So admittedly, I had already written something and forgot to save so hopefully I’ll remember what I wrote!
So firstly, welcome everyone! And to my Patrons, thank you, as always for being patient with me as I make steps to “professionalizing” my website. And in case you were wondering, yes, I’ve still been drawing but it has been so hard to find time to post things. As some of you may know, social media has been my biggest obstacle so far as an artist despite having used it for so long. There’s something mundane about it that drives me up the wall. Between all the different platforms it has been so hard to keep up. And even though COVID did provide a great opportunity for me to learn some new things and get situated on newer platforms, it’s my least favorite part of being an artist. I tried so long to work with it but the reality is that my career isn’t about living on social media. I want to make art for others and for myself to enjoy and that’s where I want my focus to be. If it doesn’t inspire me to make things or takes away from my creativity, I don’t want any part in it.
That’s not to say that it can’t be a source of inspiration, but the continuous sacrifice to the social media beast has forced me to look at my work as purely just content to throw away as opposed to something thoughtful that I want to produce. So as a solution, I wanted to cut back on social media and centralize all my content through my blogs. This way, I can organize all my content easier and decide what gets shared on what platform and I don’t feel like I HAVE to produce something for aesthetics or the fear of being forgotten on the internet. Instead, I can just funnel people here and call it a day. Being the tactile person that I am, I try my best to live in the moment and I'm terrible at recording it.
I find it hilarious because I used to tell myself that I was never going to be someone that cared so much about analytics and algorithms. But I think as I started to take myself more seriously as an artist and a business person, it was only natural for me to care more about how I project on my platform as well. It’s a slippery slope but I think if I hadn’t had the opportunity to dive deep into it, I would’ve never known what I needed to scale back. I’ve always been someone who was more than willing to bite off more than I can chew but only time and experience can truly tell me what I’m capable of.
With that said, I’ll still be making exclusive content for my Patrons but I am going to have to change things up a bit with the benefits. As you can imagine, I’ve been nose to the grind lately and daily updates can get pretty challenging let alone updating Patron benefits. It gets that much more challenging when depression hits randomly and it’s something I didn’t take into account to begin with. But as I make changes appropriately to reflect who I am as an artist now versus who I was two-ish years ago, please bear with me as I figure things out.
Thanks to everyone who has continued to support my work and I look forward to sharing more with you soon! Be well and remember, never be afraid to jump your fishbowl!
- Runaway Goldfish -glub-