1 day ago
Since the discussion of likes being hidden arose I have been coming across a lot of conversations about the nature of instagram/social media and how it affects artists and creators trying to showcase their work on the platform.
A lot of people find a lot of negativity in it, blaming algorithms, trends, and it’s competitive nature. However, I urge you all to look at it a different way if you find this tool detrimental. A lot of people on the platform, artists especially, come to the table with expectations for their work. Expectations that their art or posts should be gaining a certain amount of attention or exposure. This mindset I can assure you will only lead to your expectations not being met, ever. Your likes, or attention on a post directly correlates with how many people follow you, it’s that simple. Our posts aren’t being thrown into a judgement pool, with an algorithm promoting the “best” work or art. This means that a lot of the best photographs, videos, and art go unnoticed. It’s unfortunate but the inherent nature of the platform is to be used as a tool to connect with those who follow you. As soon as you give your posts an expectation to live up to you will ultimately be disappointed.
The best advice I can give is to use instagram and social media in general as a place you connect with those whom you want to connect with. Anything else is arbitrary and in the long run will leave you dissatisfied. I find when I think of the app as a place to simply share and connect I get a lot more value out of this tool. I’ve met so many amazing people, found so many great artists I urge all of you to do the same.