I had a comment from a reader asking how my scheduled time on and off social media was going.
The short answer: Not very well.
I managed to delete the apps from my phone. I found myself on the web versions instead.
I meant to only use Facebook during breakfast hours- I secretly scroll thru at 2 am when I can’t sleep.
Rationally, I know this is unhealthy. I don’t know if it’s the fear of missing out combined with the happiness of a “like” on a post or picture. It also doesn’t help that many people are suggesting that I can draw more business to my artwork, or Avon, or whatever thru the ‘magic’ of social media.
None of this is true. I listened to a podcast from the Minimalists yesterday, and they discussed their renewed and revamped use of social media for 2018. During the conversation they made a great point about the actual “work” they do is their books and lectures- that social media should simply support announcing it. Social Media should not be the ‘work’ itself.
Eye opening for me- Especially when I read online multiple blogs about tips and tricks to getting savvy with social media. How to craft a twitter post that will attract followers; or how many hashtags to use on Instagram to direct traffic.
What am I directing them to if I spend all my time tweaking social media? I have crafted nothing, painted nothing- nothing to show at all for all this time.
I deactivated Twitter this morning. I thought long and hard about my decision (total of ten minutes while brewing some coffee). Over a year on Twitter and I had a amassed a newsfeed that included random store announcements from wireless carriers; Bill Shatner’s ranting; and some Women in Art feeds. The art feed I will miss, but I’m sure I can find the same information on Facebook or Instagram.
When I would scroll thru Twitter, I would find myself angry- either from something I read, or feeling not ‘cool’ enough for the Twitter scene. There’s enough bitterness in this world, so I hit the deactivate button without a second thought.
Instagram was up next- most of what is on there I already see on Facebook thanks to the share button my friends use. However, unlike Facebook where I have to “friend request” other artists who may not know me at all, or don’t remember me from years ago- I can simply follow them and their work on Instagram. I get a lot of joy from seeing their paintings and inspiration to get me back to the canvas so, childlike, I can also post a painting on Show and Tell.
Maybe that’s the allure of social media in general- What kid didn’t like to bring in something for Show and Tell day at school? All eyes on you while you showed your prize possession- mandated quiet from the class so that you are heard. Applause at the end of the presentation.
We are just big kids looking for the applause in the form of a “Like” or a “Heart” or a new “Follower”.