There is so much content on this blog and in my programs that a new visitor can quickly get overwhelmed. I thought it might be helpful if, from time to time, I curated some topics for you. Today’s post brings together a bunch of articles to help with the look and functionality of your website or blog.
Yay! You have a URL and website. Boo! You only have one. But . . . Yay! You’re a savvy businessperson and willing to listen to why you should care about buying more URLs. Here are four reasons you want additional domain names (URLs).
We started talking about what it means to curate art and then looked at guidelines for you to do the job yourself. Today I want to give you some ideas to help freshen up your art – not just for others, but for you. You will learn things about your art when you challenge yourself to look at it in new ways. Because we’re meeting in a virtual space, we’ll look at how this might be done on a website, but everything I share here could be applied to a live venue.
In a post last week, I discussed the value of curating your art and approaching it as an additive rather than subtractive process. I wrote: The first step in curating your art is to start with a piece or two that best represent what you’re trying to communicate. After you’ve done this, you can build your exhibition or Web page around that piece. If you find you have too many in the end, you can start subtracting.
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?
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.
If your blog is very separate from your website, you might want to model what I just did on the new ArtBizCoach.com and ArtBizBlog.com sites. It was a last-minute decision, but a big Duh moment. . . . We used the same navigation menu for each site. The only difference is the logo. Otherwise, visitors feel like they’re on the same site. This is a game changer for me. It’s a solution for something that’s been bugging me for years.
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.
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.