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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Art and a quick Class

Look at what Janell Berryman of Pumpkin Seeds Folk Art made just for the SpookyTime Jingles Debut!!! Excuse me while I drool!

Now onto a new topic of discussion. BLOGS, Blogging, Blogger,Oh MY!

Ok, you do not have to have a blog to be a SpookyTime Jingles artist. I understand it is not for everyone...BUT that being said blogging is a very important tool for an artist who wants their work to be seen. It is FREE marketing and allows not only hundreds-thousands of more people to see your work but allows fans of your work to feel connected to the artist. What does this do? It helps turn fans into collectors.
Now, you do not have to keep a detailed blog with oodles of (expletive here)on it (Like my Ambitions Design one) but even a simple post once a week or every two weeks would be more than ok. People will not comment at first but they will look and the comments will follow.

If you are an occassional creator and do not care about an audience for your work then maybe not a great tool for you but I will tell you that blogging is how all of us artists keep in touch and see what is new. It is a great source of inspiration if nothing else. To end my blog spew, I personally have found Blogger to be much easier and user friendly vs. the other blog sites for whatever that is worth ;) Happy Blogging~

Finally, another great FREE marketing tool is Flickr. Many of you are already on it and if we are not linked please add me. Flickr is an online photo hosting/sharing site. I upload all of my pics onto Flickr and put them into easy to reference collections & sets. You can even put personal pics on there and mark them private when you upload them and only you can see them. Flickr allows you to upload 500 pics free and promises to host them forever. You can only view the last 500 pics you uploaded but it will save all of them even if you do not have a pro acct ($25.00 for 1 year). With a pro account the sky is the limit with as many photos you want to host there.
I have bought from seller's whos items I have found on Flickr and people have bought and commissioned me from finding me on Flickr. But truthfully I love Flickr more for the ability to save my favorite pictures of artists work I find and can gain loads of inspiration from it.

Candy Cane Snowman (1)

When you click a photo that is hosted on Flickr (hint to click the snowman) it takes you directly to the artists pictures and allows you to see what else the artist has. I love this b/c then your buyers can click the photo on SpookyTime Jingles and see it larger and see if there are other photos of the artwork! We all always want to host 3-5 pics of our work for people to fully appreciate the piece but that is never realistic to host that many, so this is a great alternative. Plus, at the top of each photo you upload if you click the ALL SIZES link it will give you the html code for that picture in 4 different sizes!! How easy is that? Just copy and paste that code into your listings or into your blog an voila...instant fab photo!

That is all for class today kids... Happy Blogging & Photog-ing


CraBBy GaBBy said...

very well put..and great info about fliker to. I must go and figure that out.
Now, On to reading more about the wonderful site ;)

Marie Patterson Studio said...

great tips!

Designs by CK said...

Lovely piece Janell! :)

OK Dani ~ I am going to repost my invite response here just in case others don't read the last post comments.

I am entertaining the thought and it would be FUN!

The only reason I hesitate is that I am nickle & dimed out with my monthly website fees & eBay seller fees.

Alas being a starving artist is just NOT pretty! (wink) '-)

Thanks 4 thinking of me...you never know what the future may hold!

Spooky Hugs,
Chris :-)

~dani~ said...

Chris..anytime. I suggest you try to get your ebay people over to STJ for some of your work. We are much cheaper than ebay and you could actually make money instead of having to give 1/4+ back to greedbay. Let me know if you need anything. Spooky Hugs right back at ya!

Prairie Primitives Folk Art said...

i started my blog earlier this year. haven't gotten into posting too regularly yet, but i do try now and then! :-)

blogger has a few quirks (esp. adding more than one image to a post), but it's easier to use than yahoo360!


Altered Route said...

I sure have been enjoying this blog and the tips are super. Wishing you all much success...I posted about the 13th opening on my blog.

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