Below are nine reasons for an artist to start a blog.
Some of these are my reasons and some are just reasons. And they can be applied to most people of most endeavors. Since I’m an artist, I’ve written them especially for artists.
- To do work outside of what people pay you for. Just art for yourself. Having a place to share it is motivation to keep doing it.
- To build an online portfolio and do the work you WANT to be paid to do. Artists have to eat too. At least that’s what my husband tells me.
- Platform to share your work; it’s not meant to be hoarded. Paul Arden says “The problem with hoarding is you end up living off your reserves. Eventually you’ll become stale. If you give away everything you have, you are left with nothing. This forces you to look, to be aware, to replenish…Somehow the more you give away, the more comes back to you.”
- Opportunities for collaboration. Connect with other creatives. #communityovercompetition
- A way to challenge yourself to not fear rejection and get good at sharing instead.
- Outlet for learning. Can’t come up with something to write about? Go learn something and then share it.
- Practice articulating your process in order to constantly be improving.
- Take your work seriously. And to practice calling yourself an artist.
- Incremental forward motion. One post at a time, moving toward meeting your goals. The goal might be intimidating but you can handle one blog post. Right?
Can you detect a theme? Lots of sharing reasons.
All of these reasons and my thought process behind them were hugely inspired by Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work, which is an excellent book for “people who hate the very idea of self-promotion”.
I also loved his definition of amateur he shares in this book: an amateur is an enthusiast who pursues her work in the spirit of love. Blogging can provide an outlet for that pursuit and a platform on which to do it.