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TUTA's first show in Chicago, "The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other" by Peter Handke.



Recently,TUTA did a spiffy website revamp, so we now have a blog. We all know that a blog can't write itself, so a call was sent to all company members for blogunteers. Since I seem to really enjoy doing this, I offered to create an October entry. I got rather excited about it and wrote something a few short hours after agreeing to chip in, even though we'd set a deadline that is over a week away. My exuberance was kinda cute.

Then, during the editing process, my inner critic started rattling bars and using all sorts of fear tactics in the hopes that I'd put on the brakes. While I am working to recognize what of my feelings is just old stories and various other chips, some rational part of me is wondering ~ what kind of blog entry would reflect our mission or would feed/challenge/engage our audience? When I'm blogging here on LJ, I don't really try to consider what folks want to read (erm...no offense!). I'm just rambling because I enjoy it and it forces me to push my edges around writing and poetry. I also stay connected to many folks here and I learn a lot from others.

That feels different from writing as a representative of my theatre company and while we're deliciously anti-commercial (so I feel no need to pander or try to "please the crowd") I'd like to create something of quality. I always try to give TUTA my artistic best.

It's good (and a bit uncomfortable) to be given the chance to expand into a new little challenge. It will be interesting to see how it all turns out.

Comments

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inanna710
Oct. 19th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
First, I can't imagine you posting anything that is less than beautiful. You have a lyrical way of expressing your views that I look forward to reading every time.

Second, I do understand what you mean about the shift from personal expression to becoming representative of an organization. My own new blogging efforts are very exciting, but also make me feel that I could hurl at any moment. So far, I have not.

I find that breathing and centering helps. So do sympathetic friends, herbal tea and chocolate.

Good luck! I'm sure you'll do well.
jennlynn_green
Oct. 20th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
LOL - well I'm very glad you have not hurled. Now remind me again of your other blog.

And thank you for the support...it means a lot. *hugs*
inanna710
Oct. 28th, 2009 04:46 am (UTC)
Heavens, it's been a long time since you asked! Sorry. I'm blogging for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the city's mainstream newspaper. I'm the first openly Pagan blogger in their religion section. Comments have been numerous--some supportive, some not. For my latest trick, I blog about the Sedona tragedy.
siro_gravity
Oct. 20th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
I totally get where you are coming from, even though my experience is different.

A number of people have told me I need a professional blog. Many of the artists I admire do have them, and the next time I update my website, I'm going to give it shot.

Now, I won't be working for anybody else, but there's a huge difference between the private place I'm made for myself here at LJ, and any public place that attaches to my professional self. In a way, when I act like a professional person making entries to my own blog, I am also writing "as a representative of my company."

It's like instead of being myself there, I have to represent what my "self" would say. LOL!


jennlynn_green
Oct. 20th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think that balance of personal and professional is interesting and I'm not sure where I'll settle when blogging for TUTA.

Now what's your website (if you don't mind me asking)?
siro_gravity
Oct. 20th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
it's here.
jennlynn_green
Oct. 21st, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Okay. Wow. I love your photography. I'm so glad you postedso I can follow your work...it's very thought provoking and I find much of it quite lovely - and/or haunting - and/or evocative. Nice.
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