"You need a blog. Not just an ordinary blog - there are too many of those. You need to talk, in some depth, about your vision and your art, in a way that makes me care about what you have to say. Tell me something worth hearing. Enlighten, entertain, inform. Make me happy, angry, intrigued, or inspired. Write about whatever you want, just make it uniquely you and don't leave me bored and uninterested. Express yourself and show your passion. Leave me wanting more, eagerly awaiting your next post. Your art may "stand on it's own" as some artists like to say, but with a good story behind it, your art will stand even stronger."So goes part of a November 2009 posting entitled Is your art broken? Good news and bad news for artists, and the simple new rules of art marketing, written by "Micah" on the website ArtisBroken.com. We know nothing about "Micah" except that she writes well and she's spot-on correct: what's essential for a successful artist's blog (and ANY blog) is compelling, engrossing content.
A fly-by of the info on artists' blogs and blogging in general yields the following 5 elements of a successful artist's blog:
A blog is not only for showing prospective buyers your artwork (though it can and ought to include that). You can accomplish that with a simple gallery website. A blog is about WORDS, conversation, reading, writing, discussion.
Regular and provocative postings create a community atmosphere. Casual followers will become loyal followers. (You know. How often have you discovered a really excellent blog posting, one that grabbed you and intrigued you, so much so that you bookmarked the blog. But when you went back at intervals over the next month, you found no new content. So here's what you did: you deleted the bookmark.)
boring or nonsensical or just too much work to figure out, no one will return.
This is difficult -- sometimes even controversial -- because there are so many variables. What might be absolutely riveting to you may be a big yawn to those you are trying to reach with your blog. Coming up with good ideas and fertile topics requires knowledge of your target audience. What do they care about? And beyond that, should you 'pander' to what they care about, rather than what interests YOU?
remarkablogger) Follow your own progression and think about what you have done and left un-done. Heck, if you are going to go to all the trouble, you might as well exploit your blog as one of your learning tools.
WHY? ☛ Why Should Artists Blog? (2007), from remarkablogger.com
☛ Why professional artists need a blog (2009), from Artists Talking, a British site
☛ Top 10 Reasons to Start a Blog / Why Should You Blog? on About.com
☛ 9 Reasons Why Every Artist Should Have Their Own Art Blog (2007), from emptyeasel.com
HOW? ☛ Artist Blogging 101 (2009), from remarkablogger.com
☛ Getting Started With Blogging – How To Create An Artist Blog (2009), by AidaMS.com
☛ Blogging for Artists - Resources for Artists, from Squidoo
☛ 27 Thoughts On Blogging For The Artist (2008), by Robert Bruce, posted in problogger.net
☛ here's an ebook entitled 31 Days to Build a Better Blog: very interesting! Download it for twenty bucks. More info here.
☛ Blogging for Artists (2009), from artistpresentations.com
☛ Copyblogger.com - loaded w/tips and how-tos
☛ Notes on blogging etiquette for artists (2008) from Katherine Tyrell, on her excellent blog Making a Mark. There are a lot of 'NEVER's and 'ALWAYS's here, but the tips are very useful.
☛ Chose your platform: The blog platforms of choice among the top 100 blogs, from pingdom.com. The winner? WordPress!
☛ Content Strategy: 7 Tips To Make Your Blog Stickier, by Shane Snow.
☛ All Info on Art Blogging, by Nancy Natale -- A bit scattered and disorganized, and somewhat ambitiously titled, but useful nonetheless.
☛ A million visits to my art blog - and some tips, by Katherine Tyrrell, author of the blog Making a Mark
SAMPLES:☛ 29 Art Blogs to Watch in 2011, as nominated by Donna Zagotta, posted on 25Jan11
☛ Top Ten Posts on an Artist's Blog 2010, by Casey Klahn
☛ Top 10 Art Blog Posts of 2009, by Casey Klahn
☛ and the Top 10 Art Blog Posts of 2008, as selected by the inimitable Casey Klahn.
☛ May 2010 list of the Top 25 UK Arts & Culture Blogs, from CreativeTourist.com
AVOID THIS: Avoid this if possible. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this, it tends to frighten potential readers: "My blog reflects my interests in stained glass, mosaics, encaustic wax, weaving, journaling, doll making, cooking, soap and cream making, herbs and, of course, sculpture."