Happy 10th Birthday Museworthy!!

:slides down banister … throws confetti … lands a cartwheel … flashes jazz hands:

Just making an entrance worthy of a blogging milestone, my friends! So here we are, at the decade mark. Woo hoo! That late night when I launched this blog, ten years ago to the day, feels so far away. It’s getting harder to recall the days when I didn’t have this blog! And that’s ok.

Museworthy is just one of countless blogs on the web. I’m sometimes asked how one achieves longevity and builds a steady readership without advertising, without ‘clickbait’ sensationalism, and without high profile popularity. My answers? Well, it’s simple really. Provide original content, communicate in an authentic voice, interact in the comments, and keep the navel-gazing to a minimum. Also, a nude pic from time to time doesn’t hurt either πŸ˜†

Speaking of nude pics, we continue our annual tradition with a photo by Fred Hatt of yours truly. Fred and I had a really good session this time, much better than last year when I was a disgruntled pain in the ass. We decided on this pic which exemplifies art model posing – the work I love devotedly, which saved my life back in 2006 when I was so lost, and inspired me to start writing a blog in the first place. Here we can see some of that ‘negative space’ artists like so much, with triangle shapes, a leaning torso, lots of visible anatomy. Fred; beautiful lighting and great collaboration. Thank you, friend.

I must, as always, express my immense gratitude to all of you, for finding just a bit of time in your week to visit Museworthy. Blogging is fairly pointless if no one is reading! Words can’t describe how meaningful it is that longtime readers have stayed with me for the long haul. You guys rock! I’m also very appreciative that new subscribers have come on board. Welcome! To each and every one of you, whether you visit for art, music, tales of the city, or a spot of writing, I am humbled by your presence here. The modest ‘success’ of this intimate little blog makes me feel honored, astonished, and joyful. Big thanks also to WordPress for providing a first rate platform for bloggers.

We’re going ‘old school’ with our music selection this year, and with female voices for a change; early Pointer Sisters from 1973. The ladies from Oakland, California with fabulous harmonies and a funky R&B sound. That’s Anita Pointer killing it on lead vocals, backed up by Bonnie, Ruth, and June. The song, “Yes We Can Can”, was their first hit single and delivers a timely positive message.

See you soon, everyone! Love and blessings …

Your muse,
Claudia
xoxo

36 thoughts on “Happy 10th Birthday Museworthy!!

  1. Peta Kylie Tewey says:

    happy anniversary fellow muse
    10 more years to come mate
    I hope everything is fine with you financially and personally and health wise.
    Rock on, love your figure mate

    Peta
    Bribsnae, Australia
    currently living in London, UK

    • artmodel says:

      Peta,

      Thank you! So good to hear from you, ‘figure mate’! Living in London now must be exciting. Please write and let me know what you’ve been doing and how your father is. Love to both of you! πŸ™‚

      Claudia

  2. cauartprof says:

    Happy 10th Claudia!!! Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights through your wonderful blog. Beautiful photo.

    Chris

  3. Rock’n’Roll Claudia! Always have fun and be happy . . .

  4. Lynn Kauppi says:

    Happy anniversary Claudia! Quite an achievement!
    I’m always amazed at the expressiveness of your poses. I don’t know what you do with your eyes to supplement your pose (or is it the other way around?), but it is truly a thing of beauty.
    I don’t know how you were keeping your left hand in that position. Looks uncomfortable and painful. Or is that because I’ve had carpal tunnel and several other hand surgeries (the curse of editors)?
    Peace, friendship, and love my dear friend

    Lynn

    • artmodel says:

      Lynn,

      You’re very kind, thank you! As to my left hand, since this was a photo I only had to hold that way for a few seconds for Fred to take the shot. I probably wouldn’t hyperextend like that for a long modeling pose. Yes that would be uncomfortable! I’ve known a few people who suffer from carpal tunnel. It sounds quite painful. Take care of yourself.

      Thanks again for your warm wishes! πŸ™‚

      Claudia

  5. kdmedina says:

    So glad you are there!

    Ten more years!

    K

  6. Congratulations Claudia – always enjoy your blog – lovely image from Fred (I miss his blog but he is obviously keeping up his photography skills)
    Cheers
    Cliff

    • artmodel says:

      Cliff,

      I miss Fred’s blog too! It was excellent. But he is indeed keeping up his photography, art, and film work. Thank you for your readership and your kind words! πŸ™‚

      Claudia

  7. Dave says:

    Congratulations, Claudia! Ten years is amazing. I’ve been modeling for seven years but didn’t discover your blog until three or four years ago. I wish I had known about you earlier. I love your writing style and the written content is superb. (And the occasional photo from Fred is also very nice!).

    You are a real inspiration to me as a model, and I really appreciate the offline advice. I hope we have many more years of Museworthy to Keep us entertained and educated.

    • artmodel says:

      Dave,

      I am incredibly touched by your comments. Thank you!! If I could accomplish anything with this blog, I always hoped to be a voice for art models, if nothing else. You may have found me three or four years ago, but you did find me, and that’s what matters! And your generous words about my written content mean a lot.

