Storytelling in Digital Content
“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten” is a famous quote by Rudyard Kipling a writer, poet, and novelist. In terms of digital content, it is ultimately the storytelling capability of the author of the work that sets one article apart from another and makes it memorable.
In 2019, 500 million blogs existed. Everywhere you go online there are blog posts. Are they all unforgettable, interesting examples of storytelling? Probably not. The best posts draw you in with the heading and keep your attention with compelling content
Content Guided by Story
By nature, there are many stale technical websites that contain facts and figures, provide training material, or list job openings. As a contrast, I want the content of my technical blog to present an overall story, where every part will be connected. My individual blogs will be influenced by and will reflect my personal experiences in my work as a COBOL programmer over the last 25 years. I will attempt to share my subject matter in a memorable way, concentrating on the whole message as I build each separate story.
Stories to Tell
My general theme will be COBOL programming and the human side of that world. The individual parts will all stem from the main focus. The stories I want to tell will be about the people who are programmers; how it feels to be a programmer; being a woman programmer; the history of programming, as well as some of the people who have made it what it is today. My end goal is to write stories that inspire the reader to come to their own conclusions and leave with a new understanding of COBOL as a programming language.
In the end, I want my content to be a memorable story for the reader to take away with them and reflect on after they have turned the page and moved on—a story worth remembering.