Soon after you started blogging you probably realized that, despite all the clamoring for creativity, novelty, and heart, there actuality isn’t much room for any of those things in a standard blog.
Once you carved out your niche and start posting articles, you probably began to fall into a pattern of post format, varying the formula slightly from post to post, but for the most part drawing from a pretty limited toolbox to write your posts.
These cookie-cutter post types should be familiar to you: the narrative post, in which a valuable lesson is conveyed in metaphor or simile throughout the post; the magazine post, in which you imitate the style of popular magazine articles, making full use of edgy language and voice; the DIY post, in which you teach your readers how to do something. Even the blogs that tell you to be more creative are usually written in one of these typical structures.[Read more…] about Thinking Out of the Blog Box