Content drafting is nigh (and now it is here)

In this thread, I'll be checking in regularly over the next couple of months to support and encourage content drafting.  More on that in a moment.

First a reflection that is probably most relevant for members of the community who have been around for a few months, but perhaps interesting for others nonetheless.

Content Drafting is of course an important milestone we are going to hit later this month, but for those of us who have been part of Narrative's journey since before the Alpha, it also represents a pretty big mental shift.

We have spent almost a year thinking about Narrative, and taking various steps towards the infrastructure of content by suggesting niches, voting, sharing and probing ideas together in the community, etc.

Content itself is a different beast - one we will have to shift gears for.  From the analytical and mechanical tasks we've engaged in up until now, we have to connect our creativity, wit and discipline to the task of the network putting its best foot forwards, content wise, on launch day.

For some of us, this will not be a problem at all.  In fact I suspect many community members who have been less active up until now, will come into their own quite naturally once content drafting is upon us.

For others, it may be challenging.  Some people thrive on brainstorming and planning but struggle with execution.  For them, what I ask is: honor your strengths and weaknesses.  Don't beat yourself up if producing content does not come as easily for you - or feels less fulfilling - than the ways you have engaged with Narrative to date.  But please do push yourselves.  Negotiate with the difficulty, and produce the best content you can.

Among the many factors required for success along the roadmap, the quantity and quality of content Narrative offers on launch day is a big one.

So - as I mentioned, I'll be returning to this thread over the next couple of months to encourage content drafting.  If you feel stuck, or want to run something by other community members - see if others here can help: that sort of reaching out is welcome here.

I'll also keep a bit of a running tab on my content drafts here - to help keep myself honest (part of discipline!) - feel free to do the same.  This, in and of itself, may be quite inspiring to the community at large to put more into this initial push of content - so by sharing notes on your progress, you may be helping us all as well as yourself.

Onwards!

 

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I've started a folder containing Word documents of what I plan to publish on Day One.

One source I've found really helpful for things that can easily be edited for Narrative is social media, specifically things I've posted on Facebook. Many of us go on rants or write long posts regarding things relevant to our lives and the lives of loved ones. The drawback is that Facebook's post history is really lacking, and it can take a lot of time to search for old posts worth revamping while waiting for FB to load older and older posts... and if anything happens to your browser that shuts down the process when you're really deep into it, you have to reload all of it all over again.

Anyone who blogs can find old blog posts to update for a new audience. Old Instagram photos can be edited and retouched for image-centered niches.

Thanks @Malkazoid! Look forward to hearing about everyone's content journeys. Here is an excerpt from the recent newsletter, in case anyone missed it. Some of the posts are a bit more content marketing focused, but have some good tips nonetheless.

Here are 10 resources to get your creativity flowing:

  1. Hubspot's Blog Idea Generator
  2. How And Why You Need To Create A Content Calendar For Your Blog
  3. How to Write SEO Friendly Blog Posts 
  4. Anatomy of the Perfect Blogpost
  5. Want to be a Great Writer? Then Don’t Focus on Writing. (Do This Instead)
  6. How to Write a Blog Post – The Ultimate Guide

  7. The Blogger’s Guide to Telling Stories That Win Hearts and Minds
  8. 10 Photography Tips to Help You Take Your Photography up a Level
  9. 21+ Amazing Sites With Breathtaking Free Stock Photos
 10. Your Must-Have Checklist for Successful Blog Promotion (Infographic)

Great topic @Malkazoid! The thing that I have always admired most about social media is how it has opened the flood gates for people to explore their creative side. This goes for many people who used to say the cliche "No, I am not artistic. I can not even draw a stick man." The fact that social media has given way for people to have a platform to explore, photography, writing, drawing, and film-making either amateur or professionally is remarkable. I look forward to seeing how people further develop their creative sides under the Narrative platform. Not everyone has the skills, or intellectual depth to create truly original content, but that is ok...the fact that platforms exists, that allow us all to become content publishers, is what has propelled our species into a creative evolution. That in itself is the most important take away. In my humble opinion. 

Those are GREAT resources @Melanie Mathos - thank you!

Folks, if that list is overwhelming, try just reading one link a day and finishing the session by drawing up your own tally of actionable items you plan to adopt in your own content creation and promotion.  Melanie just gave us everything we need to succeed (beyond our own individuality).

Malkazoid posted:

Those are GREAT resources @Melanie Mathos - thank you!

Folks, if that list is overwhelming, try just reading one link a day and finishing the session by drawing up your own tally of actionable items you plan to adopt in your own content creation and promotion.  Melanie just gave us everything we need to succeed (beyond our own individuality).

Absolutely! Glad you think they're helpful. Tried to cover the gamut, but encourage others to share their content creation tips/helpful links as well!

Jayme Soulati posted:

Also, as far as sourcing topics for your niche, don't forget the simplest: add key words to a search engine and see what comes up. That's the start of a brainstorm for new content.

Great point! Google Trends offers a cool tool also. https://trends.google.com/trends/explore 

Then, there is always the ever-so-interesting year in search: 

https://trends.google.com/trends/yis/2018/GLOBAL/

As promised - first episode of content posting chronicles!

Saturday January 26th 2019

Title: Curing Xenophobia

Subtitle: A mother and her Child

Niches posted to: Racism

This is destined to be a series that anyone can contribute to.  Just use the same title, "Curing Xenophobia", then give yours a unique subtitle.

