I’m just full of questions these days, aren’t I?
So I guess I’ve started a bit of a series here. Sorta.
And because I still have more to say about the whole portfolio/blogging thing, I will.
First, a bit of a disclaimer.
I’m not picking on anybody in particular. You can turn off that tiny paranoia button. I’m just talking out loud and all of this is just ‘food for thought’.
I’m not talking to other ‘bloggers’ here (OK, Friar? 🙂 ). People who blog because they like to write about whatever. That’s awesome. Keep doing it if it makes you happy. Read no further.
I’m talking to the young animation artist (or any professional artist for that matter). The artist that has a blog up on a free service like Blogger. Because there are a LOT of you. It’s to you I pose this question and offer some advice.
Why do you have that blog?
There could be many reasons.
- Is it just a fun thing to update family and friends to what you’re up to?
- Is it a place to discuss your favorite movies, comics and animation?
- Is it to show off your latest sketches and share some fun videos you found?
If it’s any of those, feel free to keep doing what you’re doing. Those are the perfect reasons to have a blog. That’s putting the blogging platform to good use. Enjoy and have fun.
- Is it your internet ‘business card’ to showcase your portfolio and your resume?
Then that free Blogger blog (that looks so much like everyone else’s Blogger blog) may not be the best place to do that. And if you’ve combined this reason with any of the first three questions I posed, you might want to think twice about mashing it up all together.
Finally, do you have a Blogger blog just because everyone else has one?
Would you jump off a bridge because everyone else did? (Said with nagging mother-voice.)
Yes, it’s a free service. Yes, it’s easy to set up. But it may not be serving you very well.
OK. You basically have three ways to have an internet presence (not including all the social media stuff).
- Have a blog only. (Like Lou Romano and Jenny LeRew)
- Have a static site only. (Like Adrien Van Viersen and Lorin Wood)
- Have a static site and blog ‘combo’. (Like Carlos Baena and David Billings)
It’s not about being better. It’s about what your needs and goals are for your site.
Lou Romano and Jenny LeRew are working professionals in large studios. They ‘got the job’ so to speak. So they post their work and sketches up to share with the world because they just like to (I assume. I don’t know these fabulous people).
Jenny has another blog where she talks about all things animation. That works as a blog. I get the impression she just likes to write and share things she’s discovered. That’s cool.
Adrien and Lorin are also working professionals. And they like to keep working so they have their work up in a static and easily navigate-able way.
No blog. No problem. Don’t have the interest? Don’t have the time? Don’t feel the need to?
That is totally OK and acceptable. You don’t have to have a blog.
Carlos and David do both. Carlos has also ‘got the job’ (at some tiny studio called Pixar or something). And he also co-owns Animation Mentor. He likes to teach and it shows on his blog. It’s good for business and he probably enjoys it.
David is a freelance illustrator and I’m sure is always keeping the feelers out for more work. You can view his portfolio in an easily navigate-able way as well.
He blogs to share his knowledge and is probably gaining exposure and contacts from being ‘out there’. There is ‘method in his blogging madness’ so to speak. And he rocks it.
So what the heck am I doing?
I think it’s quite obvious this is a ‘teaching blog’ as well. I enjoy it. I like teaching. And I have goals outside of storyboarding professionally.
Do you see a portfolio around here?
This blog’s function is not to get me storyboard work. It’s to find my right audience (*waves*) so I can expand the teaching experience with consulting, eBooks, webinars and stuff to anyone who needs it.
So before I give you any practical advice on what to do next, figure out what the function of your site is really supposed to be.
Then you won’t have to ‘jump off the bridge’ with everyone else.
Yeah, I know…nag, nag, nag!
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