disturb: How do you manage your online privacy? Are there certain things you won’t post in certain places? Information you’ll never share online? Or do you assume information about you is accessible anyway?
The normal: Is being “normal” — whatever that means to you — a good thing, or a bad thing? Neither?
Ripped into the headline: Write about something that happened over the weekend as though it’s the top story on your local paper.
Take care: When you’re unwell, do you allow others to take care of you, or do you prefer to soldier on alone? What does it take for you to ask for help?
You’ve got the power: You have the power to enact a single law. What would it be?
Person of the year: You’re asked to nominate someone for TIME’s Person ofthe Year. Who would it be, and why?
In good faith: Describe a memory or encounter in which you considered your faith, religion, spirituality — or lack of — for the first time.
Singin’ in the rain: Safe inside, toasty warm, while water pitter-patters on the roof…describe your perfect, rainy afternoon.
Bookworm: Tell us about the last book you read (Why did you choose it? Would you recommend it?). To go further, write a post based on its subject matter.
Shape up or ship out:Write a letter to the personality trait you like least, convincing it to shape up or ship out. Be as threatening, theatrical, or thoroughly charming as is necessary to get the job done.
Might as well jump: What’s the biggest risk you’d like to take — but haven’t been able to? What would have to happen to make you comfortable taking it?
Tagline: Often, our blogs have taglines. But what if humans did, too? What would your tagline be?
Moment of kindess: Describe a moment of kindness, between you and someone else — loved one or complete stranger.
Tell us a joke! Knock-knock joke, long story with a unexpected punchline, great zinger — all jokes are welcome!
No, thank you: If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?
Island of misfit posts: We all have something we’d like to write about, but that doesn’t really “fit” our blog. Write it anyway.
Morality play: Where do your morals come from — your family? Your faith? Your philosophical worldview? How do you deal with those who don’t share them, or derive them from a different source?
21st century citizen: Do you belong in this day and age? Do you feel comfortable being a citizen of the 21st-century? If you do, explain why — and if you don’t, when in human history would you rather be?
Planes, trains, and automobiles: You’re going on a cross-country trip. Airplane, train, bus, or car? (Or something else entirely — bike? Hot air balloon?)
The artist’s eye: Is there a painting or sculpture you’re drawn to? What does it say to you? Describe the experience. (Or, if art doesn’t speak to you, tell us why.
We can be taught: Tell us a moment or an incident that you treasure — not necessarily because it brought you happiness, but because it taught you something about yourself.
No longer a mere mortal: You’ve imbibed a special potion that makes you immortal. Now that you’ve got forever, what changes will you make in your life? How will you live life differently, knowing you’ll always be around to be accountable for your actions?
The natural world: Describe your first memorable experience exploring and spending time in nature. Were you in awe? Or were you not impressed? Would you rather spend time in the forest or the city?
Great or greatest: What makes a blog great? What makes you follow a blog or “Like” a post?
The road less traveled: Pinpoint a moment in your past where you had to make a big decision. Write about that other alternate life that could have unfolded.
A mystery wrapped in an enigma: Tell us something most people probably don’t know about you.
From the gut: Tell us about the last time you had a real, deep, crying-fromlaughing belly laugh.
Mirror, mirror: Finish this sentence: “When I look in the mirror, I . . .”
Tables turned: Are as comfortable in front ofa camera as behind one? Being written about, as well as writing?
Rolling stone: If you could live a nomadic life, would you? Where would you go? How would you decide? What would life be like without a “home base”?
Barter system: If the world worked on a barter system, how would you fare? Would you have services to barter? Would you be successful, or would you struggle?
Keep out: Who is the one person you hope isn’t reading your blog? Why?
Earworm: Write whatever you normally write about, and weave in a book quote, film quote, or song lyric that’s been sticking with you this week.
Fandom: Are you a sports fan? Tell us about fandom. If you’re not, tell us why not.
Singular sensation: If one experience or life change results from you writing your blog, what would you like it to be?
Your life, the book: From a famous writer or celebrity, to a blogger or someone close to you — who would you like to be your biographer?
Opposite day: If you normally write non-fiction, post a photo. If you normally post images, write fiction. If you normally write fiction, write a poem. If you normally write poetry, draw a picture.
Far from home: Tell us about the farthest you’ve ever traveled from home.
Dream home; You win a contest to build your dream home. Draft the plans.
Stranger in a strange land: What’s your favorite part about visiting a new place — the food? The architecture? The people watching?
Flip flop: Think of a topic or issue about which you’ve switched your opinion. Why the change?
