Creative Depression Is Real – Thanks To Instagram Algorithm!
“I like how you are being calm about the whole Instagram algorithm issue, How do you not get affected by the changes going on recently & I like that regardless of all the whole Instagram issue, you are still very consistent” – These are all comments I’ve been getting lately
Today’s post is more like an Inspiration post rather than tips and I must say it comes from my heart. Lots of time as content creators we feel this personal attack on our creativity either by feeling underappreciated or not doing enough which I have come to realise most of these feelings are projected by us and what goes on in our head.
Many of us go through “creative depression” which isn’t a recognised term in the industry so, we tend to suffer it alone in silence. We might not know but gradually a lot of us are falling into “creative depression” lately – Thanks to the new Instagram algorithm. How many times do we hear this voice constantly telling us how much we are slacking and not doing enough? Compare our recent posts likes and views to previous ones? Alone, we mostly fall for this voice and swing away from the creative objectives and goals we set for ourselves and alone, we also need to summon the courage to push ourselves out of this situation which isn’t really supported by people around us or social media. Yes, taking a break can help you get away from this but I have come to see breaks as a temporary cure for creativity. How long do you want to take a break for? Rather, I have come to the term to develop and integrate a lifestyle that will permit my creativity to flow consistently without feeling threatened or attacked by everything surrounding me [Including myself].
Maybe, we are depending too much on our readers and followers? Is it killing our joy and self-appreciation for our art?
Integrating something new into your daily lifestyle can be strange and difficult at the beginning but most definitely will pay off in a long run. As creatives and content creators who definitely need actions mostly generated by our readers and followers to stay motivated. It is necessary to build a “self-appreciation lifestyle” to maintain our creativity. Lots are changing quickly about the platforms [Instagram, Traffic on our website, Engagement..] we use now that anyone would be lying if they say they don’t feel like their creativity has been threatened or attacked. I am not here to give an ultimate remedy to stop us from completely feeling bad and discouraged but I believe building our personal self-appreciation journey/lifestyle will definitely help us maintain our creativity better. So, how can we do this? Well, here are few tips I have come up with which I believe will help us reduce any sort of “creative depression” and boost motivation. I am practising these things myself and gradually, I am beginning to feel relieved and more productive. Here are few tips for anyone interested in joining me on this journey:
- Constantly remind ourselves why we started doing what we do in the first place[Appreciate your passion regularly]
- Celebrate every likes, comment and share you get
- Get closer to your readers/followers – Engage more than ever with them [Build a genuine relationship]
- Support one another than ever [Start with bloggers you know around you/locally]
- Is collaboration dead? Engage in more collaborations than ever…We all need each other to grow effectively
- Feed your creativity: Spend more time reading and learning from others
- Weird but I found joy and motivation in reading my old/previous posts – Try it!
- Are many people just following “Trendy topics” in blogging? We need to integrate back the culture of sharing genuine and personal story/journey either through style, fashion, lifestyle or review/opinion – Reduce the “Trending topics“.
- Integrate free-time in your routine: Many of us has started to mix “Consistency” with “Always working – No time off“. See your mind and creativity as a production engine and every now and then, it needs to rest and have a check-up time to get the best out of it. Taking time off in the creative industry is not highly emphasised on. It is necessary and vital for a long-term consistency & productivity. Stop feeling guilty, you deserve to have days off.
LOVE WHAT YOU DO & APPRECIATE YOURSELF AS A CREATIVE! – With or without Instagram chronologic posting, this isn’t the time to give up. We shall continue to create.
Wow, I really feel relieved pouring my heart out on this.
Remember however you feel now, you are not alone but together we can get through it.
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