Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment

Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment

Just call me “Alice.” I have been falling down technology rabbit holes for years. Curiouser and curiouser – the curiosity and willingness to try new things never fades. 

Granted, I’m not eager to try things that feel like a step backwards or have little logic or point to them; patience is not one of my biggest strengths. 

I won’t pretend to have been an “early adopter” on things like Instagram or Facebook Stories – what’s now referred to as “snackable” content seemed pointless to me – spend time creating and sharing something, only to have it self-destruct and vanish in 24 hours? No thanks! 

And doesn’t it always seem that there’s something just a little glitchy about Instagram and Facebook stories? It’s undeniable – people seem to like them! But every time I see one that really interests me, one of the following things happens:

  • It’s truncated;
  • It’s hard to read;
  • There’s no link (or the link doesn’t work) to see more, related information.

If a story is just an image, why not post the image? If it’s a video, post the whole video! If there’s a link to more, make it easy to click and get “the rest of the story,” as Paul Harvey used to say.

When I first saw Google Stories for WordPress, I kind of rolled my eyes. But then Chris Hedges wrote about it:

View at Medium.com

And I thought, “Okay, that kind of makes sense,” and figured I could try it out on some poetry. I also thought maybe – maybe – if the links worked out well, I could use it as a teaser or intro to longer works. 

I have feedback – and it’s not even 24 hours since I downloaded the plug-in! A couple of things I’d like to see:

  • More shapes, and more styling for the shapes (outlines, shadows) would be good; 
  • Rounded corners for the background on text layers.

So consider this (at left) me dipping my toe into the water. I hope you enjoy it, but I also plan to give it a go with newer, more thought-out things in the future. 

Notice how the story has its own share button? What do you think? Let me know, in the comments!