I have been thinking of ways to improve and expand this blog. From the beginning I had hoped that eventually it could be a community where lots of people could contribute not just my posts. The comment section is good but not ideal as it lacks the functionality of a good forum site as well as not being conducive to people starting their own posts without going through me first. There are many new social networking tools, like Ning, that could enhance this blog by encouraging more people to post about their artwork, ideas and experience in the perceptual painting world.
My wife is a web developer and knows all the ends and outs of these things (I don’t!) and has agreed to help me to gradually expand into fully featured social networking aspect to this blog. This would eventually allow some sort of forum format and the ability for members to have there own little section to show images of their work, post articles and the like. There would still be the main blog you see now that I would write (but also encourage guest posts) and I would try to keep it as clean and simple as possible in terms of the look and functionality.
I may eventually have some discreet relevant art supply ads to help defray the cost. The Ning program is free if you allow ads (they don’t look too bad – just google ads) which is probably how I would go, at least at first. I am still on the fence about all of this and won’t have the time to start making it for at least another month or two. But I thought I would put it out now to see if anyone might have some thoughts or ideas on this.