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Whose Blog Is It Anyway ? – Don Charisma’s Writing Challenge

by on January 3, 2014 Whose Blog Is It Anyway Poster

As bloggers we’re in the enviable position of being able to experiment. The smaller the audience the bigger the scope to try new things and learn from them. And hopefully by the time we have a bigger audience we’ve done enough experiments to know what works and what doesn’t. I don’t reckon many editors would give us as much scope with a large publication. Anyway, here’s the experiment … Whose Blog Is It Anyway Poster Whose Blog Is It Anyway Poster

I once did an impro (improv ?) course in London, and thoroughly enjoyed it, even joined a group for a short while. Impro is seriously fun, terrifying in one way, but hilarious to see what can come out of one’s mouth on the spot. There is a TV show called “Whose line is it anyway ?” which features impro artists, hence the “Whose Blog Is It Anyway ?”. So the spirit of this experiment is impro. Which means you are given an idea, doesn’t matter whether you like the idea or not, and you just go and create, for fun, not serious, learn something new about ourselves.

I’m giving a few guest bloggers the opportunity to blog to you guys, my audience. I chose the main topic and their individual post titles, a few ground rules. They submit to me their finished posts, and I post.

It was that indirectly gave me the idea, and has already agreed to take part. In the true spirit of impro, the others don’t know yet.

The guests I would like to invite are :

Don Charisma invites to do a guest blog submission for Don Charisma’s Writing Challenge, “Whose Blog Is It Anyway ?”

Don Charisma invites to do a guest blog submission for Don Charisma’s Writing Challenge, “Whose Blog Is It Anyway ?”

Don Charisma invites to do a guest blog submission for Don Charisma’s Writing Challenge, “Whose Blog Is It Anyway ?”

Don Charisma invites to do a guest blog submission for Don Charisma’s Writing Challenge, “Whose Blog Is It Anyway ?”

Don Charisma invites to do a guest blog submission for Don Charisma’s Writing Challenge, “Whose Blog Is It Anyway ?”

Don Charisma invites to do a guest blog submission for Don Charisma’s Writing Challenge, “Whose Blog Is It Anyway ?”

You guys are all welcome to accept or decline, either way please could you let me know as soon as possible, leave a comment here or email me.

Also anyone wishing to act as a reserve, please make yourself known. I’ll be able to refer to this post for any later challenges, so don’t be shy. Obviously be a competent writer, who is serious about taking part and can complete the challenge in a reasonably short time-scale.

The Rules

Your submission must be civil, light hearted and in keeping with the spirit of the Don Charisma blog. It must be between 500 and 2000 words. It must start with a paragraph of introducing yourself, perhaps a little biography. Then the main body of your post, use headings if it would add value. Then a short closing paragraph. You are allowed to promote your blog/yourself in the closing paragraph, but I won’t allow plugging specific specific products, ebooks etc.

Work must be original, written specifically for this challenge, ie not something you wrote 5 years ago copied and pasted.

I will choose (most likely) an overall theme, and you will be assigned a specific title for your post. You must write as someone who is “for” whatever the title is, that’ll be partly the challenge, for some !

You must include at least one image of at least 497 pixels wide, which will be inserted into the post (please tell me where). Maximum 3 images.

My blog isn’t setup to allow outside access to dashboard, so the post will be posted under my gravatar, with your gravatar name as the author at the end of your post, along with a link back to your blog.

All rules have a little flexibility provided you are not being a moron. The idea is to have fun and provide entertainment for ourselves and those who will read.

My decision is final on any unforeseen issues, complications or disputes.

Apologies, but I can only do this with a small number of people at the moment, if all goes well I will do more challenges later. As I said already do let me know if you’d be interested in the future.

This is new ground for me and for blogging (as far as I know), so dear readers please bear with me if there’s any glitches.

Thank you all in advance

Warm regards

Don Charisma

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From → Play, Writing

  1. The quotes on your blog has been more than inspirational. Been retweeting them for a little while now but it’ll be an honor to learn directly from you. It’s not so much the words sir but when it’s actually said” «Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.»

    — Dale Carnegie
    Our preservative view of life determines how me react to situations and those words have helped put things in a proper view. Thank you for been such an inspiration and probable mentor. Appreciate it

    • I’m very pleased for that, the quotes help me remember the simple wisdom, if they help others too it’s a win-win :D

  2. Looks like you may be doing a few of these considering the response. So I’ll add my name to the list. And yes, I do have subject matter I write about that has a lighthearted touch to it and original improvisational piano music as well.

