How to publish micro blog posts and notes with the Stream (Ideas List)

MD 5.0 introduced us to the biggest overhaul we’ve seen in a single update but back in Q4/2018 Alex showed us how to Stream new life to our websites. But (for me) it was a guest post by Jake O’Callaghan that got my creative juices flowing.

You can think of The Stream as your very own Twitter—with an edit button—minus 300 million publishers trying to steal your follower’s attention.

Utilizing this built-in feature gives you an advantage over your colleagues and/or competitors, so use it.

But if you’re not interested in using it as a micro-blog, let me introduce a few “not so obvious” uses for The Stream.

  1. Your Resume. You can use the Title and description areas to introduce yourself, enable the sidebar to list your skills, and use the content area for your work history.
  2. Dedicated Podcast Page. Give your sponsors additional placement and embed audio files into the content area along with pod notes and links.
  3. A self-hosted “link tree” style page. We’ve all seen “link in bio” on IG and other social media platforms. So instead of paying another company to simply host links and (possibly) provide analytics…just host your own links and add your own web analytic software.
  4. A modern and robust blogroll. Take it back to the early days of blogging and provide a little link juice to your favorite blogs and a friendly/helpful resource for your readers.
  5. Testimonial Page. Display your customer/client testimonials in style. The built-in share and like features might also incentivize your users to leave a review. Who knows, maybe if we nudge the big guy hard enough, he might even add pinning feature to The Stream which would allow you to show off your favorite testimonial at the top of the page.
  6. Changelog. If you’re a software business you probably have a changelog. The Stream would be perfect for that.
  7. User-generated microblog. Think FML for your niche. Maybe you’re a Real Estate agent and your clients want to share their horror/funny stories from dealing with other agents. Something like that could be fun, and it could work for other business categories as well.
  8. Journal/Diary. What’s going on in your personal life? Maybe you want to keep a log of it somewhere online. If so, all you have to do is spin-up a WP site, install MD, and share.
  9. A “Best Of” Page. Maybe you publish on a daily basis. And maybe some of your content is too overwhelming for new customers or website visitors. And what if you curated some of your best articles into a monthly Stream. Your very own curation tool.
  10. Curated News. Similar to the “Best of” idea mentioned above — this would consist of links from around the web.
  11. Deal of The Day shopping portal for your niche. I’m strongly considering this one for a side-project. It’s another great way to monetize your website, and I bet no one else in your niche is doing this.
  12. FAQ page. Use categories and the sidebar to build a beautiful FAQ page.
  13. Job Board. You can either post employment opportunities for your company or sell the space to niche-related companies.
  14. Log and Post Milestones. 200th customer, 100th post, etc.
  15. Status Page. This works best for software companies, but its a great way to keep your customers updated without disrupting the flow of your blog or relying on Twitter.
  16. Newsletter Archive. This is how I’m using The Stream for my daily newsletter. Instead of having a page riddled with links to the MailChimp browser version of each email, I’m using The Stream to help me own my content.
  17. And finally, if you running a high-trafficked blog that’s monetized with ads, you could offer a premium ad-free experience by publishing your blog content in a password protected Stream. The Stream would essentially mirror your main blog — minus ads, affiliate links, and every other revenue stream your main blog might use to maximize earning potential.

So there you have it. That’s my brain dump of creative ways to use The Stream and boost your business in the process.

The Stream is brilliantly versatile and getting new features and improvements delivered to it in our regularly scheduled MD updates. Wait ’til you see what we have coming next for the Stream.

How are you using The Stream? Which idea has the most potential? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Start Building Websites That Delight

You can use the Marketers Delight WordPress Theme on unlimited sites. New features & updates are delivered to sites with your active license key.

Add to Cart — $67

About Ray

Ray values long-term rewards over instant gratification. It's true of his time, money, relationships, and...Wordpress Theme :)

Comments (0) Forum replies (14)

Leave a Comment

Loading newest replies...

14 replies

discuss at the forums →

MD.com

The Messenger

5 messages 2 likes

MD 5.0 introduced us to the biggest overhaul we’ve seen in a single update but back in Q4/2018 Alex showed us how to Stream new life to our websites. But (for me) it was a guest post by Jake O’Callaghan that got my creative juices flowing. (read full article...)
by @Ray

Reply

Alex

MD developer

5,045 messages 1,201 likes

The stream is really great for posting quick thoughts and with the right formatting can be quite compelling content for reader's to check back to. We have big enhancements for features and visibility options for the Stream but the ideas posted on the blog should help give you ideas for what to do with your own Stream.

