This year I’ve really tried extremely hard to establish some sort of presence on the Internet but have found it incredibly difficult. I thought I’d write a few words about my experiences.
Firstly the things that I’ve enjoyed, that have worked for me and why. Fellow WordPress bloggers and Flickr members remain my absolute favourites and I’ve really enjoyed the great sense of friendship and comradery that I’ve experienced in both communities, so nothing has changed there but I’ve also enjoyed joining about.me . I guess one could argue that about.me is a bit of a vanity site but I’ve enjoyed meeting new people there and there are many professionals and intesting people from all walks of life including artists, photographers and other creatives. It is also a very easy way to interact that doesn’t demand a large amount of upkeep. Another site that I’ve recently joined is the art blog at Niume which is a great place to share one’s art and converse with fellow artists. They also kindly tweet my postings which helps to spread the word. Lastly there are my virtual galleries which are just fun to create and also free which is my favourite word at the moment :).
Now for the sites that haven’t worked for me. I guess that Facebook probably tops the list. I confess to not liking Facebook overly much and it just hasn’t clicked for me. I have “blogs” on Tumblr and Google+ but again these haven’t really worked well for me. Probably my most dissapointing venture is my website ,I’ve put a huge amount of effort into the site trying to keep it fresh and interesting but it gets very few visitors. Lastly there’s Twitter, this hasn’t worked at all for me, there’s so many millions of tweets all the time and the only things that seems to get many people’s attention contains sexual and/or political content.
In addition to the above I’ve also tried to sell my art through two online shops, ArtPal and Pixels.com but so far neither has been successful. I’ve tried discount codes and limited time promotions on Pixels.com but it is almost impossible to attract buyers with so much art on display or, and I have to recognise this possibility, my work simpy isn’t good enough to tempt people to put their hands in their pockets 🙂 in which case it doesn’t matter where I try and display it.
So, as the year draws to a close and looking towards 2016 where should I go from here?. I think that I may well just revert back to my WordPress blog and Flickr, post on Niume and maintain my profile on about.me and call it a day at that. I’ll probably leave all my other sites as they are at least until any associated fees are due. I’d like to be able to afford to upgrade my Pixels.com account so that I could upload more work and not have to keep replacing works but I’m in two minds about this as it’s an extra expense that I can ill afford.
I’d love to hear from you if you are aware of other sites that I should be looking at and to share your experiences. I sometimes think that maybe I, should video our cat dressed up as Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer whistling “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” whilst juggling and tap dancing, post it to YouTube, Twitter and Facebook and watch it go viral, it’d probably be easier! 🙂