Fly on the wall: If you could be a “fly on the wall” anywhere and at any time in history, where and when would you choose?
There’s no place like home: If you had the opportunity to live a nomadic life, traveling from place to place, would you do it? Do you need a home base? What makes a place “home” to you?
Party animals? After spending time with a group of people, do you feel energized and ready for anything or do you want to hide in the corner with a good book?
The stat connection: Go to your Stats page and check your top three-five posts. Why do you think they’ve been successful? Find the connection between them, and write about it.
You, the sandwich: If a restaurant were to name something after you, what would it be? Describe it.
From the collection of the artist: It’s the year 2114. A major museum is running an exhibition on life and culture as it was in 2014. You’re asked to write an introduction for the show’s brochure. What will it say?
A friend in need: Finish this sentence: “My closest friend is…”
Back to school: If you could take a break from your life and go back to school to master a subject, what would it be?
You are back in 1965 and ready to go av concert with the beatles
From A to Z:Create a short story, piece of memoir, or epic poem that is26 sentences long, in which the first sentence begins with“A” and each sentence thereafter begins with the next letter of the alphabet.
Life after blogs: Your life without a computer: what does it look like?
State of your year: Write up a mid-year “State of My Year” post.
Drawing a blank: When was the last time your walked away from a discussion, only to think of The Perfect Comeback hours later? Recreate the scene for us, and use your winning line.
Pat on the back: Tell someone you’re proud of just how proud you are.
A house divided: Pick a divisive issue currently in the news. Write a two-part post in which you take on two personas and approach the topic from both sides.
Origin story: Why did you start your blog? Is that still why you blog, or has your site gone in a different direction than you’d planned?
Green-eyed monster: Write an anonymous letter to someone you’re jealous of.
Back to the future: Anachronism (noun): an error in chronology; a person or thing that’s chronologically out ofplace. Write a story in which a person or thing is out of place, or recount a time when you felt out of place.
Ballerina, fireman, astronaut, moviestar; When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up? What are you now? Are the two connected?
Everything changes: Walking down the street, you encounter a folded piece of paper on the sidewalk. You pick it up and read it and immediately, your life has changed. Describe this experience.
Never again: Have you ever gone to a new place or tried a new experience and thought to yourself, “I’m never doing that again!” Tell us about it.
What bores you?
Smell you later: Humans have very strong scent memory. Tell us about a smell that transports you.
Moved to tears: Describe the last time you were moved to tears by something beautiful.
Is political correctness a useful concept, or does it stifle honest discussion?
Life line: You’re on a long flight, and a palm reader sitting next to you insists she reads your palm. You hesitate, but agree. What does she tell you?
Drawing the line: Can anything be funny, or are some things off limits?
Mirror, mirror, on the wall: Think of your blog as a mirror: what does it reveal? Consider your blog name, theme choice, design, bio, posts… what does every element tell you about yourself?
Freaky Friday: You experience your own Freaky Friday, and switch bodies with someone you love/hate. Tell us what happens.
Standout: When was the last time you really stood out in a crowd? Are you comfortable in that position, or do you wish you could fade into the woodwork?
Three-tenths: Scribble down the first ten words that come to mind. Pick three of them. There’s your post title.
Procrastination: What have you been putting off doing? Why?
On the edge: We all have things as need to do to keep an even keel — blogging, exercising, reading, cooking. What’s yours?
The full moon: When the full moon happens, you turn into a person who’s the opposite of who you normally are. Describe this new you.
Fifteen credits: Another school semester will soon begin. If you’re in school, are you looking forward to starting classes? If you’re out of school, what do you miss about it — or are you glad those days are over?
Viral; The New York Times is going to feature your blog on its home page, and you’ve been asked to publish a new post — it’ll be the first thing tens of thousands of new readers see.
Pants on fire: What was the last lie you told? Why did you tell it?
These boots were made for walkin’ Tell us about your favorite pair of shoes, and where they’ve taken you.
Secret of success: What would it take for you to consider yourself a “successful blogger”? Is that something you strive for?
Funny ha-ha: Do you consider yourselffunny? What role does humor play in your life? Who’s the funniest person you know?
I’d like to thank my cats: You are receiving an award –- either one that already exists,or a new one created just for you. What would the award be,why are you being honored, and what would you say in youracceptance speech?
Ready for your close-up: Cast the movie of your life.
I can’t drive 55: Take the third line of the last song you heard, make it your post title, and write for a maximum of 15 minutes. GO!
A little sneaky
I pledge allegiance: Are you patriotic? What does being patriotic mean to you?
