What a blog can do for you
- Make you more regular in your art practice -you don't have to post masterpieces, you really don't, and you don't have to do it everyday either, but the more frequent a schedule, the faster you'll get better.
- Help you meet other artists - particularly if you are home-bound for one reason or another. I have three young sons, where I go, they go - we don't get to many museums or fancy art functions :D. But, I now know many artists, all over the world. We read each others blogs, comment, email, etc. I even hoodwinked a few into being part of a private art blog where we critique, encourage and laugh. (See the Fine Art Friends story here.)
- Help you learn - you are going to learn about art, writing, interacting, the art business, the art world, and even the online techie bits. You won't learn it all in a day. But, if you take it one step at a time, you will suddenly look back and see that you have learned alot. There are several people that start a blog, and then just keep taking steps...research something they're interested in so they can post about it, figure out how to jazz up the template for their blog a bit, start putting a few prints up for sale (because it's free to do so), etc. As you read blogs you find posts about the exact question you have or someone who has just done what you were thinking of doing. In general bloggers are helpful people, why not benefit?
- Help you realize goals - whether you feel obligated and therefore knuckle down or whether you meet some great encouragers along the way, you'll suddenly look back and think "wow, I really did it." It feels good to say you will finish X by next week, do it, and then show the world that you did. And again, people will cheer you on. There is nothing like getting a comment that someone likes your X, or really sees improvement since T or can't wait to see Y because your work is amazing, etc.
- Bring you customers - I have only done a few commissions, but all of them have been the result of someone seeing my work on my blog and then asking if I could do something for them. Granted, it is not a whole business plan, I don't live off my artwork or anything like that, but a few extra bucks now and then are nice. As a result of that, I can now begin to think about dipping my toe in some selling arenas. Two years ago if you had said that I was going to be thinking of selling my art, I would have laughed at you in disbelief.