Revive Your Blog

I have witnessed a large number of artists build successful blogs. I have also, sadly, watched even more artists’ blogs falter.

There is plenty of room in the blogosphere for meaningful artist blogs.

With this article, I’m calling on all artists who have it in them to revive their blogs – to recommit to the practice of blogging and the art of improving what you write and share.

Why Blog?

1. Blogging adds fresh content to your site.

Your content is built on a virtual space you own – not Facebook, not Instagram, not whatever-the-next-great-social-media-site-is. It powers up your site rather than turning over the traffic to one that you have no control over.

You can always share your blog posts to the social media channels, but the traffic will then point back to your site.

2. Blogging helps you grow as an artist.

You learn a lot about your art and your goals as an artist when you blog and interact with people.

Almost every artist I know who blogs regularly has shared with me that

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Website Wars: WordPress vs Squarespace vs Wix vs Weebly

Website Wars: Choosing between WordPress, Wix, Weebly, and Squarespace

Guest blogger: Kim Bruce

After researching, comparing and gathering information on what you need to know to make a choice between WordPress, Squarespace, Wix or Weebly, I have come to the conclusion that there is no conclusion.

Each of these services has something to offer depending on your needs.

For example, if you’re a hobby artist, a free Weebly site, which includes their paid ads, may suffice.

An artist with little or no computer skills may want a simple drag-and-drop interface, which is available with all services (drag-and-drop themes are available for WordPress).

A professional artist may, and probably should, prefer the power that the WordPress platform offers.

In all honesty, I find it very difficult to compare Squarespace, Wix or Weebly with WordPress the self-hosted version (

WordPress is different. It’s a robust, scalable, open source (free) application that can be whatever you need it to be.

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Top Art Biz Blog Posts of 2014

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At year’s end, a look back at the top posts here from the past year.

Top 6 Most-Commented-On Posts

Yep, It’s Art and It’s for Sale

©Patricia Coulter, Jubilant. Acrylic on gallery wrapped stretch canvas, 48 x 42 inches. Used with permission.

Many artists seem are shocked when people don’t understand that your work is for sale. And, yet, you’re not doing enough to clue them in.

Your Job Is in the Studio

A perennial favorite! This is my annual reminder that if you don’t make art, you have nothing to promote or build a career on.

Turn On Your Cell Phones

Take advantage of the

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Get Over Blog Envy and Learn to Love Your Blog Again

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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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Manage Your Artist Portfolio in WordPress

Artists and others can use the WordPress blogging platform as a content management system (CMS) for their WordPress sites. You can manage your portfolio, update your CV, and post upcoming shows and exhibitions by using WordPress PAGES.

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Why Some Artists Shouldn’t Have Blogs

Blogging can give your art career a big boost. It can help you become more articulate about your art, build relationships with fans and future collectors, and give you favor with search engines.But blogging isn’t for every artist. Yesterday I wrote why artists should have blogs. Today, I’m going to let some of you off the hook.

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Why Artists Should Have Blogs

I think artist blogs are terrific–IF they’re done right. This means a commitment to posting, linking, responding to comments, etc. This is what we teach in the Blog Triage class (which coincidentally begins tomorrow). Blogging isn’t for everyone, but here are four reasons to have and maintain an artist blog.

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@abstanfield Tweekly

Lots to tweet about this week! But in the Tweekly I only give you the best of the best. Check it out to find out my favorite “fake” queso recipe, our next Twitter book read, and more.

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Podcast: Blogging with Margret Short

Margret Short shares her blogging experience in my first Art Marketing Action podcast. Listen to the interview to find out:

  • What writing about her art regularly has done for her.
  • The response she has received from her galleries.
  • The single piece of advice she’d give to a new artist-blogger.

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