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! 

-

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.

Sunday February 19th 2019

I haven't drafted anything in the past three weeks due to a heavy work/travel schedule, and because most of my Narrative time has been devoted to the problem of unowned niches (the vast majority of niches) being off limits for posting at launch.

Finally I've found the time to write up a welcome article for the Narrative Community niche, where I think it makes sense for community discussions to move to when Beta launches in March. 

We can earn activity points, reputation and rewards there, and we have not been able to do that on this separate forum. 

It also makes sense that new users after launch will find it much easier to join community discussions on the Narrative Community niche, rather than having to sign up for this separate forum.  You can follow the niche by going here, and clicking follow, so you're immediately plugged into the new discussions after launch.

Title: The Narrative Community (NC) niche

Subtitle

Niches posted to: Narrative Community, Introduce Yourself, Narrative New Member Section

Thursday February 21st 2019

I posted an intro post (introducing myself).

This is a great way to jump start community engagement on the platform - we can all start to get to know each other by commenting on each other's intros.

Title: Narrator Introduction

Subtitle: Malkazoid

Niches posted to: Narrative Community, Introduce Yourself

Malkazoid posted:

Thursday February 21st 2019

I posted an intro post (introducing myself).

This is a great way to jump start community engagement on the platform - we can all start to get to know each other by commenting on each other's intros.

Title: Narrator Introduction

Subtitle: Malkazoid

Niches posted to: Narrative Community, Introduce Yourself

I did one too. but I am thinking i may post mine on day two.

Emily Barnett posted:
Malkazoid posted:

Thursday February 21st 2019

I posted an intro post (introducing myself).

This is a great way to jump start community engagement on the platform - we can all start to get to know each other by commenting on each other's intros.

Title: Narrator Introduction

Subtitle: Malkazoid

Niches posted to: Narrative Community, Introduce Yourself

I did one too. but I am thinking i may post mine on day two.

Day 2?  Is that like not wanting to get to a party right at the start? 

Malkazoid posted:
Emily Barnett posted:
Malkazoid posted:

Thursday February 21st 2019

I posted an intro post (introducing myself).

This is a great way to jump start community engagement on the platform - we can all start to get to know each other by commenting on each other's intros.

Title: Narrator Introduction

Subtitle: Malkazoid

Niches posted to: Narrative Community, Introduce Yourself

I did one too. but I am thinking i may post mine on day two.

Day 2?  Is that like not wanting to get to a party right at the start? 

hahaha....Yes my grand entrance from the top of the stair case hahahahabelle_gold

Na...I just want to be able to focus on my niche introductions on day one.

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Hello All,

I'm still confused as to what kind of content I should be posting and also, I suppose, confused about what Narrative is going to end up being. It sounds like many of your are writing articles/blog posts about various subjects and I love that they run the gamut from Star Wars to Racism to Autism).

I'm primarily a visual artist and not a writer. I own the "Digital Art" niche. Should my expectation be that it will fill with user written blogs about Digital Art? @Heidi Hecht mentions plagiarism. Does that mean moderators shouldn't allow links to content from other sites, ie. "hey, I saw this great tutorial on painting in Photoshop", or "check out this artist's work over here"? 

Will it more simply be a place for artists to upload their own work, in which case what separates a art niche from Deviantart or an instagram profile.

My initial plan was to start drafting post of my own art with some short explanations about the process that went into each piece. I'm just worried it won't fit whatever Narrative is supposed to be. Or is it up to me to set the tone of what I want?

Thank you. 

E3 Productions posted:

Hello All,

I'm still confused as to what kind of content I should be posting and also, I suppose, confused about what Narrative is going to end up being. It sounds like many of your are writing articles/blog posts about various subjects and I love that they run the gamut from Star Wars to Racism to Autism).

I'm primarily a visual artist and not a writer. I own the "Digital Art" niche. Should my expectation be that it will fill with user written blogs about Digital Art? @Heidi Hecht mentions plagiarism. Does that mean moderators shouldn't allow links to content from other sites, ie. "hey, I saw this great tutorial on painting in Photoshop", or "check out this artist's work over here"? 

Will it more simply be a place for artists to upload their own work, in which case what separates a art niche from Deviantart or an instagram profile.

My initial plan was to start drafting post of my own art with some short explanations about the process that went into each piece. I'm just worried it won't fit whatever Narrative is supposed to be. Or is it up to me to set the tone of what I want?

Thank you. 

@Ted @Rosemary can you please answer this community members questions.

E3 Productions posted:

Hello All,

I'm still confused as to what kind of content I should be posting and also, I suppose, confused about what Narrative is going to end up being. It sounds like many of your are writing articles/blog posts about various subjects and I love that they run the gamut from Star Wars to Racism to Autism).

I'm primarily a visual artist and not a writer. I own the "Digital Art" niche. Should my expectation be that it will fill with user written blogs about Digital Art? @Heidi Hecht mentions plagiarism. Does that mean moderators shouldn't allow links to content from other sites, ie. "hey, I saw this great tutorial on painting in Photoshop", or "check out this artist's work over here"? 

Will it more simply be a place for artists to upload their own work, in which case what separates a art niche from Deviantart or an instagram profile.

My initial plan was to start drafting post of my own art with some short explanations about the process that went into each piece. I'm just worried it won't fit whatever Narrative is supposed to be. Or is it up to me to set the tone of what I want?

Thank you. 

I didn't mean that links shouldn't be allowed, especially if you want to cite your sources and include a link to your sources' stuff. Just that the person posting content should be able to prove that the content that they actually post to Narrative belongs to them or at least (in the case of pictures of quotes) they can credit a source. I think a lot of the best performing content creators on Narrative will be the ones who have something unique to say about a topic, and they can include an occasional link to other things like a DeviantArt account or additional resources that a reader can check out if they want to.

Thinking about the types of content that will "become" Narrative, we know that it will take on a life of its own (in terms of content length and composition). And that may vary from Niche to Niche!

For example, I could easily see Digital Art having some contributors who post only a gorgeous image, and others who post articles about the latest techniques. There's definitely no prohibition on sharing links and references to other external sources of information; in fact I think that's one of the interesting things about Niches.  I know if I go to the (for example) Red Carpet Niche, I'm getting a visual and textual feast of everything related to that subject.

Also, because there is commenting, I could see some Niches being much more conversational, with lots of commentary, while other Niches are more just one-way content posting with minimal comments.

If we look at the way Twitter evolved, stretching from its original character limit, or how its early adopters "invented" the hashtag as a way to find stuff, we can see lots of ways that Narrators can adapt Narrative to their own style as well.

Short answer---you guys will decide what Narrative content looks like.

E3 Productions posted:

@Rosemary Thank you for that clarification. @Heidi Hecht I see what you mean. You're worried about posters copy/pasting entire articles or chunks of text from other places without attribution or indicating it's a quote.

Exactly right. I see it as, if I decide to move my content from my blog over to Narrative, that's fine because it's my content. But if I steal stuff from other people's websites without attribution, I'd expect to be dinged in reputation and removed from niches by alert moderators who think to check for plagiarism at the minimum.

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