Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Go Google Yourself

I do it frequently. I like to know if anyone is talking about me. On a rare occasion, someone is.

I found a site that listed my city of residence. It also listed my previous cities of residence. I guess any stalkers from my past can just show up on my doorstep.

My comments on others' blogs pop up. I can also be found on several advertising sites. Why, I am not sure. Possibly a side effect of Google Ads.

I did find a piece on Etsy being recommended by a fellow Etsy artist. Thank you, whoever you are.

A recent discovery was of art educators involved with the Getty museum discussing my work. It was suggested that my art be discussed in a class. Did they print out my work? Were art students required to do work based on mine? Hmmmm. I feel just a tad violated.

I also appeared on someone's Flickr site. I am so not up on such things. Should I do Flickr?

But my favorite thing so far about Googling myself was this comment from a Flickr viewer. . . "Beatifully done. It does not look like a quilt at all." Is that good?!? Is that bad?!? What the heck is wrong with looking like a quilt?

Go on. Google yourself.


Fibra Artysta said...

You can set up "Google alerts" too. You can type in your name (or whatever you want to search for) and they email you when they find you. Of course, some of them aren't for exact matches but its interesting to see what you get.

I have this for both my name and 'Fibra Artysta' and I've found some sites using my work without my permission. It allowed me to verbally pounce on them.

Flickr is okay. I have an account but its for my photography, not my fiber art. And I think when people say "It doesn't even look like a quilt" they are commenting on the artistic merit of it so I would certainly take that as a compliment! :)

Sheree Rensel said...

Oh gosh. I google myself all the time. It is not because I am so narcistic. I have this thing about being known as an artist as opposed to an art educator. (long story). Anyway, I check google to see where I stand. If I see the first links have to do with teaching, I am totally bummed out. If it says something like "Sheree Rensel-ARTIST", I dance around the room.
Google RAWKS!!!!