I’m Still Here

I’m still here.

I launched this blog on December 31, 2010 and have written an anniversary post on or near New Year’s Eve each year since. These eight years have seen a lot of change – in the world, in the blogosphere, and in my life. The past six months have seen particularly significant changes with regard to the last, having taken a new job in a new city, both of which I love. I launched the blog eight years ago to test ideas about infrastructure for the arts: personal, physical, and institutional. While the frequency of postings has become quite sparse, I still continue to publish the blog for this purpose, especially as it relates to ideas I am developing for An Ouroboros: Art, Money, and Entrepreneurial Action. It has been a struggle to maintain steady progress on this book, but I managed to put another chapter to bed last week and my New Year’s resolution, to the extent that I have one, is to establish a writing routine the keeps me on course to completion a year from now without detracting from my work as dean of the College of Arts & Letters at Cal State LA.

In the meantime, here’s Creative Infrastructure’s 2018 by the numbers:

  • Total views: 11,328, the lowest in five years, which is to be expected because…
  • Total posts were by far the lowest ever: 11 (12 if we include this one).
  • Most popular post: What is an Arts Incubator? about which I am particularly happy as it speaks to continuing interest in and usefulness of my research on this topic. (For the actual research, see “Arts Incubators: A Typology” in the Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society and “Value Creation by and Evaluation in Arts Incubators” in International Journal of Arts Management).
  • Most popular post published this year (of the 12 I managed to eke out): Values + Opportunity = Change, about my transition to LA.
  • Who are the readers: about half are in the US, but there are quite a few in Canada, India, and the UK as well.

So…I’m still here in the blogosphere, but also on campus helping students succeed, in the kitchen testing out new menus and recipes, and, when I get a chance, on the hiking trail.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! May 2019 bring you all that you wish for in your personal creative infrastructure.

new years eve

About lindaessig

Linda Essig is Dean of the College of Arts & Letters at Cal State LA and principal/owner of Creative Infrastructure LLC. The opinions expressed on creativeinfrastructure are her own and not those of Cal State LA. You can follow her on twitter @LindaInPhoenix.
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