Procrastination & Social Detox


Well I guess the title pretty much sums it up... it's a pretty darn good title right? 

It got to a point where all of this began to feel like work, posting pictures, updating, figuring out what to write and what pictures to have accompany the text. I told myself before I began that once things began to feel like work I'd stop, cause this was all supposed to be fun. Well that's my excuse for further procrastination on this site.

I've taken over a month away from social media, not checking or posting things on Instagram and I have to admit it's fantastic! Granted I've also been away partially but everyone should try it, its refreshing to go live life instead of being hunched over devices looking at what others are pretending to be up to.

So... now that I've had the break I've come back with an epiphany. Filtering out excessive noise and information overload. While its important to keep up to date with things, the biggest issue with social media is the amount of crap that gets put out there, all for the sake of getting eyeballs. It has caused many of us to be affected by a disease I'm calling S.N.A.P. - Social Network Addiction Paralysis. Over the years I think I've done pretty well filtering my news and current affairs consumption and now it was time to trim the fat on social media

                                                                              100 Following :: Purge done!

                                                                              100 Following :: Purge done!

While the idea of trimming isn't new or something I originated I think it's great. Most of us fill up our timelines and feeds with so much content for the fear of missing out, I believe if its important enough, you'll come to know about it. So I began the trimming. I decided to set myself a number, 100. I will not follow more then 100 people/accounts on anything. If I come across something new or more relevant, in order to add it I have to kick someone out.

 

A hundred might still sound like a lot, but I had to start somewhere and I thought I could manage that number. Think about your feeds and who or how you'd cut down to 100 and it begins to seem a little tougher. I had to shed a few hundred and that was interesting, wondering if I'd offend anyone. But I'm not done, the idea is to get it down to 50 next! 

Having done the purge I feel partially liberated, not being overwhelmed with noise. In fact I can now check my social media once a day and see everything within a few minutes. I am no longer flooded with irrelevant information and I'd recommend it to everyone!

                                                                                            It's not just the younger generations that suffer from S.N.A.P. (Social Network Addiction Paralysis)

Now the feeds I get are either from people I know personally (that don't feel the need to show the world their food, pets, etc several times a day), relevant companies, people who's work I like/inspires me and some curators which allows me to see a variety of work and what's popular/trending/relevant.

I hope the people I've "cut" don't take it too personally, and I know if others do the detox I'd be on the chopping block too but I'm ok with that. After all it has been said, being famous on social media is like having millions in monopoly money... it's not real people.

 

:: bryan

 


honesty


For the longest time I've been staring at my screen. Writing and rewriting but never once hitting the post button. I've always felt that the first thing I put out there needs to be something inspiring, interesting, captivating, bla-bla-blah. The truth is, I don't have anything life changing to write about. All I have is an avenue to put what ever it is I write out there in hopes that someone comes across it and decides to read past the title. 

Honesty. In our current digital world, where public social perception has become more important then reality, we feel the need to put out there the best bits of our lives to show others how great things are. Let's be honest, most of us have rather average (boring) daily routines and don't live lives TV networks want to broadcast. But as a picture is worth a thousand words, that one post of us doing something exciting or amazing makes us feel that life isn't that bad or depressing sometimes. I'm guilty, just check my instagram feed.

So what's with all the self righteous mumbling. Well, photography scares me. Because it is so subjective and I cannot control the result (peoples reaction to my pictures), I've shied away from it for the longest time. Rejection isn't something I handle very well. Unless I know I'll be good at something, I won't start it. There in lies a problem, how do you know if you have the potential to be good at something unless you try it?

Social media has helped give me that nudge. After putting pictures up over several months and living in my own self glory of having other photographers like my pictures, I decided I had enough courage to continue forward and see where this new journey takes me. Yes, I'm aware I don't have thousands (or hundreds for that matter) of likes or followers. Yes, nobody was paying me to take those pictures, and yes no one was asking me to take pictures for them, but hey, no one thought my pictures were so bad they bothered to take the time to write something bad. 

And so begins my journey. I don't have a strategy, I don't have a plan, I don't even know if people will even honestly like the pictures I take or what I have to say. But I don't care! Well ok, I care a little. I hope the things I learn can help you in some way, and to those I meet as we go along, I hope there are things I can learn from you. 

 

:: bryan