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: Sandra Willard

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week creates stunning works of art not with a pencil or a paint brush, but with small metal stylus’ and wire brushes (that’s a non-experts interpretation). But I don’t have to be an expert to admire the beauty and skill she has in this medium. I’m excited to have here today an amazing scratchboard artist!

Sandra Willard

Who and where are you?

I’m thrilled to be a part of EBSQart.com and honored to be an EBSQ blogger of the week! My name is Sandra Willard and I live in Springfield, the historic capital of Illinois.  In 2004, I moved to Springfield from western Canada to marry my husband, Thomas.  I am a self-taught, professional artist working full-time since April of this year.  I’ve had a passion for art since as long as I can remember and it’s amazing to finally realize my dream of doing this for a living.  For the past two years I’ve concentrated on my work in Scratchboard and I don’t see that coming to an end anywhere in the future.  I can’t even begin to express how excited I am about this medium!

Baby Tiger by Sandra Willard

How did you get started art blogging?

I became really involved with blogs when I was busy with artist trading cards (ATCs).  Since I couldn’t find any local groups to share my ATCs with I turned to the internet for sharing these little miniature art pieces with others.  After reading some of my fellow traders blogs they inspired me to start my own.  I was overwhelmed at first with how much work a blog took but I loved the connections I made with other people who shared my interests.  I eventually switched from a blog about ATCs to one just about my art since that was where my career and passion was leading me.

Bearded Beauties by Sandra Willard

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

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!

Diapente by Sandra Willard

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

I enjoy listening to all kinds of music (especially indie bands) while working on my art but mostly I like to listen to an old TV show, or a movie or an audiobook. Some days I find myself alone in the studio so it’s nice to hear other people’s voices since my dogs aren’t the greatest conversationalists.

Bowl of Cherries by Sandra Willard
What’s coming next from your easel?

I have this fantastic reference photo I took recently of a still life that I set up in my studio.  It’s of this exquisite, blue hydrangea in a silver creamer on top of a delicate, vintage needlelace that I found at a local antique store.  The lighting and composition are really exciting and I think this is going to be an amazing scratchboard.  I’ll be posting updates of it on my blog as I work on it.

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

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