November 30, 2010 | Alyson Stanfield

This Blog is 6 Today

Giesla Hoelscher
©2009 Giesla Hoelscher/Inkblots. Deep Six. Digital collage, inkjet printed on cotton paper & adhered to embellished canvas, 12 x 12 inches.

On November 30, 2004 I published my first blog post. Since I totally flaked acknowledging the 5th anniversary, I'm taking time out this year for a brief walk down memory lane.
In the beginning, this blog had the lame name “Art Thoughts.” It took me 6 months to realize I should be writing about the art business for the steady following I already had from Art Biz Coach and the Art Marketing Action newsletter. Duh.
About that time, I purchased the Art Biz Blog domain name.
To date, there have been 1,888 posts as best I can count. Some are better than others, but I'm confident they've improved greatly over time.
In the summer of 2009, I migrated this blog from TypePad to WordPress. Can you say “That made me happy!”?
I have featured hundreds of artists on this blog and given away tons of free content.
To this date, there have been 11,170ish comments. Thankfully, I don't even need both sets of fingers to count the mean, snide comments.
At some point, I started re-posting the Art Marketing Action newsletters as blog posts rather than pages on my website. I'd tell you when exactly that happened, but it's a convoluted mess. First, it was on a different blog (its own blog) and then we moved them over here, and, and, and . . .
At some other point, this blog became less of a broadcast for me and more of a community. I just can't explain how cool that is for me.
I love all of your comments and your support of other artists who visit and interact here. Keep up the good work!
I've learned a lot about blogging over these six years.
Some of it went into my book, but most of it is updated and part of the Blog Triage Self-Study that I co-created with Cynthia Morris. If you find yourself struggling with your blog, check out the Blog Triage Self-Study.
In just 20 lessons your blog will be in tip-top shape.

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