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ARHtistic License 2021 in Review

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After 2020, I thought 2021 HAD to be better, but NOOOooo . . . six days in, a mob attacked our Capitol, trying to interfere with the certification of the election results. Then, many states enacted laws making it harder for people to vote. Covid almost dwindled down to nothing, but people tried to go back to normal too soon, and it came back with a vengeance. This time last year, I knew of only one person close to me who had had the virus. Now I know of seven, and two of them died. And my brother-in-law had 13 people over to his house for Christmas, and the next day two tested positive for Covid. We’re all sick of Covid, but if you’re not following the protocol, you’re spreading the disease. Please stay away from me in 2022.

As far as ARHtistic License is concerned, it’s been an okay year. I published 560 posts, not a record for me. I missed a few days here and there, and forgave myself. My average likes per post was 12.2, and that was a record for ARHtistic License. Thank you for the love! My followers grew from less than 1100 to almost 1300, not staggering growth, but I’m grateful for every one of you and hope to earn your loyalty.

Like last year, my most viewed posts this year were all articles posted before 2021. Part of me is a little hurt that my current articles aren’t getting as much attention. Most of my traffic comes from search engines, so I guess these articles have good search engine optimization (SEO). Here are the top ten (Have you read them yet?):

  1. Jan van Eyck’s Crucifixion and the Last Judgment: Painted by a Committee This 2016 article explores the painters’ workshops and apprentice programs of the Renaissance. It was viewed 673 times last year, for a whopping all-time total of 2,705.
  2. 10 Best Zentangle Sites on the Web I wrote this in 2018. 
  3. Video of the Week #274: Ben Pratt sings “River” This post first appeared in 2020.
  4. How to Practice Piano: Doh! Dohnányi I wrote this article about the unplayable exercise book that is the bane of every pianist’s existence in 2017.
  5. How to Make a Meme on a Mac Step-by-step instructions, first published in 2017.
  6. Ballet Feet They’re not cute and dainty. Ballet dancers literally suffer for their art. This article was written in 2016.
  7. Hawaiian Quilting with Pat Gorelangton was posted in 2018.
  8. Tangles for Christmas came out in 2019.
  9. Interview with Author Paul Mosier was written in 2019.
  10. Smarty Dance was originally written for Doing Life Together in April, 2015, and then reposted on ARHtistic License that October.

My most viewed posts of 2021 (written in 2021):

  1. October Challenges Don’t ask me why 80 people looked at this, more than any other article I wrote this year. Maybe creative people look for challenges?
  2. 19 More Best Zentangle Sites on the Web An update of the 2018 article above.
  3. Meet Donna Kramer, Blogger Extraordinaire If you like my blog, you’ll love hers, so take a peek.
  4. When Blogging Becomes Expensive What to do?
  5. Back to South Mountain Photographs taken in a desert park where I like to hike.
  6. Ideas for Valentine’s Day During the Pandemic Just a brainstormed list.
  7. OctPoWriMo2021 Day 9: Retirement A poem written for a challenge.
  8. Smell the Roses Photography
  9. The Sculpture of Donatello Art history lesson.
  10. Creative Juice #236 An edition of my weekly (Friday) curated list of links to articles on the web that deal with the arts, creativity, or something I find interesting or humorous.

In my opinion, this is a diverse list of articles, covering a variety of topics. I think I’m supplying something for everyone. I hope you’ll take the time to read a couple of these that maybe you missed before.

2021 wasn’t a total loss. Some good things happened in our family. My son whose job dried up when the pandemic started found a new job this summer, and he’s doing well there. And my daughter, who got engaged in 2019 and planned to marry in 2020, but, you know, Covid, finally tied the knot last week on December 28 (I hope to share more about that soon).

Katie and Michael kiss

Meet Donna Kramer, Blogger Extraordinaire

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I discovered My OBT (One Beautiful Thing) in 2014, a few months after Donna Kramer launched it. I noticed that she regularly posts about my favorite interests: art, dance, humor, music, and photography, among other things. She’s introduced me to some of my favorite performers and artists. Her Etsomnia™ posts are a hoot, and her captions crack me up.

Her About page explains that Donna started her blog after a difficult time in her life, because her doctor said she needed to reduce her stress. Her response was to look for one beautiful thing every day and create a post about it. Her stress-busters have blessed me and many other readers on a daily basis. I am so happy that Donna graciously agreed to be interviewed for ARHtistic License.

