Happy Birthday to This Blog

9 birthday candles

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.

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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.

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Write A Guest Post For The Art Biz Blog

Woman typing on keyboard

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?

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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.

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Finish Your Writing Project Using These Secrets

Organizing Your Writing

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.

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Why Am I Blogging On A Tuesday?

Photo of desk calendar

At some point along the way I decided that I would post to this blog on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. My reasoning was this: – I don’t need to post every day. Period. That’s too much stress. – Mondays are pretty good traffic days. Everyone is getting back to work.

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Untangling Blogs and Newsletters

© Bonnie Jean Woolger, Ink drawing. Used with permission.

Have you wondered why you write regularly on your artist blog and send a newsletter? Seems like you’re duplicating effort, right? You’re tangled up in knots because you can’t see the difference between the two or the value in having both. Let’s see if I can help untangle this mess for you.

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Essential WordPress Plugins for Artists: Showing Off Your Art

Kim Bruce WordPress NextGEN plug in

I saved my all time favorite plugin for the final installation of my top choices for WordPress plugins: NextGEN Gallery. There is so much that you can do with NextGEN Gallery, the least of which is managing and organizing your work into separate distinct galleries.

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Twitter Tweekly for October 7 2012

@abstanfield on Twitter

My top tweets from the past two weeks. “Mixed-media artist” doesn’t mean “multi-media artist” Two different things! From my mastermind group: Market as you would want to be marketed to. . . .

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Essential WordPress Plugins for Artists: Security

You have been hacked!

Hackers are finding the open doors in WordPress and unless you know how to close these doors and batten down the hatches your site is vulnerable to attack. It is just a matter of time until you’re hacked. Artist Frances Clements Fawcett shares in this blog post how it happened to her and how stressful was.

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