Social media. Oh, social media. What a double edged sword.
It connects us, yet it separates us as well.
I’ve been thinking about social media and artists, makers, crafters, etc.
Social media is really hard on a lot of us.
It’s hard on our creativity, our work, our finished product.
It’s so tempting to, after putting in hours of work on a piece and having only one or two people like it, come to the conclusion that your piece, your creation, your thing that you made, is complete garbage.
It’s so easy to reason that if it were truly a good, worthwhile piece then surely more people would have liked it and commented.
It’s very easy to base the value of your finished creation on the number of likes it gets.
It’s hard to pull yourself away from that mindset.
I’ve found myself slipping into it lately.
I don’t like it and the following is what I remind myself of.
I’m sharing because I think it might be helpful for a lot of the makers.
- I create for me.
- I make things because it makes me happy to make things.
- I do it because I love it.
- If you love it too, that’s awesome!
- If you don’t like it? That’s okay.
- I’m not doing it for you.
- It’s for me, myself, and I.
Don’t let the comments and likes (or lack thereof) grind you down. Don’t let other people’s work and apparent success grind you down, either.
Remember your ‘why’. Your why is your reason, your purpose for creating.
My why is because it’s who I am. Creating is an extension of myself. It’s my essence externalized and physically expressed.
There are many reasons why someone would make and create. Those reasons are as different and as varied as the people they belong to.
Don’t fall for the lie that your art is only as good as other people say it is.
Until next time,
Cheese, rice, your dad’s got lice,