Bulletin's story editor is divided into two sections: conversation and draft. Here's a step-by-step guide to using these simple tools.
Step 1: Create a draft
The draft section of our editor functions as a notepad where you can start building your story. There are several ways to use the draft field. One way is by importing content from other sources, such as a published article.
Import content into the text editor by pasting a link in the box marked 'Story URL' and clicking the 'Fetch content' button. Both pure text and images will be imported.
Once the content has loaded, you can copy, paste, edit, or highlight as needed. This will make it easier for you to convert your articles, newsletters, and more, into conversations.
Step 2: Compose a Conversation
Use the conversation editor to compose your interactive newsletter. We've broken this step down into parts:
1. Write your first fragment
Start by writing in the first box. This will be the first part of your story, or the first fragment.
The first fragment should have:
- A body paragraph. This can include text and emojis.
- A prompt to continue the story.
- A prompt to skip the story.
The first fragment is very important because it is the first thing that your users will see. Once they read the first fragment, your users will decide whether or not they want to engage with your bot. (Think about this the same way you would an email headline: it has to be catchy to get your reader to open it.)
2. Set your user answers
You can customize how users will engage with your story by assigning predefined answers to your fragment. These responses will keep users on track, and guide them through your story and/or bulletin.
Predefined answers have associated actions: 'Continue' the story with the next fragment or 'Skip' to the first fragment of the following story.
Edit your predefined answers by adjusting the text. Change the corresponding action by choosing 'Continue' or 'Skip story' from the drop-down menu. You can opt to give your reader two simple response options, or to add more by clicking 'Add new answer'. Here's an example of how you might introduce an extra response option:
We recommend beginning with no more than 2 or 3 prompts. (Note: This must include at least one option to continue and one option to skip the story, or else you will get an error message). You can delete any answers by clicking on the bin icon beside the response.
3. Add a new Fragment
Once you have finished writing your first paragraph and setting your actions, it's time to add your next fragment. To add a new fragment to the story, click the (+) button.
A menu with several different media options will appear. Choose between adding a paragraph, image, video, audio, document, or poll as a new fragment.
To learn more about adding each different type of media to your story, click here.
You can add a new fragment at any point in the conversation, except before the first paragraph.
As you move your mouse over your fragments, a set of buttons will appear on the right. Use the arrow buttons to drag the block and change the order of your fragments, or select the bin icon to delete a fragment.
Saving and error validation
Fragments are automatically saved as you work on your story. However, be sure to click 'Finish and save' once you are done editing to ensure that no progress is lost.
If there is an error, it will be notified with a red message. Make the indicated corrections and try to save again.
- Learn more about what different types of media can do for your story, and how to upload them.