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I scoured the 257 posts (to date) from 2010 and came up with a Best Of list.
These might not have produced the highest number of comments, but they incited discussion or had information that I thought was most relevant. And many did, indeed, have the most comments.
Here’s a look back.
If you are one of the artists wrestling with a commitment to your studio, I have a solution: Spend just 15 minutes a day checking in with your art.
Do you identify with being an artist of your region? How important is geography to your identity as an artist?
Marketing lessons are all around us if we pay attention. Guest blogger Michael Lynn Adams shares a personal experience with his hairdresser — one that taught him at least three lessons for his art career.
Get offline from time to time and interact in the real world—especially when it comes to your marketing. Send postcards to your mailing list three to four times a year as part of keeping your name in front of people.
Your art isn’t for everyone. Once you understand this, you’ll have an easier time finding the people who appreciate your work.
Only one of the reasons to title your art is for search engines.
The title pretty much says it all.
Artists who sell art to art consultants are often asked to give their wholesale prices. This gives consultants a say-so in final pricing. Is that okay?
Seven steps to encourage friends on Facebook to become fans of your business page.
Artists with fan pages on Facebook should have a good description of their art, images of the art, and–something many forget–a complete credit line with each piece.
My sister-in-law, Shelly Lewis Stanfield, has sold hundreds of paintings without a blog or social media.
David Castle shares his secrets for gaining raving fans and making extra sales. David has since told me that artists, in their enthusiasm for what he is doing, continue to contact him about this post.
What was your most popular or favorite post of 2010? Feel free to leave it in a comment.