ARHtistic License: How do you come across all the beautiful things you write about? Do you find them all online? Do you use search engines? If so, what specifically do you look up?

Donna Kramer: Initially, I had to make a real effort to look for beauty, but eventually, I got better at noticing the marvelous things around me. Now, when something strikes me, whether it’s from a magazine or someone’s post in my feed or a conversation or something I spy out in the world, I hunt it down. I’m also a big believer in following the breadcrumbs, especially on Instagram and YouTube. Once I spot something wonderful, I don’t stop there. I follow the suggestions to see where they lead. I’m also a voracious (late night) browser, so I regularly hit the websites of museums, concert halls, PBS, and of course my darling Etsy, which never fails to deliver new wonders. And of course, my readers are incredibly generous with their ideas. They send me artists and things to check out constantly!

AL: What’s in your head when you’re writing?

DK: As you pointed out in your post about writing and confidence, every writer has someone in their head when they’re writing. Sometimes it’s a good voice, often it’s not. Maybe it’s a partner, maybe it’s a critical parent, maybe it’s an encouraging professor or a tough boss or someone you admire. Maybe it’s just your third grade grammar teacher, but there’s someone talking to you as you write. I am very lucky in my muses. When I’m choosing my post subjects and writing my blog, I have my most loyal readers in my head, telling me what they think. And they don’t always agree with each other, either. If I were to write just for Beverly (who reminds me so much of my mom), everything would be sweet and crafty and beautiful. If I were writing for Hal, it would mostly be gorgeous women and dance videos. Laura has a wonderfully perverse sense of humor, and she most enjoys the more unusual artists and Etsomnia™ finds. There are many others as well, but these three pretty much sum up the three sides of me. When I’m writing, if I conclude my subject won’t make at least one of the three happy, I scrap it and go back to the drawing board.

AL: How do you find the time to write, considering that you also have a full-time job that requires you to work long hours? Do you have a special discipline?

DK: I wrote an article about this once, which your readers might like. I did used to write every day. These days, though, with the new career and the utter madness of the NYC real estate market, I no longer have time for that. Instead, a couple of days a week, I block out some time after Beloved goes to bed (she’s a morning person. I am definitely not.). Though it feels a bit like cheating, I now research and write half a week’s worth of posts in one sitting. At other times when I find something inspiring, I set it up as a draft post in WordPress and come back to it. I currently have 1,000+ drafts hanging around waiting for my attention. When I’m stumped for inspiration, I go wander through my drafts folder until I find something about which I want to write. I also always try to have a couple of fully-written posts hanging around for emergencies.

AL: Do you have a blogging schedule that you use? I notice that most Thursdays you post an Etsomnia article. Do you have a day for music and a day for art?

DK: In the early days, I posted music on “Wordless Wednesdays.” However, I noticed my numbers on Wednesdays were lower than the rest of the week (so much for my taste in music), so now I mix it up. I do still deliver Etsomnia™ on Thursdays, because I know there are people who only tune in for that feature, but the rest of the weekdays can be anything. I also now do reposts on weekends and most holidays (and when I’m on vacation).

AL: What is easier about blogging now than when you started? What is harder about blogging now? What is your biggest blogging challenge, and how do you handle it?

DK: When I first started, my challenges were very different than they are now. I was worried that my voice wasn’t right, that I wasn’t picking subjects that would be interesting to people. Now, I realize that my voice is my voice. If people didn’t like it, they wouldn’t be readers. And when I pick a subject that some of my regulars don’t like, they still read, they still engage, they just tell me what they dislike about it. I love that dialogue.

The biggest challenge for me now is time management. It’s easy to go down the rabbit hole of glass artists, for example. There is a never-ending stream of gloriously-creative people out there, and it’s really easy for me to (joyously) lose myself in the search. However, when I come back up for air and realize it’s 4 AM and I have a 9 AM work Zoom call, it is not so joyous. I have learned to use my calendar, adding a blogging “appointment” with a start time and an end time a couple of nights a week. When the appointment is over and the timer goes off, I may hit snooze to complete my thought, but I am at least more conscious of time passing.

AL: Do you have any advice for bloggers who are just starting out?

