We all have our semi-secret, less-known personal favorites — a great B-side, an early work by an artist that later became famous, an obscure (but delicious) family recipe. Share one of your unsung heroes with us — how did you discover it? Why has it stayed off everyone’s radar?
It seems that gloom and doom are hovering over the daily prompt over the past week. First of all the real catastrophe with the disappearing pingbacks. They have not yet been found. The search is in progress, but where are they? Did they disappear below a layer of cigarette ash in the WordPress communal ash tray? Were they just (oh horror!) deleted by mistake when updating the famous and super intelligent grid system, which we have all learnt to love and obey? So many unanswered questions and I believe it now features in the Top Ten Most Wanted FBI Site on the computer. The best detectives in the States are on the alert, but our brave Wordys are searching for the solution. We are reassured on the Daily Post page with the words “Pingbacks are currently closed. Thanks for your patience as we work to restore them for all our readers.”, so nothing could possibly go wrong.
In the last few days we have prompts about the negative bucket list, sweet little lies and all or nothing, where the first time we really got nothing appeared.
However, undaunted we continue. So I would like to dedicate this blog to the unsung heroes of our daily prompt world. Those that battle on finding words and the sense in writing on our prompts, prompts that may or may not be Pulitzer prize suspicious, but who cares, where there is a will there is a way, and we all have the communal will to carry on regardless. We yearn to see a little recognition somewhere in this wide cyber world. There might be a like clicked, and even the like is liked, to assure that the Daily Prompt is not quite dead, just decomposing slowly but surely.
These unsung heroes are wearing their fingernails down on their keyboards, hammering some sense into our prompts. We are fighting against the unknown. What power is trying to jeopardise our efforts. We read the subject and then our brains begin to tick. What shall we write? We have sleepless nights and days trying to find the prompt to end all prompts, although WordPress seems already to have found it. They have ended all prompts, but let us not despair fellow unsung heroes. Yes I am one of your army, a disappointed colleague wallowing in the mire of lost and neglected pingbacks.
There is always “The Reader”. I believe that Hollywood are producing a film with the same title starring Christopher Lee who wishes to leave a milestone in the history of horror and believe me this film will be a hit. It handles from real life experiences, bloggers that have been searching for the missing prompt blogs, blogs which have been rendered invisible to many, all wearing (or wanting to wear) WordPress t-shirts.
It begins with a lonely neglected blogger scraping on his terminal screen, hoping to uncover somewhere a pingback. A flash covers the screen and the words “Reader” dripping blood in glorious technicolour appear. Our hero blogger (played by Brad Pitt) clicks on this word and arrives in a land of so many blogs he despairs. Suddenly he sees it, an illuminated sign on the left of the screen “Daily Prompt” shining in gold lettering. He clicks and arrives on a page to fulfil his search. Unfortunately the evil gargoyle (played by Christopher Lee) has disguised many of these prompts and Brad, our hero, only sees half of them. He arms his mouse, which is a blue vampire tooth mouse, and attacks. The villain is melted to a pool of purple (blood and blue tooth mix their colours) and Brad tells all the secret. Make sure your Daily Prompts are marked with the tag “daily prompt” and the heading is the original heading on the daily post prompt, to be seen on the orange and brown coloured page on your WordPress page. Yes, this is the solution, the grand finale, how to find the lost prompts in the reader without searching.
Make sure to watch the Oscar awards this year. They are being transmitted from Silicon Valley and this film is definitely a winner. In the meanwhile light a candle (or safer a small torch) next to your computer this evening and hope that tomorrow we awake to find the good old grid with the good old prompts.
Let this blog remain a monument to the unsung heroes of the daily prompt.