Blog Publishing with Storify

Learning about Storify and making the stories permanent on the blog.

So our newest, bestest Instructional Technology Specialist, Tim Owens (aka @timmmmyboy) came back into the office talking about Storify

Over the summer, I saw Storify for the first time. A summary of “The Battle of Oblivion” by Michael Branson Smith (aka @nottrivial)

As I researched Storify, I noticed that CogDog did one back in March, featuring his Mom, the late great #CookieLady

Quick Play with Storify (trying to avoid the “c” word) – CogDogBlog

cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by misterbisson "Curating" web content has been a medium flying buzzword over the last year. I’m not going to wade into the definitions or the tension from the museum quarter.
It usually takes three times after hearing about something from others before I check it out. Actually, after DS106, I had heard several people talk about Storify. Tim wrote a blog post today . . .
Timmmmyboy » Design Matters

So often I have lengthy discussions on Twitter and keep telling myself "I need to be blogging this! 140 characters isn’t enough for my rage!" but to grab the bits and pieces of what was said on Twitter and codify it here on my blog can be difficult at times.

 . . . and demonstrated that the stories could easily be embedded into a WordPress blog (as had the others).

The big question for me was is it possible to assemble a story and put it in a WordPress blog and make it permanent at my own site. I’d rather have the permanence of the HTML at my site instead of just an iframe embed. That way, if Storify is down (or goes away permanently), I still have a blog post, instead of a space filled with an error, or a blank space.

The idea of Storify is natural to me. It allows me to put together posts in a way I like. I feel like it should be the editor that is built into WordPress. I’ve used WordPress editing clients like Blogo on the Mac, and Blogsy on the iPad. These haven’t necessarily been tools that have led to an increase in blogging on my part. The way I communicate my ideas most often is with Twitter – a tweet with a link or a picture, or both.

What Tim demonstrated today, is that a tweet or tweet conversation leads to an interesting way to assemble a post, fleshed out with more rich information than a tweet by itself. With it’s capabilities to include Flickr and YouTube as well, it allows me to at least imagine the ideal way that I would put together a blog post. Let see if it succeeds (meaning more posts on my blog more often).

Update: Editing is a bit wonky. I tried editing the HTML on my site but it didn’t update. Confusing.

Update 2: I didn’t make myself clear in the original version of this post. I did use “One-click” publishing to send the post to this blog from Storify. It’s just that I attempted to edit the HTML here and it didn’t update…

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  1. Scratch that- there is an easy way to publish from storify directly to your blog. Click the “Post n your site” tab and set up the “one click publishing” options below. I created a new WordPress account just for storify.

    It works- it puts all the content in your blog like a post, no remote embeds. So you cna use storify to author and publish to your blog. I just did that for this example:

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