For the last five years I have been telling my story. I shared anecdotes about my home, hobbies, tattoos, writing, reading habits and more. These stories are not written on paper or bound in a book; they are incorporated into my blogging.
Blogs are a digital avenue for conveying stories that quickly transformed from a few users in the mid to late nineties to millions of users today. Those early posts told mostly personal accounts while today’s users share everything from professional to newsworthy content. I blog to incorporate my own brand of writing into an informative post for the Austin Public Library.
If you are reading this blog you probably already know how to find those written for Austin Public Library. What you may not know is that from the blog page you can explore the following features:
- Blogs located under seven different subject headings
- See all blogs written by a specific library blogger and
- Read a bio on each of the different library bloggers
All Austin Public Library blog posts fall under the type Organizational/Corporate and feature library resources or programming. Type, style, and voice are three major components that distinguish blogs.
- Type – As is the case with books there are types and subtypes. Library users are familiar with broader types like non-fiction and fiction, plus genre specific types like mystery and science fiction. The blogosphere functions similarly. You have broader types including the aforementioned Organizational/Corporate plus Personal, Genre, and Media. While sub-types include Informational, Promotional, Journal or Experiential.
- Style – Lists, How to, Infographics, Interviews, Newsworthy, Case Study, and Personal Story are some of the stylistic choices bloggers have at their disposal. Just like with a book a blog can utilize one or more genre or style to engage the reader and convey the information.
- Voice – As with any platform the piece or pieces by a single author have a distinct way of conveying ideas. Tone, language, humor, and individualized point of view based on one’s own experiences contribute to what those in the literary world refer to as an author or characters voice. I can’t explain what my voice is or how I obtain it in my writing but friends and family say it is distinct and I hope they mean this positively.
There are very few, if any, rules to blogging. Mostly what you will find are tips, tricks, and style advice. What this means for you, the reader, is that you are bound to find one or more that you enjoy reading.
Here are some of my favorites beyond Austin Public Library blogs.
http://trashisfortossers.com/ by Lauren Singer who lives a Zero Waste lifestyle in New York City.
http://thebloggess.com/ Jenny Lawson also known for her books Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy
There are many things that divide us as humans, but there is one thing that clearly unites us: storytelling. Stories can vary by culture and method, but at the core they convey something about who we were, are, or hope to be. As cultures develop, so too do the methods in which stories are told. In this multi-part blog series, I look to highlight some of the methods of storytelling that are alternatives to the traditional novel.