Highs & Lows
I can definitely relate to this article. Focusing on social media algorithm became so pointless but at the same time is an important place to show your skills and it cannot be dropped, at this point, My advice, you will find work even without being so active, networking and portfolio is the real deal to focus if that is your objective, Social media would work as an alternative/experimental or a more personal part of your portfolio.
Really appreciate this one Jesse, been feeling similar in my own development. I think I need to indulge in a few more personal projects just to give myself some creative satisfaction. I remember when social media posts were everything for me and now I tend to avoid them, but I really do feel like there is a balance like you mentioned. We all need recognition in some way. Cheers bud.
this article came at the perfect time and reaffirmed everything i’ve been feeling lately!!!
Been following the newsletter for the las few months and this article made me want to post a comment, mostly cause I been thinking a Lot about this subject from a couple years.
I'm feeling the need to take a detox from social media, specifically IG, had done it before and it really impacted on my connection to my craft and the people that really are important in My life, but here I am in th crossroads between losing momentum/relevance VS peace of mind and time+space for personal growth -we all know what weights more, yet is hard to opt out-.
Thanks for sharing and the Inspiration!
this article hit home because I was literally talking to myself (im not crazy lol) and journaling about the effects of social media on my brain. around this time last year I took a social media detox for 3 months and let me tell you it was the purest state of mind I was in since I was a child. I didnt have anyone to compare myself to and I wasn't worried about how my creations would "perform" because I was happy with what I made. This certainly isn't to say that I'm not happy with what I make now because I love all my projects, but it was something I really noticed.
fast forward to now Im back on social media because I feel like I need it for exposure as a creator but I'm trying to detach myself from the idea of "blowing up". Yes, when I finally get some buzz going and gain a sustainable following I'll be happy for sure. But I'm trying to get away from determining the worth of my projects based on how well they perform.
I truly felt every word in this article. luv these newsletters too so thanks again bro : )
From like 2017-2021 spent a lot of time studying social media growth through YouTube & websites & did everything I could to grow a following for my brand, with littler success. I would take breaks here & there, but that process took such a toll on my mental health because I was constantly trying to figure out what I was doing wrong, why I wasn’t as successful as others & comparing my worth. Playing the social media game can be dangerous if you allow yourself to get too invested—your craft will definitely suffer as well.
I gave up caring about the algorithm & took a step back to work on bettering my skills as a designer & it was the best decision I made for myself in awhile.
Recently I started to collect albums covers from Bandcamp, a lot of cool stuffs