I've recently decided to invest time in online networking.
Most of us these days use Facebook, Twitter (although I am yet to suss this one out) and LinkedIn, to name a few. These are social networking sites, aimed at keeping friends, colleagues etc up to date on our lives, whether it be personal or professional.
These sites are great and can be a very useful way of promoting your artwork and photography, announcing exhibitions, promoting events or just keeping people informed on what you are currently working on.
I have found LinkedIn to be a really useful site, mainly as it allows you to join groups on a professional basis whereby you can create discussions and learn some interesting things you never knew before. For instance, you may want to try out a new medium and would like experiences of other artists. They can give you advice and tips and provide interaction that is sometimes lacking when you are alone in a studio.
Naturally, these sites can take up a lot of your time, but used wisely, can provide an excellent source of information and in the process, build up a network of like minded individuals.
So give it a bash I say...