Do you remember the Chain Letters that used to circulate in the 60s?
You would receive a postcard and on the back was the name and address of 6 people, the last being the person who had sent the card to you.
The idea was that you would send a picture postcard of your home town to the first person on the list, then remove their name and add yours to the bottom. You would then send a plain postcard with the six names and addresses (including yours now) to five of your friends asking them to repeat the process.
The end result was that eventually you would receive hundreds of picture postcards from all over the world within a matter of months.
I didn’t receive a single one.
In later years, this procedure was adopted as a Pyramid Scheme for making money, and with some, misfortune and threats followed if you didn’t comply, so the whole subject of chain letters became taboo.
WordPress provides a meeting place for all, a mixture of backgrounds, talents, gifts, likes, dislikes, humour, opinions, education, sorrow, advice, support and kindness. It offers a sense of belonging, an outlet for expression, a different perspective, and hope, interest and a caring, sharing community for some who may otherwise have no contact with their outside world.
It also has Challenges, Awards and Nominations.
How, where or why they originate is irrelevant, but at the end of the day you have the choice whether to join in, enjoy other people’s efforts, or decline invitations, without pressure or judgment. I am normally in the middle bracket but currently involved in the Five Photos Five Day challenge.
Why did I accept this and not participate in others?
Simple really, I try to do at least one post every day, I write the occasional ‘poem’, take the odd photo and rather than answer a lot of questions about myself, I can do my own thing.
This particular challenge meant nominating just one person each day thus making a total of five, rather than ten or fifteen at any one time.
Most of the bloggers I follow have done the majority of these challenges already so like a daisy chain, they may have gone full circle!
I’ve noticed too that some have posted ‘Meet and Greets’ or ‘Introduction of a New Blogger’ articles in the past so I hope my readers find my nominee choices of interest.
Back when I started blogging, I used to do all the challenges/chain type things, but I have stopped doing that. I like things that are “get to know you” vs. “collect followers” which some of these things are. 🙂
I’ve done a couple of others, the Nature Chills challenge #3 and a self promotion invitation. I am increasingly surprised at the amount of art/craft/poetry/writing/drawings that is out there.