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Beanie
12-08-2005, 03:54 AM
Hi fellow pastellists ...

I expect you have all discussed this before and I've missed it ... but, having spent the day setting up a blog for some of my paintings, I wondered if any of you have experience of blogging your art!!

If anyone has a story to tell or advice to give I think it would be helpful, and maybe even fun, for those of us less experienced in such things to hear it!

I will start the ball rolling and say that I felt that the Blogger site lacked instructions at a simple enough level for an "IT-challenged individual" like myself! It took several hours and many false starts for me to get the hang of what was needed! In fact its taken well over a day out of my life to get it done!

And I don't suppose it'll end there ..... I presume that one should keep changing things on it so it doesn't get stale?

Freshening ones blog .... another new term for the dictionary! Ah me! :D

Khadres
12-08-2005, 08:12 AM
I know there are several here in the forum who have blogs and swear by their usefulness, etc. I haven't been convinced yet to put the effort into one, so I will be interested in this discussion too!

Good luck with your blog, Beanie!

ColorMyWorld
12-08-2005, 09:05 AM
I started a blog several months ago with blogger.com
I found it very straight forward to set up. And keeping it up is like adding an entry to a journal.
I did it as a way to share my artwork with family and friends. I put the blog address at the bottom of my email so they can see if they are interested.
I have gotten a lot of wonderful comments back about it.
People have particularly liked seeing the work in progress entry I have.
My blog site is listed below as my website.

scall0way
12-08-2005, 09:44 AM
What an interesting thread. I have to admit that for the longest time I could not see why on earth anyone would blog. I knew lots of folks who did but could not dream why I would ever do it. But then I got involved in the VPON community where a couple people started up art-related blogs, and I decided that "art" at least gave me a focus for a blog, and decided to start one too.

Ann said above "I did it as a way to share my artwork with family and friends." and really that is all my blog is as well. I've shared the URL with friends and family - and your thread here even inspired me now to edit my WC signature to include a link to my blog there as well. It's very different from yours though.

I went and looked at your blog, and it is lovely. The pictures are beautiful. But mine is a much more humble affair - just a way to talk a little bit about my life and my pictures with friends and family. It certainly is not in any way a medium to try to sell or advertise my art.

So are blogs good for that purpose? That's something I have no idea about. I'm finding that keep an art blog is actually a lot of fun, but in my case I don't see it as a way to generate revenue or build up a customer base.

Karen Margulis
12-08-2005, 10:53 AM
Hi!
I started a blog back in June after reading about it in the art business forum. I have found it to be a fun way to share my life and art with friends and family. I don't really intend for it to be a way to sell anything although if you read on the art business forum you will see that some people have had success selling art or at least driving people to their websites. I am not that sophisticated! I enjoy updating my blog so I can see my own progress. Now I have several friends that look at it everyday and let me know when I have been slack with updates! In a way, it keeps me painting because I know they are watching for more!!!
Karen

scall0way
12-08-2005, 10:59 AM
As an additional note, I think one important feature for a blog is to have an RSS feed. That way your family, friends, and fans can subscribe to your feed and see when you have updated, without having to go check all the time.

If you only follow one blog it's easy enough to check, but when you start to monitor a half dozen or more, as I do, it's so easy to check in one spot for all the updates.

JamieWG
12-08-2005, 12:11 PM
As an additional note, I think one important feature for a blog is to have an RSS feed. .

Debbie, for those blog illiterates among us (myself included), could you please tell us what an RSS feed is?

Jamie

Beanie
12-08-2005, 01:39 PM
Jamie ... I was about to ask Debbie the same thing ... what is RSS? :o

Sooz ... nice to hear from you again. Hope that all is well in your neck of the woods. :wave:

Karen ... tried clicking on your blogspot address but could not reach the page for some reason. :crying:

Ann ... liked your site, very different to mine but very, very nice! As you had no difficulty setting it up you are obviously not techno-challenged like me! I can't even work the Video recorder! Actually, I can't be bothered to find out is why!!!! But I did get a bit hot and bothered trying to get things how I wanted on Blog. :eek:

Debbie .... I am so IMPRESSED with yours ..... I presume its through Yahoo? Its got so many features not available with Blogger (from Google). Very sophisticated by comparison. :evil: I am mad now that I did not find Yahoo before I found the Google one!!!!

But never mind, I really only want to use it for displaying my paintings ... I will get another if I find my family/friends want to use it for other things!

Karen Margulis
12-08-2005, 02:19 PM
OK...fixed the link to my blog...it should work now!

Debbie...how do you suscribe to RSS. I like the idea of seeing when blogs I'm interested in have been updated.

Karen

Beanie
12-08-2005, 02:41 PM
Karen ...... what a lovely site you have going there on your Blog. Its really lovely. Maybe i will get to be as interesting one day .... at the moment too exhausted from setting mine up to think about doing more just yet!!!!

scall0way
12-08-2005, 04:24 PM
Well, RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication - though not sure how Really Simple it is, LOL. From the Yahoo help page at:
http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/360/blog/blog-19.html
is says: "Site feeds are published in a format called "RSS," which stands for "Really Simple Syndication." It's a standard for publishing regular updates to web-based content. A "site feed" gives your readers a special way to read your updated blog entries. Instead of going to your blog page, they can see your entries as soon as they are published, using software for reading syndicated content called a "newsreader." People who read a lot of blogs like this option because they can see the latest entries from all their favorite blogs in one place. It's a lot like checking email."

Places that publish their site feeds as RSS (not only blogs but many commericial websites too like NY Times, weather, etc) usually have an RSS button you can push to add the RSS feed to the place you monitor it. I just have mine go to my 'my.yahoo.com' page and can see how recently each blog or web page was updated. Another friend who is into it far more than I am says this:

"I use feedreader because it is freeware. you can find it at:
www.feedreader.com. it is a sourceforge project and I trust their
stuff.

There are certainly others that are good, some charge, some don't.
Google is starting one but I found it awfully slow. Maybe after they
mess with it a bit more.
http://www.google.com/reader/

also, if you use firefox as a browser it has a built in (or an
extension) for an rss reader."

This friend says she has 40+ RSS feeds she reads regularly, so you see it could be tedious going to each of those 40+ web sites individually rather than having them all in one place!

Orchidacea
12-08-2005, 07:40 PM
Thank you all for a very informative discussion!

After seeing all your lovely pages, I think I may start my own blog now.

Kathryn Wilson
12-08-2005, 07:53 PM
This is a great discussion thread - when I get some time I think I'll look into this - but in the meantime, I'll be reading your blogs!!

Sigh, one more thing that I want to do - how about a 36-hour day?

darlingart
12-08-2005, 08:30 PM
I recently started a blog, mostly as an online visial diary rather than as a selling tool. I try to update it once a week, but I wish I had time to do it more frequently as I quite enjoy it. I use blogger, but have contemplated adding a blog to my website instead...havn't quite decided on that because my blog is a bit more personal, and I am not sure if having the two so closley related is a good idea.

My website has only been up since mid September so most of my time has been spent promoting that, but maybe next year I will promote my blog a bit more (LOL - when it is a bit more interesting!).

I know that as a business tool you need to promote it as much as a website, so there is a fair bit of time involved in making it a avenue for selling your art.

Debbie, I still don't get the RSS feed I went to www.feedreader.com, once you download it what do you do with it? Is there instructions? Do I add it to my blog or is it something that get installed on my computer? LOL - ok enough of the dumb questions!

Michelle

Lorrainejoy
12-08-2005, 09:01 PM
Please, please tell me what a blog is. I realize that I am very dumb to ask this, but I am new to pastels and don't have a clue about what a blog is. Help!

darlingart
12-08-2005, 09:09 PM
Lorraine, a blog is not pastels related - it is a weblog - an online journal or diary for comments, many artists use them for one reason or another.

Michelle

Orchidacea
12-08-2005, 09:42 PM
"Blog" is not a pastel term. It is short for "web log." It is basically an online diary, and it can be about whatever its creator wants. In this case, we're discussing art blogs. Click on some of the blog links in the signature lines of people who have replied to this thread, and you will see what they've done with art blogs.

Edit: oops, I missed that dang second page again! Sorry to be repetitive!

Deborah Secor
12-08-2005, 11:42 PM
Have any of you used AdSense on your blog or web pages? Does it pay off or is it not worth it? Just curious as I've seen it offered... I usually try to avoid ads but then again, I wouldn't sneeze at a little extra income either! Any thoughts?

Good thread...thanks for asking and answering!

Deborah

Beanie
12-09-2005, 01:03 AM
hi Deborah

I just signed up for Adsense once i'd finished my webpage yesterday .... like you I thought why not!! All that happened so far is some govt. and other non-commercial agencies show ads until I have been 'approved' (takes 2-3 days apparently). If you take a look at my Blog you will see a small 'ad' rectangle has been under my title frame .... that is IT ... not too painful!!!

So all up I don't know what its going to be like or whether its going to be worth it .... but what have I got to lose?

Be interested to hear if other people have benefitted (or not) from Adsense though. :wave:

Beanie
12-10-2005, 03:03 PM
Not too much interest in this topic!!!

Still fiddling about with my blog and learning lots of new stuff each day ...

like... just found this website.... http://www.artblogz.com .... a site for Wet Canvas painting bloggers! :D

so obviously there are lots of WC members who know an awful lot about blogging and use it for their art.

:wave: bogged down slogging with blogging :wave:

Lorrainejoy
12-11-2005, 12:12 AM
Will someone PLEASE TELL ME WHAT BLOGGING IS???? PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!!!!! Thanks, I would really like to know what you all are talking about. I am new to pastels and don't have a clue about what blogging means. The closest thing I can think of is clogging, like clog dancing. Blogging, whatever that is must be something else. Thanks. Lorraine

Deborah Secor
12-11-2005, 12:50 AM
Lorraine, the word blog comes from shortening the word 'web log', =blog! All it is is a kind of online journal that people keep, which appears like a web page with ongoing entries from the (in our case) artist. In some blogs you can join and make comments on the entries, some are limited to only the person who owns the blog. Click on one of the links here, like the one Lesly (Beanie) started, and take a look. You'll understand more when you see one!

Deborah

Karen Margulis
12-11-2005, 09:41 AM
Once you get started blogging you can get addicted to it. I wish I had more time to spend on mine but I try to update it at least once a week.
Lesly, if you want to read more on blogging have you checked out the Art Business forum here on WC? Look at the Internet Sales Stategies forum and you'll find some good information there. Your blog is looking great!
Karen

Beanie
12-11-2005, 01:17 PM
Karen .... thank you for the tip re Art Business Forum on WC. Did not know it existed ... how dumb is that! :o There is so much going on here on WC that you need a whole new life to look at it all!!

Love your site .... really interesting for anyone to look at and your paintings look great. :clap: I hope to do some different things on mine as time goes by. Will post my WIP for 'Coastal Rocks' on there after Christmas for a start. I will try and post different things at regular intervals.

It is addictive! :wave:

scall0way
12-11-2005, 07:50 PM
Debbie, I still don't get the RSS feed I went to www.feedreader.com, once you download it what do you do with it?

Well if you open feedreader it opens a window that looks very much like an email window. It comes preset with a bunch of RSS feeds. If you click on the '+' next to the categories it will show what is already there - mostly news items from places like the BBC and the Wall Street Journal, and some entertainment things, and odds and ends.

If you click on 'file' one of the options is 'add feed'. You click on this and it steps you through adding a feed. You need the URL of the feed. If you go to the page you want to add there should be a 'RSS' or 'XML' button. Right click on this and then click on COPY SHORTCUT (this is for IE). Then use Ctrl-V to paste the shortcut into the URL spot in feedreader.

Then you can add it to an existing folder, or create a new one, as I did, like 'WC', for example. Then when you view that folder all the new RSS entries show up like email, and you can just click on them to read them. Is that all clear as mud now? :D

Orchidacea
12-11-2005, 09:55 PM
This is getting pretty darn technical....I'm really gonna have to try this out, if for no other reason than to improve my computer literacy!

Bill Foehringer
12-12-2005, 03:34 PM
What does a blog do that a webpage doesn't and vice-versa? Can't a webpage be updated often also? BillF

Karen Margulis
12-12-2005, 03:46 PM
The reason I like a blog is because it's FREE! And it is very easy to set up and update if you don't have any tech knowledge. I do have a website because it was my son's project for a web design class. But I can't update it without his help....the blog I can do myself. And because it's so easy, I find I update it more frequently than I would a website.
Karen

Lorrainejoy
12-12-2005, 05:04 PM
Will somebody PLEASE TELL ME WHAT A BLOG IS???? I HAVE ASKED ABOUT THREE OR FOUR TIMES BUT NO ONE WILL ANSWER ME. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE TELL ME WHAT YOU GUYS ARE TALKING ABOUT!!!!!!!!!
Lorraine foster

Kathryn Wilson
12-12-2005, 05:28 PM
Lorraine, you were answered by Kim:

Blog" is not a pastel term. It is short for "web log." It is basically an online diary, and it can be about whatever its creator wants. In this case, we're discussing art blogs. Click on some of the blog links in the signature lines of people who have replied to this thread, and you will see what they've done with art blogs.