Groundhog day: In the comedy “Groundhog Day” Bill Murray experienced the same day again and again, stuck in a time loop until he got the day “right.” What day would you choose to repeat until you got it right? Do you think it’s ever possible to get life “right”?
Name that…you!: Do you know the meaning of your name, and why your parents chose it? Do you think it suits you? What about your children’s names?
Blogger with a cause: If your day to day responsibilities were taken care of and you could throw yourself completely behind a cause, what would it be?
I am a rock: Is it easy for you to ask for help when you need it, or do you prefer to rely only on yourself? Why?
Imagine all the people: The next time you’re in a public place — a coffeehouse, a park, a store — observe the people around you. Pick a person, a couple, or a group, and imagine what their lives mightbe like.
Regrets, I’ve had a few: What’s your biggest regret? How would your life have been different if you’d made another decision?
Luxurious: What’s the one luxury you can’t live without?
The excitement never ends: Tell us about the last thing you got excited about — butterflies-in-the-stomach, giggling, can’t-wait excited.
What a twist: Tell us a story — fiction or non-fiction — with a twist we can’t see coming.
Six of one, half-a-dozen of the other: Write a six-word story about what you think the future holds for you, and then expand on it in a post.
Thank you: The internet is full of rants. Help tip the balance: today, simply be thankful for something (or someone).
Toy story: What was your favorite plaything as a child? Do you see any connection between your life now, and your favorite childhood toy?´
Snark bombs, away! Try your hand at parody or satire — take an article, film, blog post, or song you find misguided, and use humor to show us how.
Bookworms: Grab the nearest book. Open it and go to the tenth word. Do a Google Image Search of the word. Write about what the image brings to mind.
Sorry, I’m busy: Tell us about a time when you should have helped someone… but didn’t.
Super sensitive: If you were forced to give up one sense, but gain super-sensitivity in another, which senses would you choose?
The cat says meow: Write a story about yourself from the perspective of an object, thing, animal, or another person.
Naked, with black socks
Are you comfortable in front of people, or does the idea ofpublic speaking make you want to hide in the bathroom?
Are you being served? What’s the most dreadful (or wonderful) experience you’ve ever had as a customer?
No fair: Tell us about something you think is terribly unfair — and explain how you would rectify it.
We can be taught! What makes a teacher great?
Practice makes perfect: Tell us about a talent you’d love to have…but don’t.
Standstill: For a moment today, time stands still — but you can tweak one thing while it’s stopped. What do you do?
Celebrate good times: You receive some wonderful, improbable, hoped-for good news. How do you celebrate?
The language of the future: what will it be like? Write an experimental post using some imagined vocabulary — abbreviations, slang, new terms.
A bend in time; When you’re giddy with excitement, does time speed up? Slow down? Tell us about the experience of anticipation.
Ebb and flow
Write a post for your blog — but three years in thefuture.
Cleaning house: Is there “junk” in your life? What kind? How do you get rid of it?
On the road: If you could pause real life and spend some time living with a family anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Fearful symmetry: Pick a letter, any letter. Now, write a story, poem, or post in which every line starts with that letter.
Reading material: How do you pick what blogs or books to read? What’s the one thing that will get you to pick up a book or click on a link every single time?
New internet order: All the world’s countries have decided that the Internet itself needs a government. Your country asks you to run for Prime Minister of the ‘Net — do you accept? If so, what will your platform be?
The clothes that (may) make the (wo)man: How important are clothes to you? Describe your style, if you have one, and tell us how appearance impacts how you feel about yourself.
Eye of the beholder: Describe what it feels like to hear a beautiful piece of music or see a stunning piece of art.
Mixtape masterpiece: You make a new friend. Make them a mix tape (or playlist, for the younger folks) that tells them who you are through song.
Exhale: Tell us about a time when everything seemed to be going wrong — and then, suddenly, you knew it would be alright.
Bloggers, unplugged: Sometimes, we all need a break from these little glowing boxes. How do you know when it’s time to unplug? What do you do to make it happen?
Can’t get enough: Have you ever been addicted to anything, or worried that you were? Have you ever spent too much time and effort on something that was a distraction from your real goals?
Fright night: Do you like being scared by books, films, and surprises? Describe the sensation of being scared, and why you love it — or don’t.
Mid-season replacement: For many of us the seasons are changing, bouncing unpredictably between cold and warm. Are you glad to be moving into a new season, or wishing for one more week of the old?
Blogger in a strange land: What’s the strangest place from which you’ve posted to your
blog? When was the last time you were out and about, and suddenly thought, “I need to write about this!”?
