Constraints often improve an artist’s work. I don’t consider myself an “artist”, but I do undertake creative endeavors. Writing and photography are forms of art, I just don’t like to compare anything I do with so many other somewhat unrelated fields like painting. I have found that limits do free your time and keep your works withing boundaries, financial and otherwise.
A constraint I’m adding is far, far less time on Facebook. More time walking, writing and photographing. Less time arguing the finer points of politics and other things that Facebook is a lacking platform for.
It’s already led me to a Sunday afternoon hiking in a field. That’s when this photo was captured.
I started to write a long article here about the evils of Facebook and why I left it. I found the points useless to right about because the problems Facebook causes or doesn’t is personal to everyone. The experience differs based on my different personality traits.
The number one reason I left Facebook was that it harms creativity and I’m a creative person. It does that by robbing time. I write less and create fewer photographs because I waste time discussing useless topics with no positive outcome on Facebook. Facebook is depressing too in the overall scheme of things.
All of that time and effort could be put towards my own works. Why should I sit and pump their website full of posts and create an income for them?
The positive I’m losing is the connectivity. The way I see it though, a simple search for “Mark Spearman” in Google brings up my site and people can contact me through that. If people aren’t putting that much effort into finding me, what’s the use?
So in short, I’ve left Facebook to pursue more rewarding endeavors.
It’s been a long time since I started sharing things on the Internet. It’s always just been a hobby, but nothing has ever trumped the days of actually working to get a post to appear to the world.
There was a time when one had to figure out HTML, figure out how to place it on a web server, and then figure out how to get people to notice that it was there. Usually that consisted of sending e-mails to friends and family asking them to check it out.
That all changed with so many tools that made it easier. Once Facebook hit and people figured out that they too could post anything and have a large audience. It’s so easy to do, that not much effort has to be placed on what is posted. There’s not much thought to it and that leads to a lot of mundane crap from everyone, myself included.
With 2014 ending, I think I’m going to place the constraint of only using social media as a way to tell everyone that I’ve posted something. I’ll take the time and effort to post my efforts on my own website. I own everything here. I control it all . With social media, they own it, control it, profit from it, censor it, and even claim copyright to it. I need to use them instead of the other way around.
If people find it to much trouble to click on the link to see my site from social media, I’m probably not posting anything worth reading anyhow.
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