4. Physical vs. Virtual Networking – Both are important and both are vital, but this quote by Lauren Panepinto stood out (and not just because it was bold text): “One hour of physical networking is worth 100 hours of virtual networking.”
5. Calling all EBSQ Artists! If you have news to share with our community and readers let me know! Contact me at: amanda[at]ebsqart[dot]com.
Tumblr is not a new site, but it has grown by leaps and bounds over the last three years. More often than not I see things posted on Pinterest which came directly from someone’s Tumblr site. In simple terms, Tumblr is three things:
A. A community
B. A blogging site
C. The father of Pinterest
Tumblr tends to be image heavy, attracting new artists and photographers to the site daily. Members follow blogs and reblog what they love (the pin and repin model). Some Tumblr sites consist of only reblogs. This is supported and encourage. If you run a creative business, Tumblr can be a great way to introduce your art to its members. Tumblr is also a perfect site for those artists who find the writing side of blogging a challenge. They have themes set up to look like galleries. All you have to do is post your picture, add a caption and you’re done! My personal Tumblr site is a combination of my art, things I love, and reblogs from other Tumblr sites.
If you’re a resistant blogger, Tumblr might be worth your time. I treat Tumblr as an additional creative outlet. It does not replace my blog, it is something entirely new. It also does not eat into my busy schedule. I spend about 15-20 minutes on the site every other day, posting something and checking out the other sites I follow. If you decide to take the plunge and need a little help EBSQ artists can contact me through my profile page.
Alot of the time, we talk about finding our target audience, about finding the perfect agent/business manager, or maybe getting those galleries/shops to hold our art. So when we do in fact get a nibble on that line – we’re all going bananas. You start to think everything is going to turn around and success is about to happen.
In the creative business, however, things change, people are fickle, offers pan out or they don’t.
Such is life. Such is the business of the arts.
Whether you are an actor, writer, painter, designer – all of these opportunties can come and go, fleeing with trends, staff changes, or money issues. You can become burnt out, frustrated, confused, disorganized. You may be doing all the work on your own besides creating the art. You do the photography, the design, the web maintenance, accounting, customer service, marketing and promotion, etc.
On your own it will be tough. On your own you can only go so far . . .
What we have to do is to focus more on the core foundation within our business and career. We usually think money and opportunities first, when we should be thinking : TEAM.
As social media evolves, and our use of it changes or improves, we find places like Myspace seemingly growing old and useless. What used to be hip and swarming with possibilities, is just another space for emo pops and tech-defunct masses, and perverts to splatter the interweb with their rediculous junk food content and whiny mumblings. It has become a conductor of noise and junk. Where is the value? I wrote a lil guide for everyone on how to utilize Myspace to connect with other people and promote yourself without being noise. Read: Myspace: Creating Community In a Ghost Town
Many of us artist have been made hip to the new social networking tools out there.
Twitter is known for 140 character posts with other people who follow you. It’s a great tool for quick messaging to friends, shouting out ideas, and sharing links. (EBSQ’s twitter is : http://twitter.com/ebsq)
Pownce, which was recently made open to the public, does that and more: allowing you to punch in html, video and other multimedia links, and sharing quick ideas without the 140 word limitation. It’s gaining notoriety, and inho would make twitter obsolete. It’s a matter of preference, I suppose, and…popularity of the tool.
Utterz is quickly gaining momentum. It’s the new micropodcasting site where you can record audio from your phone or via the computer. Now, you can record and post quick videos as well as photos and text posts. It’s a great way to converse with others should you forgo the use of the telephone/cellphone communication option. It’s free as well!
MICROBLOGGING VS. TRADITIONAL NETWORKING VIA THE NET
All of these tools and the many others available on the net would be an excellent tool to communicate and network with other artists on the net, and for these many reasons.: