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Changing the format of posting on

Hello all of you who over the last 8-10 years have been generous to share your ideas, show reviews, tips and stories in the Blog here on During this time over 6000 posts have been added to this blog. Impressed? I know I am ... however ...

Changing times means even AFI needs to make some changes now and then. Starting today if you come to this site to add a blog post will you please instead post it in the "Discussions?" 

I hope by moving the blogs to the discussions area it will make it easier for the members to read and respond and keep the conversation going. This is a test. Let's see if it works.

In the meantime, where would this site have been without you? I hate to start naming names, but I'd guess the champion blogger is Nels Johnson. Melanie Rolfes has really kept us up to date in recent years, Richard Sherer reports in on every show he does ... That is such a short list, I'm embarrassed to start. 

See you in the "Discussions." Click here and then click on "ADD", write it up, then choose the category you want it to be in ... who's first?

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Comment by Richard L. Sherer on September 29, 2017 at 7:28am
Lately one has to muddle through all of the tents and panels for sale to get to interesting stuff about shows.
Comment by Connie Mettler on September 29, 2017 at 9:28am

I know, Richard. My hope is that by making it easier for people to reply, in the discussions, there might be more interaction and quick responses. 

Comment by Barrie Lynn Bryant on September 29, 2017 at 3:21pm

And there are plenty who write blogs when they should be discussions. I'm posting a discussion in a minute.

Comment by Connie Mettler on September 29, 2017 at 5:15pm

Great! Missed you a lot, Barrie. Hope you and your family are well.

Comment by Melanie Rolfes on September 29, 2017 at 8:18pm
Connie where do u want reviews?
Comment by Barrie Lynn Bryant on September 30, 2017 at 10:31am

So I posted a comment in someone's blog (that should have been a discussion) about mid-west art fairs. The system said my comment needed to be approved before being posted. So if that's the way it will be, why not tell us that upfront in this news that blogs are changing? Or is what happened to me a mistake?

Comment by Judy Christian on September 30, 2017 at 5:06pm

I have to agree with Richard about the posts selling equipment. I land on the homepage, browse the left side posts, and most are buying or selling.

If someone new landed here, they would miss all of the good info.

Comment by Richard L. Sherer on October 1, 2017 at 8:00am

I always thought there was a separate section for selling tents and panels elsewhere or at least it seemed that way in the past. A new person might get discouraged thinking everyone was going out of business from all of the selling posts.

Comment by Connie Mettler on October 1, 2017 at 1:49pm

Thanks for that point, Judy. I agree with you and that is partly why I'm asking people to post in the discussions for now instead of the blog, so we can get the "good stuff" out there ... this site is about much more than tent selling and I'm hoping by reformatting the meatier posting will be noticed better. This is only a test.

Melanie, thanks for asking. I've just added a new category "Art Fair Reviews" and am looking forward to hearing your latest news. 

Comment by Connie Mettler on October 1, 2017 at 2:17pm

Whoops, I neglected to mention S. Brian Berkun as a person who we can always depend on to bring in a great review, mostly of Western shows, and we really need those reviews to maintain any kind of a semblance of this site being useful to artists across the country.


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