Tuesday, January 31, 2012
I'm finally done with my new website for my freelance design business! Well, I don't know if these types of things are ever totally done, its more like done-ish. And I also completely redesigned my logo since my last blog post about it. So I'm feeling pretty good, this was a huge project for me with lots of second guessing and commitment issues along the way. Not to mention a crazy learning curve of learning web design. Now I get to move on to the less agonizing, fun stuff like business cards, custom stamps, and new designs.
My new site does have a blog and I am going to be posting regularly about design projects, self-employment, inspiration, free fonts & design resources, shop promotions etc. over there. If you're interested in that type of stuff, please add it to your reader or sign up to get the posts automatically sent to your inbox (there's a grey link on the left side). At some point I am planning to start blogging more personal posts again, like knitting & crafty stuff, but those will be on a new personal blog that I haven't set up yet. Honestly, as much as I am looking forward to it, it is pretty low on my priority list right now. I am going to leave this space up until I figure out what to do with it, but all the blogging action for now will be coming from the Sibling blog.
There are quite a few other ways to connect with me and see what I'm up to, and I'm going to list them below. Everything I've read and observed tells me that part of the equation to success as a self-employed artist/designer is actively promoting your work and engaging with your audience. To be honest, constantly throwing up tweets, blogs and facebook posts about what I'm working on or what I'm trying to sell is not something I feel super comfortable with. I try to make it as un-spammy and genuine as I can, but I really hope that people will determine for themselves what level of "all things Alisa" they want in their lives and follow (or not) appropriately. Here's the break down:
Sibling twitter & facebook
design & studio related posts, shop announcements, conversations with you
Sibling blog (you can add it to your reader or have posts emailed to you)
all of the above but with more words and pretty pictures
Sibling newsletter (sign up box on the left side of the site)
an email once every month or two briefly announcing new products or upcoming events
Alisa's personal twitter
attempts at humor, phone pics of my cat and the sweater I will be knitting for the next 5 years, making friends with strangers, necessary daily interaction with the outside world from my home studio
Alisa's personal facebook
same as above but with the addition of adorable niece and nephew photos and no swearing
everything inspiring I see on the internet
I want to say that I really appreciate the comments and encouragement you guys have given me in this space. It has helped me get a little more comfortable with sharing, something that I think is a struggle for a lot of creatives (is that a term I use now? Oh dear..) I am not above asking you to keep me in mind and refer me if you or someone you know needs design services - I have an obligation-free form on my website that makes it easy for people to request an estimate, whether its a big project or a small one. Also, if you see something I post on my social media empire outlined above that you like, please share it. Shares and pins are super helpful when it comes to getting new visitors (ie potential clients) to come to my site; each of you are the first wave of the ripple effect.
Lastly, I am not down with all receiving and no giving. Spreading the word and supporting my friends creative endeavors is an activity I really enjoy, so if you're working on a cool project or have exciting news that needs some internet love, send it my way. I love hearing about what everyone is working on and I also love to share it.
New year, new life. Cheers!