What’s it about?
Aesop Story Engine is a free collection of several components that can enrich your WordPress user experience. You can craft eye-catching and emotionally engaging stories and articles using these components. These collections are specially well suited to empower storytellers, journalists and photo/media bloggers.
For examples of people using Aesop Story Engine to have their stories stand out, check Showcases
How do I use them?
Aesop Story Engine is a WordPress plugin that can be installed like any other plugin. It can be used directly while composing posts under WordPress. For more information, refer to Quick Start Guide.
Sure! While Aesop Story Engine core is free and always will be, we have several premium themes and addons available. While Aesop Story Engine is compatible with most WordPress themes, our premium themes and addons are crafted for full compatibility and maximum presentation.
In addition, Aesopinteractive offers Editus, the premium frontend editor that lets you post and edit your WordPress posts while viewing the page. While Editus doesn’t require Aesop Story Engine and vice versa, Editus allows easy, intuitive, what-you-see-is-what-you-get editing experience. You can experience a sample demo at the Editus site.
Why is storytelling important?
While it’s easy to be cynical and claim that average internet users have attention span of gadflies, impactful storytelling remains very important online. For example, blog posts that gather highest attention from Google search engine tend to be long form posts of 2000 words or more.
Long form posts and articles must tell compelling stories and engage the senses of the readers in order to retain their attention and interest. As much as we would like to imagine ourselves as the creatures of reason, we human beings are still the creatures of narratives. Misguiding yet strong narratives used by demagogues and cult leaders have power to lead the masses astray. Fortunately, the converse is also true. Hope you can all become powerful storytelling heroes.