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Moving Things Around Online

January 3, 2011

"Forest" - Acrylic Monotype with Collage on Freezer Paper 4 x 4" Mounted on 10 x 8" 100# Drawing Paper


The new year always puts me in a mood to change things around a bit and streamline my online marketing, so I’ve decided to add a blog for my daily collages to go with the one that I have for my daily paintings. These blogs are strictly for marketing and for getting the word out about my small works that I sell on Etsy here and here. I’m frustrated, because both blogs are on Blogger, but apparently they have updated the features in the interim, and I can’t get the two blogs to look the same. I’m going to stop trying for now.

Then I decided to give up my long-standing website that was very nice but costly for me. In its place will be a new one that’s free, but I pay a nominal annual fee for the new domain that I wanted. I had looked around at several platforms and decided to go with which does the job for me. It’s simple, straightforward and easy to use. My website is for portfolio purposes only. I don’t plan to sell from there.

So my daily online routine will now be:

I’m in the process of removing my presence from a whole bunch of free websites, and I’m not on any paid ones. This is taking a lot of time, because there are quite a few places to check. At one time I was glad for the exposure (and still am) but at some point there is loss of control of what work is out there and whether it’s current.

I will eventually no longer have my work on selling sites, with the exception of Etsy and sites that do prints from originals. After a while you reach a point when things just need to be simplified. I’m always afraid of the thought of selling something twice, which can happen if you have works listed in two places!

Listing artwork for sale on Etsy is pretty time-consuming in itself, without accounting for blogging time. Sitting with my laptop for several hours in one day is too much inactivity, so that’s why I’ve decided to cut down on the number of websites. Maybe some day soon I’ll make some time to learn video editing.

Did I mention studio time? I do need to allow some hours for that as well!

To create some balance in our life, we’ve started going to the Y again. That feels good too.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. NPB permalink
    January 4, 2011 9:55 am

    Glad to hear you state this. I totally agree and am in the process of rearranging how I represent myself to the online world as well. Thanks for the post and Happy New Year!

  2. Amy permalink
    January 4, 2011 2:47 pm

    Oh, I totally get that. I need to periodically “reset” the way I come across and how I share that.
    I always enjoy your work, and will be excited to view it no matter how your blog looks 🙂

    • January 7, 2011 12:52 pm

      Aw, thanks Amy! That’s so nice of you. Yes, I do think it’s good to mix it up a little now and then.

  3. January 5, 2011 8:35 pm

    oh my gosh…..I don’t know how you do all that. My mind can’t even begin to process all your computer work. I just started a little blog in Sept. and I have a hard time with that. I am not sure what I am trying to accomplish yet and so it is a work in progress. I guess it is almost three years since I discovered your blog. I read it faithfully and attempt to always learn something from it. You are a busy lady with lots of “pans in the fire.” Here’s to a wonderful year for all of us.

    • January 7, 2011 12:53 pm

      Thank you so much Karin Lynn. Well, the way I do it is that it’s now my day job. A lot of people have other day jobs as well, and might not have as much time. But I think we get more efficient and adapt to whatever time we have.

  4. warriorrabbitandbattlebunny permalink
    January 7, 2011 12:08 am

    I am just starting to develop a web presence for my art work. I am so glad I happened across your blog as you voiced some of my major concerns and I think probably kept me from learning some things the hard way.


    • January 7, 2011 12:58 pm

      Ramona, I hope it’s a help. I keep trying new things. Best to you in the new year. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. January 10, 2011 2:34 pm

    Martha, Of the many “do your own” web sites, how did you land on yola? I get the easy to use, etc., that you mentioned, but many others fall in that category too. Thinking of doing my own, so this is part of my research. Thanks, as always.

    • January 10, 2011 5:50 pm

      Kim, there was some facebook discussion about free websites, and I remember that Karen Jacobs decided on weebly, though she had tried both weebly and yola like I did. I just happened to pick yola for no great reason. They seem interchangeable, except that I think weebly has a few more features.

      Look at Joanne Mattera’s blog too. There was much discussion on there a couple of months ago about different website programs.

      You can do your own. Let me know what your findings are!

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