A year ago or so, I created a Facebook profile. Here was a service that did serve a good purpose. It had a universal and functional user interface, and was just smarter overall. I have since been a regular user. However, I have been sort of hedging my profile, limiting it primarily to friends and colleagues. Which means that some of you who know and like my work may have tried to friend me, and maybe you got a nice note explaining that I was going to keep the profile a little private. More on that shortly, but I'd like to draw that circle a little tighter still--I've neglected doing anything really personal on that profile because of the mixed company being kept. I obviously have a certain openness as evidenced by these 4+ years of blogging, but it's tailored--I still have my private life!
I also decided to create a Twitter account if only to snag my user name while deciding if I was ever going to use it. I don't know if I'll be Tweeting explicitly, but let's get something clear--if you have ever updated your Facebook status, you've Tweeted. A Facebook status update is functionally no different. Once I realized that, the stigma that remained with Twitter dissolved. But I still have little interest in keeping track of multiple platforms.
So, I created a Facebook Fan Page. This replaces the Google "Followers" box which isn't as widely used, at the left. Feel free to join this. Why might you want to?
- Keep in touch with this blog. Most blog posts (perhaps not product-release posts, but all content posts) will be posted to the Fan Page feed. No need to check back here to know when the blog has been updated. Especially useful for those who never understood what an RSS feed was.
- Get some inside peeks. I plan on opening up a little with some more insider-views of things in the form of photo galleries. Currently, I'm working on a photo album that has photos of the various tiny studios I've worked in the past 5 years. Stuff like that. Perhaps I'll consolidate these for blog posts down the way--I don't want those who like the blog to feel they are out in the cold with these just because they don't want anything to do with Facebook. Hey, I understand--my wife won't go near it (but she enjoys seeing photos of family and friends on *my* account!). I'm not sure there's a purpose to having photo albums of my art there--I have a whole website for that, you know! But perhaps some albums of things not commonly found on my site can be uploaded there. Suggestions welcomed.
- Tweets. Ok, status updates. I'll probably use the Facebook Status Updates (ie, FB Tweets) to talk about what's going on in my art world, in snippet form. What I'm working on, where I've been, what I've seen, what's inspiring me, etc.. Small stuff, not worth blogging about but perhaps interesting for those who like my work. If you are an artist yourself, you may get the most benefit from all this.
Further, if you are a Twitter user, and prefer that for whatever reason, Facebook now auto-feeds to Twitter accounts. That means that these blog posts will auto-feed to Facebook, which will get auto-fed to Twitter in the form of a Tweet. Ditto my Facebook Status Updates and other things. So, you can be a fan on Facebook, but know what's happening there by means of Twitter. This is only possible because it requires no extra clicks on my part--the Twitter feed will be handled automatically. So, my Twitter page will be largely automated, but if you prefer keeping track via it vs. Facebook, you're free to do so. I don't re-tweet much yet so I'll try not to clog up your stream.
You faithful blog readers--keep reading. The Facebook posts will just bring you back here most of the time, anyway. This is the central clearinghouse for Gallegos info and entertainment. I just want to make sure you have access to everything. I'm not going to presume you all have checking my site on your list of weekly things-to-do. But if you'd like to stay up on what's going on, allow me to serve it up to you on a digital platter.
Lastly, you'll notice at the bottom of each blog post, there are links to repost any blog entry on both Facebook and Twitter. I've also begun adding these links to every image throughout my website, and am looking at spreading that throughout other parts of Daydream Graphics. Wanna share something with your friends? Link away!
Ok, back next week with more art!