I had a short Twitter conversation with Edith Frost on Saturday night. It happened like this: Somebody that I follow tweeted a response to one of Edith’s tweets, so I followed her and responded to a tweet about the ASL sign for taco. This is part of the conversation I then had with her.
Now I know how to say taco in ASL (make V shape w/ left hand and do like a karate chop into it w/ right hand)
@edithfrost I think that’s the universal sign for taco.
@GeorgeWAuthor Hey I used to live in Guad when I was a kid, from 73-79, I went to the friggin American School on Colomos
@edithfrost Wow! I know teachers who worked there. GDL is great tonight. Cool and rainy.
@GeorgeWAuthor Wow I hope none of them go back far enuf to remember me, I was kind of a handful. My little sister Lucie fared better there
She then followed me on Twitter, and that’s really cool and made me feel good, and you have no idea who Edith Frost is, but you’ve all heard of Britney Spears, and that proves that the world is broken. She’s an awesome singer-songwriter of “pensive countrified psychedelia.” Here’s an old favorite, Cars and Parties. Check it out.
Social media is important to artists, especially the more independent and up and coming, but really with everybody. There is a lot to wade through, and we’re struggling to be rise above the din, to be read as writers, seen as visual artists, heard as musicians, so we have to use the tools available to us.
What are these tools, and how can we use them effectively? No, really. I’m asking. I have precious little insight to offer you, so please help me out on this one.
A few common sites that I know of and some observations:
Facebook: You should have a page as an artist that is separate from your personal page, because memes about cats and bacon are loads of fun, but not very informative. I have one, but never know what to put there, except for links to this blog and the occasional announcement about a publication (Spark: A Creative Anthology, Volumes I and II ; check ‘em out!), or my latest rejection.
Twitter: Similar to the FB, really, but with shorter messages. I see some put the same thing in both places. I can also make quips about the fact that I’m writing or not writing.
Blog: Now, some artists with blogs blog about their art exclusively. I’ve heard differing opinions on this. Many suggest that you need to have a wider range of topics, or else you’re only going to attract people who are already doing the same thing as you.
Others: Pinterest, tumblr, Google + (I can’t even type that without laughing), etc.
So I guess I’ve discovered why it took me so long to get this post done: I don’t have much insight. Mmm…I thought I did.
Back to my conversation with Edith: As a fan of her work, it was nice to connect with her, have an interesting conversation, and learn that she’s got a new project in the works. Now I’m following her to see when it comes out, and I’ll definitely pick it up. How did it help me? I don’t know. Maybe she’ll check me out, maybe somebody else will see me on her Twitter list and follow me, who knows. Couldn’t hurt.
My question for the week: How do you use the internet and social media on both sides? Do your followers look for your latest work? Are they looking forward to it? Does their internet activity affect your buying decisions?