Let me start by saying I am grateful to many bloggers and others who shared knowledge and tips about how to build your own website, photo tips, and general helpful information about being online. Shout out to http://www.websitetooltester.com/ - their review of website builders and helpful ebook led me to finally choose Weebly and build a simple website easily.
But I can't take any more lists. You know the ones.
"the 10 mistakes you're making on social media!"
"327 ways to gain 17 million followers on your blog!"
"100 ways to perfect the flat lay on Instagram!" (this one always makes me laugh - perhaps I just have a dirty mind).
Apparently for Instagram, it's very important that your feed is uniform and that it has a consistent image.
Well, doesn't that sound incredibly uni dimensional to you? All your photos will have the same feel, portray the same sanitized image of you. Yes, the overall image may be attractive, but it doesn't strike a connection with me. I won't remember any single one of those photos.
Perhaps I'm nuts, but I've always looked for the imperfection in things. It's what makes them unique. I will remember the quirky ones, those that will make me laugh, feel, and show the human behind the image.
"But Carla, you won't have XXXX (insert appropriate number) of people following you!" Oh shock, horror!
I understand having 17 million followers may be financially rewarding and boost your ego. I wish I had 17 million people buying my jewelry! I love every one of my FB, Instagram, etc., followers and love when they take the time to engage with me.
But the truth is, I got into this because I wanted to make jewelry. I wanted to be a metalsmith, a jewelry designer. I like photography, travelling, writing. And I like sharing what I find interesting. If you like it too, great! If you like it enough to follow me, amazing! Let's connect - show me your awesome imperfection.
And you know what? Even if I didn't have a single follower, a travelling, photographing, writing, cooking jewelry designer is still who I am! I'll still go into my studio and torture metal to submission, or swirl resin into amazing colors!
Oh, I forgot about blog posting - it needs to be consistent. Daily even. Same time every day. Riiiight... I won't be doing that.
I'll finish with a photo of me and my last tool purchase. No, not Dr. Dre headphones (or whatever doctor that's designing headphones these days... ha!), but rather my noise-cancelling protection gear for my hammering times - now I just need to get a pair for hubby, son, all the neighbors down the street...
Hi, I'm Carla
I love making jewelry, travelling, taking photographs, reading, cooking, experimenting new things, living in Africa,finding leopards and eating roasted marrow bones. Oh, and making the jewelry that celebrates your uniqueness!