EBSQ Bloggers of the Week: Tips for Blogging Part 2

This week, in lieu of the Blogger of the Week feature, we are taking a look back through our featured Bloggers and focusing on some of the tips they gave for successful art blogging. Most artists know by now that blogging can be extremely beneficial for marketing their art, but it can also be the biggest hurdle to overcome. We hope some of these top tips help!

Diapente by Sandra Willard1. Sandra Willard

The best way that I’ve found to improve my blog is by reading other people’s blogs.  I make notes about what I like about their blogs and then consider doing the same thing with mine.  One of my favorite blogs is usually about art but every so often she interjects personal or interesting comments regarding something she had discovered that day.  It’s fun to see what other artists do outside of their studio.  It helps me to understand what inspires them and where they come from.

The Google Analytics tool has become my new best friend. For example, since following the statistics of readers to my blog, I’ve noticed that the titles of my posts seem to be the reason people find my blog. So I try to make them relevant to the content of the post.

If someone leaves a comment be sure to follow up on it.  There is no better feeling then when I get a response to a comment that I’ve posted on someone else’s blog!

Needles of Light by Jeanne Forsyth2. Jeanne Forsyth

Stay current – I try to post at least once a week.  When I do a work in progress, I will spread that out over several posts.  This keeps my readers interested and checking back for progress updates.

Pictures are a big deal.  Good quality is a must.  Art buyers, and gallery owners are looking at your work. First impressions mean everything.  I edit every picture before putting it on the blog.  Usually the color from the camera is not as vibrant as my painting in real life.  I will do the necessary adjustments needed for the best quality.  Cropping the picture also allows the viewer to see the piece clearly and pleasing to the eye.

I try to keep my articles in my blog on an upbeat and positive note.  I think most people are in looking more than reading, so keeping it simple and directed to the artwork works best for me.

My objective is to motivate and inspire my readers.  The best compliment to me is when a reader takes the time to comment on my work.  I always try to respond back, and pay that blogger a visit if they are keeping a blog.

Watercolors by Erika Nelson3. Erika Nelson

My biggest tip is not to get too wordy and try to have a focus like you need a focal point in your painting. People live busy lives and they’re looking for a quick read and hope to gain something (knowledge, humor, good news, etc). from the 5 minutes they have to spare. Must use IMAGES- they are wonderful baits! But same advice – try not to get carried away; too much of anything is too much.

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EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Erika Nelson

Artist Erika Nelson

Who and where are you?

Erika Nelson, but I’d rather be known as ArtByErika since it’s my domain name and it embodies many of my more important accomplishments. I’d also rather be known as an artist online because I seem to be moving from one state to another, but currently I am in Northwest Arkansas, USA, (it just doesn’t feel like home yet).

Tea and Peonies by Erika Nelson

How did you get started art blogging?

I’ve always kept a journal from age 7. I think it’s because I like writing and I like seeing my handwriting 🙂 Growing up in Catholic school in Asia in the Philippines specifically, penmanship, in it’s most legible and tidy condition, was really a worthy skill to master! Journal writing is another art expression of mine that has quickly gone south since I discovered I love computers! Still I am currently on my 2nd 10-year journal book which is quite neglected these recent years due to online blogging.

I remember I saw Robyn Hanzel had a Livejournal and I was so extremely excited that at the prospect of finally having readers (a purpose to expose my thoughts), and I could showcase images of my art as well and feel like a real writer! The rest is history and I’ve since moved to Blogspot because I find it has more traffic. So thanks Robyn for inspiring me!

Portraits by Erika Nelson

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

My biggest tip is not to get too wordy and try to have a focus like you need a focal point in your painting. People live busy lives and they’re looking for a quick read and hope to gain something (knowledge, humor, good news, etc). from the 5 minutes they have to spare. Must use IMAGES- they are wonderful baits! But same advise – try not to get carried away; too much of anything is too much.

Watercolors by Erika Nelson

What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?

The only musical preference I have for painting is radio music As long as I can’t predict what will play and hopefully it’s not music I am too familiar with or I begin to daydream and imagine myself on stage singing and my fans screaming out my name 😀 In most cases I tune into Classical music. But when I need to wake up, I play jazz and classic rock, 70s music. Most of the time I prefer quiet so I can hear the birds outside my window.

Portraits by Erika Nelson

What can we expect to see next from easel?

I just got back from a figurative workshop offered by a master artist Romel Delatorre so I feel very inspired! It’s always a surprise – some watercolors and some oils, some still life, maybe landscape as well. I am providing for 2 local galleries as well as my online artgoddess on Etsy! I also have a couple portrait commissions waiting for more attention and I try to participate in the Daily Paintworks challenge – I love mixing it up as it were! 🙂

http://artbyerika.blogspot.com/

Thank you Erika for being an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!

If you are an EBSQ Artist and would like to be considered for Blogger of the Week just add us to your blogroll. I’m searching EBSQ profiles weekly for links to artist’s blogs. If you aren’t an EBSQ Artist, what are you waiting for?

EBSQ Friday Five

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

Ashleigh Michelle by Mark Satchwill

1. Ashleigh – Mark Satchwill is an amazing portrait artist. Check out his latest marker portrait. Yes, markers!

2. The Etsy Front Page Debate – Don’t miss this informative post by Jennifer Lommers on selling at Etsy and being featured on the front page.

3. Asleep by the Window – Erika Nelson has a wonderful post up on her latest DPW painting and how it came to be. Awesome!

4. Interactive Art Print – Kim Niles of KiniArt has a new print on Zazzle that allows you to change the color of one aspect in the art print (I’m not telling which one). I had to give this a go!

5. Tarot Drawing and Prizes – Misty Benson is holding a drawing for some amazing prizes, but she needs your help. Check out her blog for details on her Kickstarter Project, how you can help and how to enter the Tarot Drawing!