I have abandoned Facebook. Well I, sort of, like abandoned Facebook. I am specifically referring to my personal page. The feed that I would see became more and more limited. The same thing, the same people everyday. Don’t get me wrong, the people are great and I know personally each and every friend that I have on Facebook. But it was the constant barrage of ads that really worked on me. I lost interest in Facebook just like I lost interest in commercial television decades ago. It was the ads that did the medium in for me. I continue to keep a personal page up for those who are interested and I will push content that I create on other platforms to it. I also will continue to be very active in posting content to my artist page. Yup, you guessed it. I am not about to miss out on the publicity factor that Facebook offers. That brings me to another point. If you are not actively going to my page to get the updates, then you are certain to not see a thing that I put up. If you operate a business type of page on Facebook, then they want you to spend money to boost your posts. AKA, pay them the money and they will share your content on someone’s news feed as a sponsored post. I get it, I really do, we are all out there to make a dollar. I must admit that Facebook’s approach is genius. I even experimented with boosting some posts on another business page that I started to promote my company, The Bohemian Culture House. The results from the trial run were promising. So much in fact that I am creating a campaign to run later in the year that will strategically boost posts when we announce new products and offer discounts. Heck, I will probably start boosting posts that I make to my artist page as well.
With regards to publishing content, well we are going back to our roots. The website http://www.christopherthomaslimbrick.com is really where the magic happens. That is where artwork that I create is posted and made available for sale. That is where my collectors, designers and consultants know where to go to view the galleries when they are searching for a work to purchase or to recommend to a client. That is the place where I want to drive the traffic. This Empty Blog is where I get to run my mouth and get some thoughts out of my head. This is where I get to write whatever I care to on any topic that comes to mind. Mostly it is about art, the practice of meditation, nature, sharing lessons learned, or just sharing my art and talking about it. I used to write many posts that would end up here in the past. Take a look at the archives on the right side of the blog. You will quickly notice the time lapse that would occur between posts. This would reflect the periods of time that I was 1.) just so damn busy and working on production deadlines or 2.) spending way too much time posting on social media.
I believe in the full circle effect of things. While I have and love An Empty Blog, I have also created another blog over on Medium.com simply titled Christopher Thomas Limbrick. I plan to publish original content on both blogs on a regular basis. Some content will be published to both blogs simultaneously. The primary reason for operating two blogs on two different platforms using basically the same content is that I hope to build a bigger audience that I can drive to, you guessed it, my primary artist website and my business website. I will be effectively melding Christopher Thomas Limbrick and The Bohemian Culture House together through these posts in order to share traffic between the two sites.
My growing dischord for my Facebook personal page led to my realization that it is far more productive and powerful to create genuine content on a blog platform or to my websites directly, and then push that content to social media. I am pretty excited about that. I began this post with the objective to discuss the new work, Light Falling Through The Trees that appears above. However, I got distracted and decided to do some explaining. I have a habit about doing that. Both being distracted and caring to explain. In an effort to not run this post into a completely different topic, even if that topic was the original premise of the post, I will offer a quick description of the attached work. It is a full color photograph that was made on a particular cold and windy Winter night here in Richmond, Virginia. The final result of the photoshoot became a collection of twelve monochrome images that will be available in the coming months. I will tell you more about them, in a new post.