After having a vent yesterday with my “Ten Things I Hate About Having an Art Blog” list, I realized that I don’t hate having an art blog at all. Actually I struggled to come up with ten things, but I couldn’t stop at six or seven things as it would have looked like I wasn’t trying hard enough.
So, as a counterweight, here’s Ten things that I love about having an art blog..
- Comments – Comments featured prominently on the list of things I hate too, but I was just talking about the comments of spammers and retards. All the intelligent things are said in the comments on Art News Blog, so if you just read my posts, you’re missing all the interesting stuff in the comments. The comments that disagree with me may be wrong (as I’m always right), but they still interest me.
- Keeping Up – I like to know what’s happening in the world of art. It’s a big world and there’s lots happening. I wish some one would hurry up and make a teleporter so I could go to some of the exhibition invites I receive from around the world.
- Appreciation – My favorite emails are from artists explaining that my little list of wicked scammers prevented them from being conned.
- I can say what I want – Freedom to say almost anything I want. I don’t have to report to Rupert Murdoch or an editor in chief to see if my opinions are valid, I just click “Publish Post” and I’m online.
- Vanity or Ego Stroking – I shouldn’t mention this publicly, but I like it when I’m talking to some one and learn that they read Art News Blog. It’s a small world. People expect me to have really strong opinions on everything after they learn that the blog is mine, but my opinions change with the weather.
- People – I have met some interesting people because of this blog. Some in person, some through email, some on the phone, and some through comments.
- People Send me the News – Most days I don’t even have to go looking for art news as it finds me. I must be on a few mailing lists as the inbox fills up with news each day. So don’t be offended if I don’t mention your exhibition opening or reply to your press release as I’m just one person.
- Freebies and Bribes – Mostly small things like books and magazines. I don’t receive much but I love getting surprise packages. If I start making weekly posts about how wonderful Ferarris are, you’ll know that I have been bought by a Ferrari dealer.
- Talking About Art – Most of my friends in real life wouldn’t know a Francis Bacon from a Jackson Pollock. Which means that I talk about art online with people that like art as much as me, rather than forcing my art-ignorant friends to listen to my rants about the importance of art.
- Learning – The blog forces me to learn new things and be open to new ideas. I can still be narrow minded at times, but I try widen my world view a little bit each day.