The improbable experiment of Ionarts was born nine years ago today, in the prehistory of the blogosphere when few people knew what I was talking about when I said I was starting a blog. In that time we have published over 5,400 articles, at least one per day and often more than that. In response, dear readers, you have posted over 4,400 comments, most thoughtful, some thoughtless, some kind, others brash. At the time of this writing, these pages have been visited almost 3 million times, and you have read from North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Since adding a Twitter feed to the arsenal (pace, Bob Shingleton), we have sent over 2,800 tweets of news and other tidbits. We thank you for reading: your devotion has raised Ionarts, according to one ranking (whatever), to the exalted place of No. 6 among classical music blogs. Not too shabby. Now -- as you were.
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