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- What post formats do you use the most?
- I don’t really use any WordPress post formats other than the “standard” post, and occasionally “video”.
- How does the video post work?
- If I post a “video” format post, then all that shows is the video in as wide a part of the screen as possible (whilst still allowing for room for my sidebar). Whereas if I just put a piece of video as inserted media into my blog, I get a title for the blogpost, a smaller format player, and room for text around it. So I choose the format for each video post accordingly.
- I was teaching blogging to some postgrad researchers the other day, and when I showed them the different formats for posts they got quite excited at the thought of not always having to write a long form article every time they blogged. It kindled my curiosity as to what the other formats would look like if used correctly.
- The table above shows all 9 formats that come with the Chalk theme I use for my blog, the one I’ve chosen for this post is “Chat”.
- So that’s why this post is coming up in this new format – it’s emulating a conversation?
- Yes, just use an unordered list (or bullet points to the rest of us) and WordPress does the rest.
- To find out what post formats come with your blog theme, go to the support page for your theme. Then you too can find out if you can talk to yourself.
- Or perhaps use it next time you are reporting an interview.
I’ve done voice-over work for theatre and elearning since I was a kid, and this coupled with my natural good face for radio means I’ve always fancied podcasting. Today I had a great session with my second year class “Social Business and the Sharing Economy”, and we were negotiating their assessed portfolio work for the end of next semester.
One of the ideas that didn’t immediately get shelved (although it might) was to produce a podcast serial on the Sharing Economy. A run of maybe 6 episodes, each lasting 12-20 minutes. The podcast will be one of a few projects, including a blog and a printed guide to Sharing Leeds. We might expand to video and transmedia, but before then a podcast is the easier to produce we think.
We want to have a fixed number of episodes and a defined format, but it must be of the highest production standards. Happily, we have a radio studio (two in fact) at the uni, and editing suites, so no excuse other than lack of skills to make this happen.
I’ve been googling some good “learn to podcast” resources, and after teaching various classes how to plan their blog content, am also looking to see if planning a podcast’s content is any different. I’m parking some of the most useful looking pieces here:
How to Podcast “The definitive step-by-step guide on how to podcast without breaking the bank. This is the home of the free podcast tutorial that will take your podcast from concept to launch fast and for minimal cost.”
Learn How To Podcast 101 is a video tutorial with more than 120 minutes of instruction that will help you lay a solid foundation for setting up a podcast for future success. This podcasting tutorial will give you all the building blocks to help you understand what is needed to launch your podcast properly.
As for research into formats and content, I also intend to check out Radio 4’s Podcast series “In Pod We Trust” – useful to while away the hours of Christmas driving.
If you have an established podcast and would be interested in talking to my students about it, it’d be great to hear from you. We can invite you into our classroom in person or via SKYPE.
Please put any recommended tips or resources in the comments.