Monday, 4 May 2015


What you post online is going to be there for a while (some say 'forever'*).

Either way, think about what you say, what you post, and how you do it.

Your social media presence ought to work for you - now, and in the future.

Let's assume you've already posted and uploaded things. 

Your online self should be a projection of who you are, and how you want to be perceived. 

Think back - do you have less well conceived material online?

If your blog is part of your academic studies it's meant to be seen, and judged by others and you've probably constructed it in a more professional manner.

But, what of the other stuff?

Have a think about doing some, or perhaps all of the following:

  • search for your name online - including other versions of it, and nicknames
  • If you find unsuitable, identifiable photographs, posts or comments ask for them to be removed/taken down, or if possible, remove them yourself.
  • delete any old, old social media profiles - your pre-teen BEBO years, your myspace teen years, your rambling personal blogs - anything that doesn't impress.... and can be traced back to you.
  • make sure that your online info' matches that in your CV / resum√©. 
  • delete anything that you don't want a prospective employer to see - swearing, boasts about sick days, online arguments about contentious issues etc
  • check Facebook - photo tagging can be your downfall. Check what your friends do to the photos you appear in - untag yourself. 
  • If you don't want a prospective employer to see your Facebook profile at all change your privacy settings.
  • You can also protect your tweets so that only those you approve can see them.

Don't post in haste, be thoughtful.
Do think about the image you want to project.

*Forever's a long time!

suggested reading: 'how you're unknowingly embarrassing yourself online'

Thursday, 12 March 2015


video blog, or vlog = a blog that utilises video

think of it as web television

"Vlog entries often combine embedded video (or a video link) with supporting text, images, and other metadata....The vlog category is popular on You Tube

wikipedia: 12 March 2015 19.08 GMT

YouTube turned 10 years old last month (Feb 2015). It continues in rude health. 
Consider using it to broadcast your artwork (as well as searching for others' work).

David Hockney talks to TateShots

Jackson Pollock discusses his painting process

There are other alternatives too.

Many artists and creatives use Vimeo 

Working With Rand from IBM on Vimeo

A million Times, by Humans since 1982 from Humans since 1982 on Vimeo

Richard Mosse: The Impossible Image from Frieze on Vimeo.

or for a quick, short video uploads try Instagram

see Instagram video here
 instagram video

Saturday, 17 January 2015

points of view......


There is a conventional
or popular point of view.

There is a personal
point of view.

There is a small point
of view which just a 
few share.

But there is no right
point of view.

You are always right.

You are always wrong.

It just depends from
which pole you are
looked at.

Advances in any field
are built upon people
with the small or
personal point of view."

Thursday, 15 January 2015

people like lists... share things with others using a list format...

Here's a list of some of my recently saved favourite tweets from my other twitter account:



cheeming boey @iamboey

Jennifer Davis @JDavisArt


and finishing this list with a list....

5. 8 Ways to Improve Your Online Portfolio @Needimages 

"Is your website really showing your art to its best advantage?"

Vase (detail) by artist Charan Sachar

Friday, 5 December 2014

reading your twitter feed (pt2)...

...can reveal information about others' blog credentials.

If you're the curator/editor/researcher/photographer of an important art institution's blog feed, it's a BIG deal.

Jacob Horn - Editorial Assistant at New York's Whitney Museum is taking over the museum's Instagram account.....

He specialises in:

"Writing and editing, research experience, technical literacy, communication, social media, museums and cultural institutions" 
- from LinkedIn

Whitney Museum on Instagram
see also: part 1 of read your twitter feed

Monday, 1 December 2014

read your twitter feed (pt1)...

...because it can contain useful snippets of information.

Using my phone's Twitter app I checked my account - the one linked to this blog. 

I limited my reading to the last 24hrs of its timeline feed.

I either 'retweeted', or 'favourite-d' things I wanted to follow up using the symbols on the lower edge of my timeline of tweets

 ....i.e. things tweeted by those I've chosen to follow

This screen grab of a tweet from @DazedMagazine is particularly pertinent to those using Flickr as their photo blog....

notice the orange star is highlighted - because I saved the tweet to my favourites

It links to an article about Flickr - a popular photo blog for artists, that is about to make money from the images you may have there.

"Are you one of the millions of people signed up to Flickr? It's time to switch your license settings. The Yahoo-owned photo-sharing site has just announced that it will start selling prints of some 50 million Creative Commons-licensed images, but the photographers involved won't see any of the profits. Nope. Not a single penny." 

Read more of the article at Dazed magazine's digital publication site

If you use Flickr and wish to change your Flickr license settings consider the pros and cons of doing so.

The Creative Commons site lists the various licences available to you.

reading your twitter feed part 2

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Expose yourself!

Use your blog to show others how you make your work. 
Expose its process of manufacture - what inspired it, what you're thinking of now, and perhaps, what you're considering doing next. 

Sharing your preliminary drawings, photographs, thoughts and ruminations will highlight your creative process to others. 

Magda Bolinska on flickr

t.radclyffe's sketchbook, and completed illustration

Nicholas Stevenson's: website and blogs....
Nicholas Stevenson's Tumblr blog

....and on Soundcloud