Michelangelo’s YOU: Your personal sculptor is carving a person, thing, or event from the last month ofyour life into the glistening marble of immortality. What’s the statue and what makes it so significant?
Childlike: Explain your biggest regret — as though to a small child.
Honorific: October 16th is officially declared “Person X Day” — and youget to pick Person X. Tell us about someone who deserves to be commemorated.
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: You get some incredibly, amazingly, wonderfully fantastic news. What’s the first thing you do?
Home sweet home: When you’re away from home, what person, thing, or place do you miss the most?
Release me: Tell us about the blog post you were most nervous to publish — and what it was like to set it free.
Blank is the new blank: Click over to your favorite blog, and pick out the 4th and 14th words (that aren’t “the” or “an”). Drop them into this phrase: “_____ is the new _____.” There’s your post title.
Sand but true
Tell us about the harshest, most difficult to hear — but accurate — criticism you’e ever gotten. Does it still apply?
As seen on T.V.: Write a script for a late-night infomercial — where the product is your blog. How do you market yourself? What qualities do you embody that other “products” don’t? What are the benefits of reading your blog?
Express yourself: Tell us about a time you couldn’t quite get your words or images to express what you wanted to express. What do you think the barrier was? For bonus points, try again.
Simply the best: NASA is building a new Voyager spacecraft that will carry the best of modern human culture. What belongs onboard?
Breakdown: Tell us about a habit you’d like to break. Is there any way it can play a positive role in your life?
The golden hour
Seven wonders: Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words. What would your seven words be?
First: Tell us about your first day at something — your first day of school, first day of work, first day living on your own, first day blogging, first day as a parent, whatever.
Free to be me: What’s the character trait you admire the most about yourself?
Halloweeny! If bloggers had their own Halloween and could go from blog to blog collecting “treats,” what would your blog hand out?
Eat, drink and be merry…… for tomorrow we die. The world is ending tomorrow! Tell us about your last dinner — the food, your dining companions, the setting, the conversation.
Conflicted: You’re in the middle of a terrible argument, and everyone turns to you to help resolve it. How do you respond? How do you react to conflict?
Placebo effect: If you could create a painless, inexpensive cure for a single ailment, what would you cure and why?
It builds character: Tell us about a favorite character from film, theater, or literature, with whom you’d like to have a heart-to-heart. What would you talk about?
Intense: Describe the last time you were surprised by the intensity of a feeling you had about something, or were surprised at how strongly you reacted to something you thought wouldn’t be a big deal.
Google and rescue operation: What was the last thing you searched for online? Why were you looking for it?
Cheering section: Do you have a mentor? Tell us about him or her. Are you a mentor to someone else? Tell us what that relationship has added to your life.
Connect the dots: Scour the news for an entirely uninteresting story. Consider how it connects to your life. Write about that.
About page for the future: Write the About page for your blog in 10 years.
The perfect game: You’re set to play poker (or Scrabble or something else . . .) with a group of four. Write a story set during this game. Or, describe the ideal match: the players, the relationships — and the hidden rivalries.
Food for the soul (and the stomach): Tell us about your favorite meal, either to eat or to prepare. Does it just taste great, or does it have other associations?
Come fly with me: Share a story about the furthest you’ve ever traveled from home.
Non-regional diction: Write about whatever you’d like, but write using regional slang, your dialect, or in your accent.
Write about evil: how you understand it (or don’t), what you think it means, or a way it’s manifested, either in the world at large or in your life.
Love to love you: What do you love most about yourself? What do you love most about your favorite person? Are the two connected?
Land of confusion: Tell us about a time when you felt out of place.
Fear no more: What’s the thing you’re most scared to do? What would it take to get you to do it?
Perspective: Think about something that drives you crazy. Now, think about something that makes you happy. Does it change your perspective on the former?
Safety first: Share the story of a time you felt unsafe.
A bird, a plane, you! You get to choose one superpower. Pick one of these, and explain your choice: the ability to speak and understand any language, the ability to travel through time, or the ability to make any two people agree with each other.
Playtime: Do you play in your daily life? What says “playtime” to you?
I have confidence in me: Are you good at what you do? What would you like to be better at?
Close call Tell us about a bullet you’re glad you dodged — when something awful almost happened, but didn’t.
Simply irresistable: Tell us about the favorite dish or food that you simply cannot turn down.
To boldly go… An impending new year gives rise to reflection and goal setting. What will your goals for 2015 be? It’s never to early to start thinking about self improvement!
Fear factor: People are afraid of all kinds of things: spiders, the dark, or being enclosed in small spaces. Tell us about your greatest fear — rational or irrational.
