When I joined masto, I gravitated towards following creative peeps and noticed a thing that's pretty common to all of us: we feel guilty for promoting places that people can buy our work or otherwise support us financially. So I started the #CreativeToots hashtag for that very reason. Got an Etsy page? Online store? Patreon? Selling a piece of art? Throw that tag on it. Do it with unfettered abandon. Everyone else: Look at that tag for artists to support. Buy their stuff. Help them create. <3
@WelshPixie Yays :) We're a tiny but long-running democratic web community for supporting small & hobbyist geek-creative stuff, so we're kinda here tooting monthly newsletters showcasing folks' projects and regular interesting articles for people and that sort of thing :)
@zatnosk glitchsoc has implemented YAML front matter IIRC
@WelshPixie I got the hastag pinned now, so I can wander through the posts at my leisure. I shut down my Esty and such due to a lack of sales. When the cost of posting put a hurting on my penny jar, I had no other choice.
I realized then that the lack of a solid following is the death of any art-based freelancing career. >.> I kick myself for not posting more, more often, and posting more finished works. <.<
@WelshPixie Indeed. I was watching a series on Netflix that follows different creatives - and one was a fine artist. In order to just paint, she had to hire an accountant, marketing people, gallery organizers, and such. Even so she has to sit them them regularly in order to orchestrate her career goals.
Most of us online, we don't have that. >.> but the tools out there *are* improving!
@WelshPixie XD I <3 crochet. Those ends can be a royal PITA.
I'd love to have a social media assistant, or someone to post to all the galleries.accounts I have. ^.^ Heck, it'd be nice to have a Nanny too, or a second adult to help me wrangle kids so that I can work on painting or animating! ^.^
@WelshPixie Thanks Del. That's a good idea and I hope it helps attract support for the work many of us are doing.
Instead of setting up a page on one of the online sites, I created my own page, showing work I've been doing for past 24 years to help make mentor-rich non-school programs available to youth in high poverty areas, and inviting people to offer financial support. Here's the link. http://www.tutormentorconference.org/20-year-effort-1.htm
@WelshPixie this is true of contributing to, or maintaining, an open-source project too. I think the stigma around approaching your audience, hat in hand, for money is wearing down, though. I see more and more creators on Patreon, and approve! Building a business is hard, and I think a lot of people see a "sales pitch" and don't appreciate the work behind it. Promote away!
@WelshPixie ^_^ This is a great idea.
@WelshPixie I notice some people are good at promoting their stuff, while others really feel that it is "tacky" or something. I certainly fall into the latter camp, but part of that comes from my sense that it is either "please see my Patreon" all the time, or "here's some art to look at". And I'd *rather* be in the latter camp, but there *has* to be a better way than that.