Guest blogger: Michael Lynn Adams
There is a ton of information online about social media tools and techniques. But there is little information to help me know how effective my efforts have been compared to other artists. I believe that I have had reasonable success in achieving some of my goals. I have had sales and recently gained gallery representation as a result using social media.
But beyond some business success and the satisfaction of learning social media tools, I have received some unexpected gifts.
First, it has broadened my perspective of the world and has made it personal. Among my 3,400+ new Facebook friends a vast majority are not from the US. Their views, their kindness, and generosity of spirit have been an inspiration. People on all sides of terrible conflict have found common ground with art.
Second, my 1,700+ fans keep me honest. I feel a greater responsibility to them to create at the highest level I can. Not as an obligation but because of the honor of their support. These are not faceless individuals but people who share their lives with an artist who can only give my work back in return.
We want to hear about you
So how about you? If you are using social media, please share your story.
When using social media to promote your art, what was your greatest success, biggest mistake, and how do you measure that success?
What unexpected benefits have you received from being involved with social media?
Michael Lynn Adams is a realist oil painter working in Southern California. He focuses on still lifes with flowers, food and wine. Michael is participating in an upcoming forum on artists using social media. Friend him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.