Animator Island brings you lots of tips and tricks to add to your skill set in order to improve along your animation journey. Today, though, we discuss what you may already be doing that is seriously harming your artistic reputation!

Thanks to the constant connection of the Internet, artists are easier to find than ever. As a result, most of us create websites dedicated to our art and/or life. One of the easiest ways to do that is through a simple blog. With a few clicks we can set up a digital billboard just for us and put out into the world all that we’re working on or have previously created.

Unfortunately because of the amount of content and interaction online pulling us in every direction (Twitter, Facebook, Deviantart, Tumblr, Instagram, Pintrest, countless message boards, etc.) our online presence can seriously suffer. Have you ever ended up on an amazing blog through various links only to find the last update was 9 months ago? Then you wonder “Is this person gone? Did they move to another type of social media instead? Were they kidnapped by Hungarian Gangsters?”

If that 9-month-outdated-blog belongs to YOU, know that you’re really hurting your reputation and chances for networking by abandoning what you previously created.
All things must come to an end, of course, so TELL PEOPLE if that’s the case! Write one last entry that says “Thanks to everyone who has visited over the years! I will be leaving this blog to work on a new film/pursue cat photography/become a monk.” This simple, decent act can let the world know they shouldn’t be bookmarking your blog only to be disappointed with each passing week lacking updates. It also shows potential employers or clients that you do not just leave projects by the wayside if something better comes along.

It takes two minutes to do, so go get it done if you’ve long abandoned a faithful blog. And tune in next Monday for more animation tips!

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