Technology Tips for Circus Artists – 8

In this series of posts I’m going to give tips on using technology to make your hours behind your desk that bit easier.

Tip Number Eight: WordPress
Wordpress.orgEven though we are in the age of social media I think it’s still a good idea to have a website.

There’s a lot to be said about outsourcing web-design to a professional but if you’re not ready to spend large sums of cash on a site or you’re willing to invest some time and energy sat at a computer then look no further than WordPress.

WordPress is “A semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.” In other words it’s a simple and elegant way to easily create a highly customisable website that you can edit on any computer, smart phone or digital tablet with an internet connection.

Something to be aware of is that there is wordpress.com and wordpress.org. The .com is 100% free but your are limited with the design and other details. The software for wordpress.org is free however you will need to pay for hosting and a url, there are 100s of companies that provide this, you’re probably looking at about £50-100 a year, not exactly mega bucks. For the record I use Fasthoasts. You may also want to pay for a template (this gives the look of the site) which can cost from £10-£50 as a one off fee although there are some free usable templates out there.

Read here, here and here if you’re thinking about making your own site using WordPress.

Otherwise you can find someone to implement a wordpress.org site for you at a much cheaper price than you would pay for a design from scratch (I offer this, send me an e-mail).

If you make you’re own site using WordPress be sure to leave a link in the comments!

Technology Tips for Circus Artists – 2

This is the second in a series of posts aiming to make your hours behind your desk that bit easier.

Tip Number Two: Signup to Twitter.

There are still so few circus artists using Twitter, this is changing but I hope I can convince you to sign up today.

People often ask, “What is it? What’s the point? How can it help? Isn’t it a total waste of time?”. Watch the video below and read the Twitter FAQ.

Basically the more circus people that are on Twitter the more useful it becomes, the more connected we all our, the more experience we can share and the better informed we all get, creating better work. This will increase the interest and eventually demand in circus which in turn means there are more jobs for us all. Sounds a bit hippyish but it actually makes perfect sense.

If you don’t know who to follow (receive updates from) @CircusGeeks has a lists of circus artists, venues, employers and our very own bloggers on Twitter. You can just chose to follow our lists and you don’t have to go searing around for hours on end. If you want to be included on our lists just send us a tweet (message via twitter).

Still not convinced? Get an account and follow our lists, you don’t have to tweet but I bet something will pop up that sparks off your interest and before you know it you will be addicted!

Just don’t get too carried away with it all and avoid making embarrassing mistakes.

If you found this tip helpful or have any suggestions please leave a comment below or better still tweet at us!