Posts tagged ‘Toronto Public Library’

March 19, 2013

What Should You Write About?

People sometimes ask me how I think of things to write about on my blog. The answer is:

1) I write about what I know (a good general rule of writing)
2) I write about what I want to write about. That sounds very simple, but sometimes you really have to think about what it is you want to say, convey, and have people read and react to. If you look at my tag cloud, you’ll see that I write about the arts – primarily theatre, but the arts in general. If you look at my tag cloud, you can see what I write about mostly by size of tag.

Great article this week about what you write, and what you might not want to write, and how there’s nothing wrong with that.

It’s OK if You Don’t Want to Write Controversial Blog Posts

But can you be non-confrontational, non-provocative, and still be a successful blogger? No question.

And if we are talking about blogging for business, especially in a business-to-business context, a confrontational, snarky style may actually be counter-productive.
Many excellent, well-regarded blogs are characterised not by their being provocative but by being consistently informative and/or entertaining.”

Agreed on my part. I think this also applies to other forms of social media and I love that I’ve got a new terms now – “coat-trailer“.  I think if what you’re trying to do doesn’t fit the style of confrontational provocative posts, you don’t need to write them.  One post of mine that had the most traction, most reads, most shares was Dear Rob – it’s not confrontational. It’s not mean – in fact when I saw the stats on it climbing I was extremely thankful it wasn’t mean. You want to be confrontational, mean, whatever you want to call it – you need to be prepared to deal with that.

I mentioned this a while back when I first heard about it, and now it’s opening and I am really excited! The Toronto Tool Library is opening next week! AM absolutely going to go see what’s on offer.

I’m off to Sir Oliver Mowat High School this afternoon and tomorrow as well to talk to the grade 12 media classes about social media. I will report back later on the youth of today.

Excellent CDAM-101 class last night – intro to social media with lots of good questions lots of good answers and much participation. I’d assigned something from my blog for folks to read about Facebook invites and last night one pf the participants said she had torn apart my blog looking for it, and was there somewhere a search option to find things on my blog?

And I thought, of course there is, I use it almost daily, and definitely I search Sundays for the roundup posts….from the back-end of the site. There is a way to search if you administer the site. Not if you’re just looking for something. oh, maaaannn…

There is now – top right hand corner. Thanks for pointing that out, Maureen. I forgot people might like to search something on my site rather than google it. 400+ posts later –  Lesson learned.

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February 6, 2013

Valentines, Civil Debates, Art-Science and March Break

More of a PSA than anything else today so let’s get started.

In the interest of my own list-making self and a bit of promo for my clients I’ve created a new page called  Current Clients – they are the production based ones with  basic info about each of them. It’s a very satisfying list on many levels.

If you make a donation to the Toronto Public Library Foundation, they’ll send out a Valentine for you.

Praxis Theatre spent some time at the Next Stage Festival, seeking input on their upcoming Civil Debates series.  After receiving over 100 suggestions for debate topics as well as a slew of suggestions for debaters through their interactive installation at The Next Stage Festival, Praxis Theatre and The Theatre Centre have distilled three resolutions to be tackled at the first three Civil Debates.
Admission: PWYC Doors at 7pm; debates at 7.30pm
The Theatre Centre Pop-Up, 1095 Queen St. W.

March 7, 2013 1: Creative Cities
Be it resolved that the Creative Cities theories serve to reinforce dominant class structures.
April 4, 2013 2: Arts Boards
Be it resolved that Boards of Directors have the right and responsibility to overrule the Artistic Direction of a theatre company.
May 2, 2013 3: Idle No More
Be it resolved that the issues that created the Idle No More movement require extreme methods to achieve change.

Interesting list of places online (and IRL) that science and art collide.

And finally MAAAARRRRRRCH BREAAAAAAAAAK! YEAH! (TM Milhouse VanHouten)Crow’s Theatre is doing a March Break Camp. It looks awesome. So do the instructors. Details to be found here. You know they have a new home, right?

 

 

December 9, 2012

Sunday Round-Up December 9

What an absolutely delightfully crazy week with meeting new clients, reading new scripts, seeing art and music and theatre. I do like Toronto.

And here we are.

You Just Proved Advertising Works Part 2, and the TWISI Awards

Arts, Culture, Politics, Interns, Two good Bands

Whatcha Gonna Do With All That Data?

This l love. There’s always a little thrill when you recognize something or somewhere in a book. Want all Toronto? Here you go – from the Toronto Public Library – fiction set in Toronto

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It’s that time of year again, yes, budget deputation time has rolled around. I’m #44 on the list. Just a friendly reminder we’ve been waiting over ten years for per capita arts funding to increase from $18 to $25. You know, like you do. This gives me some hope.

