Jeanne Guerin-Daley asks:
What do you think about having your full name and (mailing) address on your blog and website? As an artist, I want folks to be able to find me easily. If they want to order note cards from me, they need to know my mailing address. Any business of course has their name, address and telephone number on their site so that customers can find them. But as an artist, is it be best to get a PO box and use that and keep one’s mailing address private? Or am I going overboard worrying about that?
Jeanne, you’re not overboard worrying about that. You must protect yourself and feel safe in your home and studio.
Having said that, it’s very important that people have more than one way to contact you. I stressed this so many times in my book that my editor talked me into taking out all but one or two mentions of it! I’m so annoyed by artists who only use email addresses and my email can’t get through to them. Either they have a spam filter or junk mail system and I can’t reach them. Sometimes, they don’t even know about it.
So, if you don’t like using your home or studio address for your art business, a PO box is the way to go. You need a bricks-and-mortar address to send emails that comply with the CAN SPAM laws.
Also, Jeanne, this is for you in response to your signature block in your email and to others as a reminder: Don’t forget to put the http:// in front of all links in your emails–especially your signature block. This makes them clickable in all programs and you want to make it easy for people to click on your blog or Web site URL. Just get into that habit of http:// in front of all links in emails and you’ll be sitting pretty.
400 books were mailed yesterday. If you ordered before last weekend, yours is in the mail!
(Photo: books packed and waiting in the garage for the mail carrier to pick them up.)