Friends! More Color Play this week for the Weekly Print Series! I'm liking these softer colors and how they're playing off one another. And I'm still really enjoying the process of playing with color and composition to stretch myself creatively. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading and giving me some accountability to create, even when life gets busy and/or I'm not feeling particularly inspired. I'm realizing more and more how important it is to push through those feelings of doubt and frustration and just keep going.
While we're at it, let's chat some more about doubt as it relates to social media. I've noticed this past week that Instagram has rolled out its new algorithm on my feed. And as I imagined it would, it's giving more prominence to the folks that have huge followings and less to the people with less. It's pushing brands ahead of people and trendy, staged "perfection" ahead of real, authentic moments. Bummer.
As a business owner who relies heavily on social media for marketing and new business, it puts even more pressure to generate "likes" and "engagement" than ever before, which to be honest, is already so crippling for me.
I don't like the pressure that I feel to only post photos that have been heavily staged or edited to perfection. When I don't, I watch people unfollow me in droves. With that kind of feedback, it's no wonder that we're afraid to show our weaknesses online.
Even though I know that I shouldn't define the worthiness of something I create by a tiny little number underneath it, it's tempting to feel as though that number defines how good (or in most cases bad) my artwork is. Or in weaker moments, to wonder whether or not I should quit altogether. I'm a perfectionist and a people please-er to a fault, and my biggest weakness is that I care way too much about what other people think about me. I let the fear of not being liked or affirmed prevent me from putting myself out there and being willing to fail.
So let's talk about these "likes" that I allow to hold such power over my self-worth. Why do we hoard them? They're free, after all! Should we start viewing that silly like button as a way to encourage those we love, even if we don't necessarily "like" the photo we're looking at? If we know that people care so much about those numbers, why are we so hesitant to give them out?
But while giving out likes might be a good band-aid, I don't think that it heals the deeper issue. I know that true healing lies in not letting those numbers define my self-worth, my level of success as an artist and business owner, and my value as a human being. To know that I'm already worthy and loved and that I didn't even have to do anything to deserve it. To stop aiming for perfection and keep stubbornly creating art, even if no one is there to give me the affirmation that I've been so desperately seeking.
So that's what I'm trying to do. And Lord knows I struggle with it. I've long debated giving up social media altogether, but I fear that my business wouldn't survive without it. Does anyone else feel this way? How do you balance the need for social media (for business purposes) with the level of insecurity and comparison that it so regularly causes? How do you use Instagram in a healthy way? I'd love your input and advice!
Alright. Rant over. Was that a rant? I'm not sure. But this was technically supposed to be a Weekly Print Series post, so I guess I'll wrap this up with your promo code. :)
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And thanks for being wonderful. Know that you are worthy and loved and that you don't need Instagram likes to prove it.
Love & Respect,