Hi! Sorry I was wondering if you'd give me tips on becoming a little bit more known for art on tumblr. My art only gets 2-5 reposts but my random stuff can get 300 or something. I was wondering how you get people to see your art ?_? I get it's people opinions of art and stuff but i don't know id like people to see what I spend my life doing Thank you, love your art !^~^
Thank you for your ask. This treads close to a topic close to my heart actually so prepare your syrup and berries, this is going to smell like a fat stack of sweet morning waffles.
I’ll start by answering your question, well trying to as best as I can. I don’t have a magic formula to give you, no such popularity, success mermaid has ever been seen treading these waters as far as I know. However, I can share with you what I find appealing, what is likely to make me follow one blog over another. Think about what you look for when scouring the seas for accounts to follow, what commonalities do popular blogs share? Why are you more likely to follow X over Y? I think when you turn it round like that, the patterns are a little easier to see and a little less personal.
Firstly, If you want your art to be seen, It should be front of house, even in your blogs URL/name somewhere. Not under an obscure header that takes someone 10 minutes of searching heavy HTML to find. If you need to set up a separate account then i’d say do it. Not a secondary, square, side chick of a blog, an entirely separate entity that’s exclusively focused on your art and your creative journey. Personally, I am far more inclined to follow a focused, on topic, one topic blog. Like I say, It’s about finding your people. Make it as easy as possible to be found. Don’t get me wrong, you can totally have that other, off shore, tax haven of a blog too, lord knows, I do but I really think an Art only account will stop your treasures getting lost or competing with the really hot Adam Driver pics. He is really hot though. Like woah.
Secondly Tag. Tag Tag Tag. Responsibly of course - no abuse of unrelated, trending ones. I can’t advocate for that kind of behaviour ha ha. I know tumblr has made it really cringe now, displaying 30 hours of pain all at once but I’ve found after a while, your shame spirit hardens to it.
Be Nice. This one goes a long way. There’s nothing more soul crushing than finding out that your favourite creator or personality is actually a bit of a tool on the quiet. Rightly or wrongly, it bleeds out onto your work and can leave a bad taste for some. I’m not say you need to take to the streets donning a neon vest or clipboard here but be polite and courteous. Be conscientious and respectful to the needs of others. Be generous and give back, it feels really, really nice too.
Be active. Communicate any absences. It should make sense that there’s a correlation between your activity and your lovely followings engagement. No one wants to be following Zombies. Well maybe some people do actually but that’s a another story.
Lastly, make great stuff. You don’t need to be the most skilled artist in the world to put out your personal best. I don’t know how large a role your art plays in your life Le Nonn but it’s always best to give yourself entirely to the cause. It shows and it’s attractive. I don’t think there are half measures in this game, at least I haven’t found a way to make it happen that doesn’t involve that risk, the exposing of your true heart. I know it’s scary but to get the most fulfilment, and believe me you’ll need that to stay on the path, you gotta get real on its ass. Give yourself the opportunity to fail. That’s how we learn. We make mistakes and we learn from them. Each failure shapes us.
I think this leads me to the breakfast of the situation. These numbers, and I mean any of them, don’t matter. Not if your true intentions and desires are to articulate yourself in creation and do so at a high level. Your validation, your sense of self worth has got to come from within. The gratification is not as quick as a burst of viral attention, but it’s not as junky either. It’s harder work but you stay full for way longer and it’s way better for your heart. I have spent the best part of a decade floating round in the internet ether. A good 70% of the time, I have been or am singing to the wind. But that’s never stopped me. It’s what I want to do regardless of anything or anyone else. I’m not saying I don’t have my confidence wobbles when the hearts aren’t rolling in, I’m still a flawed human being with an ego that can be injured, I can just check myself now.
I hope in someway Nonnie, this has helped. May your Journey be fruitful <3