Following an interview I did on my last blog post (find it here) I was left with some pretty big questions for myself.
One of which is this; why am I sharing my art, cards, etc on social media?
I think that this is an important question we all need to ask ourselves. Why are we doing this?
I feel that when you know your ‘why’ it can help direct you in being intentional with how you go about doing (or not doing) things on social media.
My ‘why’ is several things:
I want to connect with others; to make friends, to be inspired.
I want to share my work with other people; to inspire them, to make them laugh, but mostly to connect with them.
I want to have opportunities to work with companies and other artists.
I want to grow as an artist.
These are my ‘whys’.
There are many others that may be motivating you or others you know:
- Financial gain
- For the heck of it
- For fun
- Because they just want to
- On a dare
I’m sure you can think of other reasons why.
Now that I know my reasons I can be intentional about the things I want to accomplish.
As to my goal of connecting with people I just realized that I’ve already done quite a bit, not even knowing that that was my motivation: I’ve started this blog, I’ve started taking part in the #thursday3 in which you take a selfie and share 3 things (although it makes me feel extremely vulnerable doing it 😬), and I’ve also started trying to strike up conversations with my posts and in the comments of my posts.
I want to connect with others. Knowing that that is a reason why I’m on social media enables me to be intentional about trying to meet that motivation.
As for inspiring others with my work, I’m not so sure that that’s something I have a lot of control over. Sometimes I’ll make something I am crazy about but it won’t get much engagement. Then the next time I’ll make something I like but maybe don’t care as much about (I know you’ve got things you’ve made that you feel the exact same way about!) and it will get tons of engagement. I think that people like what they like and if they happen to like something I share- cool. I refuse to make things I don’t like just because I think other people will like them.
I want to work with companies and artists. That is another reason why. I don’t want to do it to be famous or well known. I want to do it because I enjoy getting to work alongside really talented people and I especially love bringing some attention to smaller companies (I also love getting free & discounted supplies to feed my
I think the best feeling for me is when someone tells me they spit their coffee out after seeing my card because it made them laugh or when they say that they get excited when they see my ‘warning: will post card in the comments’ post show up in their news feed on Facebook.
It makes me happy knowing I made someone laugh or smile. Connection.
Lastly, I share because I feel that doing so helps me grow artistically. When I see the beautiful things others make it inspires me to branch outside my comfort zone and try something a bit different. Sharing my work online is a bit like keeping a digitalized museum 🤔
Things to remember:
- Think about why you’re sharing your artwork on social media.
- What do you want to gain?
- Think of ways to achieve those things which are motivating you.
- Be intentional about working towards meeting your reasons why.
Until next time,
Cats, bats, giant rats,