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Just Jot it January 2023 – The Rules!

Welcome, one and all to the ninth annual Just Jot it January challenge!

Just Jot it January, AKA JusJoJan, is a challenge to write a post every day of the month of January. To start the year off with a a blogging bang, and to meet others in the blogging community. It’s fun!

Here are the simple JusJoJan Rules:

1. Just Jot It January starts January 1st, but it’s never too late to join in! Here, we run on the honour system; the “jot it” part of JusJoJan means that anything you jot down, anywhere (it doesn’t have to be a post, it can even be a grocery list), counts as a “jot.” If it makes it to your blog that day, great! If it waits a week to get from a sticky note to your screen, no problem!

2. I’ll post prompts at 2am my time (GMT -5). You don’t have to follow the prompt every day, but that will be where you leave your link for others to see. You’ll get a prompt for every day except Wednesday, when the prompt is simply my One-Liner Wednesday and on Saturday, when your prompt will be the Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS, which will appear at about 9:30am Friday. Each prompt post will include the rules.

3. Please ping back or link to the daily prompt. To ping back, just copy the URL from the daily prompt post, and paste it anywhere in your post. Check to make sure your link shows up where you want it to, and go back occasionally to see other bloggers’ entries – the more you visit others, the more they’ll visit you! Note: A) The newest pingbacks will be at the top of the comments section. B) Ping backs only work if you’re blogging on WordPress. Everyone else must paste a link manually.

4. Tag your post JusJoJan and/or #JusJoJan.

5. Write anything! Any length will do! It can even be a photo or a drawing – you’re going to title it, right? There’s your jot!

6. The prompts will appear every day that’s neither a Wednesday nor a Saturday–Saturday’s JusJoJan prompt will be Stream of Consciousness Saturday. You’ll find the list of prompts below as they come in, which means I’ll be updating this post. Remember, you don’t have to use the prompts. Please write whatever inspires you. NOTE: If your post is NSFW, do not ping back. Please leave your link in the comments with a warning.

7. If you’d like to, use the JusJoJan badge so that others can find your post more easily.

8. Have fun!

Below, I’ll fill in the prompts as I have them, along with a link to the blog of the person who supplied the prompt if it wasn’t me.

January 1 – Resolution (me)

January 2 – Constellation (Willow @

January 3 – Solo (Dar @

January 4 – One-Liner Wednesday

January 5 – Cancer (Lauren @

January 6 – Sweet (Ritu Bhathal @

January 7 – SoCS (“out of the box”)

January 8 – Friendship (JezzieG @

January 9 – Endurance (Destiny @

January 10 – Periwinkle (Maggie @

January 11 – One-Liner Wednesday

January 12 – Donut (Liz Husebye Hartmann @

January 13 – Reversal (Sadje @

January 14 – SoCS (“Once upon a time”)

January 15 – Gratitude (Carol Anne @

January 16 – Optimism (June @

January 17 – Hyphenated (Sally @

January 18 – One-Liner Wednesday

January 19 – Complaint (John @

January 20 – Phantom (Tuba @

January 21 – SoCS (“count on it”)

January 22 – Seasonal (Kaye @

January 23 – Paintbrush (Paula Light @

January 24 – Ideal (Astrid @

January 25 – One-Liner Wednesday

January 26 – Family (J-Dub @

January 27 – Amenities (Kim Smyth @

January 28 – SoCS (“throw in the towel”)

January 29 – Exercise (Wendy @

January 30 – Canine (Dawn @

January 31 – Write (me)


The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Dec. 31, 2022

It’s the last Friday of the year! And I’m here with your Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. I’ll wish you a happy, healthy, prosperous new year here, but I’ll be back later with the rules for Just Jot It January 2023 edition later. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here’s your last prompt of the year:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “new/knew.'” Use one, use both, use them any way you like. Bonus points if you use both. Enjoy!

After you’ve written your Saturday post tomorrow, please link it here to this week’s prompt page and check to make sure it’s here in the comments so others can find it and see your awesome Stream of Consciousness post. Anyone can join in!

To make your post more visible, use our beautiful SoCS badge! Just paste it in your Saturday post so people browsing the reader will immediately know your post is stream of consciousness and/or pin it as a widget to your site to show you’re a participant. Wear it with pride!!

2019-2020 SoCS Badge by Shelley!

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a particular subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!