social media for artists

I’m teaching a workshop at VSW this Saturday! Join me!

Social Media for Artists
with Megan Charland
Saturday, November 17th
10am-1pm
$35 ($30 for members & students)

Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, oh my! Participants will discuss different social media platforms and how, as artists, we can promote and network utilizing these online tools. Whether you have been tweeting for years or haven’t got a clue what a tweet is, all artists interested in creating a strong online presence are encouraged to attend.

Register online today!

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Little Printer

“Little Printer lives in your home, bringing you news, puzzles and gossip from friends. Use your smartphone to set up subscriptions and Little Printer will gather them together to create a timely, beautiful miniature newspaper.”

A beautiful miniature newspaper? Yes, please! How great is the Little Printer by BERG Cloud? Wish-listed!


images from BERG Cloud website

too much documentation?

“The more you document your own life, the more you check in, you tweet, the more you post photos of what you did last night, the more you do all of this stuff, or even in my case, the more you listen for little lines of dialogue that can make their way into stories, the more you photograph moments, in a way, the more you start to step out of those moments, and if you do that too much, you become a spectator to your own life.” – Jonathan Harris

I took the above photo with my iPhone (using Instagram) yesterday evening. I had spent the entire day inside working away on several different projects. We had a couple of severe thunder storms pass through here in ROC and in between them I had the urge to document the raindrops. On the weekends I tend to not be as active on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook as I am during the week, but I rarely go a day without posting something.

There is a lot of discussion that is happening right now dealing with documentation, and it is the very issue that is at the heart of my current thesis project. When I read the above quote on swissmiss last Friday I knew I had to watch Jonathan Harris’ CreativeMornings talk (which is where the quote is from) – and the rainy day yesterday proved to be the perfect time.

I’m slowly adding to my bibliography! This post is acting more of, well, documentation for future use in my thesis. I know I have been hinting at my thesis project over the last eight months and I promise I will share more details soon.

Twitter + VSW Photo-Bookworks Symposium

Hi friends! I’m excited to announce that I will be live tweeting from the 2012 VSW Photo-Bookworks Symposium for Visual Studies Workshop!

So, be sure to follow @VSWnews and #VSW2012PBW to stay up to date on the latest and greatest going on with the symposium!

I will rarely (for me!) be using my own account though I’m sure the occasional Instagram (@megancharland) photo will appear! I can’t help it!

I will transition from my account to @VSWnews tonight at Scott McCarney’s artist talk and go all weekend long! JOIN ME!

Instagrams – new page!

Yep, I finally jumped on the Instagram bandwagon!

Using the oh, so fabulous, Instapress, I created a new page here on the blog to showcase my most recent Instagrams! Fun! If you’re on Instagram as well you can follow me – my username is: megancharland.


above is my very first Instagram – aw!

oh, internet

Wow. I can’t believe it’s been over a week since my last post! Needless to say, I have recognized my need for deep thought and have attempted to set aside time each day where I unplug. No e-mail. No Twitter. I ignore the internet, and it’s hard.

It has paid off though. I know what I want to do for my thesis! Research is in full swing. To think a little over a week ago I felt completely lost and overwhelmed!

Internet, I love you, but we need to see a little less of each other. Don’t take it personally. Now, as for blogging, I plan on posting 3-5 times a week. This blog is still very important to me! I’m just cutting back on the hours I spend pinning, re-blogging, tweeting and catching up on all of the blog posts in my reader!

It’s funny, I was home sick the last couple of days and for 24 hours straight I was in bed hiding under my blankets. No internet. I actually had friends and family calling and texting to see if I was OK! Ha! If that’s not a sign that I need to cut back I don’t know what is.

What about you? How much time do you spend online daily/weekly?


image from Jose Duarte’s Flickr
as seen on The Fox Is Black