Fall is here! We are in the last quarter of the year. How are you tracking with your goals? What have you accomplished thus far? In this edition of the Talk Thursday Interview Series, Jeanetta Darley of Jeanetta Darley ARTIST shares her advice and tips. Be sure to check out her podcast recommendations at the bottom of the post. I am happy to feature successful entrepreneurs sharing their experiences and providing social media advice & more. Now, let’s get on with the interview…
This week in the interview series, Jeanetta shares her story and sheds light on how she uses social media. I know Jeanetta through the Arkansas Women Bloggers group. We met at a conference and became fast friends. We’ve shared stories, funny stories. We rode through town in a convertible and we’ve watched each other grow in our blogging and artwork. She’s a great artist. I love everything she does. I appreciate Jeanetta. She has personally helped me with taking my artwork to the next level.
Talk Thursday Interview Series: Jeanetta Darley
A2F: How has social media impacted your life – personally and professionally?
Jeanetta: Personally I am able to keep in contact with friends that aren’t geographically as close as I’d like them to be. It’s also increased my habits of becoming a hermit. Whereas I don’t really have to leave my house if I want to talk to someone. As an artist that works from her home that’s good because I can stay focused on my work but at the same time it enables the not so good habit I have of secluding myself.
Professionally social media has given me jobs. Many of my out of the home positions have centered around maintaining social media and other online content for the organizations and businesses that I worked for. It has benefited my own business by drawing the attention of customers that I would never run into in person at an art fair or other face-to-face event. It also makes communication with commission clients and other wholesale vendors a lot easier.
A2F: What is your favorite social media network, and why?
Jeanetta: Instagram of course! Because it’s so visual and you don’t tend to run into the craziness of Facebook. I have also recently become very very fond of YouTube.
A2F: Social media is a common platform to market businesses and services, what other ways are you using social media for your business, site or blog?
Jeanetta: I love the community building aspect of it. And the sharing of information.
A2F: Which social network have you been slow to adopt or use? Why have you been hesitant?
Jeanetta: Twitter and I are on a break. He keeps trying to message me and talk to me about things he “thinks” I would be interested in. I don’t know I’ve just never been able to organize my list properly maybe but it’s always been a forum that just didn’t click with me.
A2F: Thinking about blogging and/or social media, share one of your highlights or accomplishments? What made it special?
Jeanetta: I got really excited when I reached 1000 followers on Instagram. I know that may seem like a drop in the bucket to some but for me it was a really big milestone. I’m not one that typically worries about the numbers of followers or likes but it was good to see that goal be reached. Sometimes I’m not the best at setting goals and sticking to them.
A2F: For those in blogging and business, what business or marketing major advice would you share with the Addicted to Fries readers?
Jeanetta: Engage. Engage. Engage. Don’t just throw your content out at the audience. Give them a reason to be invested in what you have to say and what you have to offer as far as your product or your services may go. Make them feel like they are part of the team.
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A2F: Which 3 books would your recommend for online business owners, marketing professionals or entrepreneurs, and why?
Jeanetta: I don’t really read books on that subject. Mainly because it’s hard to paint or draw while you’re reading a book. And most of the books I read are for purely escaping the reality of the world and what I need to be working on. But I do listen to a lot of podcasts and watch a lot of YouTube videos about the subject. Coming from a creative entrepreneur angle I suggest the Creative Pep Talk podcast, the Boss Girl Creative Podcast | A Podcast for Female Creative Entrepreneurs, and Positively Creative Podcast.
More about Jeanetta:
As an artist and blogger Jeanetta Darley finds inspiration in nature and nostalgia. Her paintings and illustrations grow out of a love of her garden and the natural beauty around her combined with a compulsive habit of collecting old and abandoned items. She believes that some of our strongest feelings are stirred by the awe of nature and the connection to our past.
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That’s it for this edition of the interview series. Thanks, Jeanetta, for sharing your story. I loved your advice and passion. I’m sure the A2F readers will learn from you. I look forward to collaborating again in the future. Keep up the great artwork!
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