Picasso and Social Media

Picasso

Picasso

I just read a fantastic article by Pamela Wilson over at Copyblogger.com titled “The Picasso Guide to Becoming a Social Media Legend.”

For those of you non-reading artists, the article does scroll down a ways, but it’s really worth the read. You’ll learn some interesting things both about Picasso as well as Social Media.

Rather you’re a Picasso art fan or not, the man definitely operated some disciplines in his life that we all can learn something from.

  • Change your game, because the game is always changing.
  • Get a posse.
  • Draw inspiration from the world around you.
  • Work. Work. Work. And work some more.

So, head on over to Copyblogger and enjoy the read.

How to Set up Google Reader to Follow Blogs

If you regularly read at least five blogs then you want to consider using an RSS feed reader.  This gives you the convenience of having all the updates located in one place.

RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication.”  Most blogs allow you to “subscribe” to their updates in two different ways, just as I do.  One is via email updates and the other by using the RSS reader option.

Email updates are great if you are only following a couple blogs.  As your list gets longer and email boxes get fuller, this may not be the answer for you.

There are several different types of RSS feeders on the Internet.  I’m going to show you how to set up the one I use, which is the Google Reader.  It’s probably the most popular one out there and with good reason.

So, let’s dive in so you can go get your Google Reader set up.

First, go to http://google.com and find and click on the “more” link.

Google ReaderThen scroll down and click on “Reader.”

Google Reader 2

When you click on Reader you’ll be taken to the login page.

To login, you’ll need to use your Google ID.

Don’t have one?  Click the “Create an account” and fill in the form to set it up.  As you can see in the drop down list that Google has many free tools.

Artists and Flash Driven Websites

laptopArtists can be very obsessive type people. Face it; it can be a main ingredient for great art. But not all obsessions are good. Flash driven websites fall into the “not good” category.

But they look so cool….

Artists are visual, so they are naturally drawn to these flashy websites. In fact, companies that build them know this. And they go out of their way to target artists, especially photographers.

Who doesn’t want their big beautiful images scrolling in front of potential customers?

The Nuts and Bolts of the Flash Website Issue

A few reasons why I don’t recommend these types of websites:

  1.  They are not at all search engine friendly – those potential customers will never find you.
  2. They can take too much time to load – are those who find you patient enough to wait for the images to appear while the hour glass turns. (These days, you have less than 5 seconds to impress your visitor.)
  3. The viewer loses much of the control in moving through a flash website.
  4. Normal browser tools do not work. (example: no back button)
  5. Maintenance never gets done. Once a string of images has been loaded, artists never want to go back and deal with it again.
  6. There are no “inside” links to the website. There is no way to link directly to a specific image or page within the website.

A flash website works contrary to the rest of the web world. And it doesn’t take much to frustrate visitors on websites. Simplicity is always best.

If you’ve been thinking about getting one of these flash driven websites for yourself, well… you may want to rethink that and take some time to investigate your options.

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