The World Wide Web is one big crazy place, isn’t it? It can be difficult to figure out where the best place is to post your art online because there are just so many options. There are so many new social media sites popping up everyday (I’m talking to you snap), that it can be a bit confusing. And when it comes to promoting your work–you want to make sure you’re putting effort into the right channel, so others will see it.
I’ve played around with quite a few social media sites and learned that it’s impossible to be everywhere. When I started out, I signed up for 5 of them at once (!) and trying to juggle all of them at the same time was exhausting. There’s just too much work involved in keeping up with multiple profiles; I learned it’s better to focus on just a few to see more engagement. That way I can actually enjoy posting my work and making connections with others along the way.
In my experience, these are the 3 best places to post your art online:
This is by far the best place to post your art online to be seen by others. Are you surprised? I was too. I thought Pinterest was just for recipes and DIY posts. #hellno. Not only is the Pinterest world a feast for the eyes (which is a bonus when posting art), but it’s also an amazingly HUGE search engine that will direct people to your site like hotcakes. Seriously. All you need is to create an eye catchy graphic and throw that baby up there for everyone to see.
Not sure how to pin something? I got you covered. After signing into an account at pinterest.com, just follow the steps below:
If you need a little example of what I’m talking about, you can see my boards and pins on Pinterest here.
Instagram is my favorite of the three platforms because of it’s simple, visual nature. Most people gravitate to Instagram because it’s basically nice to look at! And there’s a short learning curve to getting your image seen which is a total win for beginners. Instagram is used mostly as a mobile app so you can post when you’re in action which is great for a creative profile–you can show behind the scenes shots, works in progress and some of your favorite supplies.
The key to Instagram is to use a few hashtags in the comments of your post to attract your audience, since that’s how people search for what they’re interested in. And I love my Instagram feed because it’s full of profiles that I personally choose so it’s exactly what I’m interested in seeing.
Here are the simple steps to post to Instagram.com after you sign up for an account:
You can check out my Instagram Profile here.
When you have your own space on the web to display your work, it’s easy to connect to social media for increasing followers. When I started thinking about creating this blog, I thought it sounded a lot more complicated than it actually is. It was a matter of figuring out how involved I wanted to be–wordpress is a little more complicated to maintain than a site like Squarespace which is basically a site in a box. (It all depends on how much control you want.)
Anyway, when you have a personal blog, you can post all of your work there and then link to social media to get more views. For example, here are three ways I do this on the blog: Art in progress, Quick Inspiration and New Art. Each of these categories show my work in different ways and I have total control of how my art is displayed so it’s a no brainer.
I hope this helped you get motivated to share your work, it’s important to get it out there! What’s your favorite place to post your art online? Come on over to the FB Group and tell us.
P.S. Posting your art online can be as simple as creating an eye-catching graphic and posting it where your tribe hangs out. Need help creating the graphic but not sure where to start? My course, Create In Canva is just for you.