A New Year and a Greenroom Stocktake

Happy New Year!  It’s great to be back after a wind-down, laid-back festivus season.  Not that some of our colleagues have been slumming it: Shake and Stir and Circa, Harvest Rain, OzFrank and QSE  are all at it during the nominal summer break with workshops as well as rehearsals for Season 2010.

Apart from the start of midsummer, today is also the beginning of the 5th month of operations for Greenroom.  We launched on September 1 with the intention of providing an aggregator site for Queensland professional and independent theatre, and so far things are looking just fine.  Since the launch we’ve had 2 744 hits on the site – not bad for a startup.

We’ve added 40 posts during this time, mostly interviews and commentary, with weekly posts pointing to productions and other theatre events throughout the state.  We’ve got a ‘poster wall’ of Queensland theatre companies with hotlinks back to their individual homepages.  This is a really useful service in our opinion, and helps to give a little bit of link love and profiling to groups around the state.

We’ve also got a lively Twitter stream with 55  followers.  Follow Greenroom on Twitter – click the follow button up there on the right – and you’ll get an update tweet every time there’s a new post here; that’s the way a lot of people like to get their news whether on the desktop or the mobile.  We love photos, so we set up a Flickr group featuring Queensland theatre-related images; send yours in and share with other readers – that’s them on the top of the home page.

There’s also an RSS feed of the latest local ‘proudly parochial’ blog posts over there on the right, as well as a News Bites page via Google Reader with the most interesting and useful theatre and arts business posts from all over the world.  And there’s a hotlinked calendar of current and upcoming theatre events.  Plan on seeing a continuation of these features as well as some new goodies including more reviews, and a weekly opt-in email newsletter for those who like getting their information via the emailbox.

We would love to hear from you on how we can make Greenroom work even better for you and your group.  Don’t forget to send in your information, logos, images and other information for us to use here.  Meanwhile best wishes for sweet, midsummer nights’ dreams and a wonderful season 2010 for you.