Blog / 2013 / What Artists Should Blog About

February 17, 2013

A blog is only useful if the person doing it is enjoying it. This should probably go without saying, but, from some of the things that I see on the web, it would seem that some people need it said! Once you have that prerequisite going for you, inspiration for blog posts is really pretty easy to come by:

  1. Talk about the things that make you feel happy, sad, and any other strong emotion.
  2. This includes your art, but you don’t have to limit yourself to that. If it’s something you’re passionate about, it will be interesting for the audience. With this post as well as this one, I don’t talk about art at all really.

  3. Share your opinions.
  4. If you’re too scared to reveal what you really think about things, blogging is probably not a good fit for you. In this video, I respond to criticism that is often leveled at me.

  5. Review art, books, or other media.
  6. You don’t even have to make it clear that the post is a review. Often, I’ll read something or see something that I don’t agree with, and it will move me to write my own take on it. The review aspect is obvious in this post and not in this one, though the latter is a direct response to an article I read.

  7. Along the same lines, steal ideas from other artists’ blogs.
  8. The easiest answer to the question of what artists should blog about is found daily on your peers’ platforms. For example, this post sparked this vlog.

  9. Respond to questions from your audience.
  10. Instead of doing a FAQ section for your site, blog about the things which people ask you about your art, whether you get the question a lot or the query is an unusual one. In this video and this article, I do just that.

  11. Recycle old posts.
  12. If it was worth blogging about once, it might be a good idea to revisit it from a slightly different perspective or in a new format—redoing an article as a vlog, for example. This article is a direct remake of this video.

painting of two clownfishes in an anemone
Gwenn Seemel
What Really Happened When Nemo’s Mother Died (Clownfish)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches
(This painting is part of this series.)
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