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So… you kinda want to be a blogger…
Meaning you’d like to share your thoughts and stories in the digital space but you’re not much of a writer. Or maybe you are somewhat of a witty writer but the thought of the set-up and maintenance of an actual blog makes you cringe. Here are some ways you can still be an online storyteller without the hassle of “blogging.”
Making a case for Microblogging…
Microblogging is what we used to consider what “tweeting” is in the early days of social media. These days, we long to say more than what 140 characters will allow. Not all of us want to carry the burden of a regular blog. Microblogging makes it easy to not only quickly capture longer thoughts but spark conversations and more sharing that regular blogs.
If you actually want to blog… like write full on blog posts… but don’t want “a blog” to keep up with, look no further than Medium.com. I highly recommend it and, as you know, I write there as well. It is a haven for people who just want to write and for people who want to read good work. It’s like the “Reader’s Digest” or “The New Yorker” of the Internet. This platform is all about stories. If you’ve got good ones (any genre), tell them here.
The newest kid on the microblogging block is the mobile app Anchor. Anchor is an audio representation of your content. You basically talk in “waves” up to 2 minutes in length instead of writing posts. Your listeners can talk back to you (in 1-minute responses) which you can in turn reply to and before you know it, your content has become a conversation that can be shared out on Twitter and Facebook.
Mobile app, Periscope, is a video representation of your content. Think of it as you being a roving reporter broadcasting whatever you want to share live (unfiltered and uncensored) to a public audience. Viewers interact with you via comments and animated hearts… sort of like an “applause” when they like what they see. Scopes disappear in 24 hours but there are apps to save and share your videos.
They say a picture is worth 1000 words… which is precisely why Instagram is a perfect way to blog without blogging. A simple (or elaborate) caption (with appropriate and applicable hashtags) to an awesome photo can go a long way in telling a great story. The ultimate version of show and tell.
Yes, the red-headed stepchild of the social networking world is PERFECT for those who want to write, share, and exchange ideas but do not want a full-blown blog. And yes, it is still one of my favorite platforms. First off, it’s THE GOOGLE! Your content will be FOUND by anyone who does a search for what you’re talking about! With text markdown and no character limits, you can say as much or as little as you want and make it pretty too!
This method of microblogging is great for information junkies (like me)! Do you love to absorb the best of the Internets and wish to share your thoughts in more than 140 characters? Sites like Mode.com, Pinterest, and Flipboard are exactly what you need to collect and categorize gems of content and add your prolific two-cents about them. A respected fountain of information you will be!
And speaking of Mode… Here’s the Mode version of this post 🙂
Check out How You Can Be a Blogger Without Having a Blog
by ChatterBox Christie at Mode