Curious To Know If We're Talking About You?

It was several years ago but I recall sitting at an outdoor cafe with some colleagues during one of those summer arts conventions and half way through our drinks one executive turns to another and asks if he reads Adaptistration. “Of course,” said the executive. “I read his blog every day; if nothing else, I want to see if he’s talking about us.” There’s certainly nothing wrong with good old fashioned self interests but I have to admit that digging through all of the content at Adaptistration can sometimes be more of a chore than it should…

Keep tabs on yourself through the Adaptistration Index. It's like Googling yourself; in index form.

Fortunately, that’s beginning to change and in a couple of big ways.

First, I’ve weeded through all of the old tags to narrow everything down to two simple navigation points: organizations and individuals. From there, some php coding produced a custom index page that lists each and every one of those items along with the number of articles it is mentioned. Moreover, each item links to an archive page with each of the respective articles.

The index incorporates material from approximately 2008 on and everything before that date is getting added to the list at a steady clip. For everything prior to that time, you can still use the trusty search feature (which has also improved since the recent platform update).

Second, a little more php tweaking resulted in a multi functional archive page that brings together a date and topic based lists on a single page. The category list works in similar fashion to the index page in that each item has the number of articles it contains along with a link to a page with the respective articles. I have a bit more weeding to do in the categories but it won’t be long until they are in the same shape as the index items.

Both pages can be accessed from top level menu items in the main navigation (the black bar at the top of each page) so they are never more than a single click away. What all of this means is it has never been easier to keep tabs on when and how often your orchestra (or perhaps you) appear in this blog.

So what are you waiting for?

Check out the Index Check out the Archive

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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0 thoughts on “Curious To Know If We're Talking About You?”

  1. Great changes, but at least for me, I enjoy Adaptistration most when it leads me in totally unexpected directions. Of course, it’s always quite delightful to have my opinions confirmed, or widespread “truths” debunked (“Orchestras are dying left and right! It’s the end times for classical music! Panic NOW!!!!”), but learning new things about labor relations, or websites, etc.–that’s gold.

    I’m also impressed, Drew, by your avoidance of sarcasm. Something else–cough, cough–I should learn.

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