Well, I finally went through Google Reader and cleaned out the blogs that either never post anything (so why do I need to subscribe to them?) or that post 4 times a day (there is no way you have that much interesting stuff to show/tell me!!) or – and these were the toughest to weed – that seem to post just about at the right intervals, but who only give me a tiny snippet so that I have to click out of Google Reader to finish it. Unless your first 3 sentences are Pulitzer-worthy, I’m probably not doing it. I’ll read the snippet, wonder why you don’t want me to see the rest of the post, and move on.
Most of the blogs I follow are art related. I often wonder about artists who blog. Why are they doing it? Do they use their blog as a journal, to keep track of ideas for projects, to better understand why they are doing what they do? Do they hope to get more name recognition and a larger viewership of their art? Do they blog to teach – to pass along tips and tricks they have discovered over the years? Do they expect people who read the blog to buy their art? Sometimes you really can’t tell, I mean really can’t tell, by reading their blog, why they do it.
I don’t claim to be a blogging expert. But I know why I do it, and I hope the reasons are clear when others read it. I do it first for my own journaling purposes; I do it because I can pass along whatever tricks of the trade I discover about making mosaics; and I do it because it pleases me no end to get a comment on here and know that someone else is listening.
The other thing I wonder is why so many artists post SO infrequently? If you want people to remember your name, you should probably post more often than once every 4 – 6 months. I was amazed at the number of blog names, even ones that included the name of the artist, that I couldn’t even recall as I cleaned out the reader today. If I can’t remember who you are or what you art looks like, you don’t post often enough. And you’ve been removed from my Google Reader.
Maybe you don’t care because you are doing it to serve your own purposes and no one else’s. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But I’m disappointed, because I liked your art enough to subscribe in the first place. And then I will wonder why you write a blog, which is a tool for sharing, if you are only doing it for yourself. Why make it available online unless you want others to share in your creative journey?
I think most of you that read this blog are artists (except my Mom – hi Mom! I’m kidding, she can’t be bothered). Do you write a blog? Why do you do it? How often do you post, and what is your thinking behind it? Why do you read this one?
I would love it if you would leave a comment telling me the answers to those questions. Don’t forget to include a link to your blog so we can all check t out (if you WANT that).
Oh – I almost forgot – the obligatory pretty picture:
Poppies and roses in my garden last year.