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Blogging 101: Try a New Posting Style

Today’s assignment: build your storyteller’s toolbox by publishing a post in another format or a style you’ve never used before.

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When we think of a blog post, many of us think of a few paragraphs of text. A blog post can be anything, though: a quote, a small gallery of photos, a song or video, some brief text, or any combination.

Today’s assignment: build your storyteller’s toolbox by publishing a post in another format or a style you’ve never used before.

Why?

  • Understanding the breadth of tools available to you as a blogger helps you tell your story more effectively.
  • Adding variety to your blog keeps readers (and you!) interested to see what will come next.

When you wrote to your Dream Reader, we loved seeing you explore new ways to express yourselves, from photos to poetry to Q&As. Now, let’s continue to push the boundaries to see what we can learn by trying a new post format or another new style.

Not sure if your theme supports Post Formats? Here’s a complete list of WordPress.com themes that support Post Formats.

Some of you are using themes that support Post Formats. Post Formats are a way to display different types of posts — text, images, galleries, videos, quotes, links, audio, chat, status, and short snippets called “asides” — with unique formatting to add fun, distinguishing touches. It doesn’t require any coding or graphic design expertise. Your theme does all the work based on the format you choose.

Depending on your theme, a post format might be obvious and bold, or just have a subtle touch or two. For examples of how different themes interpret Post Formats, take a peek at how they display in the Elemin, Writr, Twenty Thirteen, and Flounder themes.

If you’ve never used Post Formats before, this explanation will tell you everything you need to know.

Although choosing a Post Format will add its design to your post, it doesn’t limit your content — you can put text in an image post, an audio embed in a quote, or a gallery with your status.

If your theme doesn’t support Post Formats or you’d rather not use them, write a post in a new-to-you style.

  • If you normally post longer pieces, try a one-sentence aside, or embed a video with a short comment.
  • If you’re a photoblogger, post a link or embed an audio file, or try simply writing a story to accompany your photo and give it more context.
  • If you normally post shorter musings, try something longer form, or try putting together a photo essay.

The more communication tools you’re comfortable with, the more ways you have to get your point across.

You can also interpret this assignment more broadly, and just try something new. Write a poem. Try some short fiction. Give phoneography a try. Post something that’s outside your usual posting M.O. — it’s a great way to stretch yourself as a blogger and generate new ideas.

We look forward to seeing you shake things up today! If you’re unsure, find support in The Commons.

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