And if you click on one of the blog links in the signature lines, you will see what a blog is. For example, Kmar has a really nice Blog -

My Blog: http://kemstudios.blogspot.com

Deborah Secor
12-12-2005, 06:09 PM
Will somebody PLEASE TELL ME WHAT A BLOG IS???? I HAVE ASKED ABOUT THREE OR FOUR TIMES BUT NO ONE WILL ANSWER ME. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE TELL ME WHAT YOU GUYS ARE TALKING ABOUT!!!!!!!!!
Lorraine foster

And then I answered you this:
Lorraine, the word blog comes from shortening the word 'web log', =blog! All it is is a kind of online journal that people keep, which appears like a web page with ongoing entries from the (in our case) artist. In some blogs you can join and make comments on the entries, some are limited to only the person who owns the blog.
What don't you understand??? We are trying to tell you...

Deborah

Beanie
12-12-2005, 06:52 PM
Bill -
I don't really know what the difference is between a webpage and a blog .... I could have had a FREE webpage with my ISP ages ago but when I looked into I would have had to write all the HTML code myself. As a complete wally it would have taken me several months at least.

As Karen says the Blog is easy to manage .... you don't need to know anything about HTML. However, I am gradually working out how to change this in the Template so that I can add little things that are not already there.

Lorraine .... your question about 'what is a Blog' was answered several posts back (maybe even more than once). You have to remember that we are all reading our posts at varying intervals and also answering from different time zones ..... so answers to questions may get buried by the time one takes a look for them! I always start from the beginning of a thread and work through so that I don't miss any posts.

I would like to ask Karen and Kim whether they get much traffic and how they get their Blogs 'noticed' amongst the thousands 'out there' ? :confused:

its all a whole new ball-game for me! :wave:

Orchidacea
12-12-2005, 07:09 PM
I would like to ask Karen and Kim whether they get much traffic and how they get their Blogs 'noticed' amongst the thousands 'out there' ?

No traffic at all on my blog, as I don't have one yet, lol.

My sense of it is that you give the link to everyone you know and hope it builds by word of mouth. I think it's more a way of easily showing people your work who are already interested, than for pulling in new people...but I'd like to hear what others think.

Karen Margulis
12-12-2005, 07:28 PM
I haven't really been actively promoting my blog. I started it just for me to share with friends and family...they wonder what I do with all those 'chalks'! But since it's been up I have had about 1200 visitors. (I have a free counter from bravenet) I even have someone who looks at it and comments from the Phillipines. it's been fun!
Karen

scall0way
12-12-2005, 08:22 PM
What does a blog do that a webpage doesn't and vice-versa? Can't a webpage be updated often also? BillF

The key thing there is once a web page is updated all you see is the new page. It replaces the old web page, which is no longer visible. With a Blog it's more like a running diary, and each update adds to the blog, but you can still go back and see and read all the previous blog entries.

scall0way
12-12-2005, 08:38 PM
I'm enjoying looking at all your blogs, but you all seem to have them with blogspot, which does not appear to offer an RSS feed. :( Alas, this means I won't seem them often as I just don't have enough hours in the day to go to all those sites! But they are all lovely.

darlingart
12-12-2005, 08:42 PM
A blog and a website can be operated the same or completely different it is up to the individual. That is, you could update your website daily or weekly like a blog, or you could create a blog and let it remain static like a website and not update it frequently.

Either way, for people to find a website or a blog, they need to be promoted as in submitted to search engines, added to links etc. There is quite a lot of work involved in the promotion side of theings - it won't just happen without the work being put into it.

I think the biggest factor with blogs is that they are so popular, its kind of the 'thing' to do and they are so easy to set up if you can read instructions - you don't need to have any technical skills to start and operate one, so really they are available to everyone, not just the people who have html skills or the $ to pay someone to create a website for them.

Lorraine, I answered your question, as did several other people. Try scrolling down through the messages to find the responses.

Michelle

darlingart
12-17-2005, 08:56 PM
Yay I finally understand the RSS thingo:) I've downloaded feedreader, but I couldn't work out how people would get 'my blog' if they wanted it.

Note to self: read things properly, hubby explained that I need to have my RSS feed url as a link or a button on my blog for people to be able to add my blog to their feedreader.

Michelle

Karen Margulis
12-18-2005, 09:35 AM
Michelle I love your blog! I'm glad you figured out the RSS thing. I spent all morning reading about it and finally saw your post which really helped. The only thing I couldn't figure out is how to get the button for the site feed for blogspot. All I found was code for a the words 'site feed'...not as noticable as yours! Thanks for posting!
Karen

Orchidacea
12-18-2005, 04:35 PM
Has anyone rated this thread? It's a good one; I'm gonna rate it.

Mikki Petersen
12-18-2005, 07:09 PM
This is so interesting and so timely! I rated it so it will kept available for all (and for me to refer back to). I have a website and my ISP provides a fairly easy tool for building and updating without needing HTML but the site is meant to be a sort of virtual gallery. I've thought a Blog would be a nice place for showing "what's on my easel" and putting my artistic thoughts out there to share with family and friends to kind of debunk the "mystique" of the artistic process. Everyone thinks it's something only I can do and they don't understand the hard work and angst that goes into this pursuit much like into any pursuit of skill.

All your blogs are great and just the kind of thing I might like to try. Thanks for sharing your info.

Mikki

scall0way
12-21-2005, 12:48 PM
Yup, I rated the thread too. Lots of good info here.

Beanie
12-21-2005, 02:21 PM
Hi all again
Just to say I am gradually getting to grips with my Blog :( - reading all the help I can find! :confused: The following webpages were espectially useful:
http://www.theartrepreneur.com/knowledge/artist_blog.asp
http://www.theartrepreneur.com/knowledge/traffice_blog.asp
I have faithfully tried to follow the advice in both as far as I can.

There is a lot of work in promoting one's blog ...... the main ways are outlined in the second article. Some of it is pretty tedious but how else will people other than family and friends get to know about your blog!

Debbie, you mentioned that most Blogspots don't have RSS (their default set up is with Atom.xml).... But one can get a feedreader that will cope with both so that people with RSS can still get a feed from a Blogger site - http://www.feedburner.com.

And although Blogspot is supposed to have Atom feed .... when I go to an onsite feed checker for a free check of Atom and RSS (such as http://feedvalidator.org) it tells me that the Atom feed from Blogger is all wrong (apparently an older version) .... its all very confusing! :eek:

I have now added two different feed sign-ins for people to be able to get updates of my Blog as they happen - both can cope with both RSS and Atom (HINT!)

I have also joined Google 'Adsense' and so far in December have earned the princely sum of $2.75 ! .... may go to the Bahamas on that! But I think the ads on my site are quite 'restrained' and don't impinge too much, - although maybe they are not obvious enough for people to click on them and earn me some money!

I agree that this Thread has turned up some interesting queries and discussion .... its so helpful to hear about other people's experiences. Personally, I really could do with a 'How to Blog for the IT challenged' article! :evil:

Anyway, on with the motley ............. :wave:

scall0way
12-21-2005, 02:35 PM
Debbie, you mentioned that most Blogspots don't have RSS (their default set up is with Atom.xml).... But one can get a feedreader that will cope with both so that people with RSS can still get a feed from a Blogger site - http://www.feedburner.com.

Well it just goes to show that I'm still learning about RSS too. I've mostly looked for sites that have 'RSS' or 'XML' buttons as the RSS tutorial I went through when I was setting up my own blog told me that was what to look for. But I'm now learning that is not the only things, and there are *other* buttons that also indicate a feed! I'm not sure I've even learned what they all are yet. :)

But so far feedreader seems to be following the ones I *have* been able to add, and the new Yahoo Mail beta also has an RSS reader that seems to be working ok for now, though I think I like the feedreader format better.

Pat Isaac
12-21-2005, 04:17 PM
I love all these blogs and it has inspired me,but I have been trying to set up a web site for a few years now and, like Kat, I need a 36 hour day. However, I am really going to put it on my goal list for 2006.

Pat

darlingart
12-23-2005, 03:56 AM
I'm still coming to terms with the RSS thingo. My hubby set those buttons up for feedburner and also the atom one - when I first started my blog I subscribed to www.bloglet.com and also have an email option - so people can recieve an update by email when I update my blog - for those that don't use a reader program. I assume that happens automatically, but I could be wrong so probably should check to see.

I also found that you need to ping your blog when you update it, and you also need to burn your updated feed and 'publish' it as well, so that it gets updated. At least I *think* you need to publish each updated feed...and I think that a new feed is the same as a new post to the blog...it becomes a feed when it is available through one of the feedreader programs.

But just to confuse things, I just clicked on the atom button on my blog and it came up with the atom url - but it dosn't show yesterdays post and it dosn't show any pictures. Hmmmm....this needs some investigation.

Michelle

Orchidacea
12-23-2005, 07:46 AM
AAGGHHHH! This is getting very complicated! I'm gonna have to sit down with my 13-year-old and have him set me straight. He has a seventh-grade classmate who builds websites--maybe I can hire him!

darlingart
12-23-2005, 08:41 AM
Kim, I'm sure its not as complicated as I am making it. The actual setting up, updating and maintaining the blog is really easy - honestly -, its just this RSS feed thing that has got me stumped.

I'm going to go over to www.blogexplosion.com and ask - there are some extremely helpful people over there, who understand it all much better than I do, so I shall report back with hopefully a confirmation of the RSS thingo!

Michelle

darlingart
12-26-2005, 03:57 AM
Ok I was wrong, once you have burnt your feed for your blog - that is all you do. You don't burn another feed unless you start another separate blog.

You do need to ping your blog when you make a new entry.

Michelle

Beanie
12-26-2005, 02:06 PM
Hi everyone,

Hope that you all had a lovely Christmas Day and are enjoying the rest of the holiday. We had a perfect Christmas Day with our middle daughter, hubby and two little girls, even though the weather was foul. Back to glorious sunshine today (its summer in New Zealand, of course). I do so miss a proper 'winter scene' though!

Have just been looking through this thread again ... and think there is lots here to encourage and inform other people wanting to start a blog. Also had another peek at everyone's blogs .... they are all so different and all so very good to read!

I have spent far too much time on Wet Canvas in the latter part of this year and so my New Year Resolution is to spend less time at WC and more time painting! But I hope to pop in now and again, of course. There are such a lot of very talented people here and you are all a great inspiration.

Wishing you all a very happy and successful painting year in 2006 .....

Pat Isaac
12-26-2005, 02:29 PM
Thanks so much for starting this thread. I signed on to Blogspot and hope to get my blog going in the New Year. Everyone's blogs are great.

Pat

Orchidacea
12-28-2005, 05:31 AM
Well, I took the plunge and put up my blog! It was really easy. I haven't addressed the RSS feed issue yet--maybe later today.

Happy blogging!

Pat Isaac
12-28-2005, 07:20 AM
Looks great Kim. I'm looking forward to starting mine.

Pat

Kathryn Wilson
12-28-2005, 08:03 AM
Looks good Kim - you all are really getting me excited about a new endeavor. Just need to find the time!

scall0way
12-28-2005, 12:12 PM
Gorgeous Kim. I hope you get the RSS feed set up, as I will definitely sign up! I'm getting quite a collection of art blogs I follow now, and I find them so inspiring.

Karen Margulis
12-28-2005, 02:32 PM
Great blog Kim! I love seeing the work I missed on wet canvas. I'd like to subscribe too! I hope to see more of us start blogs in 2006!!!
Karen

Beanie
01-05-2006, 10:27 PM
Kim your blog looks so good! Lovely.

Orchidacea
01-06-2006, 06:49 AM
Hey thanks, Pat, Kat, Debbie, Karen, Lesly!

Kat, it took me about three hours (with interruptions) to figure it out and upload those paintings. Granted, I didn't have that many to upload--but it's a pretty fast process, so don't let time stop you! It's kinda fun to see your stuff there in print (and now I don't have to send individual emails to all my aunts whenever I paint something new, lol).

Orchidacea
01-06-2006, 07:04 AM
Hey Lesly--how'd you get your banner from your signature to show up at the top of your blog like that?

Mikki Petersen
01-06-2006, 12:44 PM
Kim, I just looked at your Blog and it is terrific. You have a stunning collection of work to show there and I love the quotations you selected.

QUESTION: What is the difference between a blog and a website? I already have a website. Can I start a blog on my website?

Mikki

Pat Isaac
01-06-2006, 01:59 PM
I signed up to do a blog, but then discovered that much of the application is not compatable with Mac yet, so I guess I will have to wait.

Pat

Beanie
01-06-2006, 02:49 PM
Hi Pat

Depending on how old your Mac is you should be able to set up a Blogger blog OK. ( http://www.blogger.com )

Here is what Blogger has to say about compatability probs:
" In Mac versions of Internet Explorer, certain buttons are not appearing, such as the buttons for signing in, creating accounts and blogs, and saving profiles. We recommend using Mozilla Firefox for Mac users."

I don't know if this is any help to you but good luck!

