EBSQ Friday Five

First Frost by Louise Mead

1. First Frost by Louise Mead caught my eye this morning for those brilliant blues, but also because we had our first frost of the year just this week.

2. Self-publishing is all the craze right now, so here’s some tips on creating your own art book via Blurb.

3. Blogging isn’t for everyone. I personally believe blogging, when done right, can be a invaluable resource and a way to attract visitors and new fans to your art. But you must be doing it right to see any of the positive effects. Here’s a good list of the do’s and don’t’s.

4. Speaking of blogs, MuddyColors is one of my favorites. It is a treasure trove of both entertaining posts and informative ones. Check out Greg Manchess’ latest post, 10 Things about Value.

5. From Business Insider: 23 Recent Works Of Art That Shook History

Taking a Second Look at Tumblr

Tumblr is not a new site, but it has grown by leaps and bounds over the last three years. More often than not I see things posted on Pinterest which came directly from someone’s Tumblr site. In simple terms, Tumblr is three things:

A. A community

B. A blogging site

C. The father of Pinterest

Tumblr tends to be image heavy, attracting new artists and photographers to the site daily. Members follow blogs and reblog what they love (the pin and repin model). Some Tumblr sites consist of only reblogs. This is supported and encourage. If you run a creative business, Tumblr can be a great way to introduce your art to its members. Tumblr is also a perfect site for those artists who find the writing side of blogging a challenge. They have themes set up to look like galleries. All you have to do is post your picture, add a caption and you’re done! My personal Tumblr site is a combination of my art, things I love, and reblogs from other Tumblr sites.

If you’re a resistant blogger, Tumblr might be worth your time. I treat Tumblr as an additional creative outlet. It does not replace my blog, it is something entirely new. It also does not eat into my busy schedule. I spend about 15-20 minutes on the site every other day, posting something and checking out the other sites I follow. If you decide to take the plunge and need a little help EBSQ artists can contact me through my profile page.

Tumblr FAQs

  • As of June 8, 2012, Tumblr has over 58.9 million blogs.
  • Half of Tumblr’s visitor base is under the age of 25.
  • The slogan, We are the 99%, originated from a Tumblr blog.
  • Tumblr has an Superb App for blogging on the go.

EBSQ Tips for Awesome Art Blogs

Have you run out of ideas for your next blog post? EBSQ Tips for Awesome Art Blogs will feature some of the more creative posts our artists are taking advantage of to spice up their blogs.

Letraset Markers Review by Mark SatchwillToday’s Tip: Product Reviews

Product reviews are another great way to spice up your blog and offer something informative to your readers. Believe it or not there are thousands of people searching the web this very instant for a product review. They want to know if those paints are worth buying or if the latest image editing software is worth the high price tag. Writing the occasional product review can bring in new visitors to your blog and in turn introduce them to your art.

What does it take?

You can review anything. Maybe a new type of watercolor paper you are experimenting with or you could explore outside your profession. Reviewing something you are genuinely interested in also gives readers a glimpse of the real you, which is after all what they are looking for when they seek out your blog.

Rules of Thumb

  1. Always try to be objective in your review.
  2. Provide your own personal images of the product (and the results if it’s art related).
  3. Provide links so readers know where to purchase the product.

A few EBSQ artists who have taken advantage of the “product review” post include Melanie Pruitt (Blog), Sara Burrier (Blog), Amanda Makepeace (Blog), Jennifer Lommers (Blog), Kathleen Ralph (Blog), and Mark Satchwill (Blog).

EBSQ Tips for Awesome Art Blogs

Have you run out of ideas for your next blog post? EBSQ Tips for Awesome Art Blogs will feature some of the more creative posts our artists are taking advantage of to spice up their blogs.

Feature an Artist on your BlogToday’s Tip: The Featured Artist

Featuring another artist on your blog is an excellent change of pace to the day in, day out posts about your own art. It’s also a great way to show your admiration for a fellow artist. But did you know it’s a way to drive more traffic to your blog too? When you feature an artist that artist naturally tells their fans, friends and family they’ve been featured. It’s a win for both the blogger and the artist.

What does it take?

A featured artist post doesn’t need to be complicated. It can be as simple as introducing the artist, telling your readers why you admire their work, and sharing some of their art. Or you could turn the post into an interview, like our own EBSQ Blogger of the Week features. Prepare a set of questions and approach one of your favorite artists today!

Rules of Thumb

  1. Always ask the artist’s permission before posting their artwork to your blog.
  2. Invite your featured artist to respond to questions and comments on their post.
  3. Have a plan for sharing your blog post across various social networks so you gain the most exposure possible!

A few EBSQ artists who have taken advantage of the “featured artist” post include Miriam Schulman (Blog), Sherry Key (Blog), and Melanie Pruitt (Blog).

EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere.

Peaceful Twilight by Michael Glover

1. Peaceful Twilight – Stunning. Need I say more about Michael Glover’s new photograph?

2. Edith and Promarker Ultra-fine Nibs – Mark Satchwill discusses is latest portrait and includes an incredible time-lapse video of its creation.

3. Review of the Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener – Kari Tirrell offers up a product review on a very retro pencil sharpener.

4. Post your Etsy Treasury on Facebook – Miriam Schulman has an in-depth post on sharing Etsy treasuries on Facebook

5. Increasing Traffic to your Blog – Natasha Wescoat’s simple and to the point tips will help you draw more visitors to your blog.

 

EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere.

Bali Hai by Melanie Pruitt

1. EBSQ and New Kauai Painting – One of our newest members gave a shout out on her blog. I couldn’t resist returning the goodwill. Welcome to EBSQ Melanie!

2. The Vault – Sara Burrier has opened it. What is it? Only she can tell you.

3. Art Organizations – Art organizations can be in invaluable tool. What organizations do you belong to?

4. Entry in the Enigma Show – Sherry Key has an interesting post up on not just her entry but the story and ideas behind its creation.

5. 12 Blogging Tips for Crafters and Artists – This is an older post, but the information is still relevant. If you are struggling with your blog check this post out for some great ideas.