    • Many talents, I like it … not sure the next one will be the same format exactly, these things has a tendency to evolve ! … keep an eye on my blog though, as and when it’s time I will announce … take care … DC

  3. Thank you for the follow! I’m enjoying your pieces…so I’d say it’s been a pretty symbiotic relationship thus far.

  4. carolcooper permalink

    Hi DC

    Seems like the whole world has already thrown their hats in the ring but here goes: Me too, please. I can write most things from textbooks to raunchy novels and I would love to contribute to your blog, so when you’ve got through the rest of the blogosphere please drop me a line.


    Carol of and

    • Hey Carol, that’s absolutely lovely of you. You’ve been an avid DC supporter since the beginning, and I know you’re an accomplished author, amongst many talents. I did think of you for this one, but wanted to keep the number of guests low due to it being an experiment. I’m planning another one, just need to get a coordinator as the workload was a bit too much. I’m discussing the possibility with someone at the moment. WBIIA will be bigger, different theme for topics, but will stick with impro theme as I reckon that’s got endless potential. I think you get my sense of humour, so you might want to check out my submission – women in combat. Please don’t read it seriously :)

      Warm regards


      • carolcooper permalink

        Read it seriously? What do you take me for?! ;-)

      • LOL, you’re not american then :)

        I’ll be emailing you regarding challenge at your sky dot com address.

        Your gravatar still doesn’t show your blogname in my comments, check this screen is up to date – primary blog and web address … it’s important because it’s how people find your blog when you comment …

        Warm regards


      • carolcooper permalink

        Thanks, DC. I’ve tried to update my screen re my blogname but I must be doing something wrong. It does show when you hover over my name I think.

      • Yup I can see that on the float over, but the link’s not “clickable” … it’d probably help a lot with people being able to visit your blog so good to get to the bottom of … the gravatar site I do find confusing and my degree is computer science !

        Have another play and if you can’t figure it, if not let me know, I’ll do some research and see what I can find out.

        Just dinging you an email



      • Hi DC
        I think it’s working now, fingers crossed, but when you get a moment (ha ha) perhaps you can try it out to make sure?
        Thanks and all best with the superblogging.

      • YAY ! it’s working Carol, it works :) What and where was the setting as I’m never 100% certain which one it is ? Have emailed you seperately regarding WBIIA 2 … Cheers DC

  5. I love this idea, put me on your list for next time :)

  6. Great idea. I am interested in doing this!

  7. I’m interested in seeing how this turns out. It seems like a way to promote both blogs. Who would expect less than genius from DC? Not I.

    • Me too, think it’ll be a big success :)

      Could be a way to promote both blogs or maybe I’m just having fun ?

      You reckon they’ll put my name next to Albert Einstein ?

      How’s things with you ?



  8. Reblogged this on Imagine…. and commented:
    Sounds like fun!

  9. C’Mon! Put me in coach!

  10. I like this idea. I’m fairly new to blogging but up for a challenge!

  11. Reblogged this on Jaggi and commented:
    #jaggi #digitalbranding #entrepreneurship #letternote #pixpa #ideazinc

  12. Sounds like fun, good luck x

  13. can’t wait for this one :)

  14. This is a wonderful idea! I loved that show and would love to see how it all plays out. Improv is one of the hardest things to do, whether written or onstage.

    • Thanks, and looking forward to seeing how it works out :)

      Hard yes, but awesome fun too, yes !

      Warm regards


  15. This is a great idea, I’m looking forward to read all the new posts.

  16. Ambles purposely but with an air of composure whispering…”is my invite in the mail?” Ha ha ha.

  17. prayingforoneday permalink

    DEAL ME IN…I love spontaneity and writing on the spot. The less time I have to write something, or the less time I give myself, or even just opening up a word.doc and just typing till a blog appears is what I do sometimes, so yeah, the internet is fun, blogging is fun, yeah, I am in :D

    Note: I am disabled as you know and I am coming off one drug and trying to get myself sorted ok on another. I am always tired and sore. But it hasn’t stopped me before and shouldn’t here..

    Bring it on Don :D
    I’m a poet and didn’t know it


    • Dude you’re in … and you’re perfect for this challenge, I hope you’ll enjoy :)



  18. Me! Me! Me as a reserve! So adore your stuff and would LOVE the chance to be there!!

    • OK, you’re on the reserves … I need to keep this one smallish as it’s still very experimental :) warm regards DC

  19. Can’t wait to see how this works out. Used to give improv talks, so put me on the standby list. Of course the improv talks were because I was never able to write the talk out :), but this sounds like fun.