Have you been posting to yours? Let's showcase them here too.

  1. MD Stream
  2. Personal blog stream

Reply

Ray

MD advocate

315 messages 149 likes

Library66 wouldn't be the same without the stream. Using it as a newsletter archive gives my readers a great access point to previous issues. It doesn't receive massive amounts of traffic but I know at least one subscriber who saved it to his home screen to avoid checking his email. Hey, different strokes right?

You can find it here.

Reply

callummahoney

Member

53 messages 13 likes

The Stream has been something that I love in theory but have never been able to use in practice. Might be time to re-evaluate that based on some of these ideas.

Reply

Ray

MD advocate

315 messages 149 likes

Awesome!! Be sure to keep us in the loop.

And if you want to bounce a few ideas off of us, we're here to help.

Reply

Some French Dude

SomeFrenchDude

830 messages 106 likes

The Stream has been something that I love in theory but have never been able to use in practice. Might be time to re-evaluate that based on some of these ideas.

Sharing the same feeling. Let's share best practices and see if the stream can make our sites steam ;-)

Reply

Ray

MD advocate

315 messages 149 likes

Sharing the same feeling. Let's share best practices and see if the stream can make our sites steam ;-)

This is music🎶 to my ears :)

Reply

Some French Dude

SomeFrenchDude

830 messages 106 likes

I have a concrete use case I need help on.

Every time I post a micro post in the Stream, I want it to be AUTOMATICALLY published on my Facebook PAGE (and ideally my Twitter account).

1. First question: Is there a way to automate that straight from MD?
I would love to hear a BIG YES here from the MD team. It would really make The Stream a killer feature.

2. I have already reported this DOUBLE issue before, for this is really an issue in my case.
On the screenshot below, I clicked on the Facebook Share button.

- First issue: The popup dialog box enabling to share ALWAYS takes the same picture. It is BORING for the people always seeing the same picture and it truly kills their click and even reading intention. Basically, it kills the first letter of the AIDA process (i'm sure you know what I am talking about).

- Second issue: It connects to my Facebook personal account. I don't want to use this account for personal reasons. I need this post to be published on my Facebook PAGE.
1593334043600.png

So this is my business/use case phrased in one single sentence: HOW TO AUTOMATICALLY SHARE MY STREAM POSTS TO MY FACEBOOK PAGE?
Automatically ideally means with ZERO additional steps other than publishing the post on the Stream. Zapier could be an option but it would not help with the 2 MD-related limits expressed about the IMAGE & the PAGE.

PS 1: Please note that I'm not trying to launch a philosophical discussion here. I need a concrete process to do this and I assume the MD team are the best place person to be motivated to help me :) Let's build a success story here.

PS 2: I use a quote on my last Stream post and I was not able to add the Author (the field was missing from the interface as opposed to when you use a quote in regualr post).
1593335435405.png

Reply

mkw

New member

12 messages 4 likes

Is it possible to have 2 or more Streams on one webpage?

Reply

Alex

MD developer

5,045 messages 1,201 likes

Is it possible to have 2 or more Streams on one webpage?

Not currently, but we are looking into a feature that allows you to embed stream posts from the blocks editor, as a widget, and a shortcode. Currently you can categorize stream posts and use stream category pages to filter specific posts.

Share your ideas, adding new features to the Stream is a high priority for us in the MD Labs!

Reply

mkw

New member

12 messages 4 likes

@Alex is it somehow possible to center Youtube video embeded into Stream post?

Reply

Ray

MD advocate

315 messages 149 likes

@mkw, you can use this snippet of HTML to center a YouTube video into your Stream post.

<p style="text-align: center;">YouTube iFrame goes here</p>

Be sure to embed the iframe into the text editor. Then add the text-align: center HTML code to the beginning. Don't forget to close it off with the following </p>.

screenshot.png

Reply

mkw

New member

12 messages 4 likes

@Ray thank you!
Is it possible to set Stream as homepage?

Reply

Alex

MD developer

5,045 messages 1,201 likes

@Ray thank you!
Is it possible to set Stream as homepage?

Not currently but that has been a requested enough feature that it will make it into one of the next Stream updates we have in store!

Reply

Ray

MD advocate

315 messages 149 likes

You're welcome @mkw

Reply

Labs

Get the latest MD sent straight to your inbox

There's always something new in the works in the MD Labs! Join the email list to get the newest content and releases sent straight to your inbox.*

Join the MD Newsletter

* I only email you when there's something new, or to share an exciting MD sneak peak.