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14 Different Stories You Can Tell to Get People Reading Your Blog

Today’s episode is about how to work out what to write about when you feel like you have nothing left to say. It’s part two on this topic, so you might like to listen back to episode 80 first. I share 14 different types of stories you can use to get people excited about reading your blog, and resources and reading you can refer to into the future when you get stuck.

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In This Episode

You can listen to today’s episode above or in iTunes or Stitcher (where we’d also LOVE to get your reviews on those platforms if you have a moment). In today’s episode:

  • How to tell a personal discovery story
  • How to tell an illustrative or analogous story
  • How to share a success story
  • How to share a story about failure
  • How to tell someone else’s story
  • How to tell ‘How I did it’ stories
  • How to tell a biography story – a story about someone else
  • How to tell your autobiography – tell your own story from start to finish
  • How to use images or video to tell a story
  • How to tell a story using a case study
  • How to tell a fictitious story
  • How to share reader stories
  • How to tell collective stories
  • How to tell ‘Imagine if…’ stories

Further Reading and Resources for 14 Different Stories You Can Tell to Get People Reading Your Blog

How did you go with today’s episode?

What other types of stories have worked for you? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Feel free to include a link to an example of one of your story blog posts that has done well. 

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  • Attila Ovari
  • Mary Price

    Thanks for sharing this information. My Blog is

  • Allison Monroe

    Your last few podcasts have been so interesting to me as I am doing something similar and dealing with similar subjects. I posted a specific post on the last podcast but here is my blog that documents my journey and struggles as a writer.

  • This is the 2nd time I’ve listened to this podcast and will probably listen to it a 3rd time. Your blogs & podcast have such a personal touch and style. Following you on Problogger has helped me to start opening up or “revealing” me in my posts. Thank you.

    So I actually was able to find a couple of posts in which I tell a story. Thought this one might be of interests “5 Reasons You Just Gotta’ Love The Pansy Flower!”

  • It’s uncanny how often I listen to this podcast series and discover I’ve just done something that’s recommended.

    It’s Tuesday afternoon. This past Saturday, I published a post that is an analogy post (

    I learn valuable blogging tips from every podcast, but the best value of this series is the personal validation. I can’t thank you enough for that, Darren.

  • I regularly read about the power of story telling in blog posts but couldn’t see how to apply it to my own blog. I needed these examples to help me understand where I can use them. I hadn’t even considered some of the 14 as story telling but now I see they are. Even though I’m a regular reader here I didn’t spot the story aspect of many of the posts you mention. That’s probably a testimony to the fact they keep my attention, so I don’t analyze the methods involved.

  • Mike Thomas

    Thanks a million for this valuable help.

  • Great list of storytelling types. This was exactly what I needed for my recent training. People asked about various presentation structures, so I mentioned them this podcast. Very handy, thx Darren for sharing.