Pat Isaac
01-06-2006, 02:54 PM
Thanks, Lesly and that was what I encountered. I use Safari for my browser and that is what is not up to par yet. They are working on it.

Pat

Beanie
01-06-2006, 04:18 PM
Oh I see ... sorry Pat - did not realise you already had all the info!

But for other people who may be following this and have Macs -
there is quite a good section on Blogging with a Mac at World Wide Wood http://prwdot.org/blogging/ This answers quite a lot of questions and has plenty of links to follow-up.

Does not look as though there are many 'free' blog publishing tools for Macs though, although many, eg. iBlog, offer free trials versions.

A bit more information for would-be Bloggers, at least!

Pat Isaac
01-06-2006, 04:24 PM
Thanks, I'll look into some other options for the blogs.

Pat

Beanie
01-06-2006, 05:59 PM
Orchidacea said
Hey Lesly--how'd you get your banner from your signature to show up at the top of your blog like that?

Hi Kim

Well I feel pretty good about doing that :cool:! Don't know if its really correct ... but at least its working!

Step One: Found where I had stored my banner on my PC!
Step Two: Uploaded it as a new POST to my Blog but saved it as a DRAFT.
Step Three: Opened the DRAFT as if to EDIT and switched to HTML view.
Step Four: Copied the Link Reference for the banner photo in its entirety
<a href="blah blah blah">
Step Five: Opened the Template view in Blogger and scrolled down to:

<----Begin#content----->
<div id="content">

added <p> this seems to insert a gap between lines
<no script><center>
pasted <a href="blah blah blah">
added </center>
<p>

And Voila! ....... I hope I have remembered this all correctly ... please let me know if you try it and it does not work!

Tip for working with the Template in Blogger:
When messing about with the Template you can switch to Preview Changes to see what your changes are going to look like, and even try out any links to see if they work, before you actually save what you've done. If it doesn't work just click button that returns the Template to how it was before you messed with it! Thing to note is NEVER TO SAVE any Template change until you know that its going to work!

Of course if you are a PC whizz this will all seem pretty tame stuff .... but to me its all pretty SCAREY! :eek:

Orchidacea
01-06-2006, 10:14 PM
LOL, beyond scary to me, Lesly--it's downright unintelligible! I'm still trying to grasp the RSS feed concept (would probably help if I tried using it myself to keep track of...well, whatever, lol)....I will be going to some of the blog information websites suggested in this thread and reading more thoroughly when I have a little more time.

I'm still having trouble making that banner, actually...I can't seem to do it at all in Photoshop Elements (and yes, I read the WC article very carefully several times), and when I do it in Irfanview, it doesn't allow me to put the paintings in the order I want them. It actually seems to clump all the reds together, which makes my banner look really bizarre!

Beanie
01-06-2006, 10:37 PM
Hi Kim
I did my banner in Irfanview (could not do it in Nikonview or Picasa). I think that I numbered (or maybe lettered them) them in the order I wanted in the banner then used the 'sort' option when in the panorama maker to get them in the right place. Try it and see?

good luck

Lesly

scall0way
01-06-2006, 10:40 PM
I'm still having trouble making that banner, actually...I can't seem to do it at all in Photoshop Elements (and yes, I read the WC article very carefully several times

I read the article too, but I don't have anything fancy-schmantzy like Photoshop in any variety, so I used just plain old MS Paint to create my banner. Well I take that back. I used Dell Image Expert 2000 (came free with my Dell PC) to resize my selected pictures to a 60-pixel height. I could have used Picasa as well, which is a free download from google, but resizing is just a bit easier with Image Expert.

Then I just opened MS Paint, went into Image=>Attributes, set height to 60 pixels, width to 438 pixels (which I seem to recall was max width specified in the article) and then just cut and pasted my 60-pixel height pictures into the Paint file, and saved it as a jpg file when I was done. :)

*Marina*
01-07-2006, 04:13 AM
Kim, the banner in the signature line at Wc is not difficult at all. First make all your pictures 60 pixels high. Then go to edit signature in my WC. Upload them there and then you can shuffle them around with drag and drop the way you would like. You can also delete. Just select one and press delete. Success.

Orchidacea
01-07-2006, 08:35 AM
Oh, sheesh! Don't I feel silly now.

I got all hung up on that article--you wouldn't believe the time I spent trying to make my software conform to what the article suggested! I have Photoshop Elelments, which is a $75 watered-down version of the very expensive and powerful Photoshop itself. (BTW, Debbie, it's a great program, and very affordable--worth looking into, IMO.) Since the article was about Photoshop itself, I was apparently trying to do the impossible. I even posted in the technical forum (or whatever it is) here at WC to try and get some help, but no dice.

Okay, I will try it again when I get home from work today! And I'm going to read all the RSS feed stuff again too. Time to join the 21st Century!

*Marina*
01-07-2006, 08:54 AM
Kim, I tried it in Photoshop elements and did not succeed. So know the feeling. Just give it a try as suggested. Takes a bit of fiddling to get rid of the white lines in between the pictures but it is doable.

Orchidacea
01-07-2006, 09:22 AM
You guys are just full of useful information--I so appreciate your help! I tend to always be in a hurry, as my job eats up so much time and I want to PAINT!, so I tend not to look very carefully at all the options when using new
software. I really need that 36-hour day Kat keeps talking about.

Wish I had more time to hang out here, too--it's so very pleasant to spend time talking with all of you.

I'm thinking about asking for fewer hours at the same pay instead of a
raise at my review this year. Oh, that would be so nice! All I care
about is painting anymore. I get all cranky if I don't get to paint.

Orchidacea
01-07-2006, 06:55 PM
I just spent the past two hours reading about blogs and feeds, and I signed up for Feedreader and something else...but none of it makes the slightest bit of sense to me and I have no idea how to make any of the little buttons show up on my blog.

How did you all figure this out? I can't even begin to grasp it, and I am not unintelligent!

Is there a book or something I can buy about this? Blogging for Dummies maybe, lol? I've never felt so confused.

Orchidacea
01-07-2006, 07:28 PM
I just answered my own question. Amazon has tons of resources, and I found several of the books in a search of my county library system's electronic catalogue. Woohoo! I've reserved the books and can pick them up at my local library in a few days.

I have a hard time absorbing info when staring at the screen. That little flicker (I have an old fashioned CRT monitor) destroys my concentration--I do much better reading from hard copies. Hopefully this will make the difference!

scall0way
01-07-2006, 09:32 PM
Takes a bit of fiddling to get rid of the white lines in between the pictures but it is doable.

LOL, and recently redid my banner specifically to *add* white lines between the pictures! I had made sure I didn't have any with my first banner, then saw someone's sig that included white lines between the pictures, and decided I really liked how that made each individual picture stand out better, and redid mine that way too :)

Orchidacea
01-07-2006, 09:38 PM
I can't believe I'm posting yet another post to this thread--but.... I figured it out!! I think, lol. Go look everybody--thanks to Lesly for the tips on using HTML to post a pic in the title, and to all of you for helping me stumble through the feedreading process!

(I just needed a couple of pieces of pizza so I could think clearly...)


edit---I just got an email inquiry about prices from someone who saw my blog and "likes my work". A perfect stranger--not my aunt or the friend of a friend. Holy cow!

Beanie
01-07-2006, 09:51 PM
You clever thing! Have just posted you a comment.

Not surprised someone has contacted you already .... it really looks great!

Beanie
01-07-2006, 09:52 PM
P.S. Hey Deb .... how did you put the white lines in? I like the look too!!!

scall0way
01-07-2006, 09:54 PM
I just spent the past two hours reading about blogs and feeds, and I signed up for Feedreader and something else...but none of it makes the slightest bit of sense to me and I have no idea how to make any of the little buttons show up on my blog.

Well alas I can't tell you how to add the little button. When I set up my own blog the button was added automatically as long as I set up blog attribute to "public".

Have you figured out how to add something to Feedreader yet? Perhaps you have but maybe this advice will be useful for others as well.

1) Start Feedreader. It comes pre-configured with a bunch of RSS feeds already, mostly news and entertainment feeds. The format is similar to Outlook Express or other email software. You may like to keep some of those feeds, or you may not. To see the feeds you expand the little + sign next to the folder and the topics under the folder will show. Click on one with an unread count and the unread topics show it in the top right panel. If you click on one the actual contents appear in the lower right. If you don't want to keep following that feed right-click with the mouse on the topic name in the left-hand menu, and one of the options you will get will be "Delete current feed". I deleted a bunch of the pre-configured ones, but did keep some.

2) We will take my blog as an example. My blog lives at 360.yahoo.com/scall0way. Now if you wanted to add my blog to Feedreader you would go up to File at the top line. Now you might first want to choose "Add Folder" as my blog might not fit neatly into the predefined categories of Tech or Business, etc. :) So you give the folder a name, say "Art Blogs" or something equally orginal.

3) Then if you want to add a feed you go back to the File button, and this time select Add Feed. You get prompted for the location of the feed, and this is where the little button comes in.

4) Go to my page at 360.yahoo.com/scall0way and click on View Blog. You will see the first few entries of the blog, and down at the bottom of the page you will see a couple buttons, one of which says RSS. Right-click on the RSS button and select the Copy Shortcut option.

5) Come back to Feedreader who is waiting for you to tell it the location of the feed, and hit ctrl-V to paste the copied shortcut into this location.

6) When you click on next you will get a list of your folders, and you select which folder you want that feed to appear in, and you select Art Blogs or whatever you created, and hit the finish button.

7) The feed should now show up in the folder, and if you click on it in the left column you will get the current entries, and can click and read each one as you do an email.

The RSS button is an obvious button, but there are other buttons you can right-click to get the Copy Shortcut. Some of these would be:
XML
FEED
FEEDBURNER

Also, for anyone who has a LiveJournal blog, the format of the shortcut you use to add the feed is:
http://www.livejournal.com/users/XXXXXX/data/rss
where XXXXXX is the ID of the person whose journal it is. I have several friends who use LiveJournal and this worked for all of them. :)

Kim, I also hear you about that bummer of a work thing, LOL. Wish I could cut my hours too. Heck, I'd take a pay CUT if I could cut my hours as well. Well, I just paint when I can, and art classes start this coming week.

Orchidacea
01-07-2006, 10:10 PM
Wow, Debbie! That's a lot of info. Thank you so much for all your help!! I think I have it working now, but I'll review this tomorrow anyhow--I'm too bleary-eyed tonight.

Orchidacea
01-07-2006, 10:13 PM
Thanks Lesly!! That code you gave me worked perfectly, once I figured out where I needed to put it! (My virgin experience with HTML....)

Karen Margulis
01-08-2006, 08:49 AM
Thanks for keeping this thread going! It seems there is always something new to learn about blogging! Thanks for taking the time to share all your tips. Everyone's blog is looking great! I would love to add my banner to my title but I'm not very technical so I'll give it a shot. Lesly & Kim...yours look fantastic!
Kim...I tried to subscribe but the link wasn't working for me. I'll try again later.
Karen

Orchidacea
01-08-2006, 08:58 AM
Karen--Thanks! I know about the link--I've posted at the Feedburner support forum for some assistance, as I haven't the faintest clue what to do, lol.

The title graphic thing wasn't very hard...I am completely ignorant of all things HTML, and I managed to do it! Lesly's instructions make great sense. I merely placed mine up higher, so it fell within the title box. If you open your template and really look at the code, with Lesly's instructions at hand, it starts to make a little sense.

I'm going to add HTML for Dummies to my library reserve list, lol.

Beanie
01-09-2006, 03:22 AM
Hey Karen, Kim, Debbie and all

Well we are really getting it all on here!!!! Its a real learning curve ... when I first started my blog I was completely ignorant but, through trial and error,plus tips from contributors to this thread I am making progress with managing it better. Its great that we can all contribute and help each other out.

Karen - good luck with adding your banner .... its not that bad to do really (just take a deep breath!).

In one of my previous posts I mentioned Artblogz.com, - a blog for WC artists, if you remember? You must apply and also put the link to their blog on yours, and then wait for your own blog to be approved. Well, having waited 4 weeks I have removed the link and withdrawn my application. For one thing I find that the Artblogz blog is not actually functioning as it should, ..... you are supposed to be able to view an example of each members work but this is not working at the moment. There is only a list of members with links to their blogs/websites. Has anyone else tried to join this? If so, how have you found it?

Karen Margulis
01-09-2006, 07:30 AM
I did it! I managed to add my banner. Thanks to Lesly's wonderful instructions! Thank you!!! You sure have gotten through that learning curve and I appreciate everyone posting their tips. I signed up for artblogz and come to think of it I don't think I ever heard from them either! hmmmm I'll have to look into it.
I hope we'll see some more blogs start up! It's fun and you will be amazed at how easy it is to keep it updated! It's fun to have an online 'diary' of your progress.
Karen

Orchidacea
01-09-2006, 11:30 AM
Congrats, Karen! It looks good.

I've been reading a basic HTML book, for web page and blog design, and I'm hooked now. It's so much fun to learn new things!

Well, my blog is bearing fruit. Someone just browsed through 2 days ago, contacted me, and this morning paid me what I consider an outrageous amount for one of my paintings!! Let's just say she paid the rent this month. I kid you not. My first sale!

