It is SOCIAL Media, right?
I’m a nice lady. I give everyone a chance. I believe that after all my second chances in life, I owe it to the universe to give people the same.
Today I tried to follow someone on Twitter, only to find out I was blocked. Why? I wondered. I didn’t know this person, but she had OK artwork and a decent-ish blog, so I figured she was someone I could learn from/promote/network with. I used the contact form on her blog to ask her why and this is what transpired…
> Vicki Bower
> Hi E***. I’d love to connect with you on Twitter, but it says you are
> blocking me. Did I do something you didn’t like? I’d like to rectify
> this and be able to share content.
> Vicki (The Gallery Goddess, @GalleryGoddess on Twitter)
Less than five minutes later, this was the response I got:
I just had a look at your @GalleryGoddess twitter account.
I block just about everyone that follows me & calls themselves anything like:
Arts Management or Social Media (anything)
also anyone with claims to be an internet Marketing (anything), unless their name is Seth Godin or @Mashable..
That is my personal choice.
No, I will not unblock you. I cannot believe you have contacted me to ask.
I am flabbergasted. How ANTISocial! How could someone that calls themselves Artist be so closed minded? I truly do not understand. She looked at my Twitter? If she did, she would have seen nothing negative, and only the best intentions towards my artist brethren. I tried to write her back, but she had already blocked my email. What I tried to send her is:
Of course I would want to contact you. Twitter is, after all Social Media. I have never been shut out from anything without an explanation. I am sorry for any inconvenience. I was marketing nothing to you. I was reaching out with the best of intentions, I wasn’t looking to do anything other than network with someone who seemed to know what they were doing (I wanted to share your blog). I am an artist. I became an Arts Management student to help artists.
I wish you could expand on why this has a negative connotation, but understand if you do not.
I had no negative intentions, just thought it would be great to connect. I regret the missed opportunity. I feel with your strength, I could learn a lot from you, and share my extensive network of awesome artistic individuals.
Good luck in your future endeavors. I wish you the best.
Knowing human nature, she’ll see this at some point. I hope it puts a tiny crack in the concrete of her obstinance. I hope at least it makes her think. Why would you block out any possibilities based on opinion and fear/misconception? I must say, in the long run, I am grateful to that person for showing their true nature right up front. That is not the type of person with which I surround myself.
Does anyone else out there block people solely on what it says in their profile description? It would be interesting to know. I have “Arts Management” in my profile so I can find people of like mind. I have a passion for Social Media. I am also an artist. I’m not looking to sell anyone anything. Does anyone have a recommendation regarding this matter?
~ by The Gallery Goddess on June 21, 2012.