Friday, July 31, 2009

2009 Blog Improvement Project - 13 - Blog Post Bingo


Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness held a second Blog Post Bingo for most of the month of July.

This activity nudges us to vary our usual styles of blog posts, which I think is a wise idea. For the first shake-up, I did 5 of the different types of posts. The second time around, I managed 7 different types. Yay, me!


Kim's initial Blog Post Bingo was held in early February. These are the posts I was able to mark with my bingo dobber:

1 - A Link Post - share a series of links your readers might find interesting

* Here's a list of sites I frequent on the web. *

2 - A Short Post - less than 200 words

* This redirect post pointing the way to my missmakeamovie post clocks in at 19 words. *

3 - A List Post - simple as it sounds, a list of some sort

* My list of tins pictures for Dorte H fits this one. *

A second list post:

*
My Favorite Female Film Characters From the Past Ten Years *

8 - A Review Post - self-explanatory, I think.

* My review of the HD broadcast of the ballet La Fille Mal Gardee at Empire Theatres across Canada, this past Jan. 31st. *

10 - FREE SPACE - a type of post of your choice (that is not the same as one of the previous posts)"


* My Second Blogiversary post is a once-a-year extravaganza, so I'll count that as my free space. *



These are the ones I posted during the recent bingo weeks, between July 6th and July 24th:

2 - A Short Post – less than 200 words

On my 17th wedding anniversary, I posted a look at my wedding party getting ready, which clocked in at 220 words - a wee bit over the limit, but still pretty short for me.

4 - An Opinion Post – take an event, news, or another blog post and share your opinion on it

I took part in Fleur de Lisa's Manic Monday post for the first time to ensure I was shaking up my normal routine. It included the question: Do you believe that everything happens for a reason?

6 - A How-To Post – You’re an expert in something; big or small, share how to do it

* My post on Using Collage to Unlock Your Story shows examples of collages I've made for three of my works in progress and links to a Jennifer Crusie article on how to create one. *

7 - A Long Post – more than 700 words

My transcription of a long-ago tape-recorded conversation post clocked in at a whopping 1589 words.

8 - A Review Post – self-explanatory, I think

On July 7th I reviewed Thomma Lyn Grindstaff's debut novel, Mirror Blue.

10 - NEW: A Personal Post – something that’s going on in your life, related to your normal blog topic or not

With the arrival of the Tall Ships festival here in Halifax, and especially with the return of the Kruzenshtern, I shared the tale of The Summer of My Sister's Russian Sailor.

12 - FREE SPACE – a type of post of your choice (that is not the same as one of the previous posts)

I joined Mimi Lenox's new meme, The Queen's Meme and this is my first post.

Travis says I sort of meander through ideas for posts as they come to me. But I do like the idea of consciously having a list of kinds of posts for those times when I'm not up for being creative from scratch.

Thomma Lyn Grindstaff says That's really neat, the idea of mixing up types of blog posts. Over the years, I've shifted so much in my blog's focus. I don't do the writing craft-oriented posts I used to. Perhaps I ought to get back to that, to a degree.

Sandy says I'm not sure what a different type of blog post would be, hum, I post places I've been and talk about what to do, what not to do, and show pictures. How would one alter that?

15 comments:

Travis said...

This is pretty cool. I find that I do a lot of these kinds of posts without considering it much. You know what I mean?

I sort of meander through ideas for posts as they come to me. But I do like the idea of consciously having a list of kinds of posts for those times when I'm not up for being creative from scratch.

Thomma Lyn said...

That's really neat, the idea of mixing up types of blog posts. Over the years, I've shifted so much in my blog's focus. I used to write a lot about writing. I still write about writing sometimes but not nearly as much as I post pictures of my hikes and lately, my gardening. I talk about how a writing project is going, but I don't do the craft-oriented posts I used to. Perhaps I ought to get back to that, to a degree. :)

You have a wonderful blog, with great variety! Always something to think about, smile over, and often both.

Sandy said...

This is the first time I've come across a bingo thingy with regard to bloggy, though years ago.........lots of years ago I played competitive racquet ball and we had a bingo challenge which was quite similar.

I'm not sure what a different type of blog post would be, hum, I post places I've been and talk about what to do, what not to do, and show pictures. How would one alter that?

Thoughts?

Sandy
swing by, it's been awhile since you've visited.

Julia Smith said...

Travis - I've been having so much fun this year, doing this project. I've really had to stretch, loads of times. And having this list is a great resource for future posts, because I still haven't had a chance to try out all of them.

Thomma Lyn - Your blog is just as varied as mine! Your hikes and photography and gardening take all of your readers to places we could only dream about. You've got the 'locals-know' inside track on forest wonders. But I have always enjoyed your craft-of-writing posts.

Sandy - Hi! I'll be right over.

If you look at the lists I've included about different formats for posts, it just gives your normal writing voice a different feel every now and then, when you need a spark to make things feel fresh.

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