      Many thanks, my friend, for your comment participation and loyal readership! πŸ™‚

      Claudia

  8. Doug Slater says:

    Congrats Claudia on 10 great years of fascinating blogs. I’ve followed your postings almost from the beginning, you’re a great woman. Cheers from Canada and go for another 10!
    Doug

    • artmodel says:

      Doug,

      I’m humbled by readers like you who have followed Museworthy for all these years! I try to ‘earn’ it with every post. Thank you so much for your warm supportive words. You’re too kind. πŸ™‚

      Claudia

  9. Bill says:

    A perfect 10! — pose, photo, music — first rate.

    I’m glad you’ve taken it upon yourself to do this blog — it’s always something to look forward to. My anniversary wish is for another 10 years just like it.

    Congratulations, my friend πŸ™‚

    • artmodel says:

      Bill,

      You and other commenters have expressed wishes for another ten years. But can I do it?! I’d love to! As long as I don’t start boring people to death and getting redundant … we’ll see!

      I’m delighted that you like the photo, music, etc. Your voice on this blog brings so much to the spirit and discussion here. That you are a valued friend makes it even more heartwarming for me. You’re a Museworthy ‘old-timer’, and I take great comfort in that. Can’t thank you enough! πŸ™‚

      Claudia

  10. D. Futterman says:

    Beautiful shot. Please post them more frequently. I adore how your breasts are draped by the sunlight and love the expression of serenity that shows on your face. It’s clear that you are in a better place as you say. Bravo for that. You’re a wonderful muse.

    • artmodel says:

      D. Futterman,

      I’m getting so emotional with these comments! My gosh, thank you! So glad you like the light and shadows in the photo. That little sliver of light on my left breast is my favorite detail. And yes my expression shows a degree of calm and contentment after an emotionally rough year.

      Thank you again for your generous, supportive comments! πŸ™‚

      Claudia

  11. artmodelandrew says:

    Ten years is an impressive milestone. That’s even more seasons than Seinfeld, The Beverly Hillbillies, or Desperate Housewives! It is a testament to the quality of your interesting content and authentic voice, weaving your personal experiences with well-researched topics. It’s also worth noting that it takes time and effort (also known as work).

    I’m happy to see you and Fred continue the annual photo tradition. Creative collaboration with an artist is the essence of art modeling.

    • artmodel says:

      Andrew,

      I can’t believe I’ve outlasted Seinfeld! Pretty cool. My dear art model friend, thank you for being here since … well, the early days! You share so much insight about the work we do, and that is invaluable. Thank you for your thoughtful words and for pointing out the effort that goes into maintaining a blog like this. Yes it is ‘work’, but I wouldn’t trade a minute of it πŸ™‚

      Claudia

  12. Brian says:

    Claudia – Congrats on the success and 10th anniversary of Museworthy!!! Please keep it going as I (as well as all of your followers I’m sure) find immense pleasure in reading your posts. It is also a way for me personally to stay in ‘contact’ with a highly valued and respected friend. All the best.

    • artmodel says:

      Brian,

      Words can’t describe how much it means to me that you follow this blog. I’m sure you know that your feeling of a “highly valued and respected friend” is totally mutual. The other readers may not know that you and I go back literally 30 years! I remember those days – and you – with nothing but fondness and affection.

      Thank you friend, from the bottom of my heart, for your warm wishes and beautiful comments πŸ™‚

      Claudia

  13. scultore says:

    Claudia, congratulations and thank you so much for your endless inspiration and wonderful writing. Intelligence, insight, ad beauty, Bravo!

    • artmodel says:

      Bruce,

      You are so very kind, thank you!! That is high praise and I strive to be worthy of it. I appreciate your regular readership and participation. I’m sure I’ll see you soon downtown! πŸ™‚

      Claudia

  14. Gregory says:

    Claudia, I truly enjoy the variety of your content and well written articles. I look forward to your posts and the images you share. I retired a while back and will be pursuing a part-time life modeling career soon. Your blog has given me the motivation to give it a try. Thanks so much. I pray you’ll be blogging for a good many years to come. Congratulations!

    • artmodel says:

      Gregory,

      This is wonderful to hear! Yes, please pursue part time modeling, you won’t regret it! If you’ve found motivation here then I’m delighted. Thank you for reading my posts and acknowledging the variety of content. I purposely try to keep things fresh. I appreciate your warm wishes and readership! πŸ™‚

      Claudia

  15. @amanhimself says:

    10 years is an achievement. Wow! Congratulations πŸ‘

  16. Alexis says:

    Congrats and thanks Claudia, the blog and you are getting better with each passing year, like a fine wine!

  17. Reader says:

    Happy 10th Anniversary to your blog. Beautiful picture. The human body is such a beautiful object.

  18. Jennifer says:

    I’d logged on to comment on this lovely photo (realising that I hadn’t when I’d first seen it), but have since read ‘Ashes’ – but I still want to say that this is a stunning, beautifully lit photo and to say thanks for all your 10 years of interesting and illuminating blogging, most of which I’ve been there for!
    Jennifer

    • artmodel says:

      Jennifer, you have indeed been here for most of my blogging years! And I appreciate it more than I can say. Fred’s lighting here is superb, which is so surprise since he’s so great at what he does.

      Thanks for commenting! Always lovely to hear from you πŸ™‚

      Claudia

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