I have come to the conclusion that since I have a bit of entrepreneurial drive that I do not have to feel ashamed that I promote my artwork. Many people use Facebook to socialize or play games, so why should a creative person feel hesitant to share their work on their own page? I even sell some of my art inspired creations on Zazzle and RedBubble, which I sell via Sweetbearies Art Workshop. Today someone told me how they would prefer a handmade gift over one sold in the store, and yes I do like handmade gifts. I make these all the time and write a column as the budget crafting examiner promoting the idea of handmade gifts.
However, with this being said I do not think someone who is an artist or a crafter should feel reluctant to share things they create on their own Facebook page. There has been a lot of talk about how today’s world is about consumerism and pushing products, but a writer and artist such as myself is not exactly doing that. Actually, I think sometimes people with a smaller business are sort of chided for sharing what they sell more than a large corporation selling items that everyone buys without thinking much about. The small business person, artist, crafter, writer, or musician has to do more to get the word out about their products and services, and cannot simply rely on brand loyalty or name recognition. This is part of the reason I have created Facebook fan pages for my writing and art inspired products to share what I am creating with others. I believe in my artwork and photography, which has deeps meaning for me, and thus have a tremendous sense of joy after I create each piece.
As much as I love self-sufficiency and making things yourself, I am also not adverse to people who make a living selling things. The entrepreneurial spirit allows individuals to make themselves known in the world, and there is no shame in that. If you create something that people want to buy and you are willing to sell, then there is always a market for that.