Experimental Blogging

29 Jan

The great thing about blogs is that nearly every aspect of them is easy to change. The color scheme, the layout, and the formatting of your posts can all be changed with just a few clicks of the mouse. The direction of your blog can also be changed with just a few blog posts.

Some people are tinkerers by nature and will experiment with all visual aspects of their blogs. No one exemplifies this better than my friend Harold Shaw, Jr. to whom I once said, “you change blog themes like underwear.” Others of us are less inclined to tinker and might only change the visual scheme of our blogs once a year. Either approach is fine because as long as your content is good people will keep coming back to read your new posts.

Experiment with style of your blog posts until you find the one that works for you and your readers. These experiments could be as simple as breaking-up your posts into clearly delineated sections (something I’ve been experimenting with lately) or as difficult as moving from the style of news sharing to a personal narrative style.

Blogging is not just writing. Blogging can be creating and sharing videos, podcasts, and other multimedia stories like those developed with tools like Metta.io. Perhaps writing a personal narrative is struggle for you. If that’s the case, consider creating a personal narrative podcast with a free service like SoundCloud. Or perhaps you love to explore new places but you fear that your words alone won’t capture the excitement of that new place. In that case take out your phone and shoot a video clip to share with the followers of your blog.

What’s Your Blog Experiment?

In the end you get to choose the direction and style for all things on your blog. Enjoy the process of figuring out what works for you while keeping yourself and your readers engaged. Podcasting is my next experiment for this blog. What’s yours going to be?

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