The power of blogging

One of my adult piano students tipped me off to a recent episode of Meet the Press, where one of the discussion topics was the effectiveness of blogs in politics.  Although I missed the episode, I did visit the Meet the Press web site and dug up some of their articles about blogging.

In particular, there were two good articles:  Business pros flock to Weblogs & Finding support online

Here’s a good quote from the first article:

Dan Gillmor, technology columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, says “My readers know more than I do, and that’s a liberating notion, not a scary one. Every journalist ought to realize it’s true. No matter what you cover, your readers know more collectively than you do. If we can capture that, we all come out ahead.”

Well amen to that.  And from the second:

Joe Trippi, campaign manager for Howard Dean says “Our campaign is built on empowering people to self organize and to make a difference in the campaign themselves, so we’ve developed a lot of tools on the Internet that you can do that with.”

Hmmm, that second quote sounds like a familiar idea .

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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