I’ve decided to leave instagram and Facebook.
And I’m very excited about it!
I haven’t been very active on the instagram grid since our house move in Spring this year as I am patiently awaiting my new workspace to be completed. I have been gratefully sending out orders from the pieces I made before we moved but naturally have had other things on my mind and I’ve let my carefully curated grid go..
More recently with the extra time I’ve had to ponder on these things I’ve wondered that although instagram is such a visual experience, the fast pace and addictive qualities of it are no longer aligning with me and the good isn’t outweighing the bad. It seems to zap my energy rather than provide me with much, and because of that I end up not giving the focus t0 other methods of connecting with the world offer – like blogging, newsletters or pinning.
I’ve noticed through my instagram insights that when I post about a new blog post I get so many more clicks to my website to read it than I do with any other posts, which leads me to think maybe people actually might like what I write. I just want to make and write and I’m excited for the headspace that will come from letting instagram and Facebook go.
No more waiting on likes, getting caught up in echo chambers and worrying about what others might think of my every instagram move.(even though yes, I know, very few people actually do that!).
I am in no way saying you should leave too..
Perhaps you are able to maintain a healthy relationship with instagram and your business/personal life gains from it – brill!
For me though, it is just another outlet for my people pleasing tendencies and doesn’t give me the freedom I need and want to create effectively.
What do I want then?..
Some thoughts I’ve had about what I really want (a question we don’t ask ourselves enough)
- I long to connect through my craft with like minded souls and I can do that best through the freedom of my personal space which when online is my blog and newsletter.
- We’ve moved to a little house in the woods, down a muddy track above a rushing river. I want to spend more time off the paths, amongst the trees, watching the tiny birds so busy.
- When I’m with my little family of 3 (husband, 4 year old and dog) I really want to just *be* with them.
- I want to meet with good friends for cold swims or hot coffees, chat and cake; my dear old friends who are spread out around the country and my newer local mum friends who help me navigate this parenting chaos.
- I want to have my hands in clay or typing to you here or holding a well used paintbrush.
- I want to read books, poetry and blogs/newsletters from other creatives and thinkers of the world.
- I want a free mind, one that’s mine only, and to let the noise go.
So I hope you will keep in touch,
I’m excited for what’s next,
P.S just sharing 2 videos that kind of cemented my decision, in case they are useful for you too..
UPDATE: 19th March 2022.
Leaving Insta and having this break from it since last year has been surprisingly easy. I have not missed it one bit. I’ve been able to stare out of the window and ponder, rather than stare at a phone. I have got to a place of knowing how it feels to be consumed by it’s pull and I know how good it feels to not suffer that. With slight trepidation though and tough boundaries, I am giving it another try – the sole aim being to share my work and to enjoy the work of other makers. I feel confident I can now use it in a non consuming way.. because it feels too good to be off it! In case useful for you too here are the boundaries I’ve made up for myself:
- I’ll add a post/story as and when *I* want, not when I think the Insta powers that be may show it to my followers. It may be everyday, it may be once a week.
- Once I’ve added my post I’ll return to insta for 10 mins after work to catch up with other makers and respond to any comments on my posts.
- I will only follow a very small number of creatives who I love and feel inspired by and will not be using it socially or in any other way.
- My priority will always be to my newsletter and blog (as well as making of course).
- It is simply a tool for me to express my creative expansion and for me to enjoy the creativity of others. If I spot the same consuming feelings coming up again I will say goodbye yet again and recognise that I cannot use it in a conscious way at this time.
It all might sound a tad strict I think, but I care too much about myself to let something on a phone get the better of me. Therefore it only gets a very small portion of me. The rest will be devoted to more staring and pondering out of windows 🙂
Lets see how it goes hey,
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