Report from Northern Voice: a bloggers confession

August 19th, 2009

Forgive me interwebz for I have sinned.

It’s been six months since my last blog post.

Ironically Ian’s last post was to crow about our attendance at Northern Voice 2009 a personal blogging and social media conference. The conference was tremendously inspiring around the topic of social media.

Teh Funny

Rob Cottingham at Northern Voice: Teh Funny

It was exciting to understand more fully what the social media accounts we’d established on [find us here] Facebook, YouTubeTwitter and Flickr could do for theatre artists. Not just in terms of self promotion but also for gathering ideas from and forming relationships with people around the globe.

Where is the Art in Social Media

Darren Barefoot at Northern Voice: Where is the Art in Social Media

But blogging?
Not so much on the inspiration front.

In a workshop entitled Help! I’m Sick and Tired of Blogs! it was pointed out that blogger burnout is epidemic. Bonus I thought, once again I’ve proven to be ahead of the curve – I only just started blogging and I’m fed up with it already. Wired Magazine suggests that blogs are dead and that some of the medium’s strongest voices are starting to go quiet.

Well never mind, I’m back at it in preparation for the new school year and hope to find some guest bloggers to jump into the flames with me to blog about our theatre season. One of my other dependable traits is to fly in face of conventional wisdom, a perpetual underdog. Blogging is dead? Long live the Blog! I’m determined to rise above my publicist’s catch phrase mentality and 140 character expertise. Wish me luck?

Here’s a presentation at Northern Voice that I should have gone to. It provides some great pointers on the nuts and bolts of bringing your blog to life: Bring Your Blog to Life from Bruce Sharpe

See more photos of our weekend on Flickr.

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