The curse of social media

June 27, 2020

Over the past couple of weeks, I have spent a lot of time considering the amount of time and energy that gets devoted to various social media outlets. Specifically, how much time I have spent on trying to juggle Instagram, two Facebook pages, Patreon, this website and how to “engage” with “relevant content.” It gets to be a bit much. The conclusion that I have come to is this:

LESS IS MORE

So, over the last few weeks, I have archived the content from Patreon. In fact the three previous posts on this blog are the last three posts from my former, yes former, Patreon page. Don’t get me wrong, I think Patreon is a fantastic platform for creators. I highly recommend trying it as a means to share and generate revenue. It just wasn’t working for me. I can just as easily post to the blog on this site (which I’ve been paying for for years) and share what I’m doing. Why not utilize it?

Minus one media site left me with this website, two Facebook pages and Instagram. Honestly, IG is my favorite of them all. It stays. But Facebook? As much as I would like to completely walk away from it, it does have some value. The compromise is to dump the “art page” on Facebook since that is what this site/blog is for anyway, and keep the personal page just to stay connected. The final equation leaves me with this site/blog, IG, and one FB page. I’m OK with that.

This leads me back to the original motive for “trimming the fat.” To be able to redirect all of the mental energy that was used to furthur the purposes of the media outlets to the process of making art. To switch the brain power from “managing” to “creating.”

This is the kicking off point, as it were, for this blog as a means of sharing my creativity with you. The site as a whole, is still in a state of flux but that’s ok. None of this is carved in stone. Let’s see where this part of the journey takes us…

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