[Welcome to the new, combined newsletter and podcast–all in one place.]
You promised a newsletter . . . you started a blog . . . now you have to write something. You need content! Your art will always be the main reason for your newsletter or blog, but it doesn’t have to take up all of the space.
One thing you can do to make fast friends and increase your online traffic is to shine the spotlight on someone else, which also gives you fresh content. Here are three ways to do that for a blog or newsletter.
|Deedee Hampton, Root, Bloom.
Mixed media, 24 x 24 inches.
1. Host a guest writer.
Guest writers give you the gift of effortless content because, in theory, all you have to do is copy and paste their articles into your newsletter or blog and add a few links and an image. The content might reflect the author’s expertise in a certain area, or it could be an alternative viewpoint to something you’ve written. A guest writer would want to link to the article from their blog, tweet about it, and send traffic your way. If the article is sent in an email newsletter, the guest writer could forward it to his or her list. Voilà! You’ve instantly expanded your audience.
2. Interview someone.
Ask artists you admire if they would like to be featured. You could also interview gallery dealers, curators, arts writers, or anyone associated with your niche market. Devise four or five brief questions and send via email. If you need to edit the responses heavily, run the edits by your subjects to get their approval before you publish. Ask how they would like to be credited.
3. Write a glowing review.
Love someone else’s work? Write about what attracts you to the work, and how it is similar or different to your own. Quote from their artist statement or other text they have written. Use an image and give complete credit (along with © notice) just as I do with images in this newsletter.
There’s more about content and using your blog to build relationships in the Blog Triage self-study.
KNOW THIS———-~> Featuring someone else in your newsletter or on your blog gives you fresh content and builds online relationships.
THINK ABOUT THIS—~> Wouldn’t you be happy with additional visitors to your blog or website?
DO THIS————~> Shine the spotlight on someone else. Writing about yourself all of the time gets tiresome. Connect with people and make some new friends in the process!
Set up an interview, ask someone to redo (slightly) or expand one of their blog posts for your newsletter, or just write nice things about an artist you admire. Any of these actions will add variety to your content and build stronger relationships. They’ll also increase your traffic since your subjects are likely to send their community your way.
The podcast is an audio version of this content.