A year ago today, I saw that my story-curator friend Gregg Morris was doing something cool; he was publishing a curation/publication on a site called Scoop.it. I decided to totally steal that idea and do my own curations:
- Organizational Storytelling (the name of which, I feel, is not quite right), curates the latest thought leadership on organizational storytelling, business narrative, career/job-search storytelling, and other forms of applied storytelling.
- Personal Storytelling explores the world of constructing identity through personal storytelling, lifewriting, memoir, journaling, life stories, personal history, and more.
- Reinvention Summit 2: The newest of my curations, this one offers all the buzz about Reinvention Summit 2, an online conference on the future of storytelling that took place in April of this year. I am interested in seeing how sustainable this curation is given its relationship to an event in the past.
These curations have changed the way I approach curation and blogging. Before Scoop.it, I would collect content related to applied storytelling, but I often wouldn’t blog about it. This was content that might be interest to storytelling fans and practitioners; however, it didn’t inspire me to comment at length or to synthesize it or apply it to the kinds of things I typically explore on this blog.
The Scoop.it curations also allowed me to accommodate various levels of storytelling interest in a way I couldn’t on the blog. For example, people just discovering applied storytelling might be interested in a far different range of content than those who’ve been in the storytelling world for a long time. The Scoop.it curations have allowed me to gather and publish content for all levels with a short synopsis, so users can quickly focus on the items they’re interested in and that are suited to their level of interest.
I am, therefore, able to concentrate my blogging efforts on what I think is especially newsworthy in the story world or that I really have something to say about. This year, of course, I have also run quite a few Q&As, which I’ll comment on in the next day or so.
I see more and more people using the Scoop.it curations, and mine have a decent number of followers. A search on the word “story” on Scoop.it yields 308 results, many of which are relevant to my own interests and those of the fans and practitioners I know. One of my future plans is to create a page listing and describing curations relating to story and storytelling.
I’d be really interested in the extent to which and the ways in which you find the Scoop.it curations useful.