Key reasons to start an art blog

Open new ways for your art

Blogging is not easy. Making art is not easy either. Making art and blogging at the same time…well this is a challenge. And I ve been experiencing this for some time myself. There is though some strange force, pulling me to do it and I am sure if you read the list below and spend some time thinking about it; you will quickly see my point. Running an art blog is quite a task, however there are some advantages that totally make it worth your time and effort. Why would you start an art blog then?

Blogging gives you a specific goal

First of all, a rather selfish reason; blogging can give you a specific goal to achieve. Starting an art blog is fun, but also requires you to be able to keep up with producing good content. The only way to do that, is to organise yourself, set specific targets and draw realistic timelines. I accept that art cannot fit within boundaries, deadlines and requirements; having a general plan though really helps. Planning to blog about your work gives you exactly that gentle push you need, to actually finish the work within a reasonable amount of time and present it to people who love your blog and follow you. 

Archive, the thing that everyone oversees

If you are a creative person you have probably experienced the frustration of sketching, writing, composing something nice and then losing it. It has happened to me, it has happened to most of us. Even if you try to keep a record of your creations, it is not always very easy to categorise them consistently though time. Blogging about your art allows you to create a digital timeline of your work. You can revisit your articles and work and feel happy about the progress you have made. Also, blogging allows you to easily categorise your work. This way you can easily pick it up where you left it even if in the meanwhile you had a break and decided to create something different.

Here on CHROMA, I started painting; few months later though, sketching dominated my artistic interest. Without the blog, I would be completely cut off my previous work. Now, my recent paintings are all organised and easily accessible, with helpful descriptions that remind me exactly what I did; I can carry on exactly where I left that!

Inspiration, an easy way of getting ideas

Being part of the blog world, gives access to a great source of inspiration. Undeniably, there are other platforms like Instagram or Pinterest that are image oriented and can be very helpful. Those are great, but the lack of adequate space for text explanation is their inherent disadvantage. Rarely, a thorough description available. Blogging, gives you the opportunity to not only see the art works of others, but also read about their ideas, the media and techniques they used, the sources of their inspiration and their aspirations as artists. As a beginner artist this can be a very good starting point for self exploration and experimentation. If you are an experienced artist is good to see what other professionals/experienced of the field are up to.

Feedback and Interaction

Your work and quality as an artist gets exposed through blogging. Others have the chance to see your art and judge or compliment your style. It is not easy and requires a strong character to accept this sort of criticism or constructive feedback. Exhibitions are another fantastic way of getting the same information, however, organising or taking part in an exhibition is not always feasible…blogging is! Give people the opportunity to comment on your work and be open to what they say. These comments will not necessarily define who you are and what you make as an artist. However, they can shed light on areas where you are weak and need to improve or just intrigue you and give ideas for more work.

Blogging is good fun. Is quite challenging and it requires commitment. If you haven’t tried it already though, I think it is totally worth your time and effort! Do give it a go and let everyone on CHROMA know how it goes. 


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22 Replies to “Key reasons to start an art blog”

  1. My blog is only partly an art blog, but I have gotten so much out of sharing my art here on WordPress! Definitely worth the time and effort in my opinion, but you do have to be willing to reach out to others instead of just expecting them to find you.

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    1. Hi Maranda! I totally agree with you. Especially in the beginning of running an art blog is not very easy to attract people. It takes commitment and focus on good content to create an active community around your work. I think it is doable though and it is worth the effort. How long have you been blogging for? Is your blog growing?

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      1. I’ve been blogging I think since 2011, but only infrequently until about a year ago, when I started writing more often. Since I started writing more often, my blog has definitely grown. I think I’m getting close to 800 subscribers now.

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      2. Oh this is great! I think having a consistent writing style and content is crucial to get a good following. Also, writing frequently is very important. People won’t discover you, unless you get your art/content out there every so often! Having 800 followers is not bad at all!! I am quite new to the blogging world…less than a year.

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    1. Hi Hilda. This is so true. Running an art blog and making art at the same time can be quite tricky. Being good at both requires time and commitment and many artists just find it difficult to combine the two.

      Do you find it easier blogging about your own art or are you attracted by more general art topics too?

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      1. It makes sense 🙂 The way I use my blog is mainly as an archive of previous work and studies. At least, I can always refer back to exercises I did or older artworks that would otherwise be forgotten in cupboard.

        Also, this helps other beginner artists to have a starting point (this has worked quite well with my recent anatomy studies).

        Generally, having a blog helps in many aspects and despite it is time consuming definitely worths giving it a go!

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      2. Yes, the archive aspect is one I never considered when I started, but, there have been times when I used my blog to look back and find a particular piece (and I notice that my memory of when I did a particular piece is highly inaccurate! 🙂

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      3. Haha, exactly! Some times you vaguely remember you did something…but the details or thought process is just impossible to remember! Blogging helps keep all this information alive! Glad we had this chat as it is good to know that others thinkand use their blog similarly! 🙂

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  2. Ha! The timing of this post is remarkable, literally two days ago I wrote on my WP site that I’m considering packing it in with WP.

    The reason is because it didn’t fit the bill as to what I actually wanted when I set out 18 months ago. Though I hadn’t planned particularly well and probably picked the first Google result to “What can I use to do a website”

    I ended up on WP almost by accident then, and from there ended up blogging even though that was never the intention. Recent posts have had fairly little in terms of words so I’ve been treating it more like an Instagram feed lately.

