Blogging from the other side of the footlights
That’s what the writer at anartistsperspective.com is trying to do with this recently launched blog, though with some mighty big carve-outs in the blog’s permissible field of vision:
I don’t intend for this blog to be negative in any way. I prefer to keep my anonymity for obvious reasons, but if it were ever discovered, I don’t want to say anything on here that could hurt anyone or come back to affect me. In the end, if you pay attention to the posts that will follow, your chances of having an artist enjoy your company or not try to avoid you will improve.
A curious, if not altogether surprising, approach, this decision to frame the blog as an effort to equip fans with some information that might help them be less obnoxious to artists. This is a polite way of saying “this won’t be Jersey Shore for sg” and, to be sure, such an approach will certainly appeal to a certain subset of diehards who are ever on the lookout for tips about how to more effectively practice their fan-love on their favorite artists.
Still though … while censuring whole swaths of what life is really like for an artist in the name of not being “negative” makes perfect sense from a job security perspective, it will make for a lot less interesting blogging, I imagine. Here’s my prediction, anyhow, gleaned from very personal experience: the blogger’s ability to remain anonymous will vary in direct proportion to the blog’s candor about life on the road (and how savvy the tech set-up on the blog is in the first place).
In the meantime, there’s a lot to be said from an artist’s perspective that would be worth reading before we all get to the forbidden forest of negativity. That, and, the bar on artists’ blogs has been set pretty low by the most of the ones that are out there so far.
So, yeah … welcome, FAAP. Oh and … yes, a less clunky nom de blog would be nice too … I recommend putting your interns on that.Email this Post