Mikki Petersen
01-09-2006, 11:51 AM
You go, KIM!!!! I can believe you are already getting sales. Your work has to just sell itself. You just needed a place to showcase it. Congratulations.

Mikki

Karen Margulis
01-09-2006, 11:53 AM
Kim, That is fantastic news! Your hard work is paying off and you deserve it! Your paintings are WONDERFUL!!!!!
Karen

scall0way
01-09-2006, 12:33 PM
Hurray Kim! :clap: :clap: :clap: That is so incredible to get your first sale, but your stuff is so wonderful I'm not surprised. Can we ask which picture?

Beanie
01-09-2006, 01:41 PM
Hi guys

Have you considered adding a site-meter? I have added one and it doesn't just add up the number of clicks on to your blog/website .... it provides all sorts of statistics! What country the viewer comes from, length of time on site, how many pages they browsed while on your site, referring URL and more.

The stats can be a bit demoralising though! ..... I can see from mine that not many people stop on my blog long enough for a proper look! Of course, a few do and stay for a few minutes .... longest visit about half an hour so far.

I am using Sitemeter and its free, although you can have more 'all singing, all dancing" features if you upgrade. Once you have set up your account all that you need to do is add the 'link' to your Template where you want the icon to appear. There are various icons to choose from .... I have chosen the smallest and put it at the bottom of my blog.

It certainly gives me a real insight into how many people are actually looking at my work rather than just 'passing through', ........ just a trickle a day at the moment but who knows?!

Orchidacea
01-09-2006, 04:14 PM
Ah, that Lesly, always coming up with something new! Seriously, it is a good idea. I'll go do that now, lol.

Thanks for all the enthusiasm about my sale!! Y'all are the greatest! I feel like I have my own little support group right here in this thread!

Debbie, it was "Festivity" (posted here as "Gold and Glass")...the one with the three glasses and the Christmas lights on a gold foil background. Now I have to get busy and paint some more glass, as people really seem to like it!

Pat Isaac
01-09-2006, 04:36 PM
Wow, Kim that is awesome! I looked into the blogs but they are not really compatable yet with my Mac browser. I did download iBlog and will look at it. The full version is $20 so we'll see. I may also be able to add a blog to my website when I get it up.

Pat

Susan Borgas
01-09-2006, 06:31 PM
A very informative subject. It is timely for me as I started experimenting a few months back and started my own blog, though did not advertise it to friends and family at that time. I am now looking at fine tuning it and all these ideas that are being posted is getting the adrenaline juices running to finish what I have started. Surprising how much traffic is already being redirected to my website from the blog. I am yet to link back from my website though all is ready to happen, only a matter of loading the link up. I think the hardest part for me is going to be keeping my blog interesting for visitors.

scall0way
01-09-2006, 08:52 PM
I would have to create a second blog if I wanted it to really be a serious venue for my art. The one I have now certainly is not! It's just a place to show some of my friends and family what I've been working on, with bits of discourse about my day or how I came to create it, but not the least bit "professional" LOL

scall0way
01-09-2006, 09:22 PM
Hurray! I finally got Kim's blog added to feedreader! When I copied the shortcut from her button I got http://kimdenise.blogspot.com/<a but this gave me an error when I tried to add it. However I changed it to http://kimdenise.blogspot.com/atom.xml and this added her feed just fine and I'm reading her blog from feedreader right now. :D

Beanie
01-10-2006, 06:23 PM
Hi Susan - just checked out your website .... lovely paintings of Australian scenery! Really atmospheric. The link from your post to the website worked well, so did the one to your blog (after a little bit of a wait).

I agree with you that the hardest part is going to be keeping my blog interesting for visitors. I find that really difficult but maybe it gets easier with time!

Susan Borgas
01-10-2006, 07:28 PM
Thanks Lesly, for your lovely comments. I have been busy mucking around with the template on my Blogger this morning, which may have slowed things up a bit at that time. I have downloaded and installed Feedreader to keep up with all my favourite bloggerís. I did consider using attensa but thought it might be over the top and use up a lot of my computers resources, hence decided against it. It can be found here http://www.attensa.com/. I tried the Google option but didnít particularly like what it had on offer. Might have been the user ;)

Beanie
01-12-2006, 05:14 PM
Hallo all

Just started up a second blog ... the reason I've had to do a second blog is that I could not find a way to add a second page to my Blogger blog.

This new one is intended as a showcase for my art works that are for sale. I am not going to put any advertising on this one ... trying to keep it "peaceful and quiet" with no distractions - like a gallery!!!

It has its own URL, of course, but I have made a link to it from my Art Blog so it acts like a separate page for anyone clicking on to it from there.

Debbie .... do you think that something like this might suit for you to permanently display some of your lovely work?

I have disabled the "Comments" bit on the 'gallery' blog in the interests of reducing 'noise', but I am not sure if this is a good idea?

Some advice here, please!

Karen Margulis
01-12-2006, 05:46 PM
What a great idea Lesly!!!! Your gallery looks wonderful. You really have done a great job with it. I saw a link to someone's blog on the internet sales forum...she does a similar thing but has a separate page for each type of work. It acts just like a website. I love yours!
Karen

scall0way
01-12-2006, 06:19 PM
Debbie .... do you think that something like this might suit for you to permanently display some of your lovely work?

Lovely! :eek: Aw gee, thanks. :o Your second blog certainly looks wonderful and very professional. It might be just the sort of thing I'm looking for indeed. I just wish it had the old RSS thing again. :)

Orchidacea
01-12-2006, 07:26 PM
Ah Hah! I can solve that problem for you, Debbie!! (Yes, I actually learned something that I can contribute!)

Feedburner.com has something called smartfeed that converts Atom feed to Rss....or something like that...anyway, it allows you to have both kinds of feeds all in one. It's pretty cool, and it seems to work.

Lesly, I love the idea of a second blog--such an elegant solution! Wish I had thought of it....I'm definitely going to do it that way soon...right now it's not an issue as I don't have much work to display, but after I've been at this painting thing a bit longer, I'm going to need to expand. Yours looks great! I wouldn't disable comments, though, just moderate them--I would think a stack of positive comments might act as a bit of a sales pitch!

CindyW
01-12-2006, 08:13 PM
Oh, my!
I am very interested in this after cruising through this thread tonight. Thanks for all the hard work you all did for those of us just joining in and thanks for starting the thread, Lesly! Wow!!!

Kim, EXCELLENT on the sale. How cool is that???????

Cindy

Beanie
01-20-2006, 01:44 AM
hallo again ....... just one last thing! have been reading up on tips about blogs right, left and centre (when did I last lift a paintbrush or a pastel, i ask myself) and have learned something that may interest some of you.

I was a bit alarmed to read about the possibility of 'image theft' .... but realised on further reading that if someone really wants to do it then its almost impossible to stop them! But there is something fairly simple that one can do to make it so that they have to try a lot harder to do it :evil: !

And did you know (probably you did but anyway .....) that search engines such as Google 'archive' your page (once its been crawled after an update) ..... this is what you see as a "CACHE" item under a search result. What it means in effect is that someone finding my blog after searching using (just for example) the term "pastel demonstration" can just click on the 'Cached' page and not actually ever go to my web-blog at all :mad: !

This does not impress me much :eek: ..... but there is a little thing we can do to prevent a) our pages or posts being 'cached' and b) preventing the actual images of our paintings appearing in 'search engine results'.

The answer lies in inserting META tags which tell the 'robots' which crawl our pages what they can/cannot do. Now I don't fully understand all this malarkey but I've done the following and it seems to be working for my blog.

In TEMPLATE mode for my Blogger blog I have inserted, (i'm showing this in bold type just for here), the following just after the Heading/Title bit where it says (forgive dollar sign but I do not have a key that makes the cedilla-type squiggle)
<head>
<title><$BlogPageTitle$></title>

<META name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow, NOIMAGEINDEX, NOIMAGECLICK, NO ARCHIVE">

Now, having done this, if I search for my blog on Google or MSN and a painting title comes up .... then clicking on it just brings up an 'error' message, BUT clicking on the proper URL Link brings up my web page (which is what I want) .... and no Cache to be seen (so far at least). Hooray!

For more info (and much better explained)! -
http://www.artcafe.net/geek/imgprotect1.html
http://apache-server.com/tutorials/ATimage-theft.html
http://2wetheadhome.comcast.net/metatool0.htm

By the way, it takes a while for things already cached to become uncached but be patient .... it will happen= :cat:

Orchidacea
01-20-2006, 07:27 AM
Lesly, you are a veritable fount of information, lol. Seriously, thanks for sharing your research. I got a bunch of books from the library about blogs, HTML, etc, but have hardly had time to look at them.

Metatags are really important in regards to search engines. Not only canthey keep your images from being cached, but they can also make your page come up higher in searches. It's a whole big thing among web designers, I guess.

Beanie
01-20-2006, 01:59 PM
I don't really understand it, Kim .... I just try and follow any good-looking advice from them what do!

happy blogging!

Katherine T
01-20-2006, 06:23 PM
I've got my "blog" - or on-line Art Journal as I prefer to call it to keep it accessible to non-bloggers - up and running finally, although I've still got to add a feed for it - next task! You can find it at http://makingamark.blogspot.com/

My latest entry is entitled "Can you ever have enough Pastels?" which might cause a few chortles in this forum. ;)

Having read this informative thread I'd like to make a few comments if I may:
image theft - there's no real difference between stealing off a website or a blog or any forum on Wet Canvas. So long as you put images out on view somebody could steal them. A blog or a website is no more inherently unsafe than WC :eek:
for those people who want to display their work but don't necessarily want to chat a lot do consider some of the sites where you can host a website free of charge as an alternative to a blog. A blog by its very nature is a dynamic entity as opposed to a place to host images on a more static basis. My website www.pastelsandpencils.com (http://www.pastelsandpencils.com) has very many pages now, exceeds some 30mb in size and is completely free. Sorry - the first 10MB are completely free and a I paid a nominal sum to increase the storage to a maximum of 100MB. I think most people are very happy with the 10MB. You can find the link in my signature line. The host can be found at www.sitekreator.com (http://www.sitekreator.com). The host aims their product at people who want to host a website but don't want to have to purchase/learn a complicated software programme or relevant html code. I've recommended it to a number of people now and they've all developed sites quickly and with very few problems. And I don't get paid for this - it's just a genuine good deal! :clap:
I don't think anybody has talked about pinging when an update is made. If you register with Ping-o-Matic (http://pingomatic.com/) and identify the services you've "fed" your blog to then by pinging their site (after you've registered) every time you update it automatically updates all these services without having to wait for the crawlers.
What I was amazed about was the number of services you can feed your blog to - I'm still working my way through these, having started with the list which is in the main Blogging Resources (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=265364) thread in Internet Sales Strategies in the Art Business Forum.I hope you find this useful - I don't post here often although lurk quite a bit. If anybody has any queries and I don't pick them up please feel free to PM me.

Beanie
01-20-2006, 07:13 PM
Kathering this is a wonderful help ... I am sure everyone else will think so. Wish I had known all about Blogging Resources on WC before I got started!

Re: Image theft ..... I know that preventing ones images being cached on the Internet won't stop theft but it does mean that would be "thieves" actually have to come to one's site to do it! This way may be less appealing as it is potentially traceable, although difficult. More importantly it reduces the opportunity for image theft 'on impulse'.

Your website is very good .... a great forum for all your paintings, and very impressive :clap: :clap:.

And thank you for making time for such a worthwhile contribution to this thread.

Karen Margulis
01-20-2006, 08:22 PM
A big thank you to Lesly and to Katherine for your helpful information for us bloggers! I really appreciate your taking the time to share what you have learned!
Karen

Katherine T
01-21-2006, 04:56 AM
A bit more about how I developed my blog..........

First of all I took a good look round within the "blogosphere" at different art blogs and what people were doing with them. And there's an awful lot of pure "display and share my art" blogs out there. However, I decided that my blog should not duplicate my website - which has a heavy emphasis on displaying and sharing my paintings and drawings - and therefore should have a distinctly different identity in terms of content (although looking similarish in style (white background / blue strip at the top of the page). So having done my research about what other people were doing I decided what were the main aims of my blog - which I've included and summarised under the main title of the blog. So what I've got is............

An art journal reflecting on: - the making of marks with pastels, pencils and pen and ink - influences on developing both artwork and art careers - information about resources for artists - the making of new artwork on my website www.pastelsandpencils.com (http://www.pastelsandpencils.com)
And I've got a list of things to do in the future as posts in addition to posts which involve talking about the piece I'm working on or recently completed.

It really is well worth while taking a good look round at what other people are doing with their blogs (and their websites). One of the things I'm doing with my blog is including links to art blogs by people who are using their blogs in an innovative or creative way - and have managed to sustain their blogs over time (it's amazing how many seem to falter after the first flush of enthusiasm). I'm not limiting links to blogs to those working with pastels and pencils as my main focus is on the quality of the art and the creativity of the blogging activity rather than the media per se. Having written to the people I've included to tell them their blogs are now linked from my site, I'm now getting very nice e-mails back and they are generally returning the favour if they have a links list.

