Yesterday afternoon in my studio, where I write my blog posts and push pencils over pastel board, sometimes frantically, other times with care and attention. This is my escape from the rest of the world. As we say in Australia, it’s my Men’s Shed, or in my case, my Man Room.
Christmas is fast approaching. Time to review the year and plan for 2013. It’s good to look back and take stock as it puts one’s artistic endeavours into perspective. It’s also good to have plans for future creative exploits.
Coming from a teacher’s background timetables and planning are second nature. I need to have order in my life, hence notes, calendars etc. I like to be organised and I always aim to meet deadlines. I’ve had a fairly prolific year, but more about that next week.
Today I want to reflect on this blog.
Now in its 5th year and having passed 1,000,000 hits, I wonder what else there is to aim for in my thrice-weekly posts. so many blogs that I once subscribed to are either gone or are so infrequent that I often forget that they exist.
It was once said that most blogs “fall down” after less than 3 months, and this is true. When I started this blog, my aims were to treat it as my personal visual diary, share some of my teaching experiences and the work of other artists and someday reach one million hits. I’ve done all of that and wonder if it’s worth putting in the effort that it takes to make regular posts.
Considering that I have written over 1,150 posts, my ‘comment’ and ‘like’ rates are low, no doubt due to the (lack of) size of my audience reach. Living in Tasmania, Australia is a disadvantage as far as an ‘active audience’ is concerned in regards to promoting one’s art. I am not convinced that the Internet is the ‘saviour’ many profess it to be. Selling art on the Internet is a gamble and always will be.
I see an increasing trend with artists using Facebook to post examples of their work and join in various discussions. The art groups on Facebook provide an excellent platform for artists and I encourage every artist to join at least one or two.
Maybe I should ‘retire’ and concentrate purely on the local art scene.
Time to do some serious thinking.