A Year of Blog Topics for Artists – No Reason to Hold Back Now

You are ready to begin blogging, and if you think people don’t want to know what you had for lunch, you are right and get the gold star. Here then are 52 suggested blog topics that will get you through the first year without ever mentioning peanut butter and jelly.

Having read Why Every Artist Needs a Blog on Art Marketing News, you are ready to take the plunge into the blogosphere. But, you are concerned you won’t know what to write. If you think people don’t want to know what you had for lunch, you’re correct and win a gold star. Here then are 52 suggested blog topics designed to get you through your first year without ever mentioning peanut butter and jelly. Several topics could easily be multi-part posts:

52 blog topics for artists – Courtesy of Art Print Issues

1. Why I support xyz charity
2. The most inspiring art teacher I have known
3. How I came to know being a professional artist was my career path
4. Why I love working with xyz medium
5. What you can learn from the traveling exhibit at the abc museum
6. Four galleries I would love to carry my work and why
7. Five contemporary artists whose works inspire and inform me
8. Clues to the subtle messages in my art
9. My color palette is (nature/technology/environment) driven and why
10. Ten things they don’t teach you in art school
11. How being in the business of art affects my art
12. When I paint, I like to listen to Guns n’ Roses/London Philharmonic/Enya/Toby Keith
13. How the other arts influence my work, e.g., how I attempt to interpret the fluidity of a ballerina in my brush stokes
14. Here are blogs by other artists whose work I like, or whose blogs I like
15. Art retreats; although you may not get rich and famous, you can still travel and stay at wonderful places. Here are my favorites or fantasies
16. How other jobs I’ve had have added perspective to my art
17. Spirituality is personal, but growth in it has made me a better artist
18. Nine things I want to paint before I stop
19. Why painting en plen air is exhilarating
20. Art by other artists I bought in unusual places
21. Visually inspiring day trips around where I live
22. Museums I’ve visited in other cities and around home
23. Art books on my bookshelf
24. If I could only recommend one book, art or otherwise, for someone, it would be…
25. How living a creative life has uplifted my spirits and made me a better person
26. Advice for young artists
27. Why I love my local galleries and/or the local art scene
28. How blogging has stretched me as an artist
29. You can find my art online at these sites, here’s why I chose to use them
30. Art magazines I like to read
31. The greatest influence on my life was…
32. Why and how parents should encourage artistic development in their children
33. Some funny experiences either colleagues or I’ve had at art shows
34. I still can’t believe people have asked me these things
35. The five best quotes on art I’ve ever read
36. How the courage and creativity of some disabled artists have inspired me
37. Here are blogs I enjoy that are not about art
38. Seven ways technology has changed how I make and sell art (Some examples are: Photoshop/digital camera/digital painting/digital printing/Painter/online art sites)
39. I’m grateful because this person came into my life, or because this happened to me
40. Eight reasons I get out of bed to paint everyday are (Suggestions: Let’s be honest, I need the money. I’m OCD and can’t help it. It’s the best job a person could have. A day without painting is like a day without sunshine. I can’t stand the thought of going back to the 7-11)
41. And you heard writer’s block was difficult
42. How overcoming creative obstacles has made me a better artist
43. So I went to a tradeshow/convention/workshop and the best/funniest/saddest thing happened
44. It’s really hard to part with my originals; here’s why
45. Five reasons you will like the giclee prints I offer
46. Flowers in my garden make me smile and make me paint
47. If I wasn’t an artist, I’d be a…
48. Why faces are so difficult to paint, and hands are tough too
49. The most inspiring movie I’ve ever seen is…
50. How the arts organizations in my area are helping children/charities/??
51. Why you should always use a docent when you go to a museum. Here are some special things I learned at…
52. How reading the Art Marketing News blog has made me smarter, better looking, more creative, and richer

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  1. The funny thing is that this exactly was the question before I started a blog this year in June – “why on earth would I need a blog?”.
    My main concern was the time that I would need to spend on writing because it would not make any sense to start a blog when I would not be able to commit myself updating it regularly. And look – where I am now: I have 2 blogs even – one for art issues and painting in general (the text part) http://vyala.wordpress.com and one where I share my photography http://vyalaarts.wordpress.com
    The thought behind this was, that many people don’t like to read much for various reasons and are more interested in visualizing things rather than being inspired by text. So I am catching both “genres”, the right and the left side of the brain – hopefully!

    So these were my initial reasons for blogging:

    1. inspiration – how and where to find?
    2. evolvement of special works
    3. general issues related to art making
    4. experiments, intentions and results
    5. interesting links
    6. tips and techniques
    7. project plans, new work

    But the most important reason for me starting a blog, was to bring order into my own thoughts, into all that stuff that annoys me but also makes me live and enjoy what I am doing; to increase my awareness about my own prejudices and how it is possible to get rid of them (f.e. my series about painting from photos).
    Yes – indead – I spend a lot more time on the computer but I also find it extremely rewarding by reading and learning from other people. This is will enhance my work.

    PS. I hope you don’t mind that I have added an image link to your blog on my “Images and Imagination” – I could not find a logo that could be hyperlinked on your blog. Images are so much nicer to “read” than a pure text link…
    I continue to enjoy reading your blog and am working on a detailed answer to your post on my blog.

    Cordially,
    Petra Voegtle
    http://www.vyala-arts.com/
    painter, sculptor, photographer

  2. Hi Petra,

    Thanks for your thoughtful comments. It’s great to get other perspective. I hope what you have to say inspires a few more to join the conversation. By all means you are welcome to add links. I didn’t realize until you mentioned it that the html function was off.

    All the best,

    Barney

  3. Hi Kate,

    Thanks for the comment and the link! Some time ago I posted about Illustration Friday as I find it a refreshing site to visit. One I think most artists can appreciate and for those with illustration talent, I place to showcase it as well.

  4. Thankyou for writing this! I had been stuck for a year now, not making adequate and profitable use of blogging, only posting when auctions were up and so on. Now, I’m working on it several times a week with the topics as ideas to use and get other ideas from. thankyou!

  5. Hi Barney,

    This is exactly what I needed! To know what topic can I write in my blog. Sometimes I get stuck as to what topic. I always post my images with very few words. Your blog topics are the best to write and keep me going to continue blogging. Thanks for this post!

    Thanks,
    Jude Maceren
    artist

    My Art Blog:
    http://paintingsbyjude.blogspot.com

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