However, I'm currently having a think about whether to categorise my second set of links to different artists' websites by the main media they work in..........still not sure on that one.

What I will be doing in future in relation to my third aim "information about resources for artists" is building up a resource of links to art societies of various kinds - which is basically about downloading some of my current bookmark library into my blog.

And I'm still adding to my list so if you know of any more good ones..........

RobinZ
01-22-2006, 11:37 AM
I"m using my blog for different purposes, not related to my portrait business.

First, to raise awareness of rescue pets...there are just soooo many who need loving homes.

Second, to be publicly accountable for doing non-commissioned work. I am committed to show 24 pieces in May, so I'm aiming for twice as many. All will be using homeless animals as models, but I can use any medium, so I am having fun exploring things I've always wanted to try.

Third, to keep in touch with my "old" customers. I just had a hard time with sending people emails telling them to come and look at my website...again. So the blog is something new and a little different.

I am also thinking about using the blog or another blog to post commissions. I have found that many of my customers now expect me to post theirs in my website...and keep it there. I am aiming toward cleaning it up and only having my best pieces there, but have another spot where they can show their friends, so am leaning toward a customer blog).

I also think the longer I keep someone on one of my sites, the more likely I will sell. And I see it as cross promotion.

So...how has it worked for me so far? I have hooked up one dog to a home via a rescue...and am working with another person who is looking for a specific breed right now. Yay!

I have heard back from "old" customers in interesting ways! Some chatty, catch up emails, a gift of a calendar where their dog was a model, and a new commission! Very positive feedback on the blog, and nobody asked to be taken off my mailing list.

I have also gotten a commission from someone who found my blog and then went to my website.

I am hoping I sell some of my rescue pieces from my website, but I need to FINISH some first!

Concerning Katherine's statement thatimage theft - there's no real difference between stealing off a website or a blog or any forum on Wet Canvas. So long as you put images out on view somebody could steal them. A blog or a website is no more inherently unsafe than WC


I would respectfully disagree in part. Although it's true that it's just as easy to steal ONE image here at wetcanvas or another art forum, a thief would need to spend quite a bit of time sifting through the posts to find all of the work an artist has posted here. A website or blog with ALL of your images in one place make stealing quite convenient! One stop shopping...:(

But I would assume that since we are talkign about blogging, anyone considering it has already weighed the pros and cons of a serious artist having an internet presence and decided it makes sense FOR THEM. Including the theft issue.

I think my main problem is going to be keeping it up, it's just hard to get it all done, I've been busy, especially since part of my blog art is learning new media, and that takes time!! My blog, for any interested: http://robinzebley.blogspot.com

Dark_Shades
01-22-2006, 12:08 PM
I could never understand what a Blog was either lol - and have been reading through some of the posts here - well I think you have converted me, and think it would be wonderful to do a journal - so I am off to play
...... Will have to come back in later, as only read up to page 5!! - Great thread

Dark_Shades
01-22-2006, 01:42 PM
Hey, Ive made a start already, quite good fun.... hope I can keep at it :)

http://shadesofdawn.blogspot.com/

Karen Margulis
01-22-2006, 02:18 PM
Dawn,
Great start with your blog! It really is easy to keep up with and can get addictive! Now you have to figure out how to add a subscription so we can subscribe!!!
Karen

Dark_Shades
01-22-2006, 03:34 PM
lol Karen ...... Ive been pondering that lol ..... got the form but it doesnt work .... though I managed to get myself an email update ha ha ha
.. and having fun talking to myself in there hee hee.... thank you so much for looking too Karen, dont feel so quite alone :) - I keep updating bits n pieces. Im sure that will die down

Dark_Shades
01-22-2006, 04:03 PM
ohhhhh I do believe I have got it working :)

Beanie
01-22-2006, 05:04 PM
Hey Dawn you clever old thing! Love the blog .... but aren't you going to let people leave comments? Wanted to leave one to say how much I love the 'mask alone' pic ... but not able!

Of course, you may not want people to comment there - its your blog and you can do whatever you want! ....... GREAT, isn't it?

It is difficult to keep up the entries though....well it is for me. Once or twice a week is about all I can manage! But then you're a lot younger and more energetic!

Dark_Shades
01-22-2006, 06:14 PM
Hello Lesly, lovely to see you, do you think I should leave it open to comments, can everyone else see? - was just concerned Id get abuse lol
Ive probably changed the settings again since you have been in there lol, been playing alot more..... was thinking of making it a News Letter - I might just have to start another one lolol ...

Katherine T
01-22-2006, 07:30 PM
Beanie - once or twice a week is doing much better than a lot of people who have blogs. Sounds good to me.

Dawn - abuse is a real concern and you're right to be cautious. However on blogspot, you can moderate comments before they're posted and delete them if they're abusive. Read the help and look at the settings - it's quite easy to exercise some caution. I did a fair amount of research about comments before enabling comments on mine for the same reason and I've written out a comments policy and posted it. Feel free to review and adapt it to your own purposes. It may seem over the top but the overwhelming consensus within the blogosphere was that it was a good idea to think through what approach you wanted to take on comments before anything untoward occurred - rather than in the middle of a visit by a troll! :)

Beanie
01-22-2006, 09:07 PM
Gutten Tag, Mein Leibchens (that is about all I manage!)

:rolleyes: have just had an 'orrible time .... found that everything to do with my Blog (except the blog page itself) was in German :eek:

Even Blogger Help was in German .... so I could not find out what to do next! I was beginning to think that I had a virus :crying:

Anyway after numerous searches through my Template, Settings, etc (all in German, of course) I returned to Blogger Dashboard and tried clicking on everything in sight ..... eventually it turned out that the third button in the right hand margin sets the LANGUAGE :clap: So now all is well and back to English.

However .... looking at my viewers in the past 24 hours (on Sitemeter) I can see that there was a visitor from Cologne, Germany. I am wondering IF or HOW it might be possible for someone to change the language ... and WHY would they, seeing as the blog itself remains in English. A bit of a worry :confused:

Still it may give you a laugh visualising my complete panic!!!!

Beanie
01-22-2006, 09:10 PM
Oh darn it ... now i've pressed the wrong key!

RobinZ
01-22-2006, 09:31 PM
Oh, my!!! German????

Regarding abuse, I've decided to allow posts without being moderated first, I want to be welcoming, and just will delete anything weird if they pop up.

You know, I think the best thing about them is that they kind of nag at you...keeping my nose to the grindstone!!

Orchidacea
01-22-2006, 09:41 PM
There are so many great ideas here. I like the idea of using the blog as a journal, an adjunct to a website--but as I don't have a website, and have very few completed paintings to display, the blog serves nicely as a gallery for now.

There just aren't enough hours in the day--I need to spend some time promoting my work, as I really do want to SELL, but I also need to have time to paint. I haven't yet figured out how to fit it all in around all the hours I ahve to spend at my job. I've been reading a lot about art marketing and internet strategies, so at some point I'm going to get it all together, but it's frustratingly slow!

Thanks all for your continued input!

RobinZ
01-22-2006, 10:27 PM
Kim, just left a message on your blog, you simply MUST find more time to work, your pastels are fabulous!!

PS: How do you get that subscribe box on there?

Katherine T
02-20-2006, 02:27 PM
I've just come across this blog (http://blogging.typepad.com) - which focuses on blogging

It provides a comparison between Wordpress and Typepad for any of you thinking about moving on from Blogger. I was half way down the page of info about the comparison and had already learned six new things which are really useful to know so thought other smight be interested also. And lots of really useful info about lots of other aspects of blogging too.

And I had my first 'off' comment yesterday in response to the artblog of a fellow WC member that I was introducing and boy was I glad I had the moderation option on - not nice - Yeeuch! :eek:

Beanie
02-20-2006, 02:38 PM
Hallo Katherine - many thanks for the tip ... looks like a really helpful site.

Hope all's well in your neck of the woods

kind regards

Katherine T
02-20-2006, 03:05 PM
Hallo Katherine - many thanks for the tip ... looks like a really helpful site.

Hope all's well in your neck of the woods

kind regardsYes thanks Lesly - and I've got myself into a the swing of things with blogging now which is helping to keep up the posts and the visitors.

Orchidacea
02-20-2006, 07:06 PM
Katherine, thanks for the info. Oh, I wish there were more hours in the day!! I'd really like to do more with my blog, and get a website, and do some promoting to increase my traffic...but then when will I paint?

I'm chipping away at all of it, though. You folks are a great support!

Karen Margulis
02-21-2006, 11:55 AM
Thanks Katherine for the great information. I've been plugging away at my blog too mostly for my friends and family who like to see what I'm up to. Yesterday though someone came across my blog and purchased a painting and commissioned two more...so it really does pay off besides being fun to do!
Karen

scall0way
02-21-2006, 12:35 PM
Yesterday though someone came across my blog and purchased a painting and commissioned two more...so it really does pay off besides being fun to do!

How cool! Of course I *do* love your paintings and your style. I'd love to be able to paint the way you do. I think it's wonderful that someone found your blog and commissioned two more works from you. What fun!

lost4words
02-21-2006, 12:41 PM
I post my work at flickr which is an amazing forum for artists and photographers.
You can browse flickr for millions of images by going to the heading marked 'tags' and searching, using terms such as 'rainbow' or 'portrait' or whatever your interest is.
There are groups to join within flickr and an internal mail system.
A bit like here but more visual and less wordy.
www.flickr.com

scall0way
02-21-2006, 05:37 PM
I just wanted to say that I really like the format of the blogs of those of you who have blogger/blogspot blogs. To my surprise I found I actually had one already! I'm had it since 2004 in fact, LOL. Back then it had been a beta program requiring an invitation to create a blog. My son had gotten an invitation from google to create a blog because he was an early adopter of gmail - and he had sent me an invitation.

So I created an account just for the heck of it - but had never done a thing with it! So today I began to play with it a little big, actually set up a blog, and fiddled around with the HTML coding to set up a description of the blog and of me, and created my RSS feed button, and a site meter. Then I posted two entries to the blog just to see that I could. It's definitely more "professional" looking than the Yahoo blog, which is fun and easy (no HTML knowledge required) but allowed very little customization. So I guess I'll keep the Yahoo one for fun and friends and family - and the blogger one will be more of a showcase for potential customers, not that friends and family can't view it as well.

But I won't be displaying my stinkers there. :D Though on the Yahoo site I might. The new blog is at:
http://scall0way.blogspot.com/

Seeing the above mention of Flickr, I do have a Flickr account as well, though I have not used it much - but it does not give me the attractive presentation that I like about the blogger blog.

Katherine T
02-21-2006, 06:45 PM
Debbie when you're posting links in your blogroll, make sure you put the bit of html code in that will make them open up in a new window.

It works like this (and this is the code for the link to my website):
<li><a href="http://www.pastelsandpencils.com/"target="_blank">"Pastels and Pencils"</a></li>

Just substitute the link address in the bit coloured red and then put the name of the link in the bit coloured blue. The bit in the middle is the bit that makes it open a new window - so they don't lose your site when they have a quick peek at a new one.

You also want to think about putting Technorati tags on each of your posts so that will help with other people picking up your blog and reading it.

Also have you tried using FeedBlitz to provide an e-mail subscription?

scall0way
02-22-2006, 02:45 PM
Debbie when you're posting links in your blogroll, make sure you put the bit of html code in that will make them open up in a new window.?

Thanks for the tip, and I have changed my links to add this. Great idea.

You also want to think about putting Technorati tags on each of your posts so that will help with other people picking up your blog and reading it. Also have you tried using FeedBlitz to provide an e-mail subscription?

I'm still pretty much a Baby Blogger, so the above statements are Greek to me. I suppose I shall have to google them.

Katherine T
02-22-2006, 07:32 PM
I'm still pretty much a Baby Blogger, so the above statements are Greek to me. I suppose I shall have to google them.
Sorry. If you go and look at my blog (link in my signature) you'll see that at the end of every post there are a collection of individual words - all of which are hyperlinks. These are Technorati tags. What this means is that it then groups this post with other posts in other people's blogs - who are also using Technorati (http://technorati.com/about/) - which are also about Art - or painting - or drawing or whatever tag I've used. You can then find other people who are writing about the same things as you. Click on one and you'll see what I mean. Then you read their blog, make a comment, they visit your blog, make a comment - and then you become cyber chums. Huge simplification - but I assume you get my drift.

Feedblitz (https://www.feedblitz.com/features.htm) is a free e-mail and web update notification service - I've given you the link which is failry self-explanatory.

I'm also very much a newbie to blogging - I've only been at it two months. What I found really helpful was to visit other people's blogs and see what they'd got that I hadn't - then visiting the sites for the different services and deciding what seemd useful.

And I'm now using Bloglines (http://www.bloglines.com/) to keep up with an awful lot of art blogs which I regularly keep under review.

