Impatience Killed the Blog (Revive It!)

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Your blog won’t become popular overnight. Blogging is a process, a commitment. After last week’s article, The Gold Mine in Your Artist Blog, several people commented to the tune of: My blog is no gold mine. I can’t get any traffic or interaction with people. In nearly 10 years of blogging and many years of teaching artists to blog, I have witnessed a large number of artists build successful blogs. [...]

Searching for Content for Your Artist Blog

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In my last post, I made the case that your blog is a gold mine for you. What I didn’t say is that it’s only a gold mine if you are consistently committed to blogging and to improving with each post. You can only fulfill this commitment with rich content. [...]

The Gold Mine in Your Artist Blog

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Last week I asked on the Art Biz Blog how you’re going to be marketing your art differently now that Facebook Reach is plummeting. It’s tempting to just jump to another social media site. (Google+ anyone?). I would encourage you, as I always have, to build up content on your site first. [...]

Hottest Art Biz Blog Posts of 2013

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I have published 145 posts on this blog in 2013 – so far.

As is custom, Deep Thoughts received most of the comments, but there were also some surprises – including the most commented-on post of the year.

The Hot Winners

Exploring lower-priced work to increase your income. Affordable Art as an Option

What do you do after being rejected? Rejection Rituals

Some connections can be detrimental to your art, your emotional well-being, and your growth. Beware of Poisonous Relationships

There are a lot of “organizations” around that are disorganized and, therefore, dysfunctional. 10 Reasons to Burn Your Art Group Membership Card

You teach people how to treat you and your art. 16 Ways to Demonstrate Your Art Has Value

New to the gallery scene? What Artists Should Expect from Galleries at Openings

Not surprisingly, What Galleries Should Expect from Artists at Openings had much less engagement.

The upside of working with galleries. Why [...]

Mind Mapping Your Ideas and Events

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I seem to be recommending mind maps to artists with great frequency these days, so I thought it would be useful to review what they are and how you can use them in your art business. A mind map is a tool for brainstorming or organizing your ideas. Mind maps are great for creatives and artists because they put words and ideas in a visual format. [...]

Happy Birthday to This Blog

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The Art Biz Blog is 9 years old today! To date there have been 2,400 posts and 24,000 comments. Thank you for being a reader. And a special thanks if you participate in the discussion here. [...]

Art Bloggers: Write for Your Readers

Cynthia Morris

Many artist-bloggers bemoan the fact that they don’t have the engagement they want on their blogs. If you’ve been wondering why your posts aren’t encouraging comments and dialogue, you probably puzzle over why you’re spending your time blogging at all. Let’s start with what an artist-blogger might want for her reader. While I encourage you to generate your own list, here are five things I want for my readers. [...]

Write A Guest Post For The Art Biz Blog

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Guest posts broaden your audience instantly. You not only receive recognition on the other blog, but you’ll hopefully get a bit of traffic to your own. It’s free advertising and it’s more effective than paid advertising. From time to time, I feature guest bloggers who share their stories of success (or utter failure). Do you have one to share? [...]

How To Plan Your Blog Posts

Ruth de Vos

Artist Ruth de Vos gave me permission to share this with you to help you plan your blog posts: I made up a little form for my blog post planning. It includes the post title, notes for the post content, a list of my categories, a list of link ups I try to participate in, space for jotting down external and internal links that relate to the post, as well as a call to action. [...]

Finish Your Writing Project Using These Secrets

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Want help finishing your newsletter, catalog, blog post, book, or even your artist statement? Listen up. My friend and writing coach, Cynthia Morris, shared a secret with me. Print It Out. Really? That’s it? “Print it out” is all you have for me? Yep, it’s that simple. Or at least it’s a good first step. [...]