    • Of course Angie, I want to keep this one small, hopefully it’ll be great … and yes i don’t like writing things down either :)

  20. GREAT idea! I’d like to put my name in the hat also. :-)

  21. Great idea! I’m game if you need another poster.

    • Thanks dude, I’ll put you on the reserves :)

      Next round I’ll have a better idea how this will work, so keep an eye on what’s happening and don’t be shy 8-)

      Warm regards


  22. I am looking forward to seeing how this challenge pans out.
    I might be throwing my hat into the ring for the next one–because I do love a good blogging challenge (although most of mine involve cooking gelatin or offal).

    • So I am !

      I’m keeping it limited numbers and people that I’ve known for a while on this one, hopefully iron out any creases so the next one will be even more awesome :)

      Warm regards


  23. Sounds like a fun idea. I’ll be looking forward to seeing how it goes for you.

    • Thanks Dave, I’m trying to keep it simple first time, hopefully it’ll evolve and smoothen, just like any imrpo :) warm regards DC

  24. I love that show!! Sadly the rest of the family don’t so I don’t get to see it that often.
    Okay, I’m game…. put me on the list :)

    • You’re already on the list ! And great we have three fans … I still need to confirm Shaun, Danny and Steven …

      • Well Shaun is probably sleeping because unlike Belinda (who is in his part of the world also) he mustn’t stay up late ;)
        btw – Have you just pulled an all-nighter as well?

      • Hey Suz, I’m woefully behind on everything, sorry for not reply email and not send document, will do as soon as I can I promise … and yes all nighter, 4 hours sleep then 300 photos of a buddha carved in mountainside and a thai vine yard, a visual delight – you will enjoy :)

      • Look forward to it. Any powerlines up that way?? :mrgreen:

      • Suz, this is Thailand, they have overhead cables EVERYWHERE, hard to take a photo without them in in anywhere built up !

  25. Dear Mr Charisma, Sir ~ I would be inclined to humbly and most appreciatively accept your kindest most honourable offer. SOUNDS EPIC! LOVED watching ‘whose line’ –

    • Sounds like the perfect storm brewing on … I have to confirm all the participants, and we’re probably talking hours time scales, I need to go to bed now, have a busy day tomorrow :)

      • You’ll give the word then? Rest easy Don – Good idea – I think this will work out with your time right now.

      • Yup, just need the confirms at the moment, then I’ll let you guys know the topic and your post titles … it’s 07:18am here and I need to sleep !

  26. Is this what I signed up for??! I used up all of my good lines wooing my blogging harem. (Oh, man, I hope none of them follow you, DC. Am I ever in trouble if they do.)

    Appreciate the opportunity. Cheers.

    • You’re welcome, and partly your idea !

      I’m sure a man as charismatic as yourself can think on the spot of new lines, so shouldn’t be an issue :)

      The challenge is actually already set, just I haven’t told you exactly what it is … you will like it, I hope 8-)



    • Trouble be a brewing Chief ~ One Mistress coming up :D

    • I do Nav… and so does Belinda. You’re gonna have to talk fast to continue to woo us you know. ;)

      • Uh oh. I think I was married to these two in former lives.

      • You poor devil … I reckon they might have been in my harem in at least three of my former lives ;)

      • We should have been so lucky

      • I know, oh well, it was a nice dream whilst it lasted !

      • I don’t know whether to be flattered or not. ;)
        Seriously, I don’t play well with others so wouldn’t have been in a harem I’m sure. But karma sure is a b**ch if I keep coming back to haunt you lol :D

      • Either or Suz, we’re just joking around … not sure you’ve have had a choice about the harem throughout the ages and cultures !

  27. dresdenfalls permalink

    lol. I will enjoy reading the unique posts this will create.

  28. Love this idea! I am looking forward to the end results. Although I am not usually long-winded on my own blog, I do have moments of clarity when all the pistons are firing. Therefore I am throwing my novice hat into the ring as an alternate, or future guinea pig :)

    • So am I, I think it will be fun :)

      I’ve added you to the reserves list, and will see how this one works out before planning the next one.

      I found with impro that being inexperienced is part of the fun :)

      Warm regards


  29. This is a great idea! I would love to be a reserve for this! I look forward to reading all the posts.

  30. I am up for the challenge! Bring it on!

  31. What a fantastic idea that is :)

    I for one have seen many a Whose Line Is It Anyway? episode and thoroughly enjoy improvisational theatre. Improv blogging is a spectacular idea! Experimentation is key to creativity, afterall.

    • Totally and absolutely spot on … I hope I’ll be able to do the impro and whose line is it anyway show justice, I have an idea of what they’ll write about and seems like fun … so fingers crossed :) warm regards DC

      • I will keep an eye on this as the concept is great :) keep it up, man!

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