Do you ever wonder how bloggers get such a big following? I do. ALL. THE. TIME.
It's intimidating being an artist in Los Angeles. There are so many talented people here and you can't help but struggle on keeping true to who you are. I admire lifestyle bloggers, like Cupcakes and Cashmere and Lauren Conrad. Avidly follow DIY bloggers Studio DIY and The House That Lars Built. Can't get enough of artists, especially Diary Sketches.
It is actually quite amazing how bloggers find their readers. Social media is an amazing tool for artists like me. Most of the blogs I follow have a huge following on Instagram, where they interact with each other and really promote a positive environment. However, this is very different from their Facebook fan pages, where there is very little interaction for the exact same content. Why is that? I wonder if there is just something about the Facebook world that isn't as welcoming to artists as the Instagram space.
Look, I am the first to agree that art is not about how many people like your work, but I must confess, as an artist, you would like your work to be validated in some way. For some, Tumblr is their space. Others, it's Etsy. Many thrive via Twitter. Personally, I am an avid Facebook user, but business-wise, it is a hit or miss with Cozy Reverie. For my art, Instagram has continually created a positive and welcoming environment. I have collaborated more with artists via Instagram than any other social media outlet. I can say it is my safe place.
I would love to hear from other artists out there: Where is your safe social space?