First, be sure you want to do this, it is a commitment, which we believe is worth the rewards. You build audience, and create a legacy of text based thoughts, focused on your audience. Not sure about having a blog, read our post about why.
Best practices are to be regular, so try to commit to what you can do. Content should be authentic, helpful, and targeted. Imagine who you are talking to as you write. Use words that your audience would use to search for help or information about your topic.
Activate your artist blog by visiting the artist options. Click on the top bar ARTIST,(as illustrated below) and then select menu item 5, "Artist Site Options". You will then see this page below. Put a 1 in the "Artist blog" square, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the gray button "Update Artist Options" and you now have a blog! Your artist blog is automatically connected to your website.
Posting an artist blog entry:
Now that you have activated your artist blog, click on BLOG (see the upper red arrow illustrated below) and come to your main Blog menu. Here you can work with individual entries. On this page you can launch a new posting, see the lower red arrow.
After launching a new post, you see this blank page below. Enter your text here.
IMPORTANT: create your blog first in a separate word document on your computer. When you have it mostly done, copy the article, and paste it here. This avoids time out issues, and losing the blog post. As well in word programs you have the advantage of spell check. Be sure to hit the gray button "Add Blog Entry" or "Update Blog Entry"every time you change your text, or add an image.
Once a blog is posted, the date is registered. Now add some HTML - the basics are simple – for example, the most common code is to use
to create paragraph breaks. Much more on this here
Just as with all the text boxes on your artist website, this lets you create links to other references, and images!
Spice up your MyArtClub blog with images!
Images can be placed in your MyArtClub blog using the utility we have built in to your blogs. Add as many of your art works can be loaded in, here is how:
- Enter text above where you want the picture.
- Click "Update Blog Entry" to save.
- Click on "to add image"
- Select image to load
- Under the image to load, choose "Display on Left" or "Display on Centre" or "Display on right" as you wish
- You will see you then return to the blog page. You will see some text has been added to your blog text, this is the image data.
- Click Update Blog Entry to save revised text including the new image.
Note you can now add more text, after the image too. Just add text below the image data, and remember
to click "Update Blog Entry" gray button at the bottom to save.
If you need to add space between image, or to spread out text, use the html paragraph spacer noted above.
You can even add more than one image, and text following the above steps, as many times as you like. The effect is like a picture book. Imagine using it to show step by step of your image being developed!
Use the Preview button to edit your blog. This is critical. You want to see how it looks, and check all your links and spacing. TIP: When you are done all your edits, copy the entire blog entry box, and save a copy on your word program - then you have all the html you figured out last time for your next time!
Manage your blog posts:
Click on the top BLOG menu to see your blogs. Here you can see postings by date.
One very good promotional idea is to email your blog. This is an effective way to reach out to your community when you have a new blog. Do this using our built in tool available at the above page. Click on Send email.
Here you can also manage comments received, and after you have a few blogs, you may want to visit this page one more time, and add tags.
Have more questions about artist blogging? Let us know your ideas and issues, please comment below, or write to us at
[email protected] Send us a request if you would like a copy of our word file with all the html that created this blog entry, it can serve as an example for you on using html, and multiple images.