Remember when theater blogging was big? Those were the days. In the early 2000s, I started a blog called “Gasp!” It wasn’t originally a theater blog. Gasp! originally started as a personal blog to track progress in my playwriting career and practice a different form of writing. I chose to be part of an online journaling community called Journalspace. It was small, friendly and quite diverse. I loved being a part of that world, and I learned quite a bit about how other people live and see the world.
In fact, one of the first people I connected with on Journalspace was a fellow blogger from Alabama. One thing led to another and yes, we got married. And we’re still married, so you could say that I got A LOT out of blogging.
Eventually, a couple of theatermakers also in New York City reached out to me. We decided to use our blogs to write about theater. The rest of this story is covered in Megan Vaughan’s new book, Theatre Blogging: The Emergence of a Critical Culture. During those early days, I wrote about sexism and what it was like to be a woman playwright in the early 2000s.
Some people have asked me if I will be posting my old blog on this site. I’ve thought about it, but it’s tough to repost the whole thing. It would be as if you were hearing one side of a conversation, because that’s how we used our blogs. We conversed publicly across sites. I’m working out ways I can give people a feel for Gasp, the theater blog. I will likely be publishing a small ebook at no cost. Check back for that.
Meanwhile, you can read notable entries on my homepage. I will also be reflecting on my experiences with the theater blogosphere in the future.