First Birthday

By Carolyn Edlund

On December 17th, this blog will mark it’s first birthday. The very first post, entitled “Own Your Identity as an Artist” was posted 12/17/09. My first interview was with Gilbert West of Start Looking, which is still one of my favorite places to check for videos about artists and their projects and ideas.

Since last December, Artsy Shark has been visited by more than 31,500 unique visitors, and averages 1,200 readers per week. After almost 200 posts, and with 361 subscribers, there have been 800 comments posted.  There have also been 4,100 spam comments, caught by spam filter  Akismet, (which I highly recommend!)

Artsy Shark also has 2,084 Twitter followers and 167 Facebook Fans

    Thank you to all of the readers, wonderful guest bloggers, and professionals who agreed to be interviewed and give their heartfelt advice and business information to artists and craftspeople, freely and generously.

    A special thank you to all of the Featured Artists whose work has graced these pages for the past year!

    Submissions Now Open

    Submissions are now open for readers who wish to be future Featured Artists. Please see the Contact/Submit page and submit your information exactly as stated.  Submissions can get overwhelming. Thank you for your patience!


    1. You have done a great job in just one year, Carolyn! Your statistics are impressive but only what you deserve with such worthwhile content!

    2. Happy 1 year anniversary/birthday on a wonderful feed that I look forward to reading and being inspired by and realizing that it is possible!! Thanks for a year of inspiration and here’s to many, many more years.

    3. Thank you both for your kind comments. This blog is my way of staying in the art world even though I closed my studio ten years ago. I love learning from the experts, and passing their knowledge along to emerging artists. It’s an exciting time to be a self-employed artist!

    4. Happy First Birthday ArtsyShark!!

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