Posting and Content
You’ll notice that some posts get more comments than others. If you are ranting about politics, you will probably get some passionate responses. I have experimented quite a bit with different status updates, and I am always surprised by what gets comments. When I post things about my family, I usually don’t get much of a response; when I post about art, I get more of a response; and when I post about just feeling great, I get the most comments of all. Asking questions sometimes gets responses, but not always. I have been posting a lot about an art project of mine lately, and while I have gotten many responses, it was nothing like the flurry of comments I got last night when I posted this: “I am washing the dishes and wondering how you clean between the tines of a fork. It seems impossible or like too much work. Am I crazy?” Everyone started commenting on how to wash a fork. This may not seem useful, but it is, because people commented on it that I hadn’t heard from in a while and a lively and humorous conversation came out of it. Thanks to that status update I re-established contact with those people, and as a result they may notice when I post about my art in the future.
One of the more interesting things that can happen through Facebook comments is when an argument or discussion develops between people who are commenting on the same post. However, it has been my experience that status updates that express a sense of well-being get the most responses. Most of my friends are artists, and I would not say that most are inclined to be optimistic. But I think that when someone is feeling good, we want to share in their well-being in the hopes that it will rub off—at least that’s my theory. If I write, in my status update, “I love life, I am breathing in deeply today!” I will get at least several responses right away, including comments. I also got a lot of comments when I wrote that I had just gotten a publisher for my book and posted about him handing me an advance check. Many people congratulated me and made other comments. But again, that was a comment or a status update about celebration, and in general I find that’s what the Facebook community is the most receptive to, celebration. Don’t you think we all want more triumph in our lives? It can’t hurt to make an effort to say things that might make people feel good, because that’s what’s popular! Is it any wonder? I feel that sharing your art is a form of celebration, it is life affirming and generous.
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