19 BLOGGING RESOLUTIONS FOR 2019
19. Don’t Quit: blogging is definitely worth every minute of hard work you put in it (actually, it’s worth so much more!)
Since many of you wrote me that you are coming back to this post whenever you feel a bit frustrated about the social media / blogging scenario, I though it would be nice to update it every now and then -with further thoughts on blogging I might have throughout the rest of 2019 and with the wise words of fellow street art bloggers.
UPDATE April 2019
I’ve recently interviewed street art blogger Jon Reid who, besides having been an inspiration for me, is also the host of Nuart Aberdeen festival.
Jon Reid: “I’m not an art critic. I write about the stuff I like and I only share the art that I enjoy. I don’t share anything negative, because taking something down takes energy. Rather than doing that, I just ignore it or put it to a side. This allows me to better focus my energy into building something great. I’d rather be the guy who is always excited about stuff than the guy who rips everything apart. Especially because I do this in my spare time, I’m not getting paid for it. It’s really counter-productive to spend an evening writing about something I dislike when there are so many other things I do like in Aberdeen”
Why am I sharing this quote here? Because being “too enthusiastic” is the most common feedback I get from you. I’ve never been able to ‘justify’ myself by correctly expressing why I don’t write anything negative on this blog, but Jon did say it majestically :) Check out the whole interview with Jon Reid: he does share many more interesting insights about blogging!
Update July 2019
During an interview with the founder of the Secret Society of Super Villain Artists we ended up talking about the pressure to be constantly “producing” content.
Silent Bill: “People don’t even think about it anymore, they simply assume that ‘it’s got to be constant’ On the contrary, I believe that less is more. How often does Banksy do a piece? Every five months or so… And it still is very relevant. As long as your content has some quality –personally, I like to see art with a message – there will be people caring about it. You feel like you are doing nothing with your blog, but then to other people it’s like ‘OMG, she doesn’t stop.’ Sometimes I also feel that I’m not doing enough, but then people go ‘You constantly do some.’ You are probably doing loads and you don’t see it, but everybody else can see it. Moreover, if you would be coming up with fresh content everyday you probably won’t have the time to actually think about what you are doing. I like to ponder ideas and I often discuss them with fellow artists. Often I enjoy discussing the ideas behind the artwork more than putting it up.”
Why am I sharing this quote here? Because this is something I can especially relate to, as a blogger: each day I’m not posting here or on this blog’s social channels, I feel as though I’m failing. Moreover, when I got the text of the interview back from my proofreader, I found a sympathetic note by him next to this quote :)