O is for Online Opportunities
The best storytelling, I believe, still happens offline, person-to-person, "eye to eye, mind to mind, and heart to heart."
But, there are numerous opportunities online for the adventurous storyteller. I say "adventurous" because if you haven't noticed the virtual world out there is awash with stories. One could virtually drown in countless tales posted on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and others. The rise of blogs too has opened the floodgates for stories -- comical, confessional, boastful, sexy, satirical . . . you name it, someone's posted a story about it or is writing something as we speak. So if you have an adventurous spirit, I'd encourage you to dive in and start sharing.
The Internet might have started as a place for information, but it's clearly become a spawning ground for stories and storytelling. But with so many stories out there how can you be heard or read above all that noise? There's no easy answer to that but you got to start somewhere so . . .
Success won't come overnight, but if you persevere and just keep writing, things happen. I've been telling my stories on this blog now for nearly two years and I'm now getting about 150 visits a day and some regular visitors who actually interact with me. And you never know when a story you share is going to strike a chord with someone.
In the last few years of sharing stories online, opportunities have arisen to connect with some authentic storytellers and storytelling organisations out there in a variety of countries. I have some regular contacts in storytelling communities in America, Canada, Australia, India and the Far East, not to mention across Europe, Scandanavia and, of course, right here in the UK. Some of those have sought my advice and I have sought theirs. And we've both shared stories.
I'm not saying going online is for every storyteller, but it has expanded my opportunities to share my love of storytelling and coaching. My online presence has brought me work which might not have otherwise come. Clients in distant and remote places have connected with me and working together online, I have had the pleasure of helping them share their stories.
If I was a more adventurous traveller and thirty years younger, I'd be off to meet many of these people in person on their home turf where we could sit facing one another and share our stories. But in the meantime, I'm open to the opportunities the online world offers.
Now for a shameless plug: If you're in Edinburgh Scotland on Friday May 22nd, I'll be facilitating a workshop on creating your "About Me" or Bio page for the web. To book a place, contact the Scottish Storytelling Centre on +44 (0)131 556-9579. More at http://www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre/centre-events/2567/your-story-on-the-web