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This is not an art related post but one I think will be of interest to bloggers everywhere.

Having only just written a quick help guide on RSS feeds for non techies, I discovered a wonderful blogging tool which users of all blogging platforms will find indispensible. Only wish I’d found it sooner!!

You will notice that I have two new buttons at the top of my sidebar – I have been looking for something like this for an  age and wanted to share the discovery even if it may not be news to many people.

It is the simplest, neatest, most efficient way to add social bookmarking tags to your blog and blog posts. Setting it up is free and easy for people using Blogger, WordPress, Typepad, Moveable Type, MySpace and many others. Having one button for all social bookmark sites and another for feed subscriptions saves so much clutter. Verdict – I LOVE this little tool.

You can see how the buttons work by clicking on them. Want these excellent little add-ons for your own blog, website or ezine? Just sign up at AddThis.com and in ten minutes you’ll be up and running. 

Nickola
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This is a bit of a departure for me but has come about because someone asked me this very question the other day. I apologize to readers who find this piece a little off topic but thought I’d give the subject a few lines and share my limited wisdom.

This blog is not monetized – although not in a huge way. When I began this blog it was not designed to generate income, simply to promote art from around the world, including my own work of course. If you would like to know more about sponsored posting and the like, have a look at my page “Blog Arena”

A blog, as everyone will tell you, can indeed make you money and I have learned much from my husband in this regard as he is an avid blogger himself. If you are looking to earn some extra income from blogging there are plenty of blogs out there dealing with that subject alone. Try Blogging and RSS Information or Bloghelp as a starting point.

There IS a lot of information to digest but it will give anybody a real insight into every aspect of blogging, including,but not limited to, profiting from your writing. In addition there are two sister sites which may be of use, Google Adsense Information and Google Information  & Tips. All of these sites contain useful information if you are looking to profit from your blog or website and if you already have some experience in the field you may still learn something new.

There is a lot of reading material at these sites but bookmarking them and learning a little at a time would be my recommendation. There are people out there who really do make a living from their blogs and have even given up their day jobs as a result. If that is your ultimate aim, keep working at it, learn from the success of others and there is no reason why you cannot be making a good income. I wouldn’t go as far as to say you can be financially independent with any great ease, but there are plenty of people sharing their knowledge out there if you care to do the work.

I hope that this information will expand the blogging experience for some readers and wish all you would be bloggers for profit every success in your ventures! Next time we’ll be back to my true passion – art, art and more art! 

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Today I just wanted to post something to give my new found CSS tips and tricks an audience. Instructions on how to use some of these cool formatting tools can be found at the excellent website of Mandarin Design Clever looking formatting has never been easier and is as simple as cut and paste. So, if you are looking to add a little more Bling to your blog, this might be a great place to start learning some new tricks.

…original painting “Walks On Water is still available. Make the artist an offer. This painting must be sold soon own it and enjoy it forever…

Yes, I am still seeking a buyer for Walks On Water. If it doesn’t find a new home within the next few weeks I have decided that it will be placed in my next public show here in the UK, along with the other remaining pieces from the series.

Enough. Playtime is over for now, but I would like to recommend my readers to a couple of websites I found during the past few days of wandering the web and the blogosphere. The first is Sucky To Savvy by Jeffrey M. Glover This is a fun and informative site about some of the do’s and dont’s of web page or blog page design. As this post has more to do with such things than my normal fare, this site deserves a mention just because it highlights some of the truly awful dogs dinners some people make in their attempts to create an all singing and all dancing blog. I know that I come across far too many who use some or even all of the “sucky” attributes that annoy the heck out of me. Less is sometimes more folks.

How do I come across all these wonderful and varied websites I hear you asking. I have already mentioned some of the social bookmarking sites but these are the three that I use on a regular basis:-
1) Furl
2) Spurl
3) Blinklist
My last mention has to go to Blinklist as one of my favourites. If you want a place to keep all your favourites I would recommend Blinklist for the simple reason that some of the features they offer are first class for anyone who blogs. You will notice that I have now added a “Blink It” button to all of my blog posts.

If you take a look at the Arteccentrix Links Page, you can see how my Blinklist bookmarks are integrated into the website and it is all achieved with a simple cut and paste. This is another great way to share your favourite sites with your blog readers and remember, if I Blinklist your website or blog, it means an automatic link to your site from mine. It follows of course that anybody using the same set up will be doing the same. Sign up and start discovering and sharing all your favourite places on the web while promoting your own site in the process.

Nickola
The Arteccentrix Gallery

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Surfing through other blogs that I find useful and that I thought other artists might find of interest this morning I came across The Art News Blog. A lot of topical posts about famous artists both past and present, and a selection of visual art news, art reviews and art related stories online. Worth a look.

Another place you might like to go and browse around is a blog from Portugal entitled “New Art” notes on installation art, performance art, interactive art, digital art, web art, theater, cinema, painting, sculpture, and more. I found the article about the concrete footballs in Berlin quite amusing.

It is far too lovely outside today to stay indoors and blog, so my man and I are off to the Minack Theatre to enjoy the sunshine for the rest of this Sunday.

Nickola
The Arteccentrix Gallery

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