Donna A
02-26-2006, 02:29 PM
This feels like such a dumb question----but----I always think about blogs as being something constantly updated, utterly regularly, many daily. I know I don't even manage to update my web site weekly or sometimes----monthly! Depends on what other projects are going on. And for some bizarre reason, it is soooo much easier for me to take on a huge, massive project than one or two tiny ones. (grrrr)

So----now my dumb question: how often and how regularly does one need to expect to update a blog? There is all softs of info I write all the time for a class, workshop, an article or the MAPS newsletter or program handout---and that would make nice material for a blog. But it is irregular. Sometimes I get lost so deeply in a painting series or such that I only wash the dishes piled in the sink (well, stuff them in the dishwasher) when I've nearly run out of dishes. (blush) But---it's moi. So do I steer clear of doing a blog or do I just add to it when I can?

Thanks for your help! This has been a fascinating thread! Donna ;-}

Susan Borgas
02-26-2006, 05:31 PM
This feels like such a dumb question----but----I always think about blogs as being something constantly updated, utterly regularly, many daily. I know I don't even manage to update my web site weekly or sometimes----monthly! Depends on what other projects are going on. And for some bizarre reason, it is soooo much easier for me to take on a huge, massive project than one or two tiny ones. (grrrr)

Donna I havenít had a blog all that long myself and have already realized there is benefits of using it as a marketing tool to bring traffic to my main website. I actually have news feeds from my blog in Sueís Musings (in my main website) that creates quite a bit of interest as well, which helps visitors to become aware that I do have a blog. I know this through invisible counters on each of my pages that give me statistics.

To develop a regular readership base I truly believe that a blog needs to be updated at least twice per week or more often so there is something new for the visitors to read. I find the traffic drops right off from both my websites if I donít do this. I am like you I do find it difficult to put that time aside for blogging. At the moment I have been very slack with it.:rolleyes:

Blogs do not need to be a big long winded entry. Often short and straight to the point postings are better as readers want to quickly move onto the next blog. Even the odd famous quote is better than no entry at all.

In saying this If a blog is being used for traveling, general entries for family or friends to read, I donít really think it matters how often they are updated. Friends and family know to check occasionally.

I do use a Feed Reader software to catch those irregular postings by artists and others that I have some interest in.

In the end it is a very personal choice how often a blog should be updated.

Katherine T
02-26-2006, 06:55 PM
Blogs are great for generating traffic which gets your work known. I'm now reaching a much wider audience than I was with my website - and I know this because I've got the same bit of stats software on both sites. And it helps to bring people to the website.

To be honest the conclusions I've come to are that:
blogs have the potential to be very beneficial if well maintained and are probably a waste of time if you don't look after them.
Those that get looked at regularly are those which post regularly - simple as that.And add value for the reader if you want to be read and linked to. Think about what they might want to read as well as what you might want to write about.

Here's a couple of links to blogs which are about blogging for business purposes - both are worth a read to get a wider perspective on the link between blogging and business - including the art business
artbizblog (http://www.artbizblog.com/)
Build a better blog (http://nextlevelpartner.typepad.com/bbab/)Also Blog Illustrated is a webring for illustrated blogs which contains over 300 blogs. There's a link in the right hand column of my blog.

Beanie
02-26-2006, 11:15 PM
Hi there ... Katherine has some good advice and tips there. Donna, Susan and Katherine .... you all have lovely websites by the way!

Donna, I don't manage to update my blogs more than once a week usually. I try to have something 'in hand' that I can post if necessary - just in case i have done nothing new in the week! I don't usually post things that I am intending to enter for exhibitions so when I am working on those its hard to find time and subject matter to post.

With regard to traffic my blogs are not very well attended!!! My art one gets about 25 visitors a week while i am lucky if I get half that number to my 'gallery' blog.

I obviously should be doing more than I am to push traffic to my blogs but I am not really too worried about it. Maybe when I'm famous !!!!

Happy blogging to all WC bloggers

Merriel
03-03-2006, 05:04 PM
Hi everyone. I've been away from Wetcanvas for 4 years and just started
to post again. Everything has changed so much I have to learn the site all over again. I always have continued to look in on all the beautiful pictures and see a lot of the same artists are still posting here, but a lot has left since I was last
posting. Its great being back on and communicating again with everyone.
I just quit an artists coop so now I have time to devote to my own work.
like setting up a web page and a Blog. From the sound of it I need to look into Yahoo. I've never heard of a Blog. So this
site is really interesting and I really enjoy looking at everyone else's. I
can spend hours on the computer in Wetcanvas instead of painting. I've checked most of the new sites they are really great. Well enough said
for now, I need to get away from my computer my eyes are giving out.

thanks for sharing all that everyone does.

Leirrem



:wave:

Susan Borgas
03-03-2006, 05:44 PM
Hi Leirrem, Hope to see you posting your work again soon :wave:

scall0way
03-07-2006, 09:44 AM
Hi, I'll just throw in my two cents about blog updating. I do agree that they need updating. But to be honest, if someone was updating their blog multiple times a week on a regular basis I'd probably stop following it as it would be too much effort and time involved! Once a week I could probably handle. Even twice a week in a pinch, :lol: Though frankly I would probably never check more that 2-3 times a month usually.

I think the key thing is to have an RSS feed on your blog. That way notifications of changes to your blog get "pushed" to your followers. Of course they would need to have RSS aggregator software to take advantage of it but there are many out there. I use Feedreader/ (http://www.feedreader.com/) which is pretty simple to set up, and has a sort of Outlook Express look to it, where you read the updates to blogs you follow as if they are emails.

But I do have another question. On the 'pastepainters' Yahoo group there has been a bit of a discussion lately about blogs and websites, and the concensus seems to be that to get your site know you have to 'trade links' with lots of other artists. A sort of "I'll put a link to you on my web page if you will put a link to me on yours". And that the more people who link to you the better off you will be!

Do the rest of your do that? I'm not sure I would even know how to go about it. I just can't see me contacting some totally stranger and saying "Hi, wanna trade links???" LOL. Of course I'd be happy to "trade links" with anyone here from WC. I'm just wondering who else does it, and how important they find it to be?

Orchidacea
03-07-2006, 02:12 PM
Hi Debbie,

Your question really addresses the issue of search engine optimization, which is the hottest thing going on the web today. The web is so big that it's a real challenge to get yourself to turn up anybody's search results.

The rationale behind all the link-sharing is to increase search engine exposure. Theoretically, the more sites link to your site, the higher it will be "rated" by a search engine. However, it also depends on the relevance of the links and whether the sites that link to you get very much traffic themselves. Reciprocal linking is nice, but according to what I've read, a search engine doesn't give as much weight to a reciprocal link as it does to a stand-alone link (where someone links to you but you don't link back to them.) An example of this would be if I put a link to Wet Canvas on my blog....obviously, WC isn't going to link to me in return, because it's a big web entity and a great resource, and I'm linking to them to offer them as a resource. This contributes to their already high ranking, because it makes it clear that they are a valued resource and not just a reciprocal link, trading links with me to get some (pitiful) exposure.

I'm still not sure how searchable our blogs really are, in the sense that most of them fall under a larger portal...Blogger, in my case, Yahoo in yours. I think we'd be more likely to turn up in search results if we had our own freestanding websites hosting our blogs. However, you have to weigh that against the effort and expense of optimizing that website for search engines, whereas Yahoo and Blogger offer a ready-made audience and searchability within the portal.

I hope this makes sense, as I have only the most basic grasp of the subject at this point.

I've recently opened a store at CafePress .com (www.cafepress.com/kimdenise), and I've just started researching how to get some exposure for my products. It's much the same issue, and I've come to the conclusion that I really need my own website. I hope to get that up sometime next month. I may even get to paint one of these days, lol.

scall0way
03-07-2006, 03:30 PM
I've recently opened a store at CafePress .com (www.cafepress.com/kimdenise), and I've just started researching how to get some exposure for my products. It's much the same issue, and I've come to the conclusion that I really need my own website.

Wow Kim, you really are the marketing queen. :) I've looked at cafepress from time to time, thinking about it as a venue to sell art-related items - but I just couldn't imagine what stuff of mine I could even offer, or what items I would choose to put my art on. Your stuff looks great!

I am nowhere near ready for my own website yet. I'm just having fun playing with my new blogger blog which is far more professional-looking and customizable than the Yahoo one, which is really more just for fun and friends.

darlingart
05-02-2006, 09:02 AM
I havn't visited the pastels forum for quite some time and just popped in to find this great thread:) I am new to blogging myself (started in November last year) and love blogging, but like most things it takes time.

I've just changed over from blogger to wordpress and now have my blog attached to my website and highly recommend wordpress to anyone considering starting a blog. Given that I could find my blogger posts on google, I am pretty sure that it will substantially improve the SEO of my website as well.

It also appears that people (potential customers) like the personal connection to the artist that a blog gives and I have noticed a significant increase in just one week in not only my total number of visitors, but also the length of time they spend looking through my whole website.

I try to post once a week, although this is sometimes not possible. And like Debbie, I tend to unsubscribe from blogs that update multiple times a week, every week, simply because I don't have time to look as much as I do anyway, and if there is an update in my feedreader I too often get tempted and loose another 1/2 a day browsing!

Michelle

Orchidacea
05-02-2006, 03:41 PM
Hi Michelle,

What made you decide to switch to Wordpress? Were you able to keep the content from your Blogger blog and just move it over there, or did you have to start fresh?

I haven't gotten around to attaching my blog to my website. I definitely get better traffic at the blog...I guess you are saying that attching them improves the "ranking" of the website as well?

Thanks for the input!

darlingart
05-02-2006, 10:40 PM
Kim, basically I wanted to streamline things and improve my SEO for my website, plus give potential clients the chance to 'connect' with me on a more personal level by having the blog on my website. I researched the best blog platforms and wordpress met my needs the best - I had intended to copy and paste all my old posts to the new one, but didn't need to as it has an import feature.

I had two blogs on blogger, one for pet portraits and one for all my other art that I started several months later and I was wasting two much time having both (admittedly I'm one of those that has to keep checking stats so all the logging in was a pain as well). When I set the second blogger one up I would have prefered to combine it with the first, but the name was wrong and it had been listed in directories, so was a pain to change.

Wordpress allowed me to import both blogger blogs, with a few minor adjustments...so I now have all those posts and images that are searchable content for my website:) I havn't deleted and re-loaded all of the images to my server as yet (when you import, the image shows from your blogger blog url), but when I re-load them they will be hosted on my domain which is better for Google image searches and SEO.

Yes by attaching the blog to the website, your SEO is improved (based on content, keywords, image names, frequency and regularity of updating). I still have my blogger blogs - it is a bit dangerous to delete them, but I have a last post directing to my website blog. My traffic and time spent at my blog and website has increased dramatically just since April 24, so I am happy:)

Oh yeah, wordpress.com is like blogger where they host the blog free - wordpress.org is where you download the same program to add to your website, although many ISP's already have it installed (there are very few that may not allow you to add a blog to your website, so check that first).

Michelle

Potoma
05-06-2006, 02:32 PM
On Blogger, in the section after the Dashboard where you can edit your preferences, you can click on whether or not you want a feed published or not. It does not default to providing a feed as I recall. (It's one of the right side tabs.)

An excellent online feed reader that does not require software is Bloglines. You register, click add, paste in feeds, arrange them in categories, and you read posts when they come. I like having them available for reading at a website I can visit from anyplace. You can choose whether to read other's blogs publicly or privately (anyone can click on 'subscriptions' in the header of a post to see the public subscribers), which translates to having your blogroll (list of blogs you read) public or private or a combination. One thing, I do recommend subscribing to your own blog so you can see what others see and so that the 'subscription' part of the header is delivered to you and you can see who subscribes publicly.

Honestly, knowing about feeds makes you publich more prudently, too. There's nothing worse that subscribing to an editing freak, with posts published and republished over and over. (Okay, can't help but to throw in a bit of Netiquette.)

If you want to add a counter to your blog and see who visits, a free one that installs itself into your template (great if you don't know or care what a template is) is SiteMeter. It's free. It will install for you. You have to say whether you want the stats to be public or not; it defaults to public.

I don't have my art blog functional yet, but I've been blogging for several years.

Orchidacea
05-06-2006, 04:28 PM
Michelle, thanks for the info!! I'll be investigating this further. I've about worn my brain out learning new computer things lately, but I'll tackle this sometime soon.

Beanie
05-06-2006, 05:00 PM
Hi folks

I haven't been able to contribute much to WC for ages because of the 'snail like' pace for getting from post to post .... agonising! One loses heart eventually! But today, for some reason, all seems normal!

Potoma said There's nothing worse that subscribing to an editing freak, with posts published and republished over and over. (Okay, can't help but to throw in a bit of Netiquette.)


I worry about this because I find that, when creating posts with Blogger, the 'Preview' feature does not show how it truly will look on your blog when it is published, - this is especially true where one has images in the post. It is supposed to be "WYSWYG" (what you see is what you get) but this actually isn't so.

Often once published I find that my published post needs 'tidying up' otherwise it would have large gaps and spaces between paragraphs and images. It is very frustrating and I am aware that it means people may receive more than one notification of a 'new post'.

I suspect that a more experienced IT person would be able to get over this problem easily? Any suggestions would be very welcome .....

Katherine T
05-06-2006, 06:06 PM
:wave: Hi Lesly - I'd been wondering what had happened to you!

