Show A Little Love

Sometimes the best things in life really are free and cultural blogs have been one of the more pleasant incarnations of that idiom in recent years. Compared to a few years ago, the quantity, diversity, and creativeness of cultural blogs has exploded but one aspect remains constant throughout most blogs: in order to create worthwhile content, it takes time. As such, I’m proclaiming that today marks the beginning of the Show Your Favorite Cultural Bloggers Some Love week. Fortunately, showing your love for blogs is pretty easy…

rainbow cloudHere are a few suggestions:

  1. Just say “thank you” along with listing one specific element you like about a cultural blogger’s work; you can do this in a comment or via direct email.
  2. Most bloggers have some sort of Google, Amazon Affiliate, or similar referral ad displayed somewhere on their home page. Just click on one of the ads each day you visit the blog over the course of this week. After you’re done the pennies will be rolling in for your favorite blogger (really, no one’s getting rich here) and you might just find that one of the links takes you to somewhere you wouldn’t have otherwise ended up, but you wanted to be.
  3. If the blogger sells something (merchandise, self published books, etc.), purchase an item for yourself or as a gift.
  4. If the blogger provides an option to make a donation or has some sort of online “tip jar,” leave an amount you think is worth the respective author’s time and effort balanced with the amount of personal value you assign to the blog.

At the suggestion of a colleague, I put together a simple “Buy Drew A Coffee” tip link, located at the bottom of the left hand column. It was a surprisingly simple widget to assemble and it processes any contributions right from a credit/debit card or paypal account.

So if you enjoy the blog and feel moved to leave a donation, it’s sincerely appreciated. Plus you never know how good karma might come back. In the meantime, make sure you share your love with all the cultural blogs you visit on a regular basis.

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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4 thoughts on “Show A Little Love

  1. An addition to your list: submitting the site to one of the many social bookmarking services. Or sending a link out on Facebook or Twitter. Assuming the person doing the submitting interacts with others of similar interests, a link sent out on Twitter or Facebook or a site submitted on Stumbleupon or Digg has the potential of reaching thousands of potential readers — people interested in what you do. I’d rather have a reader send a link out than click on an ad.

  2. That’s a great point Christopher, I simply took the omnipresent social networking opportunities for granted – thanks for chipping in and making sure it is something readers think about.

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