DAY 19: PUBLISH A POST IN A NEW-TO-YOU FORMAT
When we think of a blog post, many of us think of something long-ish — a few paragraphs at least, as opposed to the kinds of shorter updates or photos we might post places like Facebook and Twitter. 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: publish a post using a format you’ve never used before.
- Because understanding the breadth of tools available to you as a blogger helps you figure out how to tell your story more effectively.
- Because creating a quick, different kind of post can push you out of a posting rut, or help you on days when the idea of publishing seems daunting.
- Because adding variety to your blog keeps readers (and you!) interested to see what will come next, and adds visual interest.
If you blog on WordPress.com, your theme may support Post Formats. Post Formats display each type of post — text, images, galleries, videos, quotes, links, audio, chat, status, and short snippets called “asides” — with different formatting, adding fun, distinguishing touches to each post. It can elevate the look of your blog — and it’s free and doesn’t require any coding or graphic design expertise. Your theme does all the work.
In some themes, it’s as subtle as a unique icon for each post format; in others, there are bolder touches. To get a sense of how they look, take a peek at how different Post Formats display in the Elemin, Writr, Twenty Thirteen, and Flounder themes. And 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 don’t blog on WordPress.com, no worries — you can still do this. If you normally post longer, text posts, try something short, like a one-sentence aside or a quote that speaks to you, or embed a video with a short comment. If you’re a photoblogger, post a link or embed an audio file. And if you normally post shorter pieces, try something longer form.
You can also interpret take 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.
For more on Post Formats on WordPress.com, take a look at the support documentation, or some of our inspiration and tips. Here’s a complete list of WordPress.com themes that support Post Formats.
We look forward to seeing you shake things up today!
To chat with other Zero to Hero participants, visit today’s forum thread.
Day One: Introduce Yourself
Day Two: What’s your name?
Day Three: What’s on your mind?
Day Four: Explore the Neighborhood
Day Five: Love Your Theme
Day Six: Try a New Element
Day Seven: Personalize Your Theme
Day Eight: Make Your About Page Irresistible
Day Nine: Head Deeper Into the Blogosphere
Day Ten: Add Two Widgets
Day Eleven: Leave Three Comments
Day Twelve: From Comment to Post
Day Thirteen: Build a (Better) Blogroll
Day Fourteen: Blogger’s Choice!
Day Fifteen: Explore Visuals and Content
Day Sixteen: Personalize a Prompt
Day Seventeen: Increase Your Commenting Confidence
Day Eighteen: Activate a Social Network
Day Nineteen: Publish a Post in a New-To-You Format
Day Twenty: Add a New Page
Day Twenty-One: Build on your last post
Day Twenty-Two: Try (Another) Blogging Event
Day Twenty-Three: Publish a Roundup
Day Twenty-Four: Chat with Other Event Participants
Day Twenty-Five: Add One More Custom Touch
I stopped posting day 19 I have the flu because it is -45 degrees here in Chicago IL.
I give up. No more zero to hero challenge.