Recently, my work was featured in American Craft Magazine -- two pages in the Craft in Action section about Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin. While there was an increment of good fortune, it was actually years of making, along with taking every day actions that readers of ASK Harriete could implement for greater visibility for their work.
In this case, a quote of Louis Pasteur comes to mind, "Chance favors only the prepared mind."
Since I knew that this project was going to take several years, I started a page on my web site very early in the project to document each stage.
The web site was updated frequently with pictures of work in progress.
I also posted a link to this page on the home page of my web site (shown below). The link was an eye catching yellow of #2 pencils.
While there are no guarantees for anything in life, the article in American Craft came about in part because of the ongoing four years of communicating each milestone of the project. I took the time to give the project visibility on my web site.
It seems Julie K. Hanus, Senior Editor of American Craft Magazine, is like many editors who "troll" the web for ideas, information and new work whenever they have a chance. I heard the same comment from Marthe Le Van, Editor at Lark Books in the presentation she gave during the Professional Development Seminar.
The lesson learned here is that your web site is a window to the world for people to see your work. While I use many other social networking platforms....your web site is paramount. Even though I would wonder how many people were looking at my web site, all the work that I put into my web site did matter after all!
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