Are websites obsolete?
This is a question I kick around often. With blogging, facebook, twitter, linked in, my space and a bazillion other ways to connect online, is anyone still looking at a basic little website?
As artists, an online presence feels like a necessity. By that I mean its far easier to connect with others who share our passion for our particular medium if we place ourselves online somehow. I'm lucky to be surrounded by a very talented group of fiber art friends in my area but by being online, I've "met" people that have really inspired and motivated me to be a better artist.
As far as social networking goes, I decided a while back to pick two and stick with them. I chose facebook and blogger (I do have a twitter account but mostly just post links to new blog posts and new e-zines). I've been happy with the two, they are things I can maintain consistently and not feel chained to.
But a website? Does anyone just go browse websites anymore?
And what should it look like? Lots of graphics? Sparse and clean? Logos? How do you organize the artwork? How much work should you put up there?
It gets kind of overwhelming pretty quickly. I can't even tell you how many different versions my website has been through. Last week I decided I needed to wipe the slate clean and make it reflect where I'm at in now in my art career. But more then that it needed to be simple to update (since I do my site myself) so that I could keep up with it as I make new work.
Here's what my home page looks like now:
Its totally minimalist and miles away from the first version I did years ago. If you're inclined, please go have a peek and let me know what you think.
I've got a lot of new artwork to photograph and get up there. My portfolio is woefully not up to date but I've decided to take photos of five pieces a week and upload them. Anything beyond that and I'll get that twitchy feeling that comes with too much work to keep up with and just not do any of it at all.
I still need to decide what to do about Where I Stand Sunday. I'd like to capture the project in its entirety somewhere. Its a lot of photos and a lot of writing and its not something I want to loose sight of. (I still secretly hope to one day publish a book about it.) I'm thinking my flickr account but that's still up in the air.
I'm relieved to have it done. Its really simple but it makes the artwork the star and that's what I was hoping for.
Sometimes the best solution is the simplest one, don't you think?