So does Friends of The Arts -we’re mobilizing. Here’s the website, here’s the Facebook page. Come visit – we’ll keep you posted on what’s next.

October 14, 2012

Sunday Round-up October 14

Some days in the office at home, some days  on the Island, paperwork and organizing for the next rounds of new clients and workshops and STUFF.

Cool Stuff Over and Under the Ground

Other People Might Not Know This

This week brings a sea of potential new client meetings, all of which I’m happy about. It also brings a double workshop day on the 17th: I’ll spend part of my morning talking to a friend’s George Brown class about Indie Producing, and finish the day giving a workshop at Parkdale Library on social media for artists. Wonderful stuff.

Off to Ottawa next week to participate  in Arts Day On Parliament Hill.

I’m also working on a social media strategy for Young Associates, and we’re turning that into a webinar on Nov 7th. Details coming.

And speaking of the Parkdale Library they have a visual art exhibit on called Young Voices and the deadline for the 2013 applications is coming up. Check it out. The photo above is not great but I was balancing books and trying to take the picture and the drawing was up high and well, you get it.

Have a good Sunday, whether you are marathoning on the streets or cooking in your kitchen or deep in a book.

August 19, 2012

Sunday Roundup – August 19

 

Fall is coming, there’s a briskness in the air overnight, you need to take a sweater in the evening, and the Ex is in town. You can feel folks sliding slowly out of the long lazy days and into back-to-school mode.

 

Last week?

A Post, a Clarification, An Addition

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When Did Marketing Become Important?

I’ve been hearing from folks that social media is supposed to be spontaneous! and funny! and casual! Fine. It can read that way, but it’s not that way behind the scenes. For some, social media is the only marketing you get to do – they don’t have your brochures, didn’t read the paper you advertised in, and haven’t seen your posters or postcards. Treat social media with the same kind of planning you do every other kind of marketing.

Some Sunday reading: Creating an Editorial Calendar for Social Media.

Couple of new books on my coffee table that I’ve absolutely loved: The Art of Racing in The Rain and Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers. I’m on the Paper Cow chapter right now. Happy Sunday!

June 10, 2012

Sunday Roundup – June 10

Still June, and it’s been a busy in and out-of-town week for my clients and for me.

I was at the OCAF Provincial Roundtable in Kingston this week – very cool being in a room of artists and arts organizations and listen to them talk about the issues, challenges and trends they are facing that are the same or different from the ones we face in a more urban setting.

And a reminder that the Edward Bond Festival starts this week – some really great readings, workshops, performances and discussions. Still a couple of spaces left for artists in the Ian Watson workshop – click here to get all registered up! And I’m really looking forward to the Symposium next weekend – you’ll want to get yourself a seat because Edward Bond himself is there, in conversation with Chris Cooper, Artistic Director of Big Brum Theatre.

I was also at a rehearsal for Bound to Create‘s Dirty Butterfly – working with them on this truly intense piece for the Fringe this year. Wander over to their Facebook page and take a look – we’ve just hit publish so stay tuned for more info!

Speaking of Fringe – it’s that time of year again – the Fringe Fundraiser! Join Fringe supporter David Mirvish for some Good Ol’ Honest Fun in support of the Toronto Fringe! Where? the Honest Ed’s Mens Wear Department, of course! When you get to the  Fringe website, click “Buy tickets and Donate” to purchase a ticket to our Rootin’ Tootin’ Fundraiser!

Here’s what else was going on:

Fringe Marketing – Meet Your Future – super excited to work with this fantastic group of up and coming entrepreneurs.

The Doras,  Show Trailers,  Facebook Pages and More

(do not) Click All The Likes

I’ve been mulling a bit lately on the purpose of this blog. It originally started as a simple traffic driver for a new website, a way to bump the site up in the Google listings and keep the content fresh. It’s just over a year later, traffic is good, tweets and retweets and reposts happen.  Even more importantly to me, people talk to me about it in person.

Many people say they like it, many people don’t even know it exists.  Some say it’s a  professional  blog, some say it’s only personal.

(Of course not to forget there are tons of blogs out there that people like or don’t like, know exist or have never heard of, heck there are people out there who I’ve never heard of or who have never heard of me. Always the danger of solipsism in a blog, I suppose. Life is always bigger than you think).

I like writing it, it’s become a way to see for myself what’s going on, what’s important in our arts and culture community, do a bit of client promo, and cheer on causes like the library and ArtsVote.

