As often as I can, I try to share tidbits of advice that have either come from my personal experience, or other creative sources I’ve stumbled upon. I felt honored this week when my friend and talented illustrator/designer Tim Easley mentioned me and some other cool creative cats in a great article all about getting the most out of social media as an artist/designer. Obviously I want to gloat about being included in the article, but I also feel like the wisdom Tim poured into this piece is very helpful. I appreciate his to-the-point writing style, quick injections of wit, and tangible instances that prove his arguments. He breaks down 4 of the most popular social media applications: instagram, twitter, facebook and flickr. If I were to distill everything into one sentence of advice about social media in general: “be yourself, get personal, tell a story, share progress, post inspiration, and don’t be a spammer.” Read the super informative article here. Thanks for the great advice Tim, (oh and for using me as an example, inherently making me feel like a social media pro).
It’s official: I am the worst at replying to e-mails. I have been trying to turn this leaf over for years now… my new mantra is now the title of this post. I spent the early part of the morning sifting through several pages of unsorted, yet-to-be-dealt-with e-mails, archiving important ones into folders, deleting those that didn’t need attention, and leaving those that required a reply. The later part of my morning was spent diligently writing replies to some long over-due messages. I did the inbox clean-out early last year, but I didn’t stay on top of incoming messages, and soon it was yet again a stock-pile of unanswered notes. This time around, I am hoping to commit with my new mantra: why wait? reply! If you need some concrete tips about keeping on top of your inbox, please read this old, (but super imformative) post written by my clever friend Kaitlyn. It has all the tips you need to get your digital inbox organized.
As you know from my last post, I have been having fun with some relief printmaking! It has been great to make a small body of work in such a short time… I really am proud of my little collection of fungi stamps. Some friends on instagram encouraged me to print these beauties onto some journals, so I did just that. All four are now available in my etsy shop!