Sunday, January 11, 2009

Share your advice and be entered in a drawing for an ACEO glossy archival print

HERE'S MY DILEMMA....I need your help...

I am considering merging my two blogs. One is dedicated to my pet portrait life, the other is dedicated to my children's illustration and other artistic pursuits life. It's tricky. Since I'm trying to simplify my life, the idea of merging the blogs seems like a no-brainer. The sticking point: each blog is pretty specific to its own subject matter. This one is admittedly looser and more flexible, but still pretty well focused on children's art... and, my pet portrait blog is really all about pet portraits and all the things and involved in that world. I like to have the pet portrait blog separate, because I can more easily share links to other pet portrait artists and to the pet lovers' community at large. If I merge blogs, the link list will be edited and then merged with the link list I have here. (That may be just too "when worlds collide" for me). But, on the other hand, merging the blogs could help in some ways. It will broaden my audience on both fronts, by default. But, flip-side: will it turn people off who are only interested in one thing or the other? You tell me!

Please leave a comment with your thoughts. I'll collect all of your names until midnight, Saturday January 17. Then I will do a drawing for an archival Artist Card glossy print of the above illustration Kitty Librarian! The drawing will be held on Sunday, January 18th.

Don't hold back -- I'd love to hear what you think. The good and the bad. Honesty is welcome - please share.


nicole said...

Hi Kathy - I kind of had a similar problem when trying to decide how to best handle my people portraits and pet portraits. There are a lot of pet owners out there who absolutely love their pets and would hate having to look at pictures of kids and families. However, I knew that I didn't want to maintain two blogs - it's just too much trouble. So, the way I figure it is if people want to look at pets only then they can select pets from my categories at the top of my blog. I don't know that blogger has a way to do this? Maybe you need to update your blog hosting to a different platform that is a little more customizable. Wordpress is really great and a lot of people really like TypePad too. I personally think it's a great idea and that you won't really be alienating anyone because your art is awesome and people will want to see it no matter what. Hope this helps!

Anonymous said...

Kathy-I think you should merge the two. I'm a retired elementary school teacher and
I have read both your blogs. They are both of interest to me.
Most people who like pets like children even if they have none of their own.
Simple is best. Try merging them and if it doesn't seem to work you
can always try the separate blog again. Right?
-Shelley { delighted owner of 2 of your pet portraits ]