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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Am I Not Social?

I really do not like most social media.  Facebook drives me crazy with the way they control what I see by showing me what facebook thinks I want to see.  If that is confusing, that is how I feel about it.  I was told way back when by the social media gurus that I would sell lots of art on facebook.  In my case that is just not true.  To use facebook in a "sell" mode, I think you need to post art, photos of your art, on a regular basis and really push it via e-mail, newsletters, etc.  I haven't done that and do not plan on it.  I visit almost daily to see "family" stuff which mostly now is reposts of food and jokes.  I won't even look at political rants.  When I get fed up,  I just don't look for a week or more.

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.

Private Property, from the archives
Pastel on mounted Canson paper
16 x 20 inches
In private collection

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. 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.


Bag Blog said...

I was thinking about selling more paintings and ways to do it. First of all, I need to do more paintings :)

I see several watercolorist that seem to use FB fairly well for their paintings, but I don't usually post my paintings on FB. I know I need to use the internet more. Maybe next year.

Joan Tavolott said...

I don't use many of the social media sites except for FB regularly...and that sometimes drives me crazy because things get lost there so easily. I like blogs too...writing them and reading them. It is a great way to connect with people and see a bit of their life, loves, and talent.

Jo Castillo said...

Bag Blog, You and me both. That is one of the ways to be successful is to paint. I painted over 40 paintings in 2010 and about 6 this year. Sure makes a difference. Whatever medium you use to get the word out is: you have to get the word out. No one sees them on the floor of my studio!

Hi, Joan, happy to hear you like using your blog, too. You have lots to blog about and stay so busy. I think of you when I am procrastinating. Ha.

Jennifer Rose said...

I use Facebook but not that much, you really have to post and be pushy to get seen there. I love Instagram because I follow too many people but love seeing all the photos. Blogging has turned almost into a Dinosaur but there are still a lot of people that do blog out there, so its not gone away completely :)

a lot of the social media platforms take up so much time, you don't get anything else done

Jo Castillo said...

Jennifer Rose, thanks for sticking in here. Hugs and Happy New Year!

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I Grew up in a small town , Magdalena, New Mexico. I enjoy art and the pleasure other people get from my work. I always donate some of my sales and art to charities, especially for children. That started in Bolivia with Para los Niños. (Link on sidebar) "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." -- Winston Churchill


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