Sometimes I feel like being an artist on social media is a lot like being in highschool. After talking about it with a fellow crafter I’ve decided to share my thoughts.
There’s all the usual drama; all the backstabbing, trash talking, competition, and probably the most reminiscent of highschool out of all the cