Chasing Creative

S4 E22: Social media and the creative life

Episode Summary

We’ve all heard that we’re supposed to be building an audience online. Even if we don’t want traditional success, many of us put our work online to share our creativity and use it to connect with others. But building all these “platforms” takes time and energy away from the creative process. It can make us discouraged as we compare ourselves to others and frustrated that we don’t have time to do all the things we’re “supposed” to be doing. So how do we balance social media and the creative life? That’s what we’re talking about in this episode.

Episode Notes

We’ve all heard that we’re supposed to be building an audience online. Even if we don’t want traditional success, many of us put our work online to share our creativity and use it to connect with others. But building all these “platforms” takes time and energy away from the creative process. It can make us discouraged as we compare ourselves to others and frustrated that we don’t have time to do all the things we’re “supposed” to be doing. So how do we balance social media and the creative life? That’s what we’re talking about in this episode.

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Resources We Mentioned

Ashley loves Alexandra Franzen, who is not on social media and doesn’t seem to actively build a platform anywhere. It can be done!

Rachel Meeks from Small Notebook hasn’t blogged in years and Abbie still goes back and re-reads her blog from time to time.

Hootsuite does post to Instagram now! So does Buffer, but Abbie’s favorite remains Later.com.

Ashley recommends finding tools that recycle past updates for you on social media. She recommends RecurPost and SmarterQueue for Twitter as free or close-to-free options, and Board Booster for Pinterest, but she doesn’t remember how much it costs.

Mini Book Club

Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs by Beth Ann Fennelly
Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother by Beth Ann Fennelly

Here's where you can find Ashley

Personal Blog: Ashley Brooks Writes

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Here's where you can find Abbigail

Website: Inkwells and Images

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