Readers of LTB may have noticed a few changes on the site of late. The following is a brief outline of site updates.
Real time comments
Real time comments have been in circulation in the blogosphere for nigh on two years now. Whereas traditional blog comments favoured one-to-one exchanges within the confines of a particular blog or website, real time comments tap into the broader conversations that take place across multiple social media sites – Twitter and Facebook being the two main platofrms here. For anyone running a WordPress powered blog, there are a number of ‘out of the box’ plugins when it comes to real time comment systems. Disqus is by far the more mature of the pack, followed by the relatively new Echo System and the WordPress-developed Intense Debate.
I chose to go with Disqus for a few reasons. One, it’s free. Two, the system has had more development time than its competitors and as a user you are therefore less of a guinea pig for the R&D team. Three, Disqus is simple and intuitive and the WordPress plugin is straight forward to install.
So what are the advantages of this new comment system for LTB users? Comments work very much the same as before. However you can now post comments by signing in via Twitter, Facebook or OpenID. You can also choose the order and layout of comments. Below the main comment stream, you’ll find a separate ‘Reactions’ stream that charts all social media responses to the particular item of content from across the Web. So all conversations, links and mentions are channeled into one place.
London Theatre Blog Advertising
On the right-hand sidebar, just below the contributor list, you’ll notice a new ad space. This is paid ad space open to anyone interested in reaching a theatre and performing arts focused audience. The only rules for potential advertisers is that the company, website or brand your represent must be related to theatre and performance. This is contextual ad space and only ads relevant to site content will be considered for inclusion. If you’re interested in placing an ad, please get in touch here. Thanks for your interest.
Theatre in Pictures
Current readers of LTB will be familiar with the ‘audio visual’ section of the site which houses audio, video and photo content. However, I’d like to draw your attention to an ongoing LTB sister project, devoted to the exploration of theatre and performance in graphic form: Theatre in Pictures.
Theatre in Pictures started off as a small collection of photos and has grown into an increasingly popular project that presents high quality photographs covering a range of theatre topics from around the world. The project is by no means restricted to covering performers on stage. All aspects of theatre are considered and all photographic media are supported. The following themes will give you a sense of the areas already covered on the site: space, architecture, costume, design, light, audience, rehearsals, masks, movement, festivals, transport, posters, history.
The project welcomes open submissions from photographers worldwide. If you are interested in contributing a series of images, please get in touch via the submission page. Details of dimensions and general guidelines for submission are included there. Please also get in touch with any queries or suggestions you may have via the contact page.