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Monday, September 27, 2004

Give a Little, Get a Lot More

I get a chance to say my piece every day. I know, I know. Lately I've been on a MoMA kick. I'll find something else to sound off about soon, but recently the barrel has been full of fish and there's been a loaded shotgun sitting nearby. I haven't been able to help myself.

But today is different. Today I'm going to be quiet for a while and let you have a say.

A small group of art bloggers have been chatting via email, and we've come to a conclusion. Site stats are great, but we don't know enough about our readers to be sure that we're writing what you want to be reading.

We're curious about several things. Why, for example, would you choose to be reading art blogs instead of watching Simpsons re-runs? Or are you reading art blogs while you're watching Simpsons re-runs? What sorts of content (reviews, opinion, art world gossip, pointers to articles in the mainstream press, etc.) do you find most valuable? Does a $20 admission to MoMA seem like a bargain to you? If so, could I convince you to pay me a dollar a day to read this blog? (Sorry. That slipped out. Couldn't help myself.)

So several bloggers have pooled resources (one dial-up connection, one DSL line, two cable modems, three old laptops, one decrepit desktop, three dozen back issues of Artforum, two copies of What Happened to Art Criticism?, and a half a jug of Chablis left over from an opening that someone went to last spring) to put together an art blog readers survey.

Here's the deal. You give us five to seven minutes of your time and honest answers to a few questions about your preferences, and we'll give you sites that you'll enjoy reading even more than you already do.

Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

To participate (and you are participating, right?) follow this link and get to work. The survey will be online through October 10, 2004. I'll post a few of the more interesting findings when the survey is complete.

If you're an art blogger, and you would like to be involved with the survey, please drop me an email. I'll send you instructions about linking to it from your blog and will be sure to provide you with a report on the results when they are tabulated.

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