DK: Yes. RESPOND TO EVERY COMMENT. I can’t stress this enough. Like I said above, even if someone is disagreeing with you, they’re engaging. It’s important to make people feel heard. If they get a response from you, whether in agreement or not, chances are they’ll come back. But don’t suffer trolls (unless you enjoy that kind of dialogue). I am happy to respond to anyone, but if a commenter is being abusive, either to me or to one of my readers, I cut ‘em right off. It’s very satisfying, actually. Wish I could do that in real life…

AL: Do you ever think about quitting blogging?

DK: Confession time. It would have been unthinkable to me until this year, but since starting in real estate, I have thought about it and discussed it with Beloved a number of times. I get overwhelmed, and it is the opposite of stress relief. But this blog is a labor of love, and I’m intensely proud of what I’ve built. Every time I have this conversation, either with myself or with someone else, my conclusion is the same. I love my blog and I love my readers and I don’t want to abandon either. So on I go…

AL: What are some of your favorite blogs that you read, bloggers who you admire?

DK: This is going to sound like pandering, but I honestly love your blog, ARHtistic License! I regularly read the blogs of my readers. I get great ideas from them all. I’m also a loyal fan of Messy Nessy Chic and the Houzz vlog, I’ve been reading humorist Dave Barry’s blog since the nineties, I love art blogs like The Jealous Curator and Booooooom, and I never miss a post by Cheap Old Houses!

AL: What are some of your favorite posts that you’ve written? What do you most like writing about?

DK: There are many posts about artists whose work I was thrilled to share, but the posts that make me the happiest are the ones where I get really personal. My favorite of all time is a love letter I wrote to parents after a miscarriage. It’s a rough one, but I still love it. I am also really happy with my posts about adoption.

AL: What are some of your all-time most popular posts (most likes and/or most views)?

DK: My most popular post of all time, which continues to flummox me, was a snarky little thing I did about the idiotic prices (and beautiful design) by Restoration Hardware. I wrote it 7 years ago, and it still gets hits every day. I cannot begin to fathom why.

My second most popular post was a bit of prescience on my part. My friend has an exceptionally precocious son, and I wrote about him when he started reviewing Broadway shows at the ripe old age of 4. He has since become a very successful child actor and is currently playing the lead character in Young Sheldon. I knew that kid was something special!

AL: I am so jealous of your readership (more than 7500 followers). Do you do anything to promote your blog?

DK: Not really. I share my posts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter every day, but it’s mostly been word-of-mouth. I also often tag the artists I profile, and many of them have shared my posts with their readers. I wrote an article about building your reader base that your readers might find helpful. I used to spend hours every week chasing down new readers, but now I let things happen more organically (since I don’t have the time for much more than that).

AL: Of all the artists and performers you’ve written about, who would you most like to meet in person?

DK: That’s easy. They’re all dead, but I don’t think that materially changes my chances of meeting them, so why not swing for the fences? I’d love to meet Elaine Stritch, Robin Williams, Dorothy Parker, and Tom Lehrer. Humor is still my favorite art form.

AL: What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you because of your blog?

DK: I could never have imagined it when I started, but a small, sweet, loyal community has grown up around this blog. They now talk not only to me, but to each other. I love that so much! I now have a few of what Beloved jokingly calls “imaginary friends.” These are people with whom I’ve connected through my blog on such a deep level that I consider them real friends, even though we’ve never met IRL.

And a few of the artists I’ve profiled have sweetly send me thank you gifts of their work after they found the post I published about them. I treasure them all!

AL: Do you have any funny blogging stories?

DK: The funniest thing that happens in connection with the blog is that sometimes, I lose track of what’s written and what’s just a bare-bones draft, and I wake I the morning to realize that rather than a completed post, I’ve instead published a hyperlink and a few incoherent notes. I don’t find this particularly funny, but when I go running for my laptop shouting “nonononono noooooooo,” Beloved is entertained.

Also, because I have been known to schedule drafts up to a year ahead of time, I have told Beloved that if something happens to me, unfinished drafts of my blog will continue to haunt the blogosphere for some time after my passing.

AL: What else would you like ARHtistic License readers to know about you?

