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To Blog or Not To Blog

By November 6, 2012

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There's a certain pattern to media adoption, like a wave that suddenly gathers momentum. The keen folk, the ones with an interest in what's on offer and always taking on new things - are like boarders, riding the wave. When the swell finally picks up the swimmers, they're already off catching the next crest. The internet is awash with neglected blogs; YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are exploding with businesses tardily jumping on for the ride, while the early adopters are starting to get bored with Tumblr, making inroads into Pinterest and deciding whether Instagram will be the Next Big Thing.

So why even bother with blogging, if it's so old-fashioned already? There are some good reasons to use a 'traditional' blogging platform, and some good reasons not to. Here are Five Reasons Artists Should Blog. But on the other hand... you're already busy. What will you really get out of it? Here is a contrary view that lists four reasons not to blog. Do you have some 'pros and cons' of your own? Feel free to add them in the comments!

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November 7, 2012 at 11:54 am
(1) Beth Peterson says:

I like both articles — they both make very valid points! Personally, I don’t blog because I don’t have the time or energy to keep a blog up to date. But then, I am also no longer working to sell my artwork.

One thing I do use is Facebook — sharing with friends and interested parties how my writing (yeah, I know… visual artist *and* writer, LOL) is currently going. I do this to help keep myself motivated to continue writing… it becomes its own version of accountability to me to honestly tell friends how well (or not) the writing is coming.

As a visual artist with decades behind me, I don’t need this impetus in my visual art forms. I know what I’m doing there and am comfortable with both the tried and true processes and also with experimenting. Writing, though, is harder for me.

All this to say perhaps one could add another plus to the blogging side: Blogging may help you tighten the belt, so to speak, on your commitment to do art. By telling others, your commitment tends to grow.

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