I use social media to grow my brand, Seductive Poetry. I am on almost every platform you can think of: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube and WordPress. I post several times a day, five days a week. I enjoy the attention my writing gets on these platforms and most of all the impact my words have on people.
But I’ve also noticed a negative side to this. The side where I feel compelled to produce content rather than write from the heart. This is the curse of social media. It turns artists into manufacturers, into drones that perpetually churn out content to feed their followers. I’ve noticed myself slipping into this production mindset. It’s not a space an artist should be in.
How did I arrive at this place and how do I get back to the artisan side of the equation. The answer to both is: You. The readers and followers. I’m definitely not blaming anyone else, but myself, but the drive to produce content to feed the readers so in turn they feed me is how I got here. But how is the reader the answer that gets me back? Simple, I write stuff from the heart which the readers respond to which makes me slowdown and feed you a home cooked meal and not McDonald’s.
Don’t let yourself get caught up in the hype of social media. Most of what you see is a production piece and nothing more. Illusions that we put real energy into to live up to. Staying authentic is hard in a synthetic landscape like social media. My grandma used say, “We live in the world, not of the world.” This rings true to social media, we should all do our best live life fully instead of living up to someone else’s illusion.
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