I don’t know how to do this the way everyone else seems to be doing it, and if you and I were sitting together chatting, imagine me using air quotes around that word everyone because I know it’s not everyone (you should insert those air quotes again) but it often feels that way and I’ve written before (here, my newsletter, Instagram posts) (this is not new) that I feel great challenges in the online world which is kind of funny because this is how you and I meet, here online, and still it’s a real hurdle for me to continue engaging with consistency (because anyone trying to grow a platform as an artist) (anyone trying to grow a business) (anyone using the internet to build anything) is told by everyone (no need for air quotes because it really is pretty much everyone) that consistency is key and you should blog regularly and you should post to social media regularly, otherwise people forget about you, and then after you post high-quality content regularly, you should engage with your audience (which is lovely if you have an audience like I do) (seriously, folks, you are lovely) but that constant demand for output is draining and I don’t understand how our culture expects us to grow as artists—to grow as people—if we’re constantly sharing-sharing-sharing and simultaneously consuming-consuming-consuming and, yes, most definitely there is stimulating, inspiring, fabulous work out there that our digital age brings to us with the mere touch of a finger, with a simple swipe or scroll but therein lies part of the problem (in my eyes) that too much time is spent with that finger to screen instead of finger to clay or finger to dough or finger to earth or finger to finger and eye to eye and heart to heart, and oh my heart hurts some days as I try to strike a balance for myself because I know this: technology is not evil or bad, it’s just relatively new and most of us don’t know what to do with it, don’t realize how we’ve backed ourselves into this life of screens and hyper-connectivity and if you’re feeling somewhat exhausted at this run-on sentence then you have some idea of how I feel when I say that I just don’t know how to do this thing the way everyone else seems to be doing it and so I’m trying to do it differently, and I’ll keep you posted.
Sending a little (actually, a lot) of love your way, m
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