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Running a blog on contemporary jewellery is not an easy thing to do when you have to hunt for good pictures. Sometimes it takes me more than 2 hours to upload a single post because I’m looking for some decent photos to show you.

I’ve discovered that most contemporary jewellery artists (especially Europeans because Americans are way ahead of us in this) seem to still be internet-shy. They either do not have any online presence at all (!?!?!!!) or their web site is so out-of-date (FrontPage much?) and difficult to navigate through that sometimes I just give it up for the sake of my sanity. I bet these artists are thinking:
“Internet is not for me and if I upload good, high resolution pictures of my work they’ll steal my designs” while hammering away in their workshops.
Meanwhile, other artists who may or may not be more talented than you, have been online so long and playing the social media game so well that you should not be surprised when everybody’s talking about them, buying and copying their work and nobody is buying or copying yours.

This trend is slowly changing of course, so a big thank you to all of the artists out there who have a user-friendly web site with great pictures of their work, taken by professionals. You make my life so much easier.

And for those of you who might still be thinking “hosting a web site and paying professionals to take pictures of my work costs money” here are a few tips only a google-click away. I’m sure you can find more and better advice if you take the time:

  • There are at least “25 Free Blog Hosts” out there. Take your pick. I’m using WordPress.com and if I can do it so can you.
  • Study other web sites that you like. What do you like about them? Study web sites that you hate. What do you hate about them? Make a list of do’s and don’ts and keep it in mind when you’re creating your blog/web site. Ask a friend web designer or search the internet for tips. It’s for free.
  •  In the beginning, learn how to take good pictures of your work or create your own equipment if you can. And it’s almost certain that you have a friend or a friend of a friend who is an amateur photographer and is willing to help you out.

No pictures were downloaded or copied for this post. Really.

Thank you for reading.