From Blog to Online School

I can honestly hardly friggen believe it.

It’s been a long and extremely challenging 5 years since the day I started Smart Band Management.

It’s also been an extremely rewarding, meaningful, and exciting 5 years.

I remember the beginning like it was yesterday.

I was a newer independent artist manager – struggling to find information online not just about artist management but about the music industry in general.

The information I was finding, wasn’t exactly helpful in the way that I wanted it to be. It was more about concepts and history than it was about actionable step by step guidance.

At the same time, I was getting more and more curious about this thing called “blogging”, so I started researching how to start a blog so that I could share what I was learning with other people who were in the same position as me, or perhaps a few steps behind.

What’s that quote? If you can’t find it, create it yourself?

Everything I’ve created – from the first article I wrote, to the new products I’m currently working on and everything in between – is something I wished I had when I first started.

It’s my way of giving back to the people I understand the most. People like you.

So by May of 2013, I had my website up and running with the first few articles posted.

By the time I figured out how to get Google Analytics set up, I was all excited to see my first 11 website visitors.

I’ll never forget that feeling. I was literally smiling from ear to ear because I thought it was the coolest thing ever that I had even just one person look at my website (even if it was just family).

It has been a crazy ride since then.

With the help from a lot of important people, including you reading this, we’ve now had over 155,000 website visitors from every country in the world.

We’ve grown from sporadic articles here and there – to a full blown online school.

Like I said, I can hardly friggen believe it.

I pulled together a bunch of exciting stats for you to read, but I won’t get into it right here, because it’s way more fun if you check out our

5-Year Recap Infographic of the History of Smart Band Management.

Thanks for being here, and cheers to another 5 Years (under our new name, Smartist University)!

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