Saturday, December 10, 2011

Blog Watch for the week of Dec. 5, 2011

This weeks Blog Watch has quite a bit of content and all are real good so please check them out.

In this weeks list has two post about social networking, theatre critics talk about their towns and their changing roles, creative problem solving, and what a blogger has learned during her three years of blogging.

at Unscripted - A Blog for Actors has two blog posts about the uses of Social Media. The first on is Social Media For Actors: Foursquare.
Foursquare, if you're not familiar with it, is a social media platform that allows users to "check-in" to their current locations. How is this specifically helpful as an actor? Well, on the most surface level, it can make networking easier. Checking into a location or event lets people know that you're actively involved in the industry.
And the second one is about actors, writers, and directors using Twitter to connect creatively. How Can I Help You?
I've been personally jealous of musician friends, who can always just have a jam session in their garage... it seems to be much harder to pull together groups of actors/writers/directors. There isn't any excuse for not pulling together anymore, though, in my opinion.

Over at The Wicked Stage on Monday they posted some links. One of them led to an article that has 12 of the nation's most influential theatre critics talk about their towns and their changing roles, one of them being South Florida's own Christine Dolan. Critical Juncture 
These 12 journalists made the cut for specific reasons: years on the beat, quality of writing, reach of their voice through syndication, and, lastly, understanding of the field. Another criterion is quite blunt: Many of them are "last man or woman standing" in their communities; after they retire or take a buyout, it's unclear if some blogger or junior critic will step up to fill the void.

Joe Patti at Butts in the Seats, writes about the ratio of personnel to workload and some creative problem solving that might result in the alleviation of some of the work load. Give The Gift Of Autonomy For Christmas
Arts organizations can definitely benefit from looking at the dynamics of the organization and looking at themselves as a system of interrelated and interdependent parts rather than different segments performing different functions.

Last, but not least, we have Lois from Lois Backstage who writes about the Three Things I've Learned In Three Years of Blogging
I started my blog three years ago today – Dec 8, 2008 – with a post titled Feed the Lake. 275 posts later, I’d say I’ve learned a lot about myself, about writing and about theatre. Here are just three of those things.


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