Happy New Year Creatives! I am so glad 2017 is here! Every year at Rita Barakat LLC, do a little inventory on what worked and didn’t work, do you do that? I am doing inventory on 2016 right now, I would love your input on what you would like to see from me in 2017. Here are some things that I feel went well and will continue or start in 2017 :
Blogging: After years of blogging, (sometimes daily) I took a break and then I came back at once a week. For now this is working – I post every Thursday unless I am involved in a blog hop or something special.
Mixed Media Mondays on FaceBook Live! Every (well most) Monday night at 8pm CST I do some type of Mixed Media project or technique live on Facebook. If you have never watched sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, that’s what’s so fun about doing it live! Sometimes the audience throws in suggestions, sometimes they are super quiet! The same way you post a comment on a FB post you can comment or ask questions while I am doing the live show- I can see it and answer it live. I try to keep it about a half an hour but you can catch it later if you miss it live. ANd even if you watch it later I will still see your comments because it’s FB. It’s a lot of fun, I would love to see you there!
Instagram & Periscope are totally fun! I will continue both but in different capacities. Instagram is mostly posting pics, looking at pics and commenting. I post reminders on Instagram when I will be posting on Periscope and Mixed Media Mondays. Periscope is another live streaming event -only more casual. Periscope is an app for your smart phone that you can download, watch and broadcast live. You can comment if you are on the app only when it’s live. If you don’t want to download it you can watch it live for 24 hours after it was live from your computer or laptop; but you can’t comment. This year I tried to do it three times a week at 2pm CST, then I tried the mornings but with five kids and a grand baby something always happens. Will I still do it? Yes, but unless the kids happen to be in school I can’t guarantee what time. I will always give a heads up on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter when I am going to be doing a Periscope. My periscope topics can be anything related to art, craft, mixed media, bible journaling, art journaling, art/craft/scrapbook shows and sometimes a little worship.
Top Secret Mixed Media Class Once a month I offer a free Mixed Media class – it’s a full class project in real time! Sometimes there are bonuses like a coupon or giveaways. I share where I will be teaching or demoing as well.
I am super excited as this year as I will have a sponsored giveaway each month! The picture is from this months class, I just sent it out yesterday! Are you signed up?
Etsy – I’ve not done much with Etsy although I have been on here for a couple of years. This year I got a little better grasp of it and added more items like stamps, stencils, calendars, pillows and more. I was ecstatic that my artwork was picked up in 2016 to be used for stamps and I am hoping for more products in the near future! I will continue to add products as they become available!
I haven’t done much with Pinterest this year, I spent more time learning Periscope and FB Live and now that I have it down I am ready to go back to Pinterest! I love Pinterest, but I think I will need a timer as I can easily get distracted by all the really cool pics! Does that happen to you? I would like to make some boards that relate to my Top Secret Mixed Media Videos, so I can offer you more options related to the topic of the current months class. I think it’s going to be an exciting time!
I need your input – what would you like to see in the next year? What types of topics, classes, techniques, products? How can I help you? Do you review your year?
Next week on Wednesday I will have a post on the Therm O Web site! If you have never made a vision board you won’t want to miss this post!