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23.7.12

Nine Years of Ionarts

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.

9 comments:

Evgeni said...

Congratulations! Ionarts is my top blog for all things classical music and I don't live anywhere close to DC to enjoy all the events you write about. Good luck in the next 9 years!

jfl said...

Gosh, it's like a child that's growing up (for lack of the real thing). And it makes me look old.

marja-leena said...

Congratulations on 9 years, and best wishes for many more.

I thought this a good opportunity to share news about a unique opera premiere in Savonlinna, Finland. I first read about it here:
http://www.goodnewsfinland.com/archive/news/online-opera-premieres-in-savonlinna/

More here, in English:
http://www.operafestival.fi/OperaByYou/English/Home.iw3

Charles T. Downey said...

Thanks, Marja-Leena -- you remind me of my long-held dream to visit Savonlinna and some of the other northern European festivals. *sigh* One of these summers! Thanks for thinking of me!

Charles T. Downey said...

@jfl -- We will celebrate nine years of your savant contributions to Ionarts on December 12. Long may you reign!

Michael Peverett said...

Congratulations, we ignorami of music promise to carry on avidly reading and occasionally daring to offer a comment.

Jcd said...

Congratulations! Your previews have helped me find many classical events I otherwise would have missed, and your reviews complement the Post's nicely (when not appearing in it). Thank you, and best wishes for another nine years.

Charles T. Downey said...

@Michael -- keep the comments coming! And thanks to all.

Bill said...

Congratulations! I find this site to be a respite from the cacophony of daily life. It's like a little oasis here in Washington. I have been reading it from virtually day one, when jfl mentioned it to me at his old stomping grounds at 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue ... "Eye on Arts," I thought - ? Hmmm. Please keep going, it's only getting better!