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If you build it, they will come.

Or, at least you will have built it, have something to show for it, and a place to show it off.

Like a home builder pouring a foundation and setting up a frame, I spent the past 7 days putting together my website, setting up my social media accounts and organizing notes of goals, how-to, reminders, ideas.

This post will be of interest to you if you are someone trying to get set up for an organized creative business life. I will document some of the steps I have taken so I can help others who are overwhelmed with the beginning, like I was.  I have a great friend who had been through all this herself and has shared her experience with me.  I had no idea how to get started and I was spinning my wheels and procrastinating.  I would like to help others as my friend helped me.  Pay it forward.  Community, people!

Here is what I have done, so far:

  • I signed up with WordPress.com for a website. I drew out sort of an “org chart” of how I want to lay out my site. Next, I picked a template and started dropping in images of my artwork, music performance photos, videos of me playing music (I embedded these from YouTube.) I, then, added an “About” page, some of my original lyrics sheets, a list of cover songs I play and some events where people can come see me perform – either art or music -and show support.
  • I signed up for new Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter accounts, all called CarsonArtMusic, like my website. I still have some work to do on these to maximize their usefulness, like “tags”, “hashtags”, and links, but I will work on that next week.
  • I ordered business cards.
  • I got a DropBox account to make it easier to share photos, videos and other files with friends and between all my devices.
    • Note: be careful and diligent about how you name your files. Be consistent and descriptive.
  • I installed Chrome and Evernote on my computer and iPad to make it easy to capture notes and ideas. I have a file for “Third Party Providers” where I have stashed information like “how to bulk resize photos”, “how to transfer lots of big files to someone for free”, “where did I order my business cards”, etc.
    • These are:
        • bulkresizephotos.com
        • wetransfer.com
        • moo.com

In addition to all of this, I have now written 2 blog posts, and I have completed 2 paintings this week! It feels good to get this much done in one week. Many thanks to my friend, Kathy, at kathymuir.com for all the support and help.

“In a creative, life there is no difference between work and play.” -James Michener

Welcome to my first blog post EVER!

Hi there, I am a human named Susan Carson. Nice to meet you!

I am an ARTIST (paint, sketch, draw, acrylics, colored pencil, pen & ink)

I am a MUSICIAN (singer, songwriter, guitarist, originals, cover songs, rock, folk, pop, country, blues)

My art and music are the focus of my website and my social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram.

But, like you, there is so much more to me:

I am a human. I feel complex and complicated. I thrive on stream-of-consciousness writing and sometimes lose track of the point. (Now, where was I?). I have friends and family and coworkers. I have a day job.  I sit at a desk all day and work in a spreadsheet, listening to music on headphones in an open room full of people. Sometimes I feel too shy to talk to them.  I struggle with my health and fitness and aging.  I am a certified personal trainer. I have a black belt and have practiced martial arts for years, but I do not belong to any school or group and I do not want to fight anyone. I work out most days with a coworker/friend, at lunch.  I have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning, sometimes (so cozy!)  I read books – fiction and a lot of nonfiction.  I travel.  I ride a motorcycle.  I am embarrassed about my car sometimes, because it is old and banged up, yet it serves its purpose.  I have little to no fashion sense.  I love pizza and beer.  I love my iPad. I speak a little Spanish.  I practice meditation daily (or plan to.) I like to kayak. I play golf sometimes.  I am in a Corn Hole league at the park. I obsessively check my finances. I journal, on my computer because I hate my handwriting.  I write poetry, lyrics and haiku (little verses of 5-7-5 syllables.)  I start a lot of projects I don’t finish.  I am working on that.  I can be a bit needy for attention and affection.  I like to be alone, but I like to have my calendar jammed with social engagements and events to look forward to.  I have 2 cats and a dog.  I am married, but my relationship is complicated at this time.  Can you relate to any of that?  If so, we will get along nicely here.

So, what is my blog about? It is primarily about my Art and Music. This is where I will share and discuss my inspirations, process, goals, influences, frustrations, ideas for new paintings or songs. I will share works in progress, and how it evolves. I will share my progress with getting my music and art “out there” in the world.  But I hope to be able to share the rest of this stuff with you too…the human stuff.  The stuff that becomes fodder for the art, music and poetry.

I hope that in sharing these things, I may inspire you and reach something in you. Or maybe you will have some input or inspiration for me.  I hope that through these writings, we can connect and realize that through all the clutter and differences on the surface, we are all connected and okay on the inside. And we can help each other.

“Our lives may be complicated on the outside, but we remain simple, easy, and open on the inside.” – Tsoknyi Ronpoche, “Allow for Space”, Tricycle Magazine