DK: I would like them to know something about YOU. You have been so kind and so generous to me over the years. I’m truly grateful for all the times you’ve included my posts in your Creative Juice lists. You can’t imagine what it means to me that someone I so admire is willing to share my work with their readers. I truly appreciate the interview, and thank you for all your support! XO

AL: And thank you so much for answering all my questions and sharing your expertise.

Creative Juice #267

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Creative Juice #267

Things to think about. Thinks to look at and awe over. Things to laugh about.

  • Bloggers: a lot in this article about process optimization applies directly to blogging.
  • Phenomenal portrait photographs.
  • Fiction writers: why do you write fiction? This article gave me perspectives I hadn’t considered before.
  • My favorite job (not): revising.
  • A very good article about perspective (as in visual art).
  • Couldn’t get to the International Quilt Festival in Houston? Me neither, but my friend Frances went and posted a quick overview.
  • If I lived in New York City, I’d be looking for these origami sculptures in the garment district.
  • Whimsical stuffed creatures.
  • I love what Nathalie did with rubber stamps in her vintage ledger.
  • Illustrator Lee Gatlin recommends that artists post their work online.
  • Are you stuck in your story? Here are 10 tips to get it going again.
  • I love this father’s tweets.

Creative Juice #264

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Creative Juice #264

Halloween is coming soon. . .

Creative Juice #260

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Creative Juice #260

I didn’t set out to make this week’s offerings photography-heavy; it just turned out that way. Enjoy, shutterbugs.

Is Blogging Even Worth the Effort?

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There are lots of reasons why people start blogs. Some want to let their friends and family know what they’re up to—sort of like long-form Facebook, with lots of pictures and details. Others want a place to explore their feelings, and don’t care if their blog has any followers at all. Some are passionate about an issue or about sports or about a particular topic, and a blog gives them an opportunity to express their enthusiasm.

Some people have knowledge about particular subjects and desire to share. Others would like to develop expertise, and a blog motivates them. Still others hope to make a difference in the lives of others by telling how they overcame hardships.

Some people want a vehicle to connect with others and form a mutually beneficial network. Others have products they want to sell, and the blog is how they market them. Some people hope for the exposure an online presence can bring.

I started blogging with my critique group. We launched Doing Life Togther in 2014, feeling we could offer encouragement to our crazy world, and we believed the blog would give us and our writing greater visibility. We started out with nine of us each posting once a month. We did quite well for a few years, earning more than 5,000 views in 2015 and 2016. Then, gradually, writers dropped out until by 2018 it was only just … me. We still have 227 followers who read old and new posts, but so far this year we’ve only had 1800 views.

I started ARHtistic License in 2015 because I loved Doing Life Together so much. I wanted my personal blog to be about all the artsy things I love. I wanted to open a dialog with other creative people, and I hoped I’d gain a following so that when I’m ready to release a book, there will be people who will want to read it. I soon went from posting a couple of times a week to posting almost every day—and sometimes more than once a day.

I like blogging, but it’s a lot of work, and sometimes I wonder if it’s worth it.

The upside of blogging is that I do like it, sort of, and I have met lots of wonderful people with whom I share interests. Bloggers can be very supportive of each other.

But I still don’t have a book ready, and sometimes I wonder if it’s because I spend half the week working on my blog. Maybe I ought to concentrate on the books and give up the blog.

Pedro Okoro says that 80% of blogs fail. That breaks my heart. But he’s also talking about blogging businesses. I don’t really have a blogging business. I’m not selling anything; I don’t make money from my blog, and I never meant to.

My blog is growing, but s o  s l o w l y . I feel so invisible. If I had more views, and more likes, I’d feel like I was getting somewhere. But several times a year, I think of letting my blog go.

I know I could just scale back, post a couple of times a week. Sigh. What to do?

I’m whining. You don’t want to listen to me whine.

Okay, now it’s your turn. If you’re a blogger, do you ever second-guess yourself? Do you fantasize about quitting? Do you dream about more blogging success? If you’re an ex-blogger, what made you stop? Are you glad you did? Please share in the comments below.

Six Years of ARHtistic License

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Six Years of ARHtistic License

June 3 will be my 6th blog birthday! To celebrate, I’d like to take a look back at these first five months of 2021 and see what I’ve accomplished.

I currently have a few over 1200 subscribers. That’s a 28% increase over this time last year. I’d be happy with that growth, except that the previous year’s increase was 38%, so it almost feels like a loss . . .

