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Bringing “Carolina Arts Unleashed” a Blog by Tom Starland, Editor/Publisher of “Carolina Arts Back” from the Dead

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

The shock of losing my blog, Carolina Arts Unleashed, was about as much of a shock that it could be recovered and how soon it was back – thanks to our Super Blog Guru Zelda Ravenel. And, thanks to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, which keeps track of 435 billion web pages – including Carolina Arts.

I’ve used the Wayback Machine in the past to check out how some people have tried to change their history or make people forget about it by “upgrading” their website. I just didn’t think about it when we lost Carolina Arts Unleashed. I guess I just wasn’t thinking clearly. It’s a good thing others, who know alot more about how the Internet works are around for folks like me who don’t have a clue about any of it – other than using it as a tool for communication. What hurt the most was that I had forgotten what was all there to be lost.

I haven’t been using Carolina Arts Unleashed that much in the last year or so as I’m posting more items at our blog Carolina Arts News. We post items people send me to pass on to our readers, where as posts at Carolina Arts Unleashed usually are generated by me – which takes more time – time I don’t seem to have much of these days. As is – Carolina Arts Unleashed has been up more than a week now and I’m just finding time to make my first posting post lost/return.

Unfortunately, while the blog went missing we lost our spot in the rankings of the Internet search engines. I’m not sure we’ll ever get back to where we were, I guess it all depends on how people discover what we have on the blog. Our Super Blog Guru tells me that all the links people made to different post we had there should all still be functional – I hope they are and I’m sorry for any that don’t work, but I guess the good thing is they can now be re-made.

Well that’s all for now. It’s good to be back.

The Carolina Art Blog Community

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

Since starting this blog I’ve learned that I’m part of an informal community of other art bloggers – many are artists, some are people in the gallery business, some are promoting the arts, and some others just like to talk about their experiences with the visual arts and arts in general.

Much like with the internet I’m amazed at the speed with which entries you make in your blog on one day can end up on other blogs the next day – if not sooner. It’s quite a shock to my normal communicating system of writing some commentary in one month and people reacting to it the next month – while my head is thinking of the next commentary.

We’re adding some links to a few of these blogs on this blog so our viewers can read what else is being written out there. You can find the links to the right of the page.

I’ve been following some of these blogs such as, Machinations of a Distracted Mind by painter Christopher Rico; Art In Stitches – a day to day journal of fiber artist Susan Lenz; and nightswimming – by sculptor and painter Doug McAbee. Reading blog entries by these artists really gives you some insight on what artists go through in their day to day lives, show you work they are doing, and keeps you up with where they are showing their works. It’s a view we don’t often get when looking at exhibitions of art hanging on a wall or displayed in a gallery space.

Other blogs like Around and About with Bulldog Pottery – Seagrove, NC; Artsails1 – by artist Jean Bourque; Inside Tria’s head: displaying works that question others by Tria Turrou; and Sawdust and Dirt – documenting the goings on in the workshop of NC potter Michael Kline, show you how networking between blogs can carry issues from one place to another – as fast as texting.

Information you’ll find in a blog is much different from what you’ll find on websites. In fact, in time blogs may become the new website for many people on the internet.

We’re also thinking about starting a blog directory for art bloggers in the Carolinas on our website (Carolina Arts) – as the list might get pretty long to keep adding new links to this blog.

If you are an art blogger in North or South Carolina (visual arts only) and want to be added to such a directory, send us your info by e-mail to ( – put Blog Directory in the subject line) and we’ll start building the directory.

Bloggers associated with The State newspaper – need not apply. What goes around comes around.