Friday, 9 December 2016

Xmas Orange

The Orange House (Oil on canvas, 16 x 16 in)

I've recently been mulling over the possibility that the days of blogging are over; so many of the bloggers I used to follow have stopped posting on their blogs and have moved across to Facebook. For a while it seemed to be so much easier to capture the attention of an audience. There were giveaways for liking and sharing and a community appeared to have sprung up around artists' Pages. 

Then Facebook made one of its mysterious changes and it became really difficult to visit and exchange comments between Pages; to such an extent that the flourishing community spirit appears to have withered on the vine.

And now I find a small flurry of new subscribers to Boogie Street! Someone is clearly interested in what I have to say and show here, so perhaps I should shrug off my pessimistic thoughts and get on with posting again.

So here we go: in addition to having work shown in a couple of exhibitions at the moment (Gateshead Art Society's Xmas Exhibition at the Shipley and the Newcastle Painters' Group show at Jesmond Dene House - see previous posts), I had the pleasure of sending this painting off to a client in America this week.

Coming up: Another sale and another Sketch Crawl. Stay tuned.


Casey Klahn said...

Maybe 5 years ago (memory is not my thing) my blog audience thinned appreciably, and when I went looking for them they were all over at facebook. With a stubborn shrug, I began at facebook, but never saw the reason why the doorman there wanted me to go into the side room and not the main lobby. I stayed in the main lobby (delightfully funny but vulgar sideways epithet goes here).

Facebook said they knew my audience better than I. These young people nowadays! Always good for a gag.

I do miss the salad days of our blogging, Harry. They seemed a bit more involving and the step was slower. Now, what happens next?

harry bell said...

What annoys me with these platform operators is their unwillingness to let their subscribers organise amongst themselves. Any indication that a community is developing that can't easily be controlled by them, or is likely to interfere with the way they expect to get their income, is always met with an arbitrary change in the way the platform works. It happened with Flickr when Yahoo took it over and it's happened again with Facebook.

Casey Klahn said...

All true.