Well this is embarrassing…

I started writing a few blog posts (and many many months) ago that I was working on the business side of art. I told you about trying to convert my website to WordPress, about picking a platform, etc. And then I just stopped. Stopped communicating, stopped working on it, just stopped.

Partly because, well, 2020.

And partly because I changed gears.

Again.

And partly because, to be honest, I was embarrassed. Embarrassed that I said I would give you information and I didn’t have any myself. So I sort of abandoned ship for a while on the whole website endeavor.

Not because I’m wishy washy. I’m actually absurdly stubborn when it comes to sticking with things. Instead it’s because I was spending so much time and energy trying to sort things out and learn how to speak computer code, trying to fix problems, etc. that I wasn’t painting! If improving my art website was keeping me from MAKING art…well, that seems to defeat the purpose.

So, I’m trying something new. FASO. FASO makes websites specifically for artists. For some weird reason I tend to be suspicious of anything that makes things too easy, however, I think I’m going to like it. As your personal guinea pig, I’ll try it out and let you know. In the meantime, head on over to my website and let me know what you think.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming: The art.

The Dilemma by Erin Hardin 16″x11″ Oil on panel

This painting is entitled “The Dilemma” and it seemed suitable to today’s post and that feeling of being stuck. So often I feel, as I’m sure many of you do, bound in some way. Sometimes there legitimately are outside forces at play, but most of the time if I’m really honest with myself, I realize that I’m the one holding myself back. Sometimes it’s inertia, sometimes disorganization, sometimes fear. It’s frustrating- this tangled, tied up feeling. It makes me grumpy, moody, mean, definitely not creative. I can usually find something or someone to blame…at least ostensibly, and that might work for a minute. But in truth, no one’s going to untie those strings but me. Sure they might try. And it might even work. However, the interesting thing about human beings is that if I haven’t figured out how to untangle myself, I’m likely just going to pick those ropes back up again. Maybe that’s because we’re SUPPOSED to figure out how to untangle ourselves. Like one of those metal puzzles that are next to impossible to put down we humans just keep picking up the same dilemmas until one day, finally disgusted with the tangled mess we’re in, we think to ourselves, “I’ve been here before. I’ve tried this and I’ve tried that. Now it’s time to try something new.”

And so, we do.

Good luck today my friends.

On choosing a hosting platform and why I shouldn’t build a house

Oh y’all! I wrote to you ages ago saying I was going to share my journey into the business side of the art world. And I still am, really! It’s just taking me a minute. When I left off I was in the process of trying to create a WordPress.org site. In case you missed that part, here’s a link to the post. In short, WordPress.org is actually a plug-in that you use on a website hosted by a hosting platform (more on that in a minute), WordPress.com (where we are right now) is like it’s own little world. So, it’s sorta like building your own house based on designs by a contractor named WordPress (.org) or living in a apartment building where you can decorate how you like, but you can’t paint the walls and changing the furniture is pretty much where your control ends (.com).

It’s a good thing I’m not building an actual house, because if so, we’d be sitting in the rain while I tried to choose a floor plan. First off, I had to settle on a hosting site. This just means the company with the powerful computers that gets your site out there on the internet and keeps it running. I started off with Siteground, based on someone’s recommendation. However, despite everyone else RAVING about their customer service, I found some things lacking. They were very nice, but I had problems like never receiving a callback, though I had scheduled one, etc. Also, I felt like they had a slight lack of understanding just HOW little I knew. So, then I went with GoDaddy. Their customer service is incredible. I never feel dumb talking to them. However, I’m also always aware of just HOW good their sales team is. I found out that I have to pay extra (on top of the already substantial amount I was paying) to get a security certificate, which rumor has it Google is going to start requiring. If you don’t have one (which I hear is really not a big deal) you get that little tag on the search bar that says “site not secure” or something similar. So, I switched again (I’m probably starting to develop a bit of a reputation in the hosting world). Finally, I went to Bluehost just because WordPress endorses them. Honestly that process exhausted me so much that’s the last thing I’ve done. I can’t even tell you if Bluehost is working out for me because I just had to step away from all that for a bit.

I did transfer all my posts, pictures, etc. from here to the new (not yet live) site. Now THAT was a thing that was a problem I worked out on my own (GooooO me!). I’ll tell y’all about that next time and we’ll continue this (longer than I anticipated) journey.

In the meantime, keep painting and I’ll see you soon.