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4 Reasons not to Have a Website

4 Reasons not to Have a Website

Tammy July 30, 2006 2 comments

House_front_3 Tammy’s house which is now for sale

This morning, despite my promise to myself not to use ArtDaily articles anymore because importing them messes up this blog (and occasionally erases it), I opened my email from them and found an article, Women’s Only! In their Studios at the Polk Museum of art.  The article lists 21 women artists and represents them as "a virtual ‘Who’s Who’ of important living artists.  I haven’t heard of any of them, but I don’t keep up with the art world "out there" much as I don’t agree with most of what’s shown as art.  Intrigued, I decided I would link to their websites here, which requires me to go see what they’re doing and gives you an easy way to click along with me.

Guess what.  I only did the first 4 (I want to go get the Sunday paper and have a relaxing cup of coffee before the final day of house madness – it goes up on the market for viewing Tuesday – so you get a truncated list).  Did you guess?  None of the 4 have a website under their name that comes up when I google them.  What does that say?  They are too busy making art and thus don’t have to bother having a website because they are so well known they’re already "out there?"  What does that say for those of us who not only have a website but also not 1, but 2 blogs?  That we should be putting more time in on art and less on administrative?

Very interesting.  What do you think?  Is a website necessary only until one achieves some level of fame?  Are we kidding ourselves that we really need them to get our work "out there?"

I can tell from the first 4 that the show is a good representation of women demographically – very ethnically inclusive.  Here are the ones I researched (if you like them, the rest are listed in the ArtDaily article):  Jennifer Bartlett; Amalia Mesa Bains; Camille Billops; Elizabeth Catlett.

Thought for the Day:  When you are interacting with other people, it sometimes feels a bit more challenging to you to choose your own thoughts.  It seems so natural to observe the conditions that are surrounding you and then to have a knee-jerk reaction to whatever those conditions are.  But when you discover your ability to sift through those experiences and deliberately choose better-feeling perspectives, you will begin to understand your creative invincibility.  In time, you will be able to maintain your connection to your own desires no matter what is going on around you.  And as you learn to exercise your vibrational control, only good-feeling situations will find their way to you.  Esther and Jerry Hicks, The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent:  Living the Art of Allowing

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  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    August 1, 2006
    Tammy

    This is an interesting question! I think part of it may be due to location; artists who live in areas with diverse, active art communities may be more likely to do their socializing, marketing, and networking offline. I've noticed that I neglect my blog and websites when I have enough of an "energy exchange" with the communities surrounding me. It becomes a matter of priorities: which is giving me the most return for my time investment, in terms of support, business, inspiration, etc.? Living in a rural area (an hour or two away from any major art centers) means that I'm almost forced to stay connected via the internet at times. Would I do it differently if I were in a large city? Possibly. But to end this with a personal preference: I'll always keep some kind of online portfolio up. It's just too easy to hand over that business card with my URL on it!

  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    August 1, 2006
    Tammy

    Thanks for the comment Laura! I'm always fascinated by how women weave this work of being an artist into the demands of every day.

    BTW for the rest of you, click over to Laura's blog and check out some of her work. I love her Cosmos series! What energy!

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