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Diary of an artist, Monday, December 9, 2019
Woke up 4:30 am
My Instagram posts get less and less likes (and also views, I suppose). Does it mean I’m doing something wrong? Does it mean the quality of what I post deteriorated? Does it mean I’m doomed? And the final question, Should I continue to post there?
What if Instagram simply vanished one day? Would I cry? If I were big on Instagram would it mark the end of me?
Maybe it is vanishing? Maybe, as Gary Vaynerchuk said it’s the beginning of the end of it? Could be. Why not? New platforms appear and people are drawn to them. Sooner or later Instagram will have to give in to some other platform. Sooner or later people will be bored. I guess so.
And maybe, and it is a yet another possibility, Instagram changed the algorithm and that’s the reason.
Should I thus leave Instagram? Should I change my approach? Or should I just continue to do everything the way I’m doing it right now?
Instagram is one of those places (social media platforms) where my content doesn’t fare well. Is it my fault, or is it Instagram’s? I would err on the side of saying it’s my fault. Maybe I don’t understand the platform. Maybe I never did.
It’s similar with my twitter and Medium accounts. Apart from one interaction per week (or maybe even every two weeks) not much happens in those places. A new follower happens even more sporadically. And when there is someone new, one of the current followers unfollows and thus the number stays roughly the same. I guess most of those new followers are the people who follow you not because they’re interested in the content, but because they want you to follow them back (and then they will probably unfollow you because they want more followers than people they follow). That’s, by the way, one of the more known methods of growing your follower base if you’re not a celebrity and you don’t want to buy followers, and you don’t want to wait months or years (months if you’re doing something which is trendy, or you happen to be very good at making a certain kind of content which wins people’s attention on a given platform, or both, and years if you don’t happen to belong to the first category). A game I never played, and never will. I found out about this method years ago when I tried to learn how to get followers on twitter or Instagram (I guess it was twitter).
I suppose I’m not doing it the way it’s supposed to be done. But do I want to do things the way they’re supposed to be done? My whole being is about not doing things the way they’re supposed to be done.
Maybe there will be a platform one day where people who don’t do things the way they’re supposed to be done will flourish? Which will be interesting because they will be also doing it the way it’s supposed to be done on this platform. If you’re a rebel and a certain platform promotes rebels, you will win by being one. Which means that there is no secret sauce. There can’t be. If you’re supposed to break the rules, rules don’t apply. Breaking them becomes the right approach. Which means you can do whatever the heck you want.
Right now the only platform on which my content fares well is Quora. I never played any games to win followers there (or more followers), I never wrote posts in order to please my readers, nor did I ever wrote content which sole purpose was growing my follower base. It just happened organically, and I’m very, very proud of it. Which I wouldn’t be had I played some stupid game of luring people to my account, in other words, had I resorted to some sort of trickery.
Audiobooks I’m currently listening to:
A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary by anonymous (on Scribd) Finished it
Forty Autumns: A Family’s Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall by Nina Willner (on Scribd)
Books I’m currently reading:
End of a Berlin Diary By William L. Shirer (on Scribd)
Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition By Ernest Hemingway (on Scribd) Put it away after couple of first chapters.
Where I Was From By Joan Didion (on Scribd)
Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York (on Scribd)
YouTube videos and movies (since my last diary entry):
Dirty Harry (on Netflix)
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes: Limited Series: “Handsome Devil” (on Netflix)
Flags of Our Fathers (on Netflix)
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes: Limited Series: “One of Us” (on Netflix)
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes: Limited Series: “Not My Turn to Watch Him” (on Netflix)
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes: Limited Series: “Burn Bundy Burn” (on Netflix)
Who Killed Little Gregory?: Limited Series: “Episode 1” (on Netflix)
Time: The Kalief Browder Story: Season 1: “Part 1 — The System” (on Netflix)
The Irishman (on Netflix)
Time: The Kalief Browder Story: Season 1: “Part 2 — The Island” (on Netflix)
Time: The Kalief Browder Story: Season 1: “Part 3 — The Bing” (on Netflix)
GoodFellas (on Netflix)
Hitler’s Circle of Evil: Season 1: “Heroes & Misfits” (on Netflix)
Hitler’s Circle of Evil: Season 1: “Regrouping” (on Netflix)
Hitler’s Circle of Evil: Season 1: “Fall of Röhm” (on Netflix)
Cialo / Body (on Netflix)
Hitler’s Circle of Evil: Season 1: “The Rise of Antisemitism” (on Netflix)
Generation Wealth (on Amazon Prime)
The Terror S1, Ep1 Go for Broke (on Amazon Prime)
The Terror S1, Ep2 Gore (on Amazon Prime)
The Terror S1, Ep3 The Ladder (on Amazon Prime)
The Terror S1, Ep4 Punished, as a Boy (on Amazon Prime)
Arctic (on Chili) Finished it
How to Make Content If You Lack Confidence | DailyVee 596
Why 30 is not the new 20 | Meg Jay
Tesla Cybertruck Event
Dolph Lundgren | On healing and forgiveness | TEDxFulbrightSantaMonica
Art of Manliness Podcast #51: The Defining Decade with Meg Jay | The Art of Manliness
Why You Believe Lies You Hear More Often | Derek Thompson
Music for this writing session: Piano Sonata №14 In C Sharp Minor, Op.27 №2 -”Moonlight”: 1. Adagio sostenuto Radio (on spotify)