I’d love to have 2000 followers by the end of this year. Could that happen? Yes, but only with your help. If you don’t yet follow my blog, but you like what you see, please subscribe! And if you read a post that you like, please click the “like” button. It makes me so happy, and it supplies valuable data about what my readers like.

My most popular posts of 2021 so far, according to number of views:

  1. When Blogging Becomes Expensive
  2. Back to South Mountain Park
  3. Ideas for Valentine’s Day During the Pandemic
  4. Smell the Roses
  5. Review of Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza
  6. Creative Juice #236
  7. 19 More Best Zentangle Sites on the Web
  8. Flower of the Day: Yellow Mystery Flowers
  9. Which Way: Hikers on the Trail
  10. Midweek Madness: Church and Chapel

Numbers 8-10 are responses to photography challenges; numbers 2 and 4 are photo essays. Many of my readers are amateur or professional photographers who are very generous about checking out photography posts. Photographers are a supportive community. I’ve been meaning to work on my photography and post more pictures, but my time to go out and shoot is limited right now.

My most popular posts of 2021 so far, according to number of “likes”:

  1. Back to South Mountain Park
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Small Creature
  3. Wordless Wednesday/ Flower of the Day: One Perfect Vinca
  4. Smell the Roses
  5. A Photo a Week: All About the Scenery
  6. Wordless Wednesday/ Flower of the Day: Cat’s Claw
  7. Flower of the Day: Poppies
  8. Wordless Wednesday: Whirligig
  9. Creative Juice #236
  10. When Blogging Becomes Expensive

Unsurprisingly, there is some overlap. Also unsurprisingly, eight of these are photography posts. I’m beginning to think photographers are my peeps. Maybe I should stop pursuing writing and art and music and dance and just concentrate on photography. That’s a thought. Except I like all the arts.

I’m not as enthusiastic about blogging as I have been in the past. Part of it is my life is very fragmented right now, a situation that is unlikely to change soon.

But by the same token, it’s easier to write blog posts than novels in the small bits of time I have. Nevertheless, I’m giving myself permission to skip a day every now and then.

Now it’s your turn. What are your favorite parts of ARHtistic License? Was there a recent post you especially liked? What would you like to see more of? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Guest Post: Yes, Pre-Published Authors Should Have Websites, by Web Design Relief

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This article has been reprinted with the permission of Web Design Relief.  Whether you’re just starting out or a best-selling author, Web Design Relief will improve your existing website or build you an affordable, custom author website to support your author platform, boost your online presence, and act as a hub for your social media outreach. Web Design Relief is a division of Writer’s Relief, a highly recommended author’s submission service. Sign up for their free e-publication for writers, Submit Write Now! Visit the site today to learn more.

With most people spending an average of two hours a day online, it’s clear that an author website is an essential piece of any author’s platform. But what if you’re a new writer without any publishing credits? The website experts at Web Design Relief are often asked what pre-published writers should post on their author websites. Would anyone (like literary agents, editors, family, or friends) be interested in going to your writer website? Is it worth your time and money? The answer: Yes! Here are important reasons why pre-published authors should have websites.

Should Pre-Published Authors Have Websites? Here Are The Answers You Need

No publication credits? That’s okay! Every writer has to start somewhere. Having an author website in place before you have your first publication credit puts you in a good position to impress the people who can help take your author bio to the next level. Make an “About Me” page to show that you’re dedicated, interesting, professional, and enthusiastic. Offer visitors a well-written bio that will exemplify you as a person and as an author that includes: what your writing offers readers; what you’re working on right now; what inspires you; your interests and hobbies. Don’t be shy! Read this article for additional tips: 5 Tips On Writing An Amazing Author Bio If You’re Not Well-Published.

What if you don’t have a book to promote? An author website isn’t solely for promoting a novel or a collection of poetry, stories, or essays. It’s also for promoting and educating people about your writing as a whole. You can post samples of your work and the “backstory” that inspired them (just be sure that the works have already been published or are written specifically for your website before posting them online).

If you have a book in the works, it can easily be added to your site at any time. Consider a “Coming Soon” page with a teaser about your works-in-progress, and an e-mail sign-up form so visitors can be notified when your work becomes available. When your book is published, you’ll have your buyers ready and waiting!

