Get Over Blog Envy and Learn to Love Your Blog Again

Janice McDonald Collage

Guest blogger Cynthia Morris writes: “There’s a certain someone in my field who has a huge following. This certain someone also has a great blog. I found myself constantly referring to the blog as an example of what a good blog should be. And I admit it, I had blog envy. . . . ”

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Build Your Own Website In 10 Minutes (Not)

Holly Van Hart’s portfolio of paintings.

Guest blogger Holly Van Hart shares she read in several places that you could “create your own website in 10 minutes” with WordPress. While she never believed it would take 10 minutes, she never imagined it would take 100 hours. Perhaps you can benefit from Holly’s experience. “I already had an art website, a contract with a web hosting service, a domain name, and a blog hosted by Google (Blogger). But my site was 5 years old and needed to be totally overhauled with new, fresh content and current styling. It also needed to be integrated with my blog. . . .

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Multiple Websites for Multiple Businesses

Rebecca Finch art

Rebecca Finch asks: “I work primarily in fine art paintings, but I also do graphic design and portrait photography. Do I have to create different websites for each?” In I’d Rather Be in the Studio I write: 3 different styles of art = 3 different audiences = 3 times the marketing effort. I’m sure this probably isn’t what you want to hear, Rebecca, but this is you. You have 3 different businesses and, therefore, 3 different audiences.

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9 Artist Resources for Better Performing Websites and Blogs

website makeover for artists

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.

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Why You Might Need Additional Domain Names for Your Art

Carol A. McIntyre, one of my Gold Mastermind members, has her site at and pointing from She also owns 16 other URLs for her art, teaching, and books.

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).

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Remix Images of Your Art for a Fresh Look

Karen Meredith Portfolio Page

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.

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Adopt the Museum Curator Approach

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.

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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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Delay Your Satisfaction For Social Media Rewards

Christine McGrath Migala on Facebook

It’s fun to pin! It’s fun to post images of your art to Facebook and get instant likes and comments. But, STOP! Before you post your images anywhere else, they should be on your website or blog. I’m not talking about “in progress” images. Those are fine to go ahead and share on social media.

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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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