Our Discord – Video & Text Chats

We have a Discord Server open to anyone who wants to informally chat about storytelling and different aspects of it on Tuesdays, 9pm MDT (since Sept. 1) and Fridays, Noon MDT (starting Sept. 25).

We have archived 3 talking points from these weekly chats that started July 6, 2020. Let us know if you have a topic or project you want to discuss or explore that involves being a storyteller or storytelling by emailing info@storycrossroads.org.

Free, open to all, click this direct Discord invite: https://discord.gg/KfwNK7Z

5-Part Blog Series: How Best to Use the Story Crossroads Discord Server

Chats used to be Monday nights, now Tuesdays, 9pm MDT (starting Sept. 1) & Fridays, Noon MDT (starting Sept. 25)

Next Discord Topics:

Pricing/Rates of Virtual vs. Live Storytelling – Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 9:00pm MDT AND Friday, October 2, 2020 at Noon MDT

Generational Gaps & Gains in Storytelling – Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 9:00pm MDT AND Friday, October 9, 2020 at Noon MDT

Impact on Traditional & Cultural Storytelling – Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 9:00pm MDT AND Friday, October 16, 2020 at Noon MDT

Orality and Screen Culture – Equity of Experiencing Storytelling – Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 9:00pm MDT AND Friday, October 23, 2020 at Noon MDT

Talking Points of Past Video Chats (current on top)

International Collaborations, September 22 & 25, 2020
Storytelling Movements – Where are We Now?, September 15, 2020
  • Read “The Storytellers’ Journey: An American Revival” by Joseph Daniel Sobol that was published in 1999 and then compare to Sobol’s newest book that barely came out in 2020 (did not discuss as the book is so new, but would be fascinating to compare) – movements consists of tellers, listeners, producers of live and virtual events as well as the general public so checking on events/festivals would give us more numbers to check on what state we truly are in with the American Storytelling Movement as well as what is happening in all other continents
  • According to Anthony F.C. Wallace’s Revitalization Theory, a revitalization movement is “steady state; period of individual stress; period of cultural distortion; period of revitalization (in which mazeway reformulation, communication, organization, adaptation, cultural transformation, and routinization occur); and finally, new steady state” quoted from Sobol’s 1999 book mentioned before on page 7
  • Considering the virtual performances, workshops and other events – seems like instead of a revival, we are not in a vitalistic movement that “emphasize[s] the importation of alien elements into the mazeway,” quoted from Sobol’s 1999 book mentioned before on page 6
YouTube vs. Vimeo for Storytellers, September 8, 2020
  • YouTube has 2 billion users while Vimeo has about 1 million users – though the audience is different as Vimeo has a professional feel, ability to add your branding and rent/sell videos, and being ad-free
  • YouTube is free and you can earn money once you have 1,000+ subscribers (rare for storytellers but did see that John McCutcheon has 1.08K and 273,000+ views) while Vimeo has different levels with commercial/selling of videos needing Vimeo Pro of at least $20/month plus taking 10% of any video rental/fee AND merchandise/tax fees – check out World Storytelling Cafe (371 videos since May 2020) as well as Storytelling Connections (video rental of Ancient & Contemporary: Native American stories)
  • Article to consider: Top 10 Free Video Sharing and Hosting Sites for Education (as tellers work often with educators)
Audience Isolation Behaviors, September 1, 2020
Story Storage, Aug. 24, 2020
  • Hard copy and digital versions to store the stories you collect over time are recommended – hard copy for portability and “body memory” and digital for searchable columns
  • Manila folders work great for each story and then categorized by hanging folders (origin country/location, motif/theme, holidays, recommended audience, etc.)
  • Google Sheets allow easy-access on laptop and/or on phone for on-the-go and could include these column headers: Date, Location, Audience, Length of Performance, Stories Told, Theme (if any), Notes
Personal vs. Organizational Branding, Aug. 17, 2020
  • Consider the colors you typically associate with you as a teller and with the marketing materials you create – hard copy and virtual – then make a bigger effort to continue any trends or at least decide these trends
  • You as a teller is a logo in and of itself – any other personal and/or organizational logo needs to be included in any or all communications or advertising
  • Rituparna Ghosh uses “Your Story Bag” as a physical, logo symbol, and philosophy and views of the art in connection with her storytelling, she uses this repeatedly on social media
Cultural Appropriation, Aug. 10, 2020
Prepping Halloween/Christmas stories for Podcasts, Aug. 3, 2020
  • Challenge to anyone to consider holiday stories for podcasts with special attention to Halloween/Christmas – still not too late in September of every year to submit Halloween stories – example of one “Want to share your scary story? We would love to hear it in the dead of night! Submit your pitch to: spooked@snapjudgment.org”
  • Can you share the entire story within 1-2 minutes? Proposing a story may mean telling it shorter knowing you can take more time with it once accepted.
  • Amazing person who knows how to submit podcast stories AND runs a podcast himself: Dr. Raymond Christian
Video Editing – Free & Purchased Software, July 27, 2020
Patreon & Other Recurring Revenues for Storytellers, July 20, 2020
  • Discover your balance of Free Content to Consume vs. Exclusive when working out Patreon or other comparable recurring revenues platforms
  • Create an email script to invite family/friends about subscribing for at least 3 months to build the momentum and recruit other supports in the time being (for example – different levels on Patreon and could be $3 X 3 months so only $9 commitment but makes the difference)
  • Understand your brand and what posts would “make sense” AND great person who knows how to use Patreon (and attended): Laura Packer
Starting a Podcast, July 13, 2020
Antelope Island/Potential for Stories when giving tours, July 6, 2020
  • Featured the experience of Carl and wanting to expand his repertoire and type of stories depending on the audience before him when giving tours of Antelope Island
  • Tim Ereneta shared article of “a different model/metaphor of story creation…Doug Lipman explains the difference between building stories and growing them”: http://storydynamics.squarespace.com/articles/living-fence
  • As a result, Carl created a template file “that I have created for the stories that I want to tell and then try to finagle the facts and details into the little slots in that file.”