Three things happen every time I look at pictures like those you see in this post:
- I want to jump in the car and go back to see all of these places.
- I remember the importance of not sitting at the computer all day long. There is no substitute for sunshine on our backs.
- I think about how to really incorporate multimedia into my stories. I have spent countless hours working with words and learning how to use them to paint a picture, but sometimes all you really need is that photo.
Some Pictures Are Worth More Than 1,000 Words
I am embarrassed to say I haven’t taken my kids to Yosemite yet. I have shown them pictures and talked about it but it is not the same. These pictures and others help to illustrate what I am talking about but there are some things that you really need to see to appreciate.
The General Sherman in Sequoia National Park is stunning. They say it is the largest tree in the world by volume. But that doesn’t have meaning for everyone.
Look at these numbers for a moment and maybe you’ll gain a greater understanding/appreciation for why this tree captures our attention.
|Height above Base||274.9||83.8|
|Circumference at Ground||102.6||31.1|
|Maximum Diameter at Base||36.5||11.1|
|Diameter 60′ (18.3 m) above base||17.5||5.3|
|Diameter 180′ (54.9 m) above base||14.0||4.3|
|Diameter of Largest Branch||6.8||2.1|
|Height of First Large Branch above the Base||130.0||39.6|
|Average Crown Spread||106.5||32.5|
What Kind Of Writer Are You?
Last week I shared a story about what happened when I was asked what kind of writer I am. Let me sum it up for those who missed it and don’t have time to go back.
I am the kind who is constantly looking to improve his craft and searching for more effective tools to do so. It is why there is a new theme here and why during the next week or so you might see more changes to how things look around here.
One of the ways I want to improve my craft is by becoming more adept and more polished at using pictures in my posts. This theme lends itself to that.
It is clean and built so that larger pictures work well with it. Those pictures are a big part of How To Tell A Great Story.
People who are good with numbers and visualizing things in their minds might find the table with the information about how large the General Sherman is to be enough to appreciate its size, but some still wouldn’t get it.
I am not trying to produce a blog that is all things to all people but that doesn’t mean I am going to ignore tools and resources that will enable more to understand and appreciate what is going on here.
Words in combination with pictures/videos are much more effective at telling the backstory than just one or the other.
In my world it would be a mistake not to look for opportunities to become a better and more effective storyteller. Michael Jordan isn’t my favorite basketball player (he is in the t0p 10) but one of the things I respected most about him was he never stopped trying to improve his game.
The lesson I took from that is the best can always get better and that is what I am trying to do, get better.
What about you?