Keeping up with the Jones: Tell us about the one luxury item you wish you could afford, in as much detail as you can. Paint a picture for us.
Humble pie: Tell us about a time you found out after the fact that you’d been mistaken and you had to eat a serving of humble pie.
Tattoo…you? Do you have a tattoo? Ifso, what’s the story behind your ink? If you don’t have a tattoo, what might you consider getting emblazoned on you skin?
Hear no evil: Tell us about a conversation you couldn’t help but overhear and wish you hadn’t.
No you see me: You have a secret superpower: the ability to appear and disappear at will. When and where will you use this new superpower? Tell us a story.
Sink or swim: Tell us about a time when you were left on your own, to fend for yourselfin an overwhelming situation — on the job, at home, at school. What was the outcome?
Five items: A classic question, revisited: what are the five items you must have on a deserted island?
The power of touch: Textures are everywhere: The rough edges of a stone wall. The smooth innocence of a baby’s cheek. The sense of touch brings back memories for us. What texture is particularly evocative to you?
Fifteen minutes: You have 15 minutes to address the whole world live (on television or radio — choose your format). What would you say?
What’s your learning style? What’s your learning style? Do you prefer learning in a group and in an interactive setting? Or one-on-one? Do you retain information best through lectures, or visuals, or simply by reading books?
A source of anxiety: Write about a noise — or even a silence — that won’t go away. (We’ll let you interpret this in different ways…)
Out of your reach: Was there a toy or thing you always wanted as a child, during the holidays or on your birthday, but never received?
Unexpected: Unexpectedly, you lose your job. (Or a loved one. Or something or someone important to you.) What do you do next?
My precious: Who is the person in your life who can do no wrong? Describe this person and tell us why you hold them in such high esteem.
Daring do: Tell us about the time you rescued someone else (person or animal) from a dangerous situation. What happened? How did you prevail?
Necessity is the mother of invention: Imagine, in great detail, an invention that could help reverse pollution — describe for us how your invention works and how it will help save the planet.
Festivus for the rest of us: You have been named supreme ruler of the universe. Your first order of business is creating and instituting a holiday orfestival in your honor. What day of the year is your holiday?
What special events will take place? Describe YOU DAY in as great a detail as you can muster: the special foods we’ll consume, the decorations we’ll use…everything.
Memories of holidays past: What is your very favorite holiday? Recount the specific memory or memories that have made that holiday special to you.
By the skin of your teeth:Share a time when you narrowly avoided disaster.
You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch: What is your least favorite personal quality in others? Extra points for sharing your least favorite personal quality in yourself.
Mad as a hatter: Tell us about a time when you flew into a rage. What is it that made you so incredibly angry?
A random act of kindness: Tell us about the time when you performed a secret random act of kindness — where the recipient of your kindness never found out about your good deed. How did the deed go down?
Forgive and forget? Share a story where it was very difficult for you to forgive the perpetrator for wronging you, but you did it — you forgave them.
My number one: Who is the most important person in your life? Describe that person in as great a detail as you can muster and most importantly, tell us why you cherish this person.
Interplanet Janet: You get to design your own planet: tell us all about your planet — the weather, the seasons, the inhabitants. Go.
The guilt that haunts me: Share a time when you were overcome with guilt. What were the circumstances? How did you overcome you guilt?
The best day ever: You get to enjoy the best day ever — describe in detail what that means to you. Where are you? What will you do? What’s the weather like? What will you eat? Who will you see?
I was here: You are the first astronaut to arrive on a new, uncharted planet. Write the note that you leave to those who come after you.
Moment of clarity: Tell us about a time you’d been trying to solve a knotty problem — maybe it was an interpersonal problem, a life problem, a big ol’ problem — and you had a moment of clarity when the solution appeared to you, as though you were struck by lightening.
You’re a winner: You’ve just won $1 billion dollars in the local lottery. You do not have to pay tax on your winnings. How will you spend the money?
The new school: You get to redesign school as we know it from the ground up. Will you do away with reading, writing, and arithmetic? What skills and knowledge will your school focus on imparting to young minds?
Brainwave: What’s the best idea you’ve ever had? Regale us with every detail of the idea — the idea itself, where it came to you, and the problem it solved.
I believe in magic: You have been transformed into a mystical being who has the ability to do magic. Share your new abilities in detail. How will you use your new skills?
A brand new you, effective tomorrow!: Tomorrow is the first day of a brand new year. Tomorrow you get to become anyone in the world that you wish. Who are you? If you decide to stay “you” share your rationale.