I've got a new business name and a new website. Go to www.smilodoncreative.com to learn all about it! 


Okay, y'all. It's day three of seven.  I thought I had this whole daily-blogging-thing on lock, and then I went to see Selma, cried a whole bunch, stayed up late talking about racism and now here we are.  12:54 a.m. and I am bone tired.   

The answer depends on who you ask, how much time and effort you are willing to sink into a project, how much customization you need, any ecommerce functionality, membership services, advanced performance needs, etc.    That said, the average site I build for artists comes in over $1000 but under $2000 (as of January 2015).  Generally.    This assumes:  

I decided last week to join this blog-post-a-day-for-seven-days challenge, because I'm a sucker for that stuff.  And, because I've learned not to break promises to myself, I feel compelled to follow through on this one.  

You launched! Your website is perfect and has a bunch of fresh blog entries/work samples/head shots/whatever.  Now you can kick back and relax for at least five years, right?   Wah-wah. Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but to put it simply: No. You can't.  

Last time we talked about what an informal board can do for you as an independent artist, and who to invite to be on your board.   

One of the burdens of becoming a non-profit is forming a board. Yaaaawn. We've all heard about how annoying those can be. Who wants to be bossed around or somehow ousted from their own company?  Nobody.   

I've been away from this blog for a few weeks and am having a hard time coming back. I'm in a sort of philosophical haze brought on by Los Angeles, the #blacklivesmatter protests, poetry and shopping for home goods (sad, perhaps, but true). I've been trying to sort out how this blog can be practical and useful to you but still reflect a bigger perspective on life, art, etc. So here's a practical piece I wrote to serve until I get back in the game.  

Today is Give to the Max Day here in Minnesota, a tradition we all love to hate (though we still rush to be part of it). It's a day of collectively and obsessively donating to the cause(s) of your choice. I would guess about half of my donations are countered by donations from the person I just donated to, the old let's-pass-the-same-threadbare-ten-dollar-bill-back-and-forth game. And I love it.    Many of my current and former clients are fundraising today, including:  DanceMN

In the spirit of last week's post, here's a post for the folks at the other end of the spectrum:  You are just about to send your site into the world.  It is frail and small and doesn't know fear or cruelty.  Here are four things you might forget about in the midst of building a website:  1) How are you going to let the world know about this awesome thing you made? 

So you don't have a website, and you're tired of feeling unprepared when people ask how they can find out more about you. Or maybe you're kind of embarrassed by the site your cousin made for you back in 2005.  It's hard to use, and it's all pepto pink because you were so into that color.     Sigh.  Time for a new website.  What are your goals? 


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