So I finally, officially launched a new web magazine today: Pen and Stage. It’s an idea I’ve had for about six years, which should give you some idea of the mastery of procrastination I possess. The site will cover performing and visual arts and artists in my area, which is known as the Blue Water Area (we really do have some beautiful blue water at the mouth of the St. Clair River, where Lake Huron flows into it. The international bridges between Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario are the Blue Water Bridges.). Pen and Stage will include upcoming events, but will also have interviews with local artists and other stories about the arts scene in this area.
I’m excited about it. Our local daily and weekly newspapers (the Times Herald and the Voice) give the arts some coverage, though it’s diminished lately as the papers themselves have had to redefine what their shrinking readership really wants to read. So I think it’s a good time to launch something like this, especially because the overhead costs are minimal. I’ll be using a lot of social media techniques to generate interest in the site, so it’ll also be a good laboratory for trying out strategies that I can then recommend to my business clients.
Stop by the site and let me know what you think. If you’re involved in the arts in St. Clair, Sanilac or Lambton counties, and your arts group isn’t already listed in the links there, use the contact form on Pen and Stage to send me the details.