Any artist is interested in knowing if his/her name and work is being mentioned and wants to know if the time spent in front of the computer, namely writing articles on a blog, updating the website, interacting in art forums and social networks, doing online marketing, etc, instead of solely concentrating on the artwork, is giving its expected rewards.
Because they also want to spend time working on their art, artists not always have time to search for new opportunities, such as art contests, grants, art scholarships, exhibitions where their work would fit, artistic residencies, and art workshops, just to name a few.
What if you could set alerts according to your parameters to inform you about things that are relevant for your artistic career ?
This is where Google Alerts comes in.
Google Alerts is a content change detection and notification service that automatically notifies users when new content from news, blogs, videos, discussion groups and books, matches a set of search terms defined by the user.
As similar to what happens in normal searches, setting an alert with Pet Portraits in Pastel, won't lead to the same results as "Pet Portraits in Pastel," for insteance. Google Alerts will only show results from Google's own search engine.
Users can set how they wish to receive the alerts (email or feed), with how much frequency, and the sources of those alerts. They can also opt between all the results or the most relevant ones.
Artists can spend more time working on their projects. Then they can go on the computer and check the alerts about what is really important for them.
Of course that using this service should not hold you from doing your own search and you should not set alerts for everything that you wish to know, or you'd be spending more time reading the alerts than working on your art.
Learn how to use Google Alerts and make it work for you.