Why Blog?

I found this on Bonnie Tarses blog about why she blogs. Then I listened to this podcast about why Marget Short blogs. Margret is an oil painter and you can see her blog here. I really love Bonnie’s phrase that

Blogging creates “the spiral of creativity”.

Margret talks about blogging during her project to create and use pigments as the old Dutch Masters did. She now has a new project involving pigments that would have been used in Ancient Egypt. She gets clarity on what works, and doesn’t work, by blogging about her painting adventures.

Here’s what Alyson Stanfield has to say about blogging:

1. Blogs allow you to interact with your fans.
You’re not just talking AT your readers on your blog. You’re starting a conversation the minute you post and open your blog up to comments. You respond to comments and let them know that someone is listening. In short, blogging makes you new friends and . . .  the more people you know, the more people there are to buy your art.

2. Blogs bring a little more lovin’ from the search engines.

Search engines love blogs because blogs have (or should have) fresh content regularly. This doesn’t mean that you can start a blog and it will take off immediately. It means that steady posting and building your readership will put you in better favor with search engines than if you maintained a static website. (It’s really not as simple as this, but this is a start. I would say linking and commenting are also important.)

3. Blogging can help 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 who blogs regularly has shared with me that this is their #1 reason for blogging. It may not have been their most important reason for starting a blog, but it’s a big incentive to keep it up. Listen to my
interview with artist Margret Short about what blogging did for her.

4. Blogging can make you an expert.
If you post lots of how-to content, demonstrations, and videos, you can quickly become known as an expert in your field. This is particularly valuable if you who want to lead workshops or have your own radio show.

I enjoy blogging. Sometimes I think, desperately, that there is nothing left for me to blog about. But then something happens with my weaving, or I see a museum exhibit, or hear about some kind of interesting (to me) tidbit of news, and off I go again.

Why do you blog?

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