Your Blog, Your Way: Post 1

Tips on blogging by Seth Apter

Blog. Blogger. Blogging. When did these words become a part of your vocabulary and a part of your life? If you are reading this post, most likely you are a regular visitor to the blogs and either have your own blog (or two or three) or thought about starting one. Blogging has become such a regular activity for me that I now measure time as either B.B. (Before Blogs) or A.B. (After Blogs).

I am convinced that without my blog I would not be the artist I am today. It serves as my connection to the art community and a platform for my art and my voice. It is the part of me that I have chosen to share with the world or at least with anybody who takes the time to visit! And because what it represents is so important to me, I have put a lot of time, energy, and thought into the art of blogging.

Since discovering art blogs, I have asked myself many different questions at different points along my journey. What makes a blog ‘successful’ and how is success even defined? Why do some blogs seem to get all the attention, visitors, and comments while others don’t? Should an artist’s blog be devoted to art, to personal issues, or perhaps a combination of both? Can a post have too many words or not enough pictures (like this one)? How can I get a bigger audience and should I even care about that? Should I pay attention to the number of hits I get and all those other stats? Will my readers come back if I take a break or change the style of my art? Is anybody even reading what I write?

If you have ever asked yourself questions like these, then ‘Your Blog, Your Way’ is for you. Join me for this series on Create Mixed Media as we explore what it is to be a blogger. In the end, I hope that these posts will help you to define and refine the blog of your dreams. Each post will focus on a different aspect of blogging and will include exercises (a nicer word for homework) that are of course optional. This series is not about offering lists of rights or wrongs, must-haves or must-dos, or even answers to all of your questions. Instead, think of it as an opportunity to dedicate some time to explore the endless possibilities that your blog can offer.

To get the most from this series, begin by completing the following exercise. It does not matter if you are a seasoned blogger or are just thinking of starting one but have been too scared to take the plunge. Write down three bullets that describe your current blog or the blog you envision having one day. You can write three words, such as personal, colorful, popular. Or you can write three mission statements such as meet more artists, sell my art, post daily. Anything goes. Do not share this with anybody and be sure that what you write represents the true you. Please save what you write so you can refer to it at the end of this series.

I am looking forward to going on this journey with you. My next post on Create Mixed Media will be next month. Please feel free to email me or comment below if there is anything that you want to be sure will be covered. And always remember, it is ‘Your Blog, Your Way.’

Seth Apter is a regular contributor to CreateMixedMedia.com and the voice behind, The Altered Page.


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14 Responses to Your Blog, Your Way: Post 1

  1. DycheDesigns says:

    I’ve definitely found myself asking lots of different questions since I first started my blog. I love how it has evolved with me and that the questions change over time. I think this series is a great idea, can’t wait to read more.

  2. Interesting idea and I can’t wait to see this series develop.

  3. Mary Nasser says:

    Looking forward to following this!
    Thank you!

    Mary
    http://www.marycnasser.com/blog.html

  4. free2design says:

    I think this series is going to be extremely helpful! I know that I am blogging because I know it is an important tool to share my artwork with others, but I don’t think too much about the best ways for it to benefit me. I’m really looking forward to your insight!
    http://www.scrapwisdomcollage.blogspot.com

  5. CherylBM says:

    Thanks, Seth….really looking forward to this. I have been an on again, off again blogger mostly due to time and priorities, but want to blog with more consistency and purpose….and vision, really. All the questions you pose are on my radar frequently. I think it would help me if I had a bigger audience – maybe I need that to give my words more meaning? Not sure. I will enjoy the exploration in this series.
    http://inspirations-studio.com
    Cheryl

  6. PaisleyCat says:

    This is soo timely. I have been toying with creating an art blog. I have one that I use for my needlework and general life, but since “doing art” is so new to me, I was thinking that it should have its own. LOL, yes, at age 45, I finally have given myself permission to play, and found that art was what/where I wanted to play in.

    looking forward to the rest of the series!

    PaisleyCat (PC)

  7. carolweiler says:

    I have been thinking about starting a blog-I’m such a lurker-but haven’t felt confident enough in my technological skills. Really looking forward to this-and by the way Seth your blog is on my list of favorites. Thankyou

  8. Marie Z. says:

    Looking forward to following this series! Great beginning!

  9. darlene11 says:

    Yes I have had many of these same questions! In the beginning I made a promise to blog everyday, my blog is an art blog. Wellllllllllllllllllllll that did not really happen but I think I did pretty well, but as technical things changed I had problems even posting pictures and I really don’t pay a lot of attention to it theses days. I would like to hop back in the saddle and blog regularly! Hopefully this series will help me to be re-energized!! Thanks Seth!

  10. Holly says:

    I am really looking forward to this series, Seth – thank you! I am curious to see the various opinions on ideal number of blog posts per week. I don’t personally subscribe to the “if you don’t blog daily, you’ll lose your readers” theory. If you are providing valuable content and connecting with your readers, they aren’t likely to stop reading you because you “only post once a week”.

  11. Seth says:

    Thanks to everybody who will be following along and extra thanks to those readers who joined in the conversation by leaving a comment. I am conducting an ongoing survey on my blog to find out how YOU feel about blogging. And Holly, the questions posted right now address your comment. http://www.thealteredpage.blogspot.com

  12. Marit says:

    I thought I commented on this post ages ago Seth, but apperently I did not… You know I follow your blog and answer to your survey questions faithfully… I’m curious to see the outcome at the end!

  13. hrt2art says:

    I’m looking forward to learning and sharing ideas. Thank you.

  14. ArtistMarilyn says:

    Hi Seth,
    I’m really interested in this topic–creating an art blog. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while and I’m eager to get some insight and tips from you. At the moment, here’s what I really want to know: Can an artist blog serve as an effective replacement for an artist website? In other words if an artist has time to set up and maintain only one–which one should it be? A blog? A website? Are they completely different animals?

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