To start a blog, or not to start a blog? That was the question that the artist Robert Genn recently spoke about in his latest Painter's Keys newsletter
. He quoted George Bernard Shaw.. "When you know the artist you think less of the art."
Robert also said "At the present time there are 70,000 new blogs going up every day. Several thousand readers of this letter run some sort of blog. Some bloggers report hundreds of visitors, others thousands. While exposure won't make an inadequate artist successful, blogs are a part of the widespread and ongoing democratization of our world. Unless something comes along to wreck it, the future is online. There's a future in posting your art for the world to see. There's a future in telling your story. There's a future in sharing."
See the feedback that artists left about having a weblog.
My opinion on whether an artist should have a blog or not is mixed. A blog really is just a website, it's just easier to update and is well suited to a news or journal type website. So of course every artist should have a blog.
Blogs can be a tool for marketing
, a place to let collectors know of your new art, or a place to ramble about your shopping list or how the neighbor's cat is walking over your car.
I disagree with the George Bernard Shaw quotation above, as all my favorite artists are artists I know a lot about. I generally want to know everything about an artist that I admire. But many artists that use blogs to put their work online forget that people read them. It's just boring hearing about shopping lists, the weather, or cleaning the house.
Use your blog to talk about your art, or at least art in general, but don't bore your readers to death with news about the weather. Unless you share the gory details of your life in an interesting way. The British artist Tracey Emin
would probably write a good blog. The Post Secret blog
is also an interesting way of sharing too much without being boring.
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