This is a hack to allow making collections of content, in the hope that @Narrative Network Team will craft functionality for this in the not-too-distant future.

The series aims to share stories of real world transformations away from xenophobic tendencies, and I've kicked it off with a story from my early childhood that remains seared in my memory.

I'll share a few of mine waiting to be published as a teaser...

Title: Star Wars as a Historical Documentary...from the Future?

Subtitle: Someone posted this theory. I had to refute it.

Niches posted to: Sci-Fi, STAR WARS, The Geeks Den


Title: A Blues Singer from London

Subtitle: A limerick best read with a British accent. :-)

Niches posted to: Limericks, Poetry, Wine


Title: Autistic Meltdowns from Both Sides

Subtitle: I've been both the parent and the child.

Niches posted to: Actually Autistic, Autism, Parenting

I'm happy we can start to pre-publish content WOOT!

I wish we had a bit of a dispersal in the pre-launch stockpile, instead of releasing a gigantic wave of content at the same time as it allows readers a better chance of seeing topics

Of course there is a good argument to have it filled with a lot of content for new users to browse on day one, a lighter release with a 24 hour delay between content would be nice to make a time series.

That or the ability to schedule posts to be shared to narrative at certain times of the day or on a consistent basis. 

However one step at a time, I love seeing the small steps turning into something bigger, and am glad to see Narrative growing. 

Onwards! 

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In regards to some content creation tips

Find a topic of interest, start writing and remember less can be more not all posts need to be epic sagas a clear concise narrative can get the job done. Then followup if someone has questions.

Malkazoid posted:

As promised - first episode of content posting chronicles!

Saturday January 26th 2019

Title: Curing Xenophobia

Subtitle: A mother and her Child

Niches posted to: Racism

This is destined to be a series that anyone can contribute to.  Just use the same title, "Curing Xenophobia", then give yours a unique subtitle.

This is a hack to allow making collections of content, in the hope that @Narrative Network Team will craft functionality for this in the not-too-distant future.

The series aims to share stories of real world transformations away from xenophobic tendencies, and I've kicked it off with a story from my early childhood that remains seared in my memory.

Please feel free to post this to Equality as well, as it certainly fits their nicely. And buy the way I have been writing all week about racism, just on a different platform...I will definitely be a regular contributor!

freedom posted:

I'm happy we can start to pre-publish content WOOT!

I wish we had a bit of a dispersal in the pre-launch stockpile, instead of releasing a gigantic wave of content at the same time as it allows readers a better chance of seeing topics

 

 

Hey @freedom I suspect a lot of people published just to race to get their topics show up on the top 10 list for extra visibility (self-admittedly she winks), and have plans to re-do it as a draft closer to launch day, which allows you to self determine a more staggered publishing plan. Just my theory, anyways.

Jayme Soulati posted:

Hi, there: just a suggestion here...blogging tips and resources easily fit into my content marketing niche. I plan to load that niche with a ton about blogging (especially with updates from the ebook I wrote on that years ago!).

Hi @Jayme Soulati I just want to give you a heads up.  When Content Marketing came up I voted it down because I felt it was redundant to my own niche Content Entrepreneur ( I wasn't alone in my voting nay either, based on redundancy). I decided to not put in an appeal to the tribunal at the time, until I saw the direction that the niche actually goes first, because marketing content could technically have some slight differences to the person who makes content for a living. Because you bought a niche that is  arguably the same to my pre-existing niche, Your challenge is your need to explore how your Content Marketing niche specifically applies to content used specifically for marketing products & business services ONLY. Not broadly scoped such as how to make content, otherwise it will bleed over into my niche, that predates yours, and I will appeal to the tribunal if it looks too much like you aren't focusing on content for marketing purposes.

Hopefully that is your plan! I just thought I would bring it up in order to be positive, and transparent. Also I welcome any of your posts on about being a Content Entrepreneur and how to make blogging content, on my niche.

Just tried it. My only recommendations right now would be to enable center alignment and resizing for text (especially titles -- just selecting H1 for selecting text doesn't seem to work so well), and also allow alignment of pictures so that text can wrap around them. I'll probably think of other things later, but that's just off the top of my head.

Heather Aston posted:

Just tried it. My only recommendations right now would be to enable center alignment and resizing for text (especially titles -- just selecting H1 for selecting text doesn't seem to work so well), and also allow alignment of pictures so that text can wrap around them. I'll probably think of other things later, but that's just off the top of my head.

Yes - I missed alignment too!

Emily Barnett posted:
freedom posted:

I'm happy we can start to pre-publish content WOOT!

I wish we had a bit of a dispersal in the pre-launch stockpile, instead of releasing a gigantic wave of content at the same time as it allows readers a better chance of seeing topics

 

 

Hey @freedom I suspect a lot of people published just to race to get their topics show up on the top 10 list for extra visibility (self-admittedly she winks), and have plans to re-do it as a draft closer to launch day, which allows you to self determine a more staggered publishing plan. Just my theory, anyways.

You're probably right; I've mostly been adding content whenever I can get a free half hour in a row without really caring much which niches will be in the Top 10 when the whole thing goes live. My main thing, though: Will Narrative include plagiarism checkers? I've been pulling some content off my personal blog but I could see some dishonest types ripping content off other sites they don't own just to boost their numbers.

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