Five Years and Counting!


I happened to glance at my calendar and see a really big milestone coming up. On Tuesday, Sept. 15 this little blog turns 5! Is Art Intercepts everything I wanted and hoped it would be?

NO! Certainly not!

But you’ve gotta give a girl some credit for sticking with something.

In five years, blogging has gone from something stay-at-home moms and techie wanderlusts do in their spare time to a legitimate platform for critical and editorial writing. When I take an objective, slightly narcissistic look back on five years of blogging, my corner of the Internet is doing pretty okay. In 2010, dance blogging was a little bit like the Wild West of the Internet – there just weren’t that many people doing it. The pioneers of dance blogging, Dance Advantage and 4dancers, and the two women at the helm of these wonderfully thriving blogs, became mentors and friends as we all tried to figure out what we were doing. In truth, we’re still trying to figure it out, but with our colleagues Marias Movers and Dancing Branflakes, we literally wrote the book on dance blogging.

Today, the Interwebs are now delightfully littered with quality dance content. I can only imagine what dance blogs will look like in five more years – I guess we’ll just have to see. In the meantime, I’ll just put a party hat on my blog, raise a glass, and say cheers to all the wonderful readers who, more than 81,000 times, have clicked their way into my little world.


Lauren Warnecke

Author: Lauren Warnecke

Lauren Warnecke is a freelance writer and editor, focused on dance and cultural criticism in Chicago and across the Midwest. Lauren is the dance critic for the Chicago Tribune, editor of See Chicago Dance, and founder/editor of Art Intercepts, with bylines in Chicago Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and Dance Media publications, among others. Holding degrees in dance and kinesiology, Lauren is an instructor of dance and exercise science at Loyola University Chicago.