I’m writing this from a VIA train on the way to our nation’s capital (yay for on-board WiFi). I’ll be speaking on a panel tomorrow at 1:45 about how arts organizations can use social media to their benefit at the annual CAPACOA conference in Ottawa. Since I’m relatively new to the social media game (at least professionally), I’m hoping to learn a lot from the three other impressive women who will be participating. If I happen to have any readers who are also attending, let me know and hopefully we can connect.
If you’ve been disappointed in the relatively low posting volume here at All Time Coloratura in the last couple of weeks, fear not – I am now commandeering not one but two opera blogs.
Parlando, a blog for the Canadian Opera Company, went live this morning. I’ll be blogging there about all things COC. I hope you click over and take a look! There you’ll be able to see some of the behind-the-scenes items that I didn’t have access to as a civilian blogger, and if you’re local to Toronto, it will help you stay informed about the multiplicity of events coming up.
In the meantime, here’s another fun video.
So, back in January, I finally started an opera blog after many years of thinking about it. I was a bit insecure about this endeavour, and wasn’t quite sure how I’d fit into the online opera world, but went ahead with it anyway. I wasn’t really sure what would come of it, but I thought at least it would lead me to learn interesting things. My first post ever was about an Opera 101 event hosted by the Canadian Opera Company.
Then I wrote a post about Opera Atelier and that led to volunteering for them and making some new and wonderful opera friends. I encountered other interesting bloggers. I felt like writing All Time Coloratura was making my life better in some very direct ways.
Then, when the Canadian Opera Company announced a job opening for a Social and Interactive Media Coordinator, I took the plunge and applied, thinking that even if I didn’t get hired it would be a chance to meet people at the COC and perhaps raise my own profile. Last week they offered me the job. My work will involve maintaining a blog, managing the COC’s presence on various social networks, and cultivating relationships with other people in the online opera community.
It’s possible, I suppose, that I could have been hired without the blog, but I’m sure that it would have been considerably more difficult to make my case without being able to point to All Time Coloratura. So, thank you to everyone who stopped by, linked to me, left a comment, or encouraged me to keep writing. I honestly feel as though I’ve become part of a real community.
I start working for the COC a couple of weeks from now. I intend to keep blogging here, in a non-official capacity. Some aspects of the blog may need to change given the change in my circumstances – particularly the coverage of COC productions – but I hope you all keep reading. And, if you have any thoughts on how an opera company can engage its audience online in a way that’s warm, exciting, and innovative, please get in touch with me (alltimecoloratura at gmail)! Actually, get in touch with me even if it’s just to introduce yourself. Talking about opera on the internet will soon be what I get up in the morning to do.