Will people visit your author website? If you point them in the right direction, they will come! Social media is a great way to let your followers and fans know about your new author website. To learn which social media platforms are most effective for building your audience, read The Best Social Media Platforms For Building A Writer Fan Base.

What will you include on your website? You can take your author website in a multitude of directions and make changes as you gain more publication credits or add more pages. A bio or “About Me” page is always a good beginning, and, as mentioned above, it’s a great place to introduce yourself as a person and as a writer.

Many writers forgo having a blog on their author website—yet this can be a great marketing tool and is something a pre-published author can skillfully utilize. With a blog, you can give the world an idea of your writing style. It’s the perfect place to showcase your writing before being published!

What are the benefits of having an author website? Author websites act as your online business card. Even if you’ve yet to be published, you can begin building momentum for your writing career. Your author website provides a massive networking opportunity in which the number of people you can meet is virtually infinite. Then, when the time comes for you to query literary agents or submit your work to literary journals, you’ll have a substantial author platform built for agents and editors who want to know more about you and your writing.

It’s important to keep in mind that having an author website is so much more than just posting an excerpt here and there. It’s about promoting yourself as a writer and creating a space where people can come and learn about you. An author website provides the online hub you need to market your author brand.

At Web Design Relief, our tech-savvy experts specialize in creating websites that suit the specific needs of writers. Check out our portfolio and schedule your free consultation call today!

Question: Which author website is your favorite?

Creative Juice #234

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Creative Juice #234

Lots of artsy stuff.

When Blogging Becomes Expensive

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When Blogging Becomes Expensive

When I first starting blogging on WordPress, I was thrilled that you could do it for free. ARHtistic License has its own domain, so I did pay for that, but otherwise, there were no expenses.

The free plan on WordPress included 3GB of storage for images. I like to use a lot of images on ARHtistic License, and soon (I can’t remember how long it took; maybe a year or so? The group blog my critique group started in 2014 has only used up 15.7% of its 3GB so far.) I used it up. I upgraded to a personal plan for $4 a month, which included 6GB. Soon I filled all that and upgraded to a Premium plan for $8 a month, which includes 13GB of storage. So much storage, reasonable price.

Which leads me to today. I have filled all 13GB of storage. I have gone through and deleted many posts and images, but it didn’t seem to free any storage.

My next option is a Business Plan, for $25 a month. It comes with 200GB of storage.

There is no intermediary level. I’d be happy to pay $12.50 a month for 100GB. That would keep me going for a long time. But $300 a year for the privilege of blogging?

Not gonna do it.

I never had any desire to monetize the blog. I never wanted to be an Amazon affiliate. But last year I did become a Bookshop.org affiliate, because they are committed to supporting independent booksellers. (If you click on “My Bookshop” at the top of this screen, you’ll find a link). I haven’t earned a penny from it yet, because I’ve only added 16 books to my shop so far. And I’m not promoting it very much. Which is why I resisted being an affiliate in the first place—I want to write about the arts, not convince people to buy stuff.

Anyhow, I had a live chat with a rep from WordPress, and he/she was sympathetic, and had a suggestion that I never even thought of—it’s possible to embed images from Flickr. Did you know you could do that? So I opened a Flickr account.

Of course, I can continue to reuse the 13GB of images I already have on my blog, and I’ve actually been doing that for a long time.

But for some of the things I do, like my memes, I use images from other sources, like Unsplash and Stocksnap. I really don’t want to put those on my Flickr if I didn’t shoot them. So my “In the Meme Time” posts will be a thing of the past. And if I need new illustrations for a post (because the thousands I have already aren’t quite right), I’ll have to shoot them myself.

I know a lot of people abandon their blogs when they get too expensive, or they make a new blog, and I actually thought about it. I’ll have to make an “author blog” someday. (Or not. It is my hope to need an author blog someday.) I’ve known people who have moved their content to Patreon. (I really don’t want to pay to read your blog. You really don’t want to pay to read mine.)

So there it is.

There have been times I’ve wondered if it’s even worth continuing blogging. But I would miss it if I stopped.

So, I’ll continue, but it may look different.

Now it’s your turn. How do you feel about the cost of blogging? Did you ever abandon a blog—for cost or for another reason? What are the pros and cons of blogging? Share in the comments below.