    One thing I haven’t done is look back at any of the posts I’ve done so perhaps the archiving plus-point has been lost on me. All the images are backed up automatically to Google Photos anyway but the words aren’t.

    That probably says more about my own view on my artwork though, I’ve got little interest in what I’ve done, my interest lies in what I hope to achieve.

    You’ve given me some more food for thought now though – cheers for that, just when I had it all worked out ;o)

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    1. Hi Steve,

      It always depends on what you want to get out of your website or your blog. I started on WordPress hoping I could set up a platform to sell my artwork from. Along the way though I discovered there are so many platforms that are better suited for that sort of activity than WordPress.

      The main reason why I keep blogging is the element of interaction and keeping track of my progress. I love I have the chance to chat with you and so many other people about art. Discussing about artworks or techniques is fundamental for me and it constantly feeds my curiosity and willingness to study.

      Also, I find it so useful being able to look back and see all your previous work organised chronologically and in categories. It just completely solved the filing problem I had for so many years. In this aspect I am very happy with WordPress.

      I think you should keep blogging. You are so active and it will make a difference dropping this. Of course you might find something else that fills your time well but blogging is a good way of expression and communication!! I am happy my article made you think twice!

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      1. Thank you Iasonas, yes this sounds familiar;

        “I started on WordPress hoping I could set up a platform to sell my artwork from. Along the way though I discovered there are so many platforms that are better suited for that sort of activity than WordPress.”

        Part of the problem is that every time you add something to a service plan, “$x a month to do this”, “$x a month to do that”, “$x a month to take payments” then you need to be having a regular turnover simply to break even – you are effectively giving away your artwork to the corporate web companies.

        Finding a platform that is fully “batteries included” but still a reasonable cost for the little guys is really a challenge.

        I have several months left to run before I need to pay WP any more money so there’s no need for me to burn any bridges, I could even run both in parallel if I can’t get the blog to work in the shop or the shop to work in the blog. My web URL is paid up until 2020 so I’ve got a bit of time to experiment further 😀

        There’s some very good points raised on your post and in the comments, indeed your article has made me think twice so thanks again.

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  3. You hit the nail on the head with this one! Everything you stated is exactly why I started blogging. Especially the first paragraph about organizing, realistic timelines and planning! It honestly has done wonders to help my time management! I also really enjoy having a catalogue of all my artwork and photography. It makes it easier to share with others when I’m out and about. Also, I can go back and critique my work and compare pieces to help me improve on my work. Great post! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Meg,

      It is all about finding the right balance with it I think. Blogging, or more specifically scrolling around your blog or other blogs, can be quite time consuming. However, if used properly, blogging can be a great time and content organiser. Especially for art, as you said, it can work miracles.

      Along with blogging itself, I recently started exploring options for selling my art through the blog or other platforms and I thought since you are a professional you might have some advice! I had a look at Saatchi online Gallery; but not quite sure if it is the best option. Do you have any tips to point me to the right direction?

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      1. I’ve really only dabbled with selling my work locally. I’ve tried art shows, competitions, galleries, commissions and even book illustrating . I eventually found an art group that I became a member of and with that I had an agent to help me get new clients and shows and keep the workflow moving. That was very beneficial and the best way to network and grow locally. I highly recommend finding an agent for any artist following that avenue. I did that for a couple years but it was difficult to maintain my artwork while also taking care of my normal responsibilities in my life at the time. I decided that wasn’t the path that was right for me. So I kind of “started over” and that’s when I started blogging. I’ve just recently decided to sell online. For now, I am keeping my originals and will just be selling prints. With the research I’ve been doing, it’s recommended to choose as many online sites to go with as you can manage. The more, the merrier. I’m going to check out sites like Society6, DeviantArt, Zazzle, Redbubble and Fine Art America to name a few. They take care of everything, printing, shipping, etc. This gives me more time to work on my art and growing my brand. As far as selling originals online, etsy and ebay seem to be the go-to sites for that. I see a lot of successful artists on etsy. I’m not at that point yet but hope to eventually build up to it so I can create my art fulltime. Amazon has also created a department for artists to sell their work. I’m pretty excited to check that one out, especially with how BIG Amazon has become. I hope this was able to help. Maybe this is a journey we can help each other with along the way! Take care and I wish you the best with your endeavors!

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      2. Hi Meg, thank you very much for taking the time to give me this advice. Truth is I came across the websites you mentioned and I ll probably give them a go as you recommend. I am doing it only part time so i want to keep some time for actually enjoy making art and not spend all my energy on managing online platforms. I am sure though it is very tricky anyway and it takes lots of commitment to make it work (or at least get it started). Hopefully, I ll get it going soon! I ll let you know when I start through the blog! Thanks again, keep making your amazing work and do stay in touch!!

        Iasonas

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  4. Great post! I especially like the part about archiving and revisiting past work. I’ve only had my blog for a few months but I can already see my progress when I scroll back though my older work. I think my next step is to choose a piece to recreate so that I have a direct comparison of my progress.

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    1. I think even if the blog has not much traffic it it is still worth archiving your work there! This is one of the most valuable aspects of blogging for me so far. I have my blog a little bit less than a year too. How is your blog developing?

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    1. Starting a blog and combining it with your existing website has another advantage too. It drives more traffic to your website! Also, even from an SEO point of view if your blog is updated frequently with new articles it can boost your website up the Google results. What sort of website do you have on wix?

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