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Facebook can suck the life out of you, if you let it.

Posted by johnkobeck on March 25, 2014 with No Commentsas , ,

Sometimes you have to just step away from social media for a while. Im talking about Facebook in particular. For me and many others, Facebook can turn into one big time-suck. At one point I had 5000 friends and over 4000 followers on my Facebook page here. I recently trimmed down my friend list to about 2500. Im trying to keep the people that I truly interact with as friends and keep others as followers.
As an artist and educator, I love Facebook. Its a great tool to interact with colleagues, students, friends and other artists. But if you tend to procrastinate like I do, it can become a distraction. Im sure many of you can relate to this. You sit down at your desk to get some work done, but first you have to check Facebook. You click on this update which spurs you to click onto something else and so on. Before you know it the morning has gone by and you got jack shit done. I have come pretty close to deleting my account at times. But I think I found the solution. I have now blocked Facebook from my computer. There is a method using the Terminal (assuming you use a Mac) that allows you to simply block access to websites. You can read about it here if your interested. So effective yesterday (3/25/14) I have blocked Facebook. I plan to keep the block on for a couple weeks in order to get some work done. I even deleted the app from my phone. I know some of you will say this is drastic, but I’m working on some projects and need to get them completed.
In case your wondering about twitter; I did not block that site. I actually don’t find twitter to be a distraction at all. It moves very fast and you don’t tend to get “sucked-in” to everyones personal dramas like on Facebook. So there it is.

Stop being so insecure and get that profile pic up on LinkedIn!

Posted by johnkobeck on March 22, 2014 with No Commentsas , ,

I have become a huge advocate for LinkedIn. I know some of you may have read an old post by me claiming LinkedIn to be total bullshit and useless. But I will be the first to admit I was wrong. Dead wrong! I have since gained some very valuable connections as a result of my efforts on LinkedIn, including a gallery show.
As of today I have almost 8000 connections on the networking site. Many are artists, curators, museum directors, university and academia professionals and so on. In fact, I invested in the job seeker premium account which allows me to see more stats about who is looking at my profile. It also lets me contact key people that otherwise would not be possible. Another feature I like is better visibility for job applicants. If you have the paid version, LinkedIn automatically pushes your resume to the top of the list when you apply for jobs through the site. Not too Shabby!
One thing that really irks me though, is when people fail to upload a profile picture. If you don’t have your photo uploaded that tells me it could only be one of 3 possible scenarios. 1- your ugly, 2- your ex-wife if after you for back child support, and 3- your insecure about yourself and therefore don’t like what you see when you look in the mirror. My guess is that for 99.9% its going to be #3. Not cool people. It is sending the wrong message, especially on a site that is designed for networking and self promotion. The only thing worse then not having any profile pic is having a picture of your dog, your baby, your artwork, or your car. The same thing really applies to Facebook and twitter. The only difference is, who cares. Its only Facebook and twitter so you can be a dick and it doesn’t really matter.
So get over yourselves and stop being insecure and get that profile pic up!

The best tweet I have seen in a while

Posted by johnkobeck on March 16, 2014 with No Commentsas

“The art market surges but there is no trickle down because the people whose cash drives the market don’t care about art. Only commodities” By my good friend and fellow artist John Sevigny. Follow him on twitter here and check out his popular blog Gone City

Baltimore’s Alright If You like Saxophones

Posted by johnkobeck on March 14, 2014 with No Commentsas , , , , ,

This year I attended the SPE Annual Conference which was held in Baltimore MD. I am looking for a job in academia (Did you hear me? I’m looking for a teaching job In case anyone has any leads. Just wanted to put that out there) and the SPE Annual Conference is a great source for […]