I think I will do some tweaking this month – not a website redesign or anything, but look over my stats, and see where it stands as a useful tool. I might be asking some of the folks I know about their blogs, where they stand in the blog world, and the wheres and the whys of it all. Stay tuned. (Not breathlessly, it’s going to take a little while. Please go about your business.)

Love this.

Enjoy your Sunday!

June 6, 2012

The Doras, Show Trailers, Facebook Pages and the Library

Complete list of Dora Mavor Moore nominations here! It’s been a solid year of theatre – congratulations to all!

This is awesome.

Get your show trailer on Praxis.

Also awesome (from Mashable) – Facebook Finally Lets Page Admins Schedule Posts, Have Different Roles.
Now don’t get carried away with the scheduling and the walking away – it is not a Showtime Rotisserie where you’re gonna set it and forget it. Facebook pages require interaction, back and forth, question and answer, call and response – it’s a dialogue, right? I’m all for scheduling some posts, but not all of them. I did try it out last week, it did post on the correct date, but not at the right time. Which I knew because I was paying attention. Off you go – give it a shot with a completely unimportant update nad start playing around from there.

Have something on hold at the library? Do not forget to pick it up or they’ll charge you a dollar, it’s a new thing – the unpicked up hold fine.  The library has a whole slew of new ways to manage your holds and get them on time, though.
Can’t believe they’re charging you a dollar? I can. It’s another one of those crazy things I love about the library – the hold system.

“I want to read this book. But it’s at a library all the way across town.”

“Oh. Which one? Let us know and we’ll send someone to pick it up and bring it somewhere closer to you so you can read it. And we’ll email or call you to let you know it’s here. “

“But wait – how much will it cost me to do that?”

“Oh, it’s free. But you have to pick it up on time.”

Considering the base rate for any package delivered by cab in this city is ten bucks…

Happy Wednesday!

May 22, 2012

Sunday/Long Weekend Roundup and Summer Reading

What a gorgeous weekend, beautiful out every single day – from Facebook I can tell there was gardening, cottaging, relaxing, Criminal Minds marathons, BBQs and fireworks – sounds about right for May 2-4.

Last week – what went on?

Sheep Nation, Princess Aduwuaamban, and advice from the Lang Sisters – another fabulous salon at Pentimento Gallery

Info from the OAC – Reduction Policies and Compass Grants

Long Weekend! – some bits and pieces about upcoming workshops and things to read.

Most folks who know me know that I read a lot, and I especially love reading in the summer on the balcony. And most of my book-lovin’ friends usually look to each other for recommendations. With this, I bring to you a PSA – Summer Reading. If I read anything really good, I’ll post it and would love if you would share suggestions there as well.

Coming up tomorrow – fundraising gone wild! – a PSA link to every indie go go and crowdsource and go fund me campaign that folks I know are working on.

March 29, 2012

these books are overdue

In potentially good news:

Toronto library strike: Union and board reach tentative deal to end strike.

Which is really good news as I miss Parkdale Branch, and the compulsion to return the seven books I have  is getting stronger. I have the library twitches.

While we’re on the subject of libraries, a great essay in the WalrusStacked, by Michael Harris.

 

 

March 26, 2012

Sunday/Monday Roundup – March 25/26

Travels to my hometown and taxes and weather related migraines left me without an update yesterday – so here it is, with my apologies – enjoy reading while I decide whether or not I needed to know quite that much about Megan and Don’s relationship on the Season 5 opener of MadMen last night. Zoo bi zoo bi zoo bi zooo, indeed…

Vancouver Friends Talk about the Playhouse   – I asked a few of my colleagues in Vancouver what they thought, given that they live there and  don’t. Some interesting answers.

What Support for Canadian Theatre Looks Like – the premiere reading of Michael Healey’s Proud was at Passe Muraille on March 19. Pictures are apparently worth thousands of words and I am inclined to agree.

PSA #10 – The Rusticle Gym  – because this is far too cool and comes with a video.

More on Pinterest and a Rusticle PSA – people like Pinterest. People like infographics. Here are both in one. And a link to the Rusticle PSA.

Some have asked why I haven’t mentioned politics lately. Really – what is there to say? I can’t go to the library and our fearless leader has reverted to his “lone wolf” status vowing to fight transit recommendations and – just – really? I have no idea what to do right now except shake my head.

It’s an admin kind of week, April 1 looms ahead and with it ensuing deadlines, both government imposed, client requested and self-inflicted. Talk soon!

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