Am finally getting caught up on my backlog of work, and am happy to report that I’ve got my two pieces for the first Twitter140 Art Show ready to ship down to Flagstaff for the first gallery show.
It’s a great concept. Get a bunch of talented artists together who’ve never met physically, and let them all create art based loosely around a common theme. In this case, it’s Twitter, the idea of connected-ness, networking, the collective subconscious. Sheree Rensel, a painter and educator from Tampa was the instigator and driving force behind the Twitter140. She tirelessly recruited some brave artists, wrote proposals and sent them to a dozen galleries across the country and managed to connect with one right off the bat.
Grandon Gallery, in Flagstaff AZ, is hosting the month-long event, starting September 4th. All media will be represented, with the only stipulations being that each piece could not be bigger than 140 total square inches, and that the artist provide a 140 character bio, and a 140 character artist statement. Somewhat challenging, yet open-ended!
We’re All Connected
The Birds Have Flown
Twitterfeed seems to have been affected more than Twitter. Twitter had to shut down some IP addresses to quell the DoS attack, but now it seems as if Twitterfeed is late in coming back online. This post is primarily a test to see if TF will now pick up a current blog post and broadcast to the Twitterverse.
Your business page is up on Facebook, and it looks fantastic. Now you need to tell people about it.
First off, you can invite your Facebook friends to become a fan. Send them a link to the page and ask them to refer you to anybody else who might love your work. Add some content to your main page — talk about what you’re doing now, your marketing ideas, your current projects, the meal you had last night — anything. Keep it short, and try to tie it into what you’re already selling. Remember, anything you push to Facebook is public, so keep it clean.
You can promote it on Twitter (sign up, and link your FB page to your Twitter profile, or use ping.fm). Tweet about your new page and your work, and what you’re doing. This doesn’t need to take much time, but it may help you get connected to other sources. Try signing up with as short a name as you can, cause Twitter messages are only 140 characters long, including your name if folks reply to it. Follow other people with the same interests. List yourself at wefollow.com.
Keep adding comments to your page’s wall. Practice writing a little bit on a regular basis. Keep feeding content to your other streams. You can add status updates to LinkedIn, Plaxo, Facebook and Twitter simultaneously using Ping.fm. It’s bit tricky to set up, but if you follow the directions precisely it is a timesaver.
Start building an email list. Use it to send out regular updates on your business, what you’re doing, promotions, whatever, to clients, potential clients, whoever. Vertical Response lets you pay as you go, has templates, and makes it easy to manage your list as it gets larger. Emma and Constant Contact are also good. You can do this on your own, but after trying this route, I do think that the online method is more efficient in the long run. It’s very tough to keep up on this.
Check out these inspirational resources:
http://chrisguillebeau.com/3×5/ – Chris Guillebeau
http://www.fluentself.com/ – Havi Brooks & Selma
http://www.ittybiz.com/ – Naomi Dunsford
http://www.problogger.net/ – Darren Rowse
http://www.artbizcoach.com/ – Alyson Stanfield
http://www.artbizblog.com/ – Alyson Stanfield
Chris Guillebeau’s blog is awesomely good. Check out his free guide to World Domination. Seriously.
Havi Brooks is just plain fun to read. Like Chris, she’s from Portland. Must be the water. She always, always makes me think, and always makes me smile.
Alyson Stanfield’s book, “I’d Rather be in the Studio” is VVG, even though it’s slanted at artists. She has a lot of useful information that relates to marketing, working practices, etc. (artbizcoach.com)
Naomi Dunsford (ittybiz) has great insights into marketing. Plus if you buy Darren Rowse’s book from her, she donates the full price to charity. Wow.
Squidoo is a new kind of site dedicated to expert opinions — a little like about.com, but much much better. Started by Seth Godin. Oh yeah, he’s a good read too:
That should give you plenty to think about it. More than I can handle in a day. Be patient. It takes time to build a following, but if you truly truly believe in what you’re doing, business will come your way. Have faith.
I read a post on Havi Brook’s site (The Fluent Life) recently about her email hiatus. Briefly, she’s not answering any email anymore. Now, whoa, before you say, “How can that happen?” you might want to read her thoughts. She makes a lot of sense. I spend a lot of time staying in touch with people asynchronously. By that, I mean, having conversations that don’t occur in real time. A little like chess by mail. But it takes an inordinate amount of time. While I’m not sure I could give up email completely, she makes a good case. After all, it’s addictive and a huge time sink. And I’m not terribly disciplined about checking once or twice and leaving it go. I needed another solution.
So I started using Facebook. And LinkedIn. And Plaxo. And all of this overhead takes like, WAY too much time. It’s easy to get distracted by other people’s chatter. I get a ton of spam and newsgroup digests on email that I have to wade through. Info overload. For sure. I used to like Facebook, because it sorted out things that were relevant to ME. But then they changed it. And not for the good, either. LinkedIn and Plaxo are fine for staying connected and reconnecting with old work buddies, but not much good for constant communication.
What I realized I was missing as an independent artist was the kind of conversation that you have with peeps in the office. You know, standing around, talking about the latest cool technology, or what was on tv last night. And then I found Twitter. Twitter lets you have those kind of conversations, and some of the applications that have grown up around the platform allow you group conversations or friends, and see only those posts that you want to see. And the funny thing is, I’m now having more meaningful conversations with people. Sure I still spend time on Facebook, but less of it, because I can get friend status updates directly into TweetDeck. And I can stay connected using my iPhone, with any number of apps for a buck or two. My current favorite for Twitter on the iPhone is Tweetie. It’s now available as a desktop app for Mac, too.
So enough about that. If you’d like to join in the conversation, you can find me on Twitter as @dakkid. (That’s my old CB handle, dakotakid, shortened for the new millennium. Besides, dakotakid was already taken!)
Finally figured out Twitter. Actually, there isn’t a whole lot to figure out. It’s just another way to keep in touch with people you care about. Twitter broadcasts your answer to the question, “What are you doing?” and relays it to anyone who “follows” you. In turn, you can follow others and find out what they are doing in the great big matrix that is the social networking whirl.
To follow me on Twitter, just search for “dakkid” — shorthand for dakotakid, my oldest nom de plume. You can send an SMS text to 40404, with the words “follow dakkid” if you prefer to do it via text. And you can find more twitter text commands, here.