2012 Blogging Year In Review

2012 was a stellar year for Adaptistration. Once again, new readers grew by leaps and bounds while overall readership continued its nearly decade long steady increase. One new area of growth was a spike in non-North American readers with big gains in Australia, Germany, Japan, and New Zealand.

Popular Content

pointInstead of spouting off a bunch of popularity stats, I thought it would be fun to use Adaptistration’s newest feature and turn it into a guessing game. Correct responses are displayed along with facts about the respective subject after you submit your answers.

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Geek Stats

  • Firefox and Internet Explorer users each dropped more than 20% in overall browser share
  • Chrome users increased 50% from the previous year and took over as the third most commonly used browser choice among desktop and laptop users.
  • Safari took over the #1 slot for most commonly used desktop and laptop browsers.
  • Mobile users jumped up 62% from the previous year, with the largest increase in those preferring Android based systems.
  • Apple mobile devices doubled in usage but dropped off about five percent among all mobile users.
  • Although only 10 percent of overall mobile traffic, tablet users more than doubled over last year.

Polls Were More Popular Than Ever

2012 saw more polls than previous years with the most popular poll focusing on the 2012 election and the arts.

Polls (backed up with analytics data) also helped determine that Adaptistration readers are a pretty honest group, with most of you demonstrating a willingness to share a post via your social network of choice if asked; so give yourselves a firm pat on the back!

Lastly, polls played a key role in helping determine the best way to move forward with the 2012 Orchestra Website Reviews. More than half of those who voted indicated that if possible, they would prefer to see the reviews published in the spring of 2013.

What Were Your Favorites?

Think back over the year and share which posts were your favorites and why. Moreover, what would you like to see more or less of in 2013?

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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