I an equally frustrated and haven't found a way round it yet. My guess is that it's the images which cause the problem.

Paloma - have you not included a lot of images on your blogs in the past? Maybe when you start posting images to your art blog you'll find out why all those with illustrated blogs (using Blogger) tend to have to edit........;)

Also I can't post the thread specific hyperlink to the post until I've done the first post. So my routine is to have Blogger open in IE doing the edit plus a published version in IE - because as well know how it looks in IE can be different from how it looks in Blogger. And I then go and chase down the thread specific hyperlink address by clicking on the post in the 'last 10 posts' list - and then copy it back to the IE edit version. While at the same time checking for any glitches in formatting in both IE and Firefox and adjusting to suit.

Michelle - how do you find the gallery facilities in Wordpress? I'm concerned that I won't have as much flexibility as I do at present if I switched..........

Potoma
05-06-2006, 08:45 PM
Yes, I've posted many, many pictures with success. I am frustrated that the preview is less than stellar, too.

The secret is that you should have an additional blog to post your pictures to, then use the picture's html to compose on your main blog. Or do it/proof it on the second blog and transfer the html. That way your main Blogger posts are better and you look much more organized. It only adds one step, a cut and paste from one to the other.

khourianya
05-07-2006, 12:37 PM
I actually creatd a photoblog for may paintings and sketches this week. I'm trying to do a painting or sketch everyday and am hoping the dedication to posting them will keep me on track!

So far - I really like it. I didn't htink i would, because I have such a terrible time finding time to update my current websites. However - the process is so simple with the blog site I chose, that I can't help but take the minute it takes to update!

I recommend starting one to help with goals, but I am still a strong believer in an actual website to display your work you want to sell. It gives a much more professional feeling and people will feel you are more serious because you have invested the time to set up a website. Anyone can start a blog and say they are serious - a website is an investment in yourself.

Just my 2 cents.

Piper Ballou
06-11-2006, 12:05 AM
So now that six months have passed since this thread was started, question, how many are blogging, starting blogging, started but stopped blogging, in other words...
After six months how is everyone doing-----to blog or not to blog, that is the question
piper

Beanie
06-11-2006, 06:29 AM
Hi Piper ... yes still blogging away, and not a week passes that I don't refine or change something on it!!! Hope everyone else is enjoying theirs and keeping them going. Here's to art-blogging.

Orchidacea
06-11-2006, 07:20 AM
I just posted a reply here, but it seems to have disappeared.

Has it been six months already? Yikes.

I'm still blogging, and I really enjoy it. There's something about putting my words and thoughts "out there" that I find gratifying and also motivating. I have a small but growing audience and I get a kick out of knowing they're there. I also ahve a second blog for some of my non-art-related musings, and I've started using a third, private blog as a personal journal (to replace my non-existent memory, lol). The electronic format really works for me.

In addition, I regularly read several blogs that started from this thread. I like that feeling of connection. I rarely come to WC anymore because the pages take so incredibly long to load--I just can't spare the time--and I miss it. It's nice to keep up with what people are doing.

I have a website now, too, and I never would've dared try it if I hadn't learned a lot from blogging first...so I say, "power to the blog!"

Orchidacea
06-11-2006, 07:26 AM
I was just reading back over this thread--it reminded me of a lot of things I'd meant to investigate for my blog! I got kind of burned out on learning new technical things, lol.

Is anyone using Technorati tags? I notice Katherine said she likes them....I still don't quite get the concept, and wonder what other folks think about it.

Piper Ballou
06-11-2006, 11:55 AM
I actually started a blog last summer but did not keep up with it, thinking about getting going again...I used Yahoo but might switch to blogger, I sure like the format there
piper

Merethe T
06-11-2006, 06:45 PM
This is a great thread, haven't read this before but have now read all of it, great info! And out of it came another blogger - just set up my own blog at Blogger, a couple of hours and there it was....I've had a lot of fun with it..! Don't know what it'll turn into, for now it's far easier than setting up a website, and an easy way to get out there, and keep people who are interested updated on my artventures (;)). Now I'll have to learn all this techie-stuff, sure don't understand half of what your talking about, but I'll get there...;)

Piper Ballou
06-11-2006, 06:53 PM
Merethe...I just looked at your blog and it is wonderful...guess I will have to get busy with it..even saw that you had a vpon link..LOL
piper

Merethe T
06-11-2006, 07:13 PM
Thank you Piper! Was easier than I thought to figure it out, and I'm pleased with the look! Hehe, had to put up the link to vpon, I love the paint-outs.... :) Yes, you should definiatly go for it, it's fun! And who knows what'll come out of it..

Orchidacea
06-11-2006, 08:29 PM
Merethe, your blog looks great! I had to leave a couple of comments.

Susan, if you're reading this, how did you subscribe this with bloglines if she doesn't have a feed up yet?

Karen Margulis
06-12-2006, 07:43 AM
Merethe, Your blog looks great!! I love keeping up with my blog and I have several friends who worry if I don't post! This thread has been a great help to me and I too keep up with several of the blogs started here. The information was so helpful!
Piper, I hope you start back up. Let us know when you do!
Karen

Merethe T
06-12-2006, 01:57 PM
Kim and Karen - thank you! I've seen both your blogs, look wonderful! Yes, this is a very helpful thread,got me started and will be a great help as I work on my blog. It really is a lot of fun, and I've been back to the blogs started here several times. Next step is to figure out this feed-thing...;)

Piper Ballou
06-12-2006, 08:52 PM
okay, I have my blog started. I swtiched from yahoo 360 to blogger

http://piperpastels.blogspot.com

Susan Borgas
06-13-2006, 05:13 AM
Susan, if you're reading this, how did you subscribe this with bloglines if she doesn't have a feed up yet?
Merethe’s feed can be accessed by using this address http://craviapastels.blogspot.com/atom.xml (atom.xml is added on the end of Merethe's blog address) or use the bloglines Easy Subscribe Bookmarklet. If you use bloglines you will see it in the left hand side menu towards the bottom. It is so easy to add feeds to your list as it actually looks for feeds in blogs that you are viewing. It sometimes finds more than one feed so you will need to tick the one of your choice; you can preview the feed before making that choice. :thumbsup:

I luuuuv blogging!!!!:D

Piper Ballou
06-13-2006, 08:46 AM
well, here is a silly question....I do not understand the feed? and not sure how to go about it..and yes, I would like to subscribe to some of the blogs.
and I want to have someone subscribe to my blog but I sure do not know how to go about it? help
I am going to put my name in the address above that Susan left for Merethe and see what happens...

Orchidacea
06-13-2006, 08:16 PM
Thanks, Susan...I had to go explore Bloglines a little more, but now I get it!

Piper, go to your dashboard at blogger.com. Click on "Settings". Then, look at the second row of tabs....the sixth one over is "site feed". Click on that, then make sure that you've chosen YES on the Publish Site Feed option. This gets your feed going. Beyond that, you can use different services to promote your feed, which then lets you put various kinds of subscribe buttons on your blog for your readers. I use Feedburner because it's pretty universal. (You don't have to do this, though. All you have to do is make sure your feed is being published, as described above.)


I have only the most minimal understanding of this stuff, and this explanation probably isn't quite right, lol....go here (http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/feed101;jsessionid=B63D60423F2BEEC15584168554A5985C.app3) to read more. There are also some good explanations buried in this thread--Lesly and a few others understand this far better than I.

Jo Castillo
06-18-2006, 11:50 PM
Hi Pat

Depending on how old your Mac is you should be able to set up a Blogger blog OK. ( http://www.blogger.com )

Here is what Blogger has to say about compatability probs:
" In Mac versions of Internet Explorer, certain buttons are not appearing, such as the buttons for signing in, creating accounts and blogs, and saving profiles. We recommend using Mozilla Firefox for Mac users."

I don't know if this is any help to you but good luck!

Safari works fine as well. Macs and Internet Explorer do not work well and they don't update it for us MAC people.

There is a nice blog reader- RSS - for Mac. Free download at

http://www.newsgator.com/NGOLProduct.aspx?ProdID=NetNewsWire

Easy and keeps track of all your blogs .. mine are now too many. Spend more time on blogs and WC than painting. Ahhhh me.

Jo

Katherine T
06-19-2006, 03:18 AM
"To blog or not to blog?" - well I'm very definitely still blogging:
I've now been blogging for six months
I've learned an awful lot during that time - most of which is written down in the Blogging Resources (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=265364)thread in Internet Sales Strategies Forum - which is where most of the blogging info is shared.
I post to my blog Making A Mark (http://makingamark.blogspot.com/) generally 6 days out of 7, and sometimes twice a day - I've now posted 220 times and plan to continue in pretty much the same vein - except when access to a computer is limited.
In addition I've built a considerable resource in terms of links which are relevant to me and my interests - and might also be of interest to people who read my blog. One reader wrote to me and said she now uses my blog in preference to Google or Yahoo as she can generally find what she wants to know faster! (And I do have a pastels section in the right hand column ;))
Hits (in terms of readers and individual pages) increase on a steady basis. I currently average between 60-80 readers per day and get between 150-250 on good days. They come from all over the world (see the Clustr map and the Mapstats in the right hand column) - in May only 7% came from Wet Canvas and a lot come from my blog being on other bloggers blogrolls.
I found Technorati shortly after I started blogging. Technorati was tracking some 33 million blogs when I started and is now tracking 44.9 million blogs and 2.6 billion links. I have watched my blog ranking within Technorati climb during the last six months:
it started off as something like 1 million and something (I had quite a few people who linked to me at the start hence why I skipped the first 32 million blogs from 6 months ago! ;))
According to my current Technorati ranking (http://www.technorati.com/profile/pastelsandpencils) I am now ranked 58,775 with 121 links from 47 sites (and note that I don't do reciprocal linking - I only link because I want to and it's relevant to the site not because somebody has linked to me)
I now gets lots of people writing to me to tell me about their blog - which I think means my blog has now "gained weight" in the linking world.
all the communicating and linking and tagging has had a very beneficial impact in SEO terms ie where my blog ranks on different tag searches within Technorati and key word searches within different browsers
there is no question in my mind that:
blogs are not the same as websites (websites are image galleries and blogs tend to be text based with images and are much more interactive)
blogs complement websites well but work best when interacting with readers through the comments function
my blog has had a beneficial impact in terms of the quantity and quality of hits to my website "Pastels and Pencils" (http://www.pastelsandpencils.com/)
(http://www.pastelsandpencils.com/)
blogs work well for very specialised interests
images alone won't have an impact on browser searches
good quality content generates readers (blogs need a reason for a reader to make a link or to return)
good content must be well written with key words in mind if it is to have impact on browser searches.
I've never really had to think something up to blog about because of the nature of my blog
I've throughly enjoyed myself blogging, have learned lots of completely new things about how to have an effective presence on the Internet and have met lots and lots of really great new people in the process. This last aspect has been the biggest bonus I've got from blogging - it has both widened my artistic horizons and developed my networks.

Piper Ballou
06-23-2006, 11:15 AM
okay...KIM help...
I have subscribed to feedburner, and now I do not know what to do.
really all I want or need to have people get an email or something when I post something new on my blog, is that even possible...and how do I do that.
going to do more research- did I tell you all that I have trouble with a remote?
piper

Katherine T
06-23-2006, 03:02 PM
Piper - i find some people like to burn feeds (you get the new content more or less instanteously) while others haven't yet got to grips with feedreaders and want an e-mail.

I think the important thing is to offer people a choice

On my blog I use Feedblitz as a way of people getting an automatic e-mail about new content (which generally arrives the next day) and Feedburner to provide them with a feed which can be read by a number of different feed readers - generally within minutes of new content being posted.

Piper Ballou
06-23-2006, 03:11 PM
thanks Katherine for your help, I am checking out Feedblitz now, and hopefully will have it up and going soon
piper

scall0way
06-23-2006, 03:40 PM
It's interesting to see where people are going with their blogs. I started with a Yahoo 360 blog too, and still have it but have not used it lately. Especially after I got a Nastygram from Yahoo threatening to shut me down after I'd posted one of my nude paintings from art class there, :lol:.

But mainly the Yahoo 360 does not offer much in the way of customization, or HTML (not that I'm an HTML whiz by any means) - and I loved the more professional look of the blogger blogs that many people had, so decided to create a blog there. I'm happy with that blog so far. I have had a really crazy six months this year dealing with a lot of health issues with my dad, and art has taken rather a back seat in my life, so I have not updated my blog nearly as much as I would like.

I use Sitemeter to keep track of visits to my blog, and I've only had 268 total since I started it, and average about 4-6 visits a week - so I'm hardly burning up the art/blog world. :lol:. It's probably mostly just a few of you who check in occasionally, and my son subscribes to my feed. :D

But I do love having the blog, and following some of your blogs as well. I'll have to add Piper's and Merethe's to my Feedreader. They are both lovely blogs as well. I have to face that I'm mostly just an artist wannabe right now, never sold a painting, no good avenues to even sell my works if I wanted. No customer base. No time to even paint much these days. Still slogging along with the *nudes* in art class. :D

Maybe I should post some of my older paintings again, just to keep my blog "alive" until I can paint more again. My son was telling me I had not posted much lately. I keep hoping to create that masterpiece to post, heh heh. This was a hard spring for me in art class, and I didn't even post most of what I did in class, as I was not happy with most of it.

