Utah – Balance Rock: WordPress.com Upsets the Balance

As of the end of this month (and 2,000 Daily Prompts, 380 Photo Challenges, 260 Community Pools, and 100 First Fridays later), we will no longer publish new posts, prompts, or challenges on this site.
– Ben Huberman, WordPress.com The Daily Post –

As you can see from the announcement above, WordPress Prompts and Photo Challenges will soon be a thing of the past. It isn’t the first time that WordPress has suddenly discontinued a feature that many bloggers faithfully use and enjoy.

I’ve been submitting photos to the Photo Challenges for almost 8 years. Polite words can’t express my disappointment that they have decided to terminate access to our community of photographers.

As a replacement, WordPress suggests that bloggers try this: post a photo (any topic you feel like) and tag it with ‘photo challenge’. Then, open your WordPress Reader and type ‘photo challenge’ in the search bar…  Really – you think that makes it a challenge? Nope –  it’s just a bunch of posts with photos.

WordPress, you remind me of this rock (Balance Rock) in Arches National Park in Utah. The disconnect between your head and our body is quite obvious. It isn’t good for the balance of either of us…

As for Photo Challenges, I’m using that tag on this photo. If this was a real photo challenge, what would you suggest as a theme?

11 thoughts on “Utah – Balance Rock: WordPress.com Upsets the Balance

  1. I’ve been “inspired” by some of the daily (word) prompts and while I haven’t always pushed myself to post for as many as I would have liked, I’ve found a few followers and blogs I enjoy through the process. I’m very disappointed in their decision to discontinue one of the only real “community” aspects of the site, and the fact that they didn’t include users in the decision is also disappointing.


    1. An uncurated community is the key concept, isn’t it Margo! Every blogger who wanted to join was welcome. That is quite different than the old ‘Freshly Pressed’ or the new ‘Discovery Magazine’ where “A daily selection of the best content published on WordPress is collected for you…”


  2. I haven’t participated in the daily challenges for some time, but I’ve enjoyed the various interpretations offered by others. Particularly as a new blogger a number of years ago, the challenges helped me develop ‘my voice’ and introduced me to other like-minded bloggers.

    Unfortunately, I’m also aware of some other bloggers who have been very critical of the daily prompts – calling them tired, rehashed, and lacking in inspiration. I wonder if that criticism has prompted this decision.

    The prompts did provide some community and I wonder how, or if, that will change now.


    1. I didn’t do the daily prompts either. I did the weekly photo challenges when I had a photo that interpreted the words. As for blogging once a day, I learned long ago that I wasn’t capable of doing that! I can understand dropping the daily prompts, but I’ll miss the photo challenges – and the page that brought them all together.

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  3. This is a real bummer! I have found other blogs through that community and I have a feeling others have found me there! It would have been nice to have had some input. It would also be nice if they were replacing it with some other amazing wordpress community thing…shoot.

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    1. I’m don’t think WordPress staff look at the relationship between a company and their clients the same way we do. Concepts like transparency, consultation, and respect don’t seem to be part of their culture. They have the power to do whatever they want and they have shown, time after time, that what they want is more important than what their clients want.

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  4. Coming in late here, Margy, but I’m really sorry. A dirty deal, and I feel I’ve had similar experiences many times over. Great photo!! I guess my suggestion for an apt photo challenge theme would be: He’s Got A Good Head On His Shoulders… 😂


    1. You are never late, Mark. My blog and I run on retired seniors time.
      I always appreciate your visits here because you actually read what I’ve written!
      I find it incredible, really, that bloggers actually attract any audience at all. Or maybe it isn’t such a mystery – mainstream media seems to be self-destructing in the credibility department. They peddle fear. People can only take so much of that!

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