The Art and Antiques Design blog emanating out of London is straining to become an industry voice and I applaud the effort being taken by Elliot Lee and Francesca Fiumano on the industry’s behalf. In point of fact, there is not much of an industry voice no matter how many organizations exist claiming to represent their group of dealers. We are a splintered industry for a variety of reasons, most notably because we are much less businessmen and more experts in a wide variety of fields that have little interplay and virtually no reason for cohesion.
The aphorism, “those that can’t teach, do”, is an analysis that is cute but not really that accurate. In a similar vein, you could say that antique dealers who blog aren’t doing what they should be doing. That isn’t true either, but there is a grain of truth in there. I started my blog five or so years ago to increase content on my website since the goal was to be found by people seeking English antique furniture. I also find writing enjoyable so, I thought, why not increase my ranking and have some fun? Such duplicity on my part (some might call it depth) but then no point on being on the web if you aren’t being found.
Now that I have allowed the AAD to publish my thoughts, I find that I am under distinct pressure. Should I get serious and write about the market, or about antiques, or about dealers, or about auction houses, or….? The list is almost endless. It is almost another career, yet another that I don’t get paid for. But deal with the pressure I must as I see my google ranking slip and upstart dealers such as Kentshire or Mallett or that relentless Patrick Sandberg surpass me (Google English antique furniture and see what I mean). It means that I have to write more for an audience I never asked for and, heaven forfend, suffer the slings and arrows of criticism.
I wonder how you spell Xanax?