Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The chicken or the egg?

Ohhhh ...it's difficult to get back to blogging when you've been away ...mentally! How many times I thought today I'll blog and so many other things have come up.
Today I did have a quick comment: social networking vs studio time.
It's like the old joke of which comes first the chicken or the egg? This controversy of how much time to spend in a work day marketing and writing about your work to get it noticed as opposed to actually doing the work so you have something to write about is never ending. Ask a marketing coach and the answer is paint first then market. The reality is that in marketing you get entwined in all the sites that you've established. Neglecting them just makes it seems like you are spinning your wheels, regretting that you have already spent too much time and energy getting these connections started! Without these Internet connections you'd be running around in your car and still not be in the studio working! You know it's worth it but at what to what extent?
I am trying out suggestions from the Alyson Stanfield book "I'd Rather Be in the Studio"
Take a moment and click this site http://www.1automationwiz.com/app/?af=799727.
Maybe you'll find some tidbit that helps you too.
Let's open a discussion. How do you deal with this dilemma? I'd appreciate your feed back.


Alyson B. Stanfield said...

Thanks for the mention, Helen. I hope the book is helpful. And you're right: It is a dilemma. But the art always has to come fist. Without it, you're not an artist and you don't have the passion for marketing a non-product. I think the key is understanding how you work best: large or small blocks of time?

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

My motto is if Alyson says to do it I do it. Nice work Helen! Glad you found me on twitter. It is sunny again in Florida. My home and family are fine.