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.’
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