April 17th, 2008

Thoughts on 27 Thoughts
On Blogging for The Artist

I thoroughly enjoyed the list “27 Thoughts On Blogging For The Artist” on Problogger, a guest post by Robert Bruce of Knife Gun Pen. (Thanks to Diane at Please Sir for highlighting this on her blog)

Here are a couple of points from the list I want to discuss further:

1. There’s never been a better time to be a working artist. Ever.
2. There’s never been a worse time to be a working artist (if you’re not truly dedicated to your craft).

Good Time, Bad Times

I can’t agree more with these two points. The speed and ease of reaching to a large, international audience is a double edged sword. If you’re in the creative industry — be it music, art, design, photography, craft, film — there’s no finer time to share your talent with the world.

The opposite, however, is true too. It used to be only the best works get sent for publishing, but with the advent of pushbutton publishing, it is easy to put out a premature piece for reasons such as public pressure, ego or simply because you can.

27. Blogging is easy. Art is not.

This is Art.
I don’t quite agree with this though. Blogging is easy but blogging well — the ability to capture an audience with your personality, writing and presentation — takes effort. In fact, there are many times I feel that it’s easier for me to draw something than to write a blog post worthy of sharing to the world.

14. If you have a fall back plan, you will, inevitably, fall back onto it.

I love this point. Removing your safety net gets you into a sink or swim mentality. Instead of thinking, “If this fails, I can always go back to teaching,” or “At least I still have my law degree,” you think “This has to work because I’m never going back to that company again,” or “I can’t picture myself ever going back to the corporate world, so I better work pretty damn hard to be successful in this venture.”

There’s one plan I do have and recommend though, and that is a health insurance plan.

Blog Shop

Blogging as a shop-front or business channel
If you’re blogging as a primary method of promoting or selling your work, the first thing you have to accept is that most businesses, especially small businesses, can and do fail within the first few years of operation. This is not unique to blogging.

Unless you’re blogging as part of a bigger team, your business is most likely the smallest of setups with just one Jack of all trades of an artist/boss/agent/tea lady — i.e. you. It can be very tiring and lonely, especially at the start, but like any real world business, a successful online business takes a lot of passion, hard work, dedication, networking, perseverance and patience.

Too much creativity is gorgeous!™
I love that art is more accesible today than it is say, 10 years ago. I can buy a painting directly from an artist on Etsy, listen to tracks from unsigned artistes on Myspace or watch a budding film-maker’s 5 minute epic on Youtube — it’s just so easy!

I also love reading artists’ blogs. Because I get a backstage pass on their thoughts, difficulties, processes and stories behind their works, it makes me appreciate their craft more. So here’s to more artists’ blogs!

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Thanks for the link mention! Glad you enjoyed the list. You summed up #27 well - Blogging is easy. Art is not. I find it easier to create than to write and as you said, "capture an audience." I've never been a confident writer, but blogging has helped. Art and inspiration is so available...let's make it work for the good!
Diana @ PleaseSir  at 2:45 pm on April 17, 2008
Blogging is even easier when you really like it & enjoy it. I thought I wouldn't know how/what/etc. But it's been a couple of months & I'm loving it!
Xue  at 9:03 pm on April 17, 2008
@Diana-indeed, so much inspiration available at the click of a button, it's a shame not to join in the fun! @Xue-good to hear you really enjoy blogging. I do like blogging but because I'm basically the creative director of my own publication i.e. my blog, I tend to be anal about a lot of things. I am however, trying to chill out a bit more. ;)
Ginger M  at 3:48 am on April 18, 2008
I loved this post, blogging has created a monster. That monster is me! Ever since I started blogging, I have been exposed to wonderful writing,photography and art. This in turn has inspired me. I hadnt doodled for years or even owned a camera before I started the blog, now I am thoroughly addicted.
Claire  at 4:26 pm on April 18, 2008
Where do they get these numbers? 27 reasons ... 13 causes ... 8 things about ... almost annoying in their senselessness don't you agree? Having said that, I liked this post a lot. There are mmol bloggers and then writers who have little tech savvy. If each camp learned "5 things" from the others, here's what they'd be (kidding.)
Damien Riley  at 7:05 pm on April 19, 2008
Hi Damien, thanks for stopping by.

I get a spike in hits when I posted with a numbered headline. I thought it was but a one-time fluke however the results are consistent and repeatable on both my blogs so I guess Skellie's 5 reasons why they work contain some truths. I don't purposely write headlines with numbers for the sake of it though, or this entry could read "My 3 Thoughts on 27 Thoughts". Heh.

I do agree that of late there seem to be a proliferation of posts with numbered headlines. As with anything else in life (except for chocolates), I believe, moderation is key. :)

Oh by the way, as we prepare to greet Monday, why not check out my, ahem, 20 Ways to Beat Monday Blues? ;D
Ginger M  at 12:12 am on April 21, 2008
Claire, it's true, blogging has forced me (in a good way) to constantly create and find something new.
Ginger M  at 12:19 am on April 21, 2008
Hi Ginger M, WOW! here's another cool site that speaks about blog designs et al. I gotta add your blogsite to mine under Friends Blogs. I am a die hard believer that apart from blog article content, the design and creative element is an important factor. Having said that, you can't imagine how many revisions my blog has suffered. LOL! Cheers,
Wind Mill  at 8:42 am on April 26, 2008
Thank you Wind Mill. I believe it's good to present content creatively but it's more important to present content clearly. If anyone is having problems with layout or design the best tip I can give is this - SIMPLIFY! :)
Ginger M  at 10:05 pm on April 27, 2008

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