I’ve always been obsessed with the structure of things.
When I was younger and shoved into learning disability classes for dyslexia, something clicked: I saw the importance of being able to string words together.
By becoming fixated on syntax — from the way letters went together to form words to how words went together to form sentences, paragraphs, and stories — I was able to overcome some of the negative effects of dyslexia.
I found comfort in writing, even though it didn’t come easy.
Why I Love Comic Books
The first thing I ever wrote for publication was a comic book story for an independent publisher.
I loved the structure of comic books (I always will). I loved how big a story could be, stretching out over years if you were lucky to keep going. But more than that, I loved how those big story lines were comprised of smaller story lines contained in individual issues. I loved how I had to think about page breaks and what happened on each page. I loved how I had to think about each panel and what went inside.
Those panels were the building blocks that gave me the foundation to move on to other writing: screenplays, novels, and articles.
My mind is not the most organized thing; WordPress helps me keep my online content organized. It helped me keep my podcast organized as well.
The Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors podcast gets several times the traffic of The Juggling Writer, my LinkedIn profile, and my personal site combined! More than that, new people find the podcast every week and make their way through the 21 episodes. The growth of my podcast — a sequential story that keeps people coming back — steadily increases, and some of the listeners have spilled over to my other sites.
Seeing this made me think about sequential content online and how it’s worked for me. I noticed when I posted a week-long series on The Juggling Writer, traffic during those weeks increased. I noticed when I started posting stories to my personal site that people moved from my About page to my stories (and now on to some of the short stories I have on Amazon.com). I even started thinking about the technical writing I do to pay the bills. The documentation I’ve written that people have thanked me for writing isn’t a white paper or a proposal — it’s been sequential writing (procedures) that helped them do something.
On March 26, I’ll be giving a presentation about sequential content to the Dallas/Ft. Worth WordPress Meetup Group. (You can RSVP for the presentation here.)
I’ll discuss how WordPress can be used to organize all the Internet has to throw at it and how we can all use sequential content to keep people coming back to what we’re all doing online.
It will be great giving something back to one of the most helpful (and friendly) user groups I’ve ever been a part of. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll swing by, listen, and ask some questions.