Constant reviews considered harmful
Post #1244 • October 8, 2008, 10:36 AM • 120 Comments
You've been part of an experiment over the last three or four weeks. As many of you know, my employment situation has become rather liberated, obliging me to think about selecting one of my several pastimes (writing, say, or perhaps the daubing) and put some effort into making it remunerative. I hit upon an idea: move Artblog.net to an all-review format, which would be an easier sell to advertisers than the hodgepodge presented here normally. Reviews would be kept to a paragraph or two to allow for five posts a week.
The results: fifteen reviews since the middle of last month, which I'm pretty proud of considering that I've spent the last three weeks living in an RV park with a spotty Internet connection and making daily forays into town in search of a house to buy. And in that time my site stats have plunged. Unique readers slipped only a little - bless you - but total visits? Eek. You prefer hodgepodge: worthwhile exhibitions discussed at length, ad-hoc crits of current production in the studio, and the occasional overarching opining about matters artistic. Let me know if I'm mistaken. Otherwise I'll go back to the non-format, which is more fun, anyway, and I'll ponder another opportunity.