Eifuku chimneys - in progress
10 x 10 oil
Have you noticed the bloom fading from the blogosphere over the last year? Is it me or is there a lack of postings, a lack of interaction, an overall malaise that's taking over?
I know there is a lot more competition with blogs besides just the physical numbers of blogs that have appeared. There are also the social network sites that turn everything into bite-sized pieces so that communication is done in half sentences, often just a word or abbreviation. Attention spans and interest levels become fleeting as one thing or another draws our attention then we discard it for something brighter, prettier, more controversial.
I have been blogging since 2006. That is a lot of posts and a lot of time invested in the action of writing, considering topics, sharing, venting - and painting. My original purpose behind my blog was to goad myself into action and make myself accountable to produce more art. And it has done that and I have met many good and creative people along the way. Now I wonder if that tool is required anymore.
Looking through stats, I see that Illustrated Life is classed as being in the top 75 art blogs. What does that mean? It means if you talk enough and post enough for long enough, you attract attention. Is it the right kind of attention? Who knows. Its not led me down the road to fame and riches. That sliver of the pie I've had to cut out the good old fashioned way in real life networking, marketing and showing art. Yes, some online contacts have been made, but ultimately they lead into the real world to become effective.
I am not a comment junkie. I produce art whether anyone reads or comments, its simply what I do. I occasionally look at statistics but aside from telling me that the world loves my post about gummy bears and that tutorial freebies are the crack cocaine of budding artists, they give me little practical insight into being a better artist. A better insight into marketing yes.
I've been thinking back to pre-internet days. Remember those? Well, some of you will. I produced art then, I shared in visual arts circles. No, not so instantaneous in either sharing or receiving input, but that could be a good thing.
Pre-internet I wasn't influenced by a thousand painters imitating a thousand painters. Everything seems so predictable these days. If I see one more slap happy painting of a pear I will vomit. The daily painting movement, while it increased production and practice for many, also increased the number of really horrible paintings too. Churning out pieces daily doesn't work for everyone, but many seem to want to go in that direction. A lemming race perhaps?
So I wonder what I want from this blog now and what it does for me as an artist and a person. Has it become a habit or is it a necessity in the sharing and marketing of my art on a personal and business level? Do I let the blog slide and rely on my website or keep it going? What is the relevance of a blog in 2011/12?
Eifuku chimneys They satisfy my need for bubbles, blues and water.