Many creatives have praised social media for being an avenue to sell our work and make a living without relying on the more traditional path of things like galleries or record labels. Basically, it allows us to not have to rely on another person to decide we're good enough to sell to buyers.
But I was thinking of another benefit of being on social media, and having a blog like the one I'm writing in now and that's that it helps creatives eliminate excuses for not doing our job, Heck, for freelancers, social media is part of our job, since it's essential for getting ourselves out there, which in turn is essential for getting paid.
If you're reading this post, there's a chance you found it linked in a newsletter and if that's the case, you will have seen an in progress or completed photo of whatever piece of art I'm working on this week. The desire to provide others with photographic evidence that I've been working, either in a newsletter, or on sites like Instagram or Facebook is a big motivator to work on my art everyday. If I had to tell my newsletter subscribers that I didn't have any photos of art to show them, because I hadn't been making art that week, I would be very embarrassed. After all, it would be pretty strange for someone who claims to be an artist, to not have been making art.
Back to this blog itself. I truly believe if I wasn't consistently making art, and therefore constantly thinking about it, I wouldn't be able to come up with enough ideas for keep writing blog posts every week, in addition to the ones I copy over from my Wordpress account.
If you're a creative and don't keep a blog or have any social media accounts, I encourage you to start one and create some and make at least a weekly commitment to post in them. I think you'll be amazed at how much your productivity will increase.
That's all for now. I'll talk to you again next time.
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Painter of portraits and wildlife