Could I just start this with a sigh? I think I might.
Oh how I lament the advent of "social media"...
They say to be successful in this day and age that I must become active on social media.
"Success is more about marketing yourself as a brand than it is about your work"
I am not fond of that idea.
As an artist, and a writer, I produce my work so that it can speak for me... Not so that I have to spend my hours talking about myself.
I have a youtube channel under "Dani RainingCrow lebeaux"... Don't expect it to be overflowing with content. It is time consuming, awkward, and pulls me away from my writing. I would rather write or draw than to post a video about writing or drawing... and when i try to tackle other topics, I just sound like an embittered asshole.
I have a linkedin account which is purely for networking and exposure.
I have a deviantart account (RainingCrow) where I actually post and talk about my artwork.
I have a twitter account under my Legal name, and I have this.
I find instagram pointless because it would just mean double posting things that I have included elsewhere, and I refuse to wade back into the abyss that is facebook. I don't need to see other peoples personal drama, nor to engage in it myself.
So here I am, back at the blogsphere. This is the platform that suits me the most readily. It's also free, so that doesn't hurt.
I just take issue with this idea that to be a writer and an artist I have to also be tech savvy, business savvy and shameless in self promotion. That's not me. It wouldn't be genuine and I feel like people would know that.
The books will sell as they sell. Ill pay someone to do what marketing I can afford and I'll occasionally post a youtube video... but this is who I am, so this is where I will make myself known.
I've picked my platform. It may be small and understated, but it is mine and I will make due with what it provides.