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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Welcome to the neighborhood

One of my favorite subjects for blogging has been the food we've eaten in our workshops. Here, doughnuts from the Willow Bake Shoppe, now just down the road from me.
While I was in mid-Hudson, I got a note from a student suggesting I send my blog link to the Bangor Daily News. I’d been a full-time resident of Maine for exactly five days, three of them spent back in New York painting at Olana and the Catskills. I was more than mildly surprised at their interest. If all goes well, tomorrow my blog will appear on their portal rather than on Blogger, where it’s been since 2007.

Then there are my favorite places. Here, Camden Harbor.
One of my painting students is branding guru Brad VanAuken. He once told me I should blog regularly, or forget about blogging at all. On his advice I started posting every weekday. That’s improved my readership, but it’s also helped me develop an economical writing style, one that doesn’t take over my entire day.

It would be fun to kick off this new blog with something exciting like a painting festival. But the flip side is that I have time this week to work on the transfer. I still have a lot of work to do before I hit the road, exciting stuff like going to the dump for the first time, figuring out my mailbox question, and registering my car.
I love writing about the technique of painting. This was a how-to for making canvases.
What will I write about on this new platform? The same stuff I already do, I imagine: plein air painting, art history, an occasional digression into social commentary. I hope you come along for the ride, dear friends.
As always, painting with friends is the most important thing.
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Knot Telling said...

This sounds like good news for you, but I hope you don't get squeezed into a little box.

Carol Douglas said...

I can always go back to where I was... I did wonder about the nudity on my blog, however. Ever since I got closed down, I've been a little nervous. Just goes to show what a long reach censorship has.

Sue said...

Is the blog going to be owned by them ... perhaps you can do a mirror site, so if you are censored, it won't matter. I would hate to have you transfer all your great posts and then have them obliterated ... there should be a way that you can perhaps either keep this site, or have your own domain (which I could help you with ...)

Carol Douglas said...

I'm leaving this in quiescence, and they own nothing. They are clear that I retain ownership of content. It's an opportunity to have a greater readership.

I've had some emotional highs and lows about this--after all, I've been blogging here for eight years, and it's a known quantity. But I'm cautiously optimistic that this is a good next step.

BTW, I love my friends' concern for me. Thanks, deeply.

Brenda Norris said...

Canada is missing your presence already Ms. Carol. However, I do wish you all the happiness and success in the world.