Have you blogged lately? Do you know what it is? Do you care? Wikipedia gives a good explanation –
“Blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art.
My art blog is http://nancystandlee.blogspot.com with the title of Nancy Standlee Art Blog.
My post of August 2, 2007 combined text, images, (the painting) links to other blogs (articles written than I had quoted) and web pages, (a Van Gogh gallery) and other media (YouTube for the song) related to the topic.
My goals for the summer included starting a blog, get on MySpace and clean house. Well, 2 out of three aren’t too bad. MySpace address is http://myspace.com/nancystandlee and if you’re there invite me to be your friend, please. All of this has happened during the month of July and I’m still learning everyday and spending many hours at the computer. After the decision to blog was made, the first thing I did was reserve all the books the local library had on blogging – exactly what a retired librarian would be expected to do. It’s been a continuous learning curve ever since. You go to the time and trouble to set up a blog and you want people to visit, leave comments, and best of all subscribe to your blog. This is the long, hard, time consuming part. I chose to use Blogger.com. It was started by three friends and purchased by Google. Now Google has the largest index of websites available on the World Wide Web and the industry’s most advanced search technology and a special search area just for blogs. It is easy to get started with only 3 steps and you’re blogging. To increase your web presence you need to link to others blogs and web sites. I think blogs are a great way to showcase your newest art pieces, get a following, and then paint and post. In the beginning, there is more time devoted to posting than to painting but that should gradually even out. One word of caution, web content changes and pages are removed, but a blog is forever so do not post anything you wouldn’t want to see in print sometime in the next 5 years. After the “spider bots” creep by and index your posts, that’s it. These are the lovable spiders (computer programs) that crawl by and gather information about your page for their search engines and show up in the SERPS (search engine results page). Type in your name in a Google search and see how much information is on the web about your art.
In order to have another site link, besides I thought it would just be fun, I designed a site the latter part of July, http://ArtistFoodNetwork.blogspot.com for artists to showcase their very best recipe with an image of a food ingredient, or a serving of the recipe. It is just now being launched and we have high hopes for it. I majored in Home Economics in college (there is no such animal anymore) and I have a love of food and recipes so it makes a perfect place for me to post now that my love of painting has been added to the mix. You can read the qualifications for submitting a piece of art and a recipe on the Artist Food Network blog.
My vocabulary has increased this summer and I’ve been throwing around words such as Technorati, FeedBlitz, Googlebot, Del.icio.us, Dashboard, Page Rank, SiteCounter, Blog Catalog, FaceBook, labels, affiliate programs. One Canvas By Canvas member returned from a Baltic Cruise and asked another, “Is Nancy speaking a foreign language?” I have added 2 affiliate programs to my personal blog site, Nancy Standlee Art Blog, and I would appreciate your clicking on them before placing Amazon or Dick Blick orders.
I belong to Canvas by Canvas (http://canvasbycanvas.com) a collaborative group of 11 Texas artists and we’ve just celebrated our first year anniversary by painting mini cupcakes on 6” x 6” gallery wrapped canvas for sale on our site. Our web site is handled by one of our members, Betty Taylor, and it is a huge job and we appreciate the work she does for us. We have a blog for the group at http://canvasbycanvas.blogspot.com and more than half of the group are now bloggers. It may take a few phone calls and editing for some to post but they are posting. Others have taken off with the idea and post regularly. By regularly, some daily painters post Monday through Friday. Other member’s blog sites are listed here for you to visit.
Please drop by and visit our blogs and web site, leave comments, subscribe to us through the FeedBlitz Subscribe link (usually at the top right of a page and you’ll receive email updates) and most important if you have a site or develop a blog, LET’S TRADE LINKS.
We have a large group of DFW area artists and we could help each other’s web presence by linking up. Remember also IF you have the best ever recipe, paint it, send us the recipe, and a photo and a short bio and we’ll publish it and we can link our sites. Our email for the recipe/art information is firstname.lastname@example.org .
I belong to area art groups: SWA, SWS, and TVAA and to the Society of Acrylic Painters TSAP_Membership@yahoogroups.com “Kathy Rabold” TSAP email@example.com and www.isap-usa.com The International Society of Acrylic Painters
Eat Well ~ Paint Your Food ~ Laugh Often
Where I post:
http://marketplace-daily-art.blogspot.com (where several of us post and they accept other artist’s work)
Our Canvas by Canvas web site
5509 Marshfield Ct
Arlington, Texas 76016