The New Blog is Live

by Joe McDonald on September 19, 2008, filed under News


Welcome to the new home of the Blog.

This blog has been on my to-do list for quite a while, so I’m excited to finally get it launched. I don’t need to tell you that blogs are everywhere… in fact I personally own or maintain… (let me count)… over 7 blogs! So I’m very familiar with the strengths of having a blog. I’ve been creating and coding blogs for years. So why, you ask, hasn’t had an official blog before now? Good question… already has an arts calendar and art forums for information, but I just haven’t had the time to launch a completely new Blog. was first launched in 1999… that’s an eternity in Internet years and, unfortunately, the site suffers from aging, stagnant code. The technology of web development has evolved so much over the last 8 years that it’s hard to keep up, even for a professional web developer like myself. So has been neglected off and on. That’s the honest answer to why this blog is just now launching.

But, I don’t want to turn this into a post on web technologies. I tried that a few months back with “Project” and that just didn’t work. I’ve decided to kill that blog over at Project and just focus my efforts on maintaining and improving the existing site and mission of – to connect the local art community with our local artists and just get the information out there!

(sidenote: if you’re not familiar with Project, it was a short-lived attempt at trying to discuss and document a complete re-build of from the ground up using new web technologies – it was way too ambitious for me to wrap my head around and it just stalled.)

So here we go… let’s get this party started. is probably going to eventually (hopefully sooner rather then later) replace the current Art Forums. A blog is much more suited to publishing information and engaging input, discussion and dialog from visitors. The forum is just clunky and hard to navigate.

The calendar will still have all of our date-specific events happening around town, but this blog will have more in-depth art related information, happenings and announcements that I feel are important to publish.

I know there are other Seattle Art Blogs and Art Sites out there but I don’t consider them competition… I stand by my original goal… to help local artists do what they love. That’s it. I hope you’ll consider taking a more active role in this site and join in on the conversation. I’ve been nurturing this site since 1999… back when artists needed to be sponsored by a gallery in order to be successful and when the Internet hardly had any resources for struggling artists. I hope somewhere along the way I’ve been able to help bridge that gap.

So thanks for stopping by and thanks for supporting the local Seattle Artists community.

Joe McDonald
Photographer, Founder of

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }


Michael C Davies 09.21.08 at 3:52 pm

Good start on the blog Joe! I do a bit of blogging myself, though I don’t do enough of it. Hopefully I’ll make it more of a habit. It’s something that we artists should be doing in order to gain more exposure.



Shano 09.21.08 at 9:20 pm

Oooh! Looking forward to hearing thoughts, ideas, events, networking, and controversy (a seemingly must with artist folk).


Kelley Knickerbocker 09.22.08 at 8:25 am

Thanks for all you do, Joe! Grateful to have this avenue for connection and publicity. Kelley


Linda Hoard 09.22.08 at 2:57 pm

Thank you, Joe, for all of your efforts!
I agree, for “artfolks” to communicate effectively, a blog is a wonderful way to go. It is so much easier to stay on topic and not be overwhelmed with the typical forum media blitz! I have just started my own blog, after visiting another artists, and found it a great way to just share thoughts.
I certainly will try to stay in communication on this blog and be a bit more active!
Again, thank you for your time and enegry with this site,
Linda Hoard


Joe 09.22.08 at 9:32 pm

Thanks for the comments so far! I’m already loving the ease of communication this blog provides. I’m working to get things organized quickly but I welcome all input and feedback on content and post suggestions.


Caron 10.05.08 at 9:41 pm

Hi Joe!
Thanks for starting the Seattle Artists Blog.
I’m fairly new to this blogging world, and I’m finding it to be a great way to get connected to the kind of people I need in my life.
More art, more artists, more fun, more cool and interesting websites and people I might not have found otherwise.

Enjoy the adventure, and thanks for your patience with this newbie.

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