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What artists should blog about

2013 . 02 . 17 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

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A blog is only useful if the person doing it is enjoying it. This should probably go without saying, but, from some of the things that I see on the Web, it would seem that some people need it said! Once you have that prerequisite going for you, inspiration for blog posts is really pretty easy to come by:

1) Talk about the things that make you feel happy, sad, and any other strong emotion.

This includes your art, but you don’t have to limit yourself to that. If it’s something you’re passionate about, it will be interesting for the audience. With this post as well as this one, I don’t talk that much about art.

2) Share your opinions.

If you’re too scared to reveal what you really think about things, blogging is probably not a good fit for you. In this article, I embrace a rather unpopular stance in a fairly feisty manner.

3) Review art, books, or other media.

You don’t even have to make it clear that the post is a review. Often, I’ll read something or see something that I don’t agree with, and it will move me to write my own take on it. The subject of my critique is obvious in this post and less so in this one.

4) Along the same lines, steal ideas from other artists’ blogs.

The easiest answer to the question of what artists should blog about is found daily on your peers’ platforms. For example, this post sparked this vlog.

5) Respond to questions from your audience.

Instead of doing a FAQ section for your site, blog about the things which people ask you about your art, whether you get the question a lot or the query is an unusual one. In this video and this article, I do just that.

6) Recycle old posts.

If it was worth blogging about once, it might be a good idea to revisit it from a slightly different perspective or in a new format—redoing an article as a vlog, for example. This post is a direct remake of this one, while this vlog is a less obvious do-over of this article.

two self-portrait

Gwenn Seemel
Fragile (Before) and Sensual (After)
acrylic on panel
4 x 8 inches (combined dimensions)
(For more information about the making of these paintings, go here.)

And, speaking of blogging, today is Face Making’s fifth birthday! To celebrate, here’s a round-up of this year’s top ten posts:

Also, I just added a category to my blog which features my top posts from all my five years of writing and video-making!

- The moral of the story / La morale de l’histoire
- Blogging and art-making / Bloguer et faire de l’art
- On blogging and being a better artist

CATEGORIES: - English - Business of art -

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(2) Comments / Commentaires: What artists should blog about

-- Mary Beth Frezon -- 2013 . 02 . 28 --

Happy blogiversary! Thanks for all the thought-provoking posts and look forward to reading more in the future!

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-- Gwenn -- 2013 . 03 . 01 --

Thank you Mary Beth!

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