I think that Craigslist is one of the most under used internet tools an artist can come in contact with. Most people think that Craigslist is on its way out. Its considered outdated and a bit mundane. But it is still the widest used and read classified tool out there. Artists especially are missing the boat by not using this tool to its fullest capacity.
Tell me what other free tool is available right now on the internet that puts you directly in touch for no cost with your local art community? There are a few other sites and some miscellaneous facebook pages. You could use hashtags for your local community but a whole lot of other people are posting there also. Craigslist is reliable for two things. It has several artists and art categories and it targets locally.
So what would I use it for?
- Selling your work
- Posting your skills
- Getting your work critiqued by other artists
- Critiquing the work of others
- Special events you are participating in
- Discussing artists problems
- Name recognition
- Promoting specific art
- Promoting blog articles
- Getting in touch with Movers & Shakers in your art community
These are just a few off the top of my head. And this is locally in your own community. By expanding out to other art communities you can press your advantage even further.
Now there are some rules to remember. Craigslist has certain things built into it to stop spam posting. Most important is that there is a limitation on how many times you can post within a certain number of minutes. I can't tell you the exact parameters of this rule since I don't work for Craigslist, but a general rule that seems to work best is a 3/20 ratio. This means that you can safely post three times every twenty minutes. If you exceed that, the end result may be that your post is blocked from posting. Get blocked too often and you can get booted off their system.
Another rule is that on some boards you will not be able to post website addresses. You are safe on the artists board from this rule but if you post elsewhere you may run across it.
There will always be trolls who will report your posts for absolutely no reason at all. This is a fact on Craigslist that you cannot get around. But if you are staying within the posted guidelines of a particular board, this will be minimal.
Be creative. Utilize every tool you can online to promote your name and your art and above all, be kind and be helpful to others who might ask you questions. It will take time and energy that can be put to much better use creating art. But getting your name out there in your local market is just as important if you wish to make art your full time career.