I am babe in arms when it comes to technology. I have embraced as much as I am able in order to indulge my creative urge to make something somebody else wants to spend their hard earned cash on. It has sent me down pathways that have totally discombobulated me, I have disgorged hours of my precious time in order to try and understand the secrets inherent in getting noticed on the Internet. I am exhausted. I come to you on my knees, pleading for some help. I need to excite your interest enough to bear with me.
Walt Whitman helped me there, from his epic poem ‘Leaves of Grass’. Walt and others have helped me to find my soul. A decent thing to do in my humble opinion. When I found my soul, it wanted me to put way some of the things I thought were important, and find the preoccupations that left me calm, stable, comfortable in my skin. It is an ongoing process, and in that endeavour I read alot, I think a great deal. And then I play with illustration and share the fruits of my ‘doing’ with a multipicity of pursuits. I started by making handmade books, which interested others than just me, so I opened an Etsy shop and sold some on there. I even sold one of my tributes to Shakespeare to a University in America for an exhibition celebrating the 400th year of his birth. That was a yippee moment! Shakespeare tribute on Etsy
I have enjoyed a few of those moments on Etsy – working to commissions which have brought me closer to people at special points in their lives. It is a privilege to share a wedding proposal by working on the intended groom’s poem and illustrating it, a rare joy to be given the opportunity to bring someones love letters together and make them a memento for their beloved to treasure. I work alone, I spend alot of my time alone and the collaboration with others reminds me how good it is to connect.
My Etsy store needed more listings to become ‘seen’ on there – it is a very packed place to be – so I designed artist cards because they are less time intensive, and made it to nearly 200 listings! I work hard in my little Etsy corner – learnt how to handle Twitter ( without a smart phone!) , try to post on Facebook daily under my business page at Facebook and tumble, pin and stumble with the best of them.
So where do I need that help from you? I am not completely au fait with all the magic that happens amongst the backstage of the internet stage ( huge understatement there), but I am reliably informed by what you will know as an app, that I lack external links. ! Who knew? And not just any external links – oh no – those mischievous critters can fox anyone. I need external links that do not include ‘no follow’. Apparently.
Now I will try anything to make my web presence just that bit more visible – sad but true, so if any of you reliable web fellows can think of anything remotely helpful, such as me writing a guest blog or an article on how to be seen waving not drowning, please lend a helping hand. I can’t promise you Shakespeare, but I shall do my best.
Good day to all of you, and I look forward to your magnificence!
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I was thinking on this topic just this morning. As an artist who has never sold anything yet, I’m only 24. I too have the desire to create, market, and sell more things. I was researching just that when I came to find this post. I’m not sure if I would have stumbled upon it had I not been thinking the same thing. Which means you are doing exactly the right things! Having an Internet presence is all about posting, posting, and then posting some more. Add links to things as often as possible. The hardest part of being an artist for me is follow through. I’d rather be detached from reality creating in my studio (even now as I’m writing this I’m waiting for the chance to go back to a different project.) I’m going to check out your etsy right now instead;)
Thank you Dominique – it really is a minefield out there! so much time spent on it and it drives me potty. i don’t really know why I want public recognition – but it just feels so good when someone likes what you do enough to buy it!
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Well don’t let yourself get frustrated! Just keep on keeping on:)