5 best social networks for creative people

Instead of social networking for exposure, you may want to consider social networking for fellowship. Find other artists who share your passions, your goals, and yes, even your doubts and insecurities. The enthusiasm, guidance, and commiseration that you’ll find can work wonders for your creativity — especially when you’re feeling blocked.

For Creative Writing: Goodreads

Goodreads is clearly the #1 social network for readers. It’s packed full of features that make it easy to do things like: find new books to read, track and organize all of the books you’ve already read, and even get notified when books on your wishlist go on sale.

But Goodreads is also great for writers and authors, too. Goodreads makes it easy to find and follow authors, create public and private groups and communities, and even if you don’t want to befriend other writers on a personal basis, you can always take advantage of the Ask the Author and Reader Q&A features.

For Photography: Instagram

The nice thing about Instagram is that you’ll also be exposing your work to millions of non-photographers in the process, meaning you can expand your potential fan base while networking with other photographers.

For Digital Art: DeviantArt

Lanzado en el año 2000, DeviantArt se mantiene como una de las comunidades de mayor supervivencia en la web en la actualidad. Y sí, incluso ahora en 2018, todavía atrae a miles de solicitudes todos los días y millones de visitantes por año.

You’ll find more than just digital art on this site, but digital art is certainly its forte. It contains everything from in-progress works from amateur learners to professional-grade concept art from well-known artists. And DeviantArt truly is a community. You can comment on any piece of work that gets uploaded, making it very easy to reach out to other artists.

For Graphic Design: Dribbble

Dribbble is a relatively young site — only launched in 2010 — that managed to build a community of thousands using nothing more than an invite-only membership system (but that system was discontinued a while ago, now anyone can sign up at any time for free). It competes directly against Behance, which is another notable social site for creatives. You’ll find hundreds of meetups across dozens of cities around the world, though most are located in the U.S. and Europe.

For Musicians: SoundCloud

Social network may not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of SoundCloud. It’s more of a distribution platform for independent musicians, but it serves the purpose all the same. Mainly, it makes it easy for fans to follow artists and for artists to interact with fans. In all, SoundCloud can be good for finding potential collaborators. The downside is that it focuses mainly (but not exclusively) on hip hop and electronica. Artists in other genres can be a bit harder to find.

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