Preparing For The 2022 Orchestra Compensation Reports

Typically, the annual Orchestra Compensation Reports are released toward the first half of June but they may be a few weeks later due to my usual assistant, who does an amazing job with the critical task of processing each orchestra’s filing, being unavailable due to health reasons. As such, it will take a little longer than usual to get everything processed. It’s worth taking this time to point out that this …

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Just when this week was settling into a really nice topic groove, life decided to throw a curve ball. As such, I’m taking the rest of the week off from blogging but I will be back in action on Monday, March 14.

Adaptistration, By The Numbers 2021

As promised, it’s time to take a deep dive into what Google Analytics tells us about the last year. In addition to the 2021 review, I’ve included notes and commentary connected to 2020 data in italics. Audience Number of pages per session went up by 3.73 percent. Overall traffic decreased 7.88 percent. What’s interesting here is there was a clear slide about six weeks after 2020’s pandemic driven layoffs and furloughs …

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Making Tough Decisions For Good Reasons

Yesterday, I made the decision to discontinue offering Venture Event Manager as a standalone plugin in the WordPress plugin repository. Not to be confused with the Venture Platform, the managed website development solution for Arts & Culture organizations, these are just the stand-alone WordPress plugins. While the plugin had good traction and the paid upgrade to the Pro version was clearing a profit, it wasn’t a good enough risk-reward reward given the …

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Hey, Where Did Comments Go?

Back in 2018, I replaced the native WordPress comment functionality with Facebook’s blog comment tool to eliminate anonymous comments and control spam. It worked great until last summer during the national election, when Facebook began making massive changes to their API in response to pressure over their lack of control over disinformation. Since then, the feature has been in steady decline and as of last week, I decided to jettison the …

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