Do you blog as an artist? 1

I don't want to blog!

I have no desire to blog at all. I most like working in my studio. For me, the work I do there has real meaning. Blogging, Instagram and a website cost time and distraction. Nevertheless, I have made my own website, set up an Instagram account and have even blogged a few times. Well, there's nothing as inconsistent as man, is there?

So then why do I have a blog?

Quite simple. It does make sense. It just took me a while to learn that it makes sense. On all kinds of media, you read that you must blog as an artist. I took a serious look at it but it never appealed to me. It makes no sense simply because it's being done by everyone, right? It is useful because it supplements your way of communicating. As an artist, you are communicating through images. Photos, videos, paintings, sculptures, but as well theatre, music and performances all tell a story. How you as an artist tell a story and which medium you use to do so is very personal. Once you have finished a piece, there will come a time that you will want to share it with others. The reasons why you want to share can be very different. You might be proud of what you have created, curious about the reaction of others or perhaps you want to sell it.

To blog is a form of sharing.

In order to make an artwork understandable to an outsider, that outsider may need some extra information. This enables the viewer to appreciate a piece in a more informed way. It is not a coincidence that you enclose an accompaniment when you submit your work to a competition. In your studies, you did the same, so that teachers were taken into your world and were able to provide you with meaningful pointers. For me, blogs are therefore a follow-up to the supporting notes that, for many artists, are part of their working process.