Are We Writing Posts, Articles, or Stories?

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Tomato, tomahto. Potato, potahto. Damn, this intro is corny as hell. But hey, what are you really putting out there when you hit that publish button?

Just words? … Nah, gotta be more than that. You might benefit from this writing strategy called “PIE.”

(anyone else getting hungry?)

To each his own (or her)

I see an article as something else compared to a story, and a post is different, too. They all just have different vibes, like I imagine a unique context with each one.


I just had an idea.

I noticed the stark comparison between my title and this thing called “PIE”— which stands for persuade, inform, entertain. Authors (writers) typically benefit from identifying their purpose early on, and that’s what PIE is used for.

So, back to posts, articles, and stories.

Which one are you writing?

Post persuasion

Posts are meant to pop and say “Hey! This is what I think it is and this is what I think it isn’t, yo!” That sounds poppy, right?

The phrase “Facebook post” comes to mind (a dark cloud came over me as I typed the word Facebook). Honestly, Facebook is one giant melting pot. The problem is no one wants to actually mix together or agree on a cohesive User Agreement.

Nevertheless, writers of words want to persuade others to their understanding of the world. And they do so with posts.

Inform-y Articles

Remember newspapers? Those gray sheets old people and corporate offices still collect? Yeah, that’s what I think of when I hear “article.”

Articles and information fit together like a puzzle piece. The goal is to convey mostly facts and cover as much info about a current, or recent, event.

Articles just might be your thing. Maybe you’re a scout of information?

If you like dropping serious details in relation to circumstances regarding real-life happenings, then informing is your way and you will continue to write articles.

Entertaining story

Stories are just fun, aren’t they Medium? To me, the underlying goal of a story is to simply entertain — to share something that others get some sort of merriment out of.

Stories are nothing crazy… but they can be!

A story could be freakin’ anything. They’re definitely the most diverse method of writing — they’re boundless and beautiful and, a lot of times, they open up some pretty enlightening discussion.

Whether podcasting, writing, speaking — whatever, stories entertain and carry scenes and emotions through a stream of consciousness.

Storytelling is an art.

- AZ

Special thanks to Darius Foroux and Aleesha Lauray. I included links to both of their “stories” that inspired me. I wrote this one on the spot. 🖖

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.

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Alec Zaffiro

Alec Zaffiro

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.

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