[Bards] Ansteorran Bardic Website

Alden Drake alden_drake at sbcglobal.net
Thu Jan 27 08:34:30 PST 2005

Regarding Snorri's three points:
1.  The bards listed on the website are those that have written works, true, but I don't think the bards listed there need necessarily be limited to authors.  If you want your name listed as an Ansteorran Bard, just send me a personal profile on your persona/mundane self and a picture or two.  Having composed original material is not required to be added, and you can always add your compositions at a later date.
2.  A history of the Bardic College/Guild.  I'd be happy to include something on this if someone with more experience/exposure within the bardic community would care to compose something on this topic.
3.  I think the issue of bardic circles is one for list discussion, rather than inclusion on the website itself.  However, a write up on running bardic circles would be useful.

Snorri Hallsson <snorri at houston.rr.com> wrote:
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OK, seriously, here’s something that I think would be useful.  The website lists bards that have written pieces, such as Pendaran, Antonia and Alden, for example.  However, I know for a fact that there are a lot more bards out there than there are websites – there’s just a lot more *performers* (like me) than there are *writers* (like Robin), and the current structure of the website only allows for the writers to have a page.


I’d also like to see a history of the Bardic College of Ansteorra somewhere on the website.  Somewhere along the way, we as a community have had good ideas and bad ideas, and I think there’s nothing wrong with a productive discussion of revisiting the good ideas and putting the bad ones to rest.


What I *do* know is this: when I travel to certain regions, I know I can count on not sleeping much, because there will be much, much bardic revelry to be had and to be given.  In other regions, it’s almost as though the campfires roll up after feast is done and getting people to attend bardic circles is like pulling eye teeth.  (I have no idea what they are either; Mom always said it, so it stuck.)  Our enthusiasm for bardcraft seems to be inconsistent across Ansteorra, and I’d like to find out why that is, and what we can do to bring that up.

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