Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Getting your art into the world

So, in part, I know we all come to the internet for inspiration for our mixed media art.  We like to see what others are doing, find out about new techniques, we learn and find out cool new ideas to put into our work.
We also want to share what we've done.  So, I couldn't sleep last night, I got up around 3 AM and found myself making a mixed media Valentine.  Then I scanned it.  and I posted it in a few places online.
This morning, I got up to compare how many hits it had gotten in the various postings.
It opened up my mind to where people see my work:

Facebook - 12 people liked it, not sure how many saw it
Imgur, with a link to Reddit - 516 views so far
Twitpic - 17 views
Google +, Tumblr, and Pintarest, are not counted, so I don't know how many views.
My blog posts usually get about 60 looks.

I tend to rely mostly on Facebook to communicate with others, but I am realizing that this is not the best way to get your work seen.  I am in a Facebook group for an illustration class I am enrolled in, and I notice that when I post there, there are hundreds of looks.
But in my main friends page, not so much.
Reddit, it turns out, has a huge audience.  I posted in the Crafts reddit, I know the count is going up even as I type this.

So I am going to start using social media a little more intentionally.  I can spend way too much time posting and looking, and not enough time making art.  With a more focused audience, I can make my on line time count.

and of course, I will keep posting here in this blog!  I am glad to have constant readers, it keeps me working and moving forward to know someone out there is looking - so thanks to YOU, dear readers!
and here's that Valentine:
"The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference." --Audre Lorde

7 comments:

pinksonly said...

Emily, yes please keep on posting in this blog. I just found it and it is so inspiring for me. I started some month ago to spend more and more time making art, learning, looking for my way. And it is so much fun and it makes me really happy. After watching the soul's kitchen video I instantly started making paste paper :-)
Greetings from Hamburg, Anette

Emily Townsend said...

Thanks for those comments, Anette - making art does make me happy, too, in fact, for me it's better than drugs or chocolate or almost anything else. Life saving, in fact. I'll look forward to seeing your creations!

Sweeper of Dreams said...

I also think your blog is lovely. And, boy, "life saving" is so true. Thank you for sharing; it is greatly appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed.

Jan said...

Emily, I check in on your blog frequently. I love the quotes you post as well as your art. I can't take the time to check around all the other social medias and stick to blog roll daily. Thanks for the inspiration.

Emily Townsend said...

Thanks, Jan, for checking in. It does encourage me to keep going to know this effort means something.

Susan Tinberg said...

Love it. I often come to the internet (especially blogs) for inspiration. I am a wanna be multi-media journalist but can't seem to get started. I guess I should just jump right in. You all make it look so easy.

Susan Tinberg said...

Love it. I often come to the internet (mostly blogs) for inspiration as well. I am a wanna be mixed-media artist but can't seem to get started. You all make everything look so easy.