Happy birthday, dear blog!

Today marks the 8th birthday of www.artsmanagement.ie! Whoever would have thought I could keep the lights on for so long… 🙂

Thank you to everyone who has remained a reader — through the peaks and valleys of my own posting frequency! — and for the many, many kind emails over the years. I’m so pleased the blog has helped people find work, switch careers, conduct research, and stay updated with arts management and cultural policy news.

A few interesting tidbits, for the factoid fans:

  • The Jobs section is the most popular page (unsurprisingly). And this is the most popular post of all time. I don’t really know why!
  • The blog has grown from zero to more than 3,000 followers/subscribers. Most months it receives between 6-8,000 visitors, with just under 800,000 views since it began. Here’s a snapshot of where the top blog visitors have come from in 2015 so far (lone reader in Mozambique, I salute you):

artsmanagement.ie viewers

  • Yes, there really is just one person behind this (me!), and I don’t accept ads, payment or sponsorship of any kind (nor do I intend to — although I’m contacted often about this — because I think independence is important). I try to squeeze it in between teaching classes, giving lectures, doing research, writing articles, attending conferences, and keeping up with my 3 and 5 year old little boys — and unfortunately sometimes it slips a little down the list of priorities at busy times. I’ve seriously considered chucking it in quite a few times, but the volume of blog-related email I receive keeps me convinced it’s still of value. I certainly hope so, anyway!
  • I always welcome thoughts & responses to how the blog can be more useful — so please don’t hesitate to get in touch, and I’ll see what I can do.

Thanks, y’all.

6 thoughts on “Happy birthday, dear blog!

  1. adkins259 says:

    Hi Emily ! Remember me who inadvertedly posted on your page and you kindly alerted me removed it quickly -for which I am still gratetful!! Well I am still enjoying your blog and yes perusing the art page (unemployed reguarly exhibiting artist and writer pursuing currently CE schemes) .

    Well long windedly of me from Galway -I just want to wish your blog


    Keep it going if you can -thankyou ! Nerina 🙂

  2. gnimhuilleanoir says:

    I’ll add a happy birthday and a thank you to the pile! I was incredibly lucky to see your post about a Marketing Internship with Landmark Productions here in May/June 2015. I applied, thinking it’d be a fairly hopeless attempt, but actually ended up in the internship and spent an incredible summer working with their amazing team. I wouldn’t have known about it without you! -Grace Miller

  3. magdalena lipinska says:

    Bravo! Thank you Emily for keeping that light on, despite such a busy schedule! And I know with small children it’s not easy! You inspire it all can be done with a positive attitude, and some support too 🙂 Good luck and to many more years!

  4. Louise Kelly says:

    HI Emily,

    Happy birthday to your blog, it is an essential tool for anyone looking for work in the arts, so long may it continue.x

  5. Emily MFG says:

    Thanks so much for your kind comments everyone — and to all who emailed me privately as well! Gives me encouragement to keep the light burning a little while longer 😉

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