Judgement in the Online Creative World

Charlotte Steggz

I went on a date on Saturday night. We were talking about this and that, but then he said –

“Pfft, no one reads blogs anymore!”

Ouch.

I’ve written about it before, but I’ve recently changed the blogs that I read, as I’ve found what I want to read has changed. There are certain types of posts that I feel have been overdone, and I just don’t want to read them anymore.

But I’ve done this quietly. I try to leave comments as much as possible, so aside from missing those from me, people wouldn’t really notice.

I’m not about to start shouting on social media about how I think we shouldn’t do these types of posts when you could do these types of posts. Because blogging, just like any medium, is wide and varied, and the people creating the content is going to have a very good understanding through stats about what works and what doesn’t.

And the same thing goes for Instagram as well. It’s made so you can curate the things you would like to see, and each creator knows who they would like to target.

Here are some things people don’t say –

“Ugh why did Netflix make The Crown, when it’s so expensive and fabricated, when they could just make content with every day people for free??”

“Magazines should use their platform for good. Therefore we should all boycot Cross-stitch Magazine and only buy magazines that promote good causes”

And yet, these things – and many more – are said about blogs and Instagram accounts.

The thing we need to remember is that blogging and Instagram are both platforms, just like TV, just like film, just like magazines and radio. They’re platforms for people to create content, and you know what?

Some of that content isn’t aimed at you.

But that’s OK! It doesn’t mean that we all have to go and create the content that you would like. It just means that you can quietly stop following that content and find your tribe somewhere else. It’s no biggie.

Personally, one of my greatest joys in life is to find Instagrammable places, gather some buddies, and go there. I spend ages bookmarking places I want to go to, and even more time forming a group to go.

To others, this may be the most basic thing ever – that I go to places specifically to take photos that I’ve seen other people take. But you know what? it makes me happy, gets me out the house, and means that my friends are never bored.

So my call to action is this: let’s all remember that the online world is exactly that; a world. There are loads of different people using online platforms, and some of the stuff won’t resonate with you, but that doesn’t mean you should start complaining loudly about it. You do you.

Let’s all live together peacefully online, OK?

 

 

Comments

  1. Your choice of magazine amuses me because I subscribe to two cross-stitch magazines 😂

    I’m glad finding Instagrammable places makes you happy. You keep on doing you <3
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