When I do post art on my art page on facebook it is automatically posted to Twitter. I tweet about the Texas Longhorn baseball and music shows we go to. I check in there maybe weekly. Not often enough to carry on tweet conversations. By the time I tweet, the conversation is a week old. Again not a favorite spot to linger.
I also joined LinkedIn. I haven't looked at that in months. It seemed like a good business idea, but I don't know how or care how to take advantage.
Also I'm on Instagram and Pinterest. I just don't use them often enough for anyone to get to know me.
All these things are very time consuming and I end up feeling frustrated and like I'm wasting time.
That brings me to the Blog world. This I like. I control what I send out when I want to send it. I have my blog to look the way I want it to. I have links and fun with it. I have not set my blogs to go to Google+ automatically, but share when I post my art.
I could never keep a journal and this has been a great way for me to document my art and ideas. I didn't believe that I would keep up when I started in 2006. But here I am!
This is not the most popular social medium, now. But for me it is the one I like. I don't have thousands of followers but I connect with people I enjoy. I have met several bloggers in person and have made some great friendships. wetcanvas.com ties in with my blogging world through my sketching and painting and I have made great friends there, too.
I follow roughly 200 blogs. That is not as many posts to read as it seems because few people blog daily and of course I can't read that many every day anyway. There is no time to visit the blogs individually so I use a reader.
I use NetNewsWire as my reader because I have more control over it. I can just open it when I am ready to read blogs. It lists the blogs and new posts down the sidebar. I know right away who has posted new posts since I last read them. It doesn't throw ads and suggestions of who to follow in my face.
I can read blogs in the app without actually visiting the blog, well, most of them. A few artists do not allow the whole blog to be posted in a reader and then you have to visit their blog. They want that for their "page count". I don't click over on those unless I really want to see their post. So my reading of their blogs doesn't count for them unless I click over.
In the reader I can click to the blogs and comment and be on their pages for interaction without having to use a separate browser. All in one place. Convenient.
My blog reflects my art and my life. I haven't been painting much, am I retiring by default? So you are stuck with sketching and Jo's Thoughts...... Hmmmm.