But I do get personal satisfaction from having a blog, and I guess that is the main thing right now.

Katherine T
06-23-2006, 04:53 PM
Debbie - we all blog for different reasons but that last reason has got to be by far the best reason for having a blog. :thumbsup:

You certainly don't have to be into selling paintings to have a blog - in fact some of the best blogs I read do what you do and I do - which is just share the things we produce.

I've always been into gathering and sharing information as well and really enjoy the resources aspect of mine - but essentially I'm just gradually working my way through my art books, my art supplies and the exhibitions I go to and share my take on them. And I really like a lot of the other art blogs which do the same thing.

The lovely thing about blogging though is you get to tailor it just the way you want it to be rather than having to fit into somebody else's framework for how things work. Bottom line - it's a really creative endeavour and results in your blog becoming much more about you as an individual.

Orchidacea
06-23-2006, 10:03 PM
Piper...I think Feedblitz is great. I'm much more apt to go look at a blog after a Feedblitz reminder than if it just shows up on my Bloglines page.

Anyone with a feedreader can subscribe to your feed, but it's helpful for folks to see the chiclet on your blog announcing that a feed is available. I put the Feedburner one on mine. I don't know if people recognize it or not, but at least it's there.

Katherine--thank you for the wealth of information! I went over to the INternet Sales Forum to check out all the blogging info and I was overwhelmed! I still don't even understand how Technorati tags work. I joined and everything, just don't understand about the tags. Anyone who can explain would be welcomed!

Katherine T
06-25-2006, 02:03 AM
Kim - good question!

Technorati is used in a variety of ways - and one of those ways is find blogs which blog about a particular thing.

As I indicated earlier, at the present time there are lots and lots individual blog posts and there needs to be some way of sorting them. Some people use blog software which offers the scope to categorise but a lot use Blogger and other software which doesn't.

To compound this there are rather a lot of blog posts out there. To give you an idea of the size of 'pool' of posts, WC currently has a total of c.4.7 million posts. As indicated earlier Technorati is trying to track 2.7 billion posts

Tags are a way of providing categories for the content of individual posts. What the tags do is enable blog authors to say what their post should be listed under in Technorati - which means that people looking for the latest posts about pastels can find them - and also the blogs which are blogging about pastels. So if you do a search on tags within Technorati for 'pastels' you get to see what is there. This is the html for that search http://www.technorati.com/tag/pastels which will take you to the Technorati page for that search (just change the word at the end or insert a new term in the search box within the tags tab - and you'll see the results for that term). The difference between this and a more conventional blog search is that Technorati tells you when that person blogged (eg 10 minutes ago / 6 hours ago / 2 days ago etc) and you get more text than you might get in a conventional browser search.

Tip! After tagging for a few times I thought this had a lot of potential for extreme tedium. So here's what you do to tag and finish in about a minute:
I worked out what were that tags I would use on a regular basis and wrote them all out in a Word document
I then created categories for the different 'types' of post I usually do and copied the tags across to create all the tags I might for one type of post.
when I do a post about (say) pastels - I go to the pastel section of my word document, copy the tags and then paste them into the html screen of my Blogger post - at the end of the post
They are preceded by a subtitle 'Technorati tags' and I make them all a smaller font size so that they don't compete with the content of the post
then if anybody reading my blog wants to find other posts about (say) pastels they click on the pastels tag and get taken to the same page as the one I've indicated above ie http://www.technorati.com/tag/pastelsDoes that make sense?

Orchidacea
06-25-2006, 07:45 AM
Whew! Yes it makes sense...except--how does that line with a list of tags on my Blogger blog get linked to a Technorati search? Do I need to put some code in there or something?

Katherine T
06-27-2006, 07:06 AM
Whew! Yes it makes sense...except--how does that line with a list of tags on my Blogger blog get linked to a Technorati search? Do I need to put some code in there or something?Kim - there's something about this which I wrote in the big Blogging resources thread in ISS

quick guide
go to technorati and put a word in the search line and then click on 'tag' (this is what you get is search on the 'pastel' tag http://www.technorati.com/tag/pastel )
look in the top left hand corner - do you see the bit of text which readsWhatís this? A tag is like a subject or category. This page shows blog posts, photos, and links that have been tagged . To contribute to this page, just post to your blog and include this code (http://www.technorati.com/tag/pastel#taglink).
now click on the 'this code' and you will get the code for the 'pastel' tag which is <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/pastel" rel="tag">pastel</a>
to create more tags use the 'help' function but essentially you just replace pastel in two places with (say) 'painting' or 'drawing' or whatever. the only complication is when you have two words when it needs to read <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/pastel+painting" rel="tag">pastel painting</a>
you then insert the html code in your html window of your blogger software and it publishes as the one (or two word) tags you includedAny questions?

Orchidacea
06-27-2006, 07:36 AM
Thank you, Katherine--that helps!

Beanie
10-04-2006, 05:05 PM
I'm so glad that people are still going with their blogs. Although there are thousands of new blogs out there each day I am sure that many of them soon die of !!! I like to think of mine swimming along amongst the rest ....

Had it for 9 months now. Gradually my 'hits' have increased and my regular visitors too. But it takes a long time so keep persevering. It helps a lot to join Technorati (free) and register your 'tag' words on your profile. This helps your blog to be found when people do a search (although you may still be amongst hundreds listed in the search results!).

I read somewhere that a good way to send traffic to ones blog was to join a weekly 'meme'. So I joined 'Thursday Thirteen' for a while ... each Thursday members publish thirteen things of interest to/or about themselves, then visit each others blogs to read them and leave their link. My hit rate shot up like a rocket ......... BUT

a. I found it a bit onerous to produce the 13 things each week.
b. I was spending a huge amount of precious art time visiting the other Thirteeners.
c. Most of the blogs (with a few great exceptions) had no 'artistic' content.

In the end I decided that the traffic being generated was actually spurious to what I wanted .... which is for people to visit my blog because they are interested in art and painting.

Have other WC members tried joining a meme .... and what did they think of it?

Oh dear this is turning into a bit of a saga ...... so I'll shut up! :wave: :wave:

Beanie
10-04-2006, 05:17 PM
POSTSCRIPT ...

oops! I forgot to mention how much great input Katherine T has put to this thread ... she is definitely Queen of Blogs! Thank you so much Katherine ... I could never go about it all as professionally as you have but you have been such a help to me with mine.

ronnie56
10-24-2006, 10:39 PM
Well, I realize I am late to weigh in on this subject, but I just became aware of art blogs about six weeks ago, and have been actively blogging and posting a daily painting for the last three weeks. It has been a great experience, a great way to share my art with others, and most importantly has become the motivator for me to keep painting and posting on a daily basis. I also feel part of a community, so it is all good. I highly recommend it!

Rhonda Hurwitz
www.rhondasart.blogspot.com

Katherine T
10-25-2006, 03:03 PM
POSTSCRIPT ...

oops! I forgot to mention how much great input Katherine T has put to this thread ... she is definitely Queen of Blogs! Thank you so much Katherine ... I could never go about it all as professionally as you have but you have been such a help to me with mine.Beanie - thank you so much for your comment - much appreciated.

I'd just like to add that I've also met a lot of very nice people while blogging and seen a lot of good art on the blogs I visit - and both are definitely big bonuses for me.

Karen Margulis
10-28-2006, 09:40 PM
Just saw this thread again. I'd like to thank Katherine and Beanie for their help when I was getting started. I've had my blog for a year now and it has really helped me stay motivated to paint! I recommend it!
Karen

Beanie
12-05-2006, 02:22 PM
Hi Artist Bloggers,

In case you don't know yet I have started a new site for Artist Blog Links. Some WC members have joined already but I hope more will do so. :)

The site is not quite 2 weeks old and over 30 artists have added their names to the list ............ so you might like to take a look.

ART BLOGS 4 U (http://artblogs4u.blogspot.com)

The more people who join the more traffic the site will get .... and more people will get a chance to find YOUR blog.

Hoping to see you there ..... :thumbsup:

Katherine T
12-05-2006, 02:41 PM
Just saw this thread again. I'd like to thank Katherine and Beanie for their help when I was getting started. I've had my blog for a year now and it has really helped me stay motivated to paint! I recommend it!
KarenThanks Karen

Do we know how many pastel artists on WC now have a blog which they post to on a regular basis (in other words am I missing any for my squidoo lenses?)

Merriel
12-07-2006, 04:22 PM
Wow what a great thread. Thank you for starting this up. There is so much
information to consume but so worth it. I have been wanting to do a blog a well as a website but keep putting it off because it has taken me forever to even understand posting images. I really enjoy looking at everyone's beautiful work here and learning so much. It certainly keeps one motivated. I've just
upgraded my Mac with Tiger 10.4. so hopefully I'll be able to do this. I've
always had someone upgrade my computer for me but decided it was time
for me to learn my programs which I've never really done. How can you
be a full time artist and full time computer addict. Pretty hard. Everyone
here seems to beable to handle all of it. I will give it a try and I thank everyone here for such positive feedback and information. You all are sure
motivators. I guess first I need to get rid of the name leirrem to Merriel and try to put a banner there. I think I read somewhere to put up your picture and use your own name. I may start there. Thanks

Merriel

ronnie56
12-21-2006, 05:57 PM
I will put in my two cents. I started a blog at the end of September (LorraineJoy -- a blog is simply an online diary that an artist, or anyone, can post an entry to each day, or as often as they wish, including visual images like paintings. It has a web address).

Susan Borgas
12-21-2006, 06:28 PM
How can you
be a full time artist and full time computer addict.
Merriel I often find that being involved with forums such as WetCanvas plus my blog where I have contact with other artists stimulating and end up working in my studio more often than I had before that virtual contact. I ended up starting a new blog called SnapShots to compliment my Arts & Stuff blog. Each blog will offer something different, especially for artist. Websites and Blogs do take time to maintain because they need to be kept up to date but gee it is a fantastic marketing tool for ourselves as artist. If that makes us computer addicts, I love it! We just need a extra eight hours in the day to do it all :thumbsup:.

I did read somewhere but for the life of me I can't remember where but the gist of it is a professional artist needs to spend 50% of their time painting and the other 50% marketing. So there you have it, we need to spend time on the computer to get ourselves known :D . Why do I get the feeling it means a paper trail as well....:lol:

ronnie56
12-21-2006, 07:12 PM
I will put in my two cents.

I started a blog at the end of September. (LorraineJoy -- a blog is simply an online diary/personal website that an artist, or anyone, can post an entry to each day, or as often as they wish, including visual images like paintings). My goal was to paint more frequently, so I committed to doing daily paintings and posting them on line. I let family and friends know about it, and there is also an online community of daily painters that my blog is linked to.

After roughly ten weeks:
-I met my goal of painting more often (except during the holidays...I'm taking two weeks off, life is like that sometimes).
-I have gotten interesting comments and encouragement from people who visit my blog.
-Surprisingly...I have sold a few small paintings.
-I love the progress it has helped me make, and as a result I am even more committed to improving as an artist and really working at it.

Bottom Line: If you have some time to invest in it, and want to try it, you should. There is no downside. I really recommend it.

Rhonda Hurwitz
www.rhondasart.blogspot.com

P.S. I am very non-computer savvy, so I understand what people mean when they say it took all day to set up. It probably took me longer than that! but if you post a question here about how to do something (post an image, etc.), some kind soul on WetCanvas will answer you and tell you how!

Merriel
12-23-2006, 08:58 PM
Hi everyoe and Mery Xmas! I finally got the blog up, but haven't been able to get the banner up. I have it prepared just can't seem to get it posted. Tried changing my picture also and it won't accept my picture. I must be using the wrong pixels or something. I will keep working on it after Xmas. It took me
several days to do the blog just a couple of hours at a time though. I'm still
not sure I have it all the way it should be. Will find out as I go along I'm sure.

Have a great Xmas and happy New Year.

merriel

Susan Borgas
12-23-2006, 09:23 PM
Merriel this screen print will help show you how I did mine. I loaded up my banner to ImageShack then used the code (choose the code that looks like mine as there are more than one to choose from) that ImageShack provides to post the banner to Blogger as shown in the screen print. Yours will have your own banner name rather than SnapShots as you see in the image. As I want my banner when clicked on to point back at SnapShots, I have added some extra code and left some out as I have seen on other blogs.

This is what my code looks like with a caps replacing my blog name and banner code;

<a href="http://YOURBLOGNAME.blogspot.com"><img src="http://img186.imageshack.us/YOURBANNERCODE.jpg" border="0" alt="Banner" /></a>
<p>
Copyright free digital photos by artist Susan Borgas

If you need further help just let me know.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Dec-2006/13752-Banner_help.jpg

Merriel
12-24-2006, 08:22 PM
Thank you Susan. I will work on this after Xmas. It always sounds so easy and then when I start in, it gets confusing. Have a great Xmas.

merriel