Gutenberg Could Really Be A Big Win For Storytelling

Since it’s first beta release, Gutenberg has become the central of attention by many who are in the circle of WordPress community. It’ll really change the old paradigm of content creation which makes a site more live. I agree that editor is the heart of a website. The initiation of Gutenberg would really be a game-changer in the plugin and theme landscapes, as editor is metaphore of a house for any content to live in. Residents have to follow host’s rules. Developers have to pay deep attention for every piece of changes of content entry process and extensive possibilities could be made in the future. Basically it isn’t something new. We can look back at some current content builder systems. As we’ve already known how — big names like Divi, Elementor and SiteOrigin — they’ve reached massive adoption. Thus the abstractions of Gutenberg is likely more predictable. Both developer and user will be able to clearly understand how the path will go.

Although we have to wait for months ahead because its solid version would be shipped in the next WordPress 5.0, beta version has already proved modern concept of content creation. Introduced block term is the key. It simplifies the complexity of rich web content creation. Imagine a group of content contains sliding images, a bit of paragraph, and some buttons — which has its specific purpose — we can pack them in a single block with unique name to remember. The benefits are felt real. Themer will surely take advantage of it to discover pre-defined content design variations of their own. It has been dreamed by many users for be able to exactly replicate the tasty demo.

From user perspective, it’s really a win for writer to storytell ideas. Storytelling is a method used to show dynamic relationships between story nodes through interaction. Zipes believes that storytelling can involve self-discovery[1]. The story that is presented in engaging visualization will stimulate a desire to read and response. Literature visualization often presented with a meaningful order. Image, video, and audio can be added to support the pieces of story told in a form of plain paragraph. They represent strong connection between pieces of each. By this way, communication goal will easily be achieved.

Ed Hanley seems likely storytell-ed his traveling journal very well on his Atavist post.


Below are some more examples of storytelling technique can be applied in a web content Gutenberg.

Cooking with Wine

Skokie International Vestival

Check out more examples in the links below:

The content layout as seen on the above storytellingy posts are just a few examples of Gutenberg block can do. There are some unknown possibilities as the Gutenberg system evolves. “Hidden fish” deep under the sea are still many to be discovered. It’s a challenge for both developer and content creator.

Let’s see how the future of publishing will look like. I feel like Gutenberg supporting the spirit of “making the web a better place”.

[1] Storytelling and Visualization: An Extended Survey