Part I. How Vulnerable Should You be on Social Media?

When you are just starting out…so much anxiety…so many questions

How Vulnerable Should You be on Social Media - Part I

 

Welcome to Part I of a IV part series on vulnerability. Now, we all know that Brene Brown is the queen of this topic. If you want to dive deep, and really understand what vulnerability means to our lives, and to our growth as human beings, I would highly recommend that you visit her website and watch her Ted Talk.

Here, I’m just hoping to share with you different view points and thoughts on being vulnerable. And to share what vulnerability can mean to us artists as we struggle to define ourselves in the creative space and build small business that, lets be real, are direct reflections of us and our hearts.

Each post in this series will feature the thoughts of a different designer who is actively sharing their work and building a creative business. In the last post I will share my own struggles and embrace vulnerability as I tell you some of the challenges I’ve faced as a creative.

I hope you enjoy. Here’s to being vulnerable!


 

I’m starting this series with Virginia, AKA The Happy Artisan.

She is a designer and artist who I’ve had many great conversations with on Instagram. I find her to be warm and approachable. And in this interview she is extremely vulnerable, sharing her anxiety about joining Instagram and knowing how much of herself she should share.

I’m excited to start with this interview because I think what Virginia has to say reflects how most of us have felt at some time or another as we’ve embarked on a creative career.

 

JOINING INSTAGRAM

My name is Virginia and for the last couple of years I have been a part of the Instagram community, under the name of my label, The Happy Artisan. I have been working to slowly build the Happy Artisan into a little business…not quite there yet, but trying!

It took me a long time to build up the courage to join Instagram. I was particularly nervous about sharing my art and creative work with virtually the entire world. I have been on Facebook for years, but joining Instagram felt different. With Facebook I felt more in control of who saw my posts and who I interacted with…ultimately how much I shared about myself.

A fellow artist encouraged me to join Instagram as a platform to showcase my work, get known and network with like-minded people. I had no idea how to ‘use’ Instagram to my advantage nor did I think people would be at all interested in what I had to offer.

However, I’ve discovered since joining Instagram that, if used well, it is the perfect social media platform to help promote you in the way you want to be seen by the world. And it is certainly helping me get my art out there in a way that just starting up a website would not have done. Continue reading “Part I. How Vulnerable Should You be on Social Media?”