And why they are remarkable
In the first two installments of this series I covered posts from Tom, Benji, Elizabeth, Marian and Jody. All are great bloggers and I’m flattered they allowed me to look at their remarkable blog posts.
Here are the first two posts if you haven’t seen them:
It’s true that not every post we write will be remarkable. Some posts may gain lots of attention from followers while others will be looked at but not discussed, shared, or commented on.
This series of posts is meant to take a deeper look at the posts that become truly remarkable for their authors.
Hopefully we can learn from each other’s remarkable posts so we can create more of our own.
Blog/Website: Muskoka Outdoors
Original Post: Tamarack Tea
Bill’s story about walking out in the dark to the old well near an old Tamarack tree is unique yet somehow I can’t help putting myself in his place.
How does a short story from childhood become a remarkable blog post?
There is nothing more powerful in writing than a well-told story. It doesn’t matter if it’s a song, novel, or blog post – good stories connect with readers and become remarkable.
Bill wrote a great story with Tamarack Tea. He took what at first seems like a typical childhood rite of passage story and made it into a remarkable blog post.
Bill’s article is remarkable because it’s personal (and well written). Most writers will think their personal stories or personal opinions don’t matter to anyone else, but people truly seek out the thoughts of others. Personal stories and insight are valuable resources to readers.
I’ve said this about other posts in this series, but it’s important to repeat: when you write personal stories, people will feel connected to you. Your readers love when you share your thoughts, feelings, and memories.
People connect themselves to others with similar life experiences.
Even if your story is truly unique, others will find a way to use your example in their own life and make a strong connection.
There are so many wonderful details in this story: “It looked like tamarack tea” “I tripped on the tamarack’s gnarly roots and landed looking up into the tree’s needled gaze” “If trees snickered – I just heard one”
These writing techniques are excellent for taking the reader along for the journey. Using analogies, metaphors and synonyms make the story relatable (Now I get what my high school English teacher was saying…).
Let your memories flow into a story you’re trying to tell. Don’t leave out any details. When you’re finished, read back through and keep the best details. Even if they seem too detailed the story will still be relatable to your readers.
The great thing Bill does with this story is how he constructs the story to fit his own personal experience, while still allowing the readers to put themselves in the story or reminisce about an experience of their own.
Just look at the comments.
“Great story. I could certainly put myself in your shoes when I was that age, as well!”
One of the great parts of life is growing up and having new experiences. Everyone gets scared and frightened. What scared us at one time now seems childish, but we wouldn’t know it unless we had the experience.
I like how Bill recognized that his own daughter will probably go through the same thing.
I have to admit, I to have stories like this. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been walking in the woods at night or in the early morning and been startled by grouse, deer, owl, turkey, and other night beasts.
It’s not something I think about often, but reading a story like Bill’s makes me remember all of the great things about my past like hunting on the farm.
It takes great writing to bring out these emotions in readers. Great story Bill. And thanks for the memories!
A Dark and Stormy Night – The Accident
Blog/Website: A Blessed Crazy Life
It’s difficult to read Jenn’s story because you know what the ending is going to be, yet we read to the end because it’s well written and the story is written passionately and with a deeper meaning than most blog posts.
She took a personal story and turned it into a remarkable blog post where people like me and others, who would have never heard it, are able to share in the experiences.
It’s difficult telling stories like this one, but I think it helps both the author and those who read.
Jenn wrote this blog post beautifully, with great language and a real voice. I felt drawn into the story both by the strength of the message and by the quality of the writing. The details give the story a new level of quality. I think the details in this story flowed out naturally when writing, which is usually when the best blog posts are written – free flowing with natural thoughts.
When you write for your blog, telling personal stories allows your audience to connect with you and with the people you mention in the story. When you read Jenn’s story about John, you feel like you know him and the others mentioned. You put yourself in the places of each character as it relates to your own life.
This is a powerful way to write a remarkable blog post.
Turning your blog posts into series is a great way to capture the attention of your audience. Waiting is a powerful tool. It’s beneficial for the readers and for the editor of a blog. When people are waiting for the next installment of a series, they not only continue coming back to your blog (more traffic), they are more apt to share the experience with others.
“Hey, check out this great series. The wait for the next part is killing me!”
Some of the most successful bloggers use series and later combine them into one post or page on their blog and put it on a sidebar where new users can access the stories easily. Past readers can also find the stories easily when they want to share it with others.
I’ve sent this on to friends and family. At first I didn’t want to share it with my folks because they were about me when I’m hunting, but I felt it would be beneficial to let them know I’m aware of accidents that can and do happen.
If you find yourself writing posts that have parts or are long, turn it into a series and see your traffic increase along with the remarkableness of your post.
This part made me choke up a little bit:
“We watched three separate pairs of ducks fly into the cove where the blind was, heard a single shot and watched one duck fly out – no one was in Blind 10 that day and the guys in Blind 12 didn’t stay to hunt after they rescued the other guys – it doesn’t make sense, but that story was a great comfort to the family. They felt like John’s spirit had stayed to hunt before he went to his final home.”
The stories of the people involved in the accident show just how many can be affected by a tragedy.
Also, when readers take in the information, they put themselves in the situation. They think about the accident happening to them. They think about their family and friends. They think about people in their own community.
It’s difficult to imagine something tragic happening, but a good story is a reminder to everyone.
The real feelings expressed in Jenn’s remarkable blog post stir emotions in readers. This makes for a deep connection and people, again, love to connect themselves with others who are like-minded.
Providing Valuable Knowledge
Jody’s comment sums it up: “A heartbreaking story. Hopefully someone reading this will remember this story and take those extra precautions.”
There are many benefits to sharing stories like this. Beyond dealing with the grief, tragic stories involving accidents are a way to provide proof that taking precautions can save lives.
I have at times been too careless while hunting, but reading and hearing about hunting accidents have really hit me and forced me to focus and take precautions when hunting. It might not be only my life I’m saving.
Jenn provides a great resource with this remarkable story for hunters to use as encouragement to take precautions.
This is a wonderful blog post Jenn – truly remarkable. I was touched by the story and it was difficult to write this review. I can’t imagine how you felt retelling this story.
I thank you for sharing the story with me.
Stories will always touch people and great stories will become remarkable as readers share the story with their peers.
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