Weekly Writing Challenge: Clicking Through the Pages
No matter how long you’ve been blogging, there is always more to learn. As part of the Weekly Writing Challenges, once a month, we’ll highlight a feature in the WordPress.com Dashboard and challenge you to incorporate it into your blog. We want to help you take full advantage of all the tools available on WordPress.com to make your blog the best it can be — and to make your friends jealous of your web wizardry.
To participate, tag your posts with DPchallenge or leave a link to your post in the comments. Please be sure your post has been specifically written in response to this challenge; obvious attempts to link-bait will be deleted. We’ll keep an eye on the tag and highlight some of our favorites on Freshly Pressed each Friday.
Blog posts come in all different sizes. As individual bloggers, some of us find our voice in posting updates through pictures only. Others prefer to dive into research and share our findings on a subject we are passionate about in an extensive essay to our readers. And others still prefer a combination of the two, documenting our lives and personal adventures with a combination of images and words.
A few months ago, the Editorial crew at WordPress.com began highlighting longer posts from the community through the #WPLongform tag in the WordPress.com Reader. With so much content on the web, it can be difficult to keep your reader’s attention beyond 140 characters. Pacing and rhythm are crucial elements with any type of storytelling, and adding specific breaks or pauses to your tale can help keep a reader interested, more than 1000 words in.
One excellent method of breaking up longer posts is to add pagination to them. On WordPress.com, we have a built-in tool, NextPage, that allows you to add pages within a single post by using a short HTML snippet.
To get started, write out your post and then click on the Text tab at the top of your Editor when you’re ready to start adding your pagination.
In the places where you’d like to create the next page of your post, type
At the bottom of your post, you’ll see something that looks like this. We’ve also got a live preview for you down at the very bottom of this post—keep scrolling to check it out!
For this week’s writing challenge, put NextPage to work by breaking up your post into multiple pages. Need some ideas to get you started?
- Write a parable for children/young adults. At significant points in the plot, add the NextPage code so that your readers have to click through to see what happens next.
- Create your own type of gallery by showcasing your vacation photos like an old school slideshow with pagination.
- Write up a “How To” guide. It can be on anything, from D.I.Y. bathing suit styles to brewing your own beer, arts and crafts with the kids to a guerrilla garden. Instead of using lists, use pages within your posts to walk us through each step.
- Go long and create a story, news article, or other piece of longform writing. Break up the sections of your posts, or chapters within a story, by using the NextPage tool.
As always, if you have any questions or need any help, just let us know in the comments!