I’m exploring a new social networking site, LinkedIn, this one for professionals. Professional what?, you ask. Well, there are a lot of professional artists, writers and bloggers there already. You can be, too!

So IF you are already LinkedIn, and IF you read my blog/know my art/read my article in The Crafts Report magazine, or if you’ve enjoyed my guest articles that were published in Clint Watson’sFine Art Views daily email newsletter….

… I’m humbly asking you to recommend me in my LinkedIn Profile.

And if you figure out how to use this new resource, let me know, because everyone is asking me!

If you are NOT already LinkedIn, consider it. I know, I know…. As my friend and fellow TCR writer Nancy Lefever always says, it can feel like we are Plurked, Twittered, Facebooked, emailed and blogged to death and distraction these days.

I agree. Yet I still participate.

It takes time to figure out a comfortable level to work these venues at, and I tend to avoid following anyone who states that they Twitter 152 times a day….

But it’s about visibility, it’s about connections, and it’s about exploring new ways to get our work out there.

Some of these venues will fail miserably, some will peter out quickly. The life span of these new ventures runs about 2-3 years. It’s impossible to try them all, and it’s hard to foresee which ones will amount to anything.

And yet, one of them may forge that one connection that gets your to your next step.

Is it worth it? I dunno. But I’m willing to try.

I actually find it interesting and challenging. A creative act. Just another aspect of my artistic self, connection. My art is all about connecting, so this feels like a natural extension. In a way, building an online presence is another “body of work”, similar to the one we build with our art: Who am I? Who am I to other people? What is my public image, and how much does it align with my private self, and the work I want to do? How does this online presence contribute to the knowledge of others, and to the greater good in the world?

My body of work–my artwork and my writing–tells you who I am as a person, and shows you the better person I strive to be.

Ultimately, this social networking stuff, it’s just another way to tell my story.

And on a lighter note, it can be fun to Twitter, my friends. If it sucks your time, confine it to your coffee break(s).

One bright note….LinkedIn might be a good one to join because it’s easy to search for the contacts you already have. I was surprised to create almost 150 contacts the first day, more than I have in several months of Facebook presence. And the connections are one I already treasure, I just hadn’t thought of them as my network. That person who I met on Freecycle? They work for our city government. That artist who commented on my blog? They work in academia, too.

Suddenly, my world seems bigger than I ever imagined.

Live and learn. And if you are truly a lifelong learner, as I strive to be, we’ll will be learning for many years to come.

p.s. A big shout-out and thank you to Gerri Newfry, who “recommended” my blog before I could even post this! Thank you, Gerri!

And geez, I went back to see how you can recommend me, and I can’t figure it out, either! If someone knows, please let me know, okay? I’m not sure if you have to be signed up on the site, but here are the instructions from LinkedIn:

To recommend a person from their profile:

1. Click ‘Recommend this person’ found in the upper right hand corner of the profile. You will also find a recommendation link in the Experience section under the position for which you want to recommend them.
2. Choose a category: service provider, business partner, student, or colleague.
3. Follow the instructions provided based on the category you selected.

Author: Luann Udell

I find it just as important to write about my art as to make it. I am fascinated by stories. You can tell when people are speaking their truth--their eyes light up, their voices become strong, their entire body posture becomes powerful and upright. I love it when people get to this place in their work, their relationships, their art. As I work from this powerful place in MY heart, I share this process with others--so they have a strong place to stand, too. Because the world needs our beautiful art. All of it we can make, as fast as we can! Whether it's a bowl, a painting, a song, a garden, a story, if it makes our world a better place, we need to do everything in our power to get it out there.

10 thoughts on “LinkedIn EXPERIMENT”

  1. Yes, connections. Social Networking – I’m new to Facebook and Blogging & am surprised at how many people I’ve found & who have found me. It’s become addictive to check in every morning, at lunch & late in the evening.
    I also Linked In, & Twittered, but don’t get either of those yet. You’ve held my interest here too long & I have to get to the studio now! But tonight I’ll be back, checking out your list of 25 things on Facebook!


  2. Hi Luann,

    Just found your blog a couple of days ago, thanks to Cynthia Morgan’s post about you.

    And thanks to the wealth of information you provided about re-working/writing an Artists Statement, I’ve rewritten mine. So, yes, I would definitely recommend you on LikedIn (just signed up today). I’m trying to figure out how to do that now.

    Thanks so much. Your blog is great and I’m thankful for the advice.


  3. Someone asked me to join LinkedIn but I’m still considering it… if I join it , I will recommend your blog!
    I also wanted to say, I really enjoy your blog. Thank you so much for sharing your life experience, thanks to you I learned a lot and even if I’ve still have a lot to learn you helped me a great deal!


  4. Thanks for the shout-out, L, but the name is spelled “LaFever.” Sorry, we pseudo Frenchies are touchy about the spelling.

    As I told a former colleague who decided my name was “LaFlame,” it sounded too much like a stripper name… 😉


  5. Hi Luann
    I appreciate all the info you share and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your blog. So, sorry for asking a dumb question – but how do I recommend it? Do I have to be linkedin member myself?


  6. Thank you all for your comments and compliments–nice to hear today! :^)

    I went back and added a p.s. in my post on how to “recommend” someone on LinkedIn. I can’t quite see where to do it from my end–I could last week but not this week. I’m not sure what’s up with that! And you may have to be signed in to do that. Don’t do that if you’re not comfortable signing up, okay?


  7. Hi, just wanted to tell you thank you for sharing yourself with us. I enjoyed your thoughts very much, they inspired me. Something I REALLY needed right now. I wish you lot’s of things to happen in your world to come.


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