Your profile page is your introduction, artist statement, and first impression all in one! Make your page pull in potential buyers by being articulate and informative.
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Customers want to connect with you as an artist and a person. Having a compelling avatar will cause buyers to click through to your page and recognize your posts in the forum as well. A photograph of yourself or a small piece of your most popular work is appropriate. Keep in mind that the image must still look great and clear at a small size. It’s good practice to keep your avatar the same as soon as you decide on a good one – it becomes your face on the site. Your fellow artists and buyers will come to recognize it.”
As should be the intention of every creative, we strive to pave our own path in the world. In a unique and relevant way. And when it comes to expression and sharing your work on the internet, it’s about what works for you, not what everyone else is doing. It’s like the saying, “You wouldn’t jump off the cliff because someone else did it“, or something to that effect. When promoting your art or connecting with your community, it’s best to work with the applications and online networking tools that best fit you, your lifestyle, and your audience. When it comes to new media and internet applications, Chris Brogan says, Do What Works for you!
I agree and have told this to other artists over and over. Not everyone will like Facebook. I sure don’t. Not everyone has to use Myspace or LinkedIn or even blog for that matter! Follow your own star, give to your audience what they want, where it works for you. Don’t use something just because it’s the IN thing, or you want to keep ahead of the curve
That takes a heavy burden off our shoulders, doesn’t it?
BLOGS I ENJOY THAT ARENT ABOUT ART
The internet is full of content, alot of it stupid, but surely amusing, cute, and even useful information and content that you wouldn’t find anywhere else! Here are some of the blogs that I enjoy reading and perusing when I take time to surf the net. They are unrelated to art or the fine art world.
Cute Overload! - cuteoverload.com is the best source for the cutest and silliest animals and pets you have EVER seen! I can’t get enough of this blog. It is so darned adorable!!!! I often have to save some of the cute pics to my computer to put on my desktop.
OHNOTHEYDIDNT! – ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com – The infamous guilty pleasure of even celebrities. This blog is updated so fast that I couldn’t keep up with it if I missed reading it for two days alone. This blog has a handful of contributors, most of them the readers themselves, posting not yet seen news from around the web and other media of celebrities at their best and worst. It’s a sad little addiction. I can’t wait to see what Britneys doing outside her home next. I’m so sooo sorry Brit Brit.
Mashable - mashable.com – This blog is more amusement than business related to me, though I do utilize this information to propel my social media marketing ideas. This blog shows you all the latest news on the newest net related technology and social networking. It’s interesting to say the LEAST. It is also connected to other social media news blogs. It’s the never ending web. Don’t get lost!
Those are the main blogs I tend to lurk. I don’t do much reading on blogs unless they are related to business and art.