The purpose of AP blogs

  • Challenge the status quo: What’s not right about the arts sector you work in? The great thing about a blog is that you can write as yourself – not for the benefit of your organisation or funders – but voice your own opinions and say the things you feel need to be said. (You are welcome to blog anonymously, or adopt a witty pseudonym.)

  • Give a fresh perspective: Got an observation or anecdote based on your experience working in the arts sector that throws new light on the work being done in arts organisations day-in-day-out? Blog about it and you might just change the way those around you operate.

  • Test out new ideas: Think you’ve come up with a great new touring model, marketing strategy or educational programme that you’d like to run by your peers? Well this is the place to do it. Blogs are great for sharing ideas that aren’t quite polished enough to present to the (wo)man upstairs. And our comments facility means you can effectively gather feedback and use AP’s thousands of readers as a sounding board.

What AP blogs should be

  • Opinionated: The best blogs present a strong voice and a new way of thinking. They spark debate.

  • Relevant to the arts sector: AP readers come from all walks of the arts – so try and keep things general. And remember that they are workers in the arts sector – not your audience – they come to AP to read about the processes behind art making, not the art itself.

  • Concise: We’re talking more Ted-style burst of inspiration than in-depth analysis.

  • Light-hearted: This is an informal space in which you can chat with your peers. Comic relief is always welcome.

  • Fresh, but not necessarily topical: We don’t want recycled ideas that everyone has already been talking about forever. But similarly, news related rants are not appropriate – these go in ‘news comment’ and should be more formal.

What AP blogs are not and never will be

  • That case study you couldn’t convince the editor to publish

  • News comment – we can use this in the ‘News comment’ section

  • A rave about the amazing work you/your company does

  • Art reviews

  • Your diary

 

Think your idea cuts the mustard? Then a quick word on what, exactly, we’re after

  • 500-900 words (if it’s longer consider breaking it up with sub-headers)

  • Sum up what the blog is about in the first paragraph – preferably the first line

  • A snappy standfirst which includes your name (if you are revealing it) and gives a hint of what you’re on about, eg: Joe Blogs blogs about blogging

  • You don’t have to include a headline, unless you can think of something amazingly witty

  • Whatever particulars you want listed at the bottom of the blog – name, job title, website, email address, phone number, twitter username, etc. – if you would like to blog anonymously we do need to know who you are, but will take your secret to the grave

  • Give yourself an edit – we’ll like you more

  • Add relevant links

  • Don’t worry about images, unless you have a photo you’ve taken yourself, we’ll sort it out – copyright is a b*tch

So what are you waiting for? We know you have loads of insightful opinions, revolutionary ideas and challenging arguments that are not being heard. Contact us today to get your blog online, or drop us an email if you’d like to run an idea past us: editors@artsprofessional.co.uk

 

Not forgetting the boring bit…

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