Are you a cabaret singer, or someone who loves to see cabaret singers perform? Interested in ideas for putting together a great show? Need inspiration, tips and techniques? Want a way to get new visitors to your performance blog? Then welcome to McElrath Cabaret’s Monday Cabaret Soiree Linkup Party!
Why an online cabaret soiree? Well, we love cabaret performance, love performing ourselves and love to see other performers do their thing and we wanted to connect with other enthusiasts and see what they were working on in their local areas. We live in a part of the country (Pacific Northwest in the United States) where there is a small but steadily growing stream of cabaret going on, and we are also curious to learn more about other areas where cabaret is more widely performed. We also want to meet more cabaret performers, and help us and you to expand your visitor base to your blog, which will lead to an increase in the number of people who know about you and your fabulous cabaret talent and will hopefully help to increase your audience base, and so the Monday Cabaret Soiree we hope will turn out to be a great way to do that, and we’d love to have you join us! Here’s all you need to know:
- You need a cabaret-related blog to participate in the link soiree. (From here on out, when I use the term cabaret I mean musical, singing cabaret performance, NOT BURLESQUE OR PORN. Anything burlesque or porn-related that someone attempts to link will not be allowed.) EVERYONE is invited to click on the links and visit the blogs, regardless of whether you have a cabaret blog or not! Don’t have a cabaret blog yet? It is not hard to create one in minutes, for free, at WordPress.com, Blogger.com or any of the other free sites that you prefer. Here is a link to wordpress.com, a free blogging service: https://en.wordpress.com/signup/ and another helpful site for learning bloggging: http://bloggingwithamy.com/categories/ If you love cabaret, then this is the place to be!
- . On Monday when the Cabaret Soiree opens, you can link anything cabaret related: tell us about a new show that you are about to perform or are in the process of creating, tips, ideas, progress, performance reports, your observations (polite ones, not mean-spirited please–if you have something negative to say about a performance, please leave out the performer’s name and write in general terms) on cabaret performances you’ve seen recently (or not so recently if they were memorable in some way), maybe a video of you performing or in rehearsal, before/afters in cabaret performance–it might be how a song performance grew for you or the style or look of your show, your thoughts on a composer or lyricist whose work is heard in cabaret shows, your thoughts on music and stage direction for cabaret, ideas about arrangements for cabaret songs, favorite books you’ve read about cabaret performers, and how-tos for cabaret-related topics–marketing your show, organizing the business end of cabaret, performance tips, writing patter, favorite sound equipment for cabaret, etc. Basically, if you thought it was important enough to blog about it on your cabaret blog, then share it with us! Links will be open from Monday through Thursday of each week.
- . Please link directly to your blog post URL NOT your blog name URL.
- . Please link back to McElrath Cabaret’s Monday Cabaret Soiree (feel free to use the button in the sidebar) to let others know where to come for some cabaret inspiration! To put the code into your blog post, you simply copy the code in the code box in our sidebar, then on your blog post near the top of the page there are two settings—visual mode, which is where you type in your post content, and html mode, which includes all the code of the post. Switch it over to html mode by clicking on the tab, and this is where you insert the button code. I think it’s easiest (read: less confusing if you don’t know code) to put the code at the bottom of your post, but you can put it wherever you like. You can switch it back to visual mode and you should see the button in your post!
So basically the idea is that you will select a cabaret blog post you have written, add the link back to McElrath Cabaret to your blog or post, and then link up to the Soiree. It’s really easy–you just put in whatever title you want to use–maybe the name of your blog or a few words that capture the essence of your post, the URL to the blog post, and then upload an image from the post, if you have one. I’ve noticed at other blog parties that links with pictures tend to get more visitors, just saying. That’s it! Your link to your blog post should appear momentarily.
You will have the ability to click on other’s links and check out what they are doing, and hopefully they will do the same for you. Please leave nice comments to encourage the other bloggers–it’s more fun that way, don’t you think?
This is a new endeavor, and so we’ll just give it a go and see what happens. Might be a little bit of a tiny cabaret soiree to begin with, but hopefully it will grow in time!
So grab a cup of tea, coffee, or whatever and sit down and revel at the Cabaret Soiree!