Enter by March 22, 2017 @ 11:59pm (EST)
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3. Winner must reside in the Continental U.S.
4. Thursday, March 23, 2017: One name will be drawn as the Winner of this 8 x 12-inch Print.
I have steadily fallen behind on my writing projects, which seem to take an extra amount of discipline to stop thinking everything else to focus on writing. With this in mind, I started looking at how I can free up some time because I can only do so much in a day.
I did notice how much time I spend on Social Media, not so much in browsing, but preparing my own posts for each outlet. I wasn’t getting significant responses from a few outlets over several years of posting. I decided it was time to focus on a few platforms that seem to be the most effective.
Instagram is the most successful outlet to date because the interaction is high. More people respond to what I post and I’m making connections with potential high-profile clients. However, I noticed that I Followed over 2,000 accounts on Instagram, which is entirely too many. I want to value quality over quantity. Those I’m most likely to interact with are more valuable. Meaning, I’ve begun to UnFollow hundreds of accounts, most of which I don’t remember Following in the first place.
Plus, Instagram seems to monitor the accounts you Follow to suggest your Account to those who may want to Follow you. If you Follow several Accounts that really don’t have anything to do with your industry, it could hurt your chances of reaching the right people & businesses.
Facebook is also staying around because I’m beginning to receive more interaction there, as well. Also, the Gallery that represents me has a Facebook page, which makes it easier for me to share any News they post on my Business page. I’m meeting more artists who are interested in the Gallery and am always open to answering their questions.
Pinterest is beginning to improve. It’s also a different style from Instagram and Facebook. There seems to be a different audience that hangs around Pinterest altogether. I’m just haven’t gotten a good feel for how to title each Pin so it’s found more often.
Finally, I am adjusting how I post on LinkedIn. I do have a Business Page, but the posts do not receive many Impressions. I will probably close the Business Page and simply share work from my Personal Account. The Home Feed seems to be a good place to share updates.
Now, I have cut ties to Google+, Tumblr, Twitter, 500PX, PhotographyTalk, MySpace, About.Me, ImageKind, Fine Art America, and sites like Artistically Social & See.Me seem to be… (missing?). More accounts will probably be canceled, again, so I can free up my time to focus on more effective venues. I didn’t realize how much time I was spending on all of this stuff. It’s tough to remember my username & password combination for so many accounts. Sheesh…
In other news, the Gallery purchased another art piece, so I was able to order the next wave of art samples to mail out to three venues. They are scheduled to arrive here tomorrow evening. I will add a copy of my book, “Redemption,” with these hoping to give the media kits a more complete representation of my work.
I am excited about receiving the artwork tomorrow. Each one should be gift-wrapped. 🙂 The books have not arrived, yet. 😮 I plan to show a glimpse of the work before shipping them back out.
Eric Christopher Jackson