I've been reading about hooking up blogs to Twitter and Facebook. Wondering, do I have the time? There are some cool new features here at Typepad, though, it might not be so hard, really....and it would be a great way to let customers know when stuff restocked at the site, or when cool new things JUST appeared. I've got to set aside a day and get this figured out. Somehow in my gut I feel it might get to be more important than SEO for the website....
Why aren't there more than 24 hours in a day?
I remember my humble, humble beginnings.....back before I had a computer and no one was doing business on the internet. I was selling antique jewelry and depression glass by mail, out of ads in the ANTIQUE TRADER WEEKLY. Someone told me they thought I could make jewelry and sent me a box of junk (as if I didn't have any of my own, LOL!)
Out came the glue gun and I thought I was the next Wendy Gell.
The unbelievable thing about that stuff I made was, as BAD as it was, it sold like hotcakes. Nobody had seen collage or assemblage jewelry before, at least, not around here. Since I was making it from junk, it cost me virtually nothing but glue and a few stray findings. Before you knew it, I was making jewelry all the time and not selling alot of vintage jewelry.
Someone waaaay back then, called me an artist. I believed them. I still do.....and I am. BUT:
You can't just be an artist, you know. Not these days, not even if you are blessed with a supportive family and a great crew of helpers and assistants, and I am, (and very thankful for that!)
No....you have to be a master of business and a computer wizard, too. You have to know all about digital cameras. You have to be able to smile til it hurts and manage people, those who work for you, and those you work FOR. You have to meet deadlines, plan ads, work with advertisers. You have to manage MONEY, ugh ugh ugh....and suppliers....and keep special orders straight. You have to learn about all the new stuff people are doing out there in the art world, even though you may not plan to do it yourself or incorporate it into your own work. You have to become knowledgeable about every new gadget, every cool tool and you really should learn enough about it so that you can TEACH about it.
None of this is bad. It's just necessary....and it takes time away from creativity.
And now it appears like you need to do Twitter and Facebook, too.
No....I didn't sign up for this. But it's an interesting journey!
What do YOU do to maintain YOUR creativity in this crazy cyber-world, remain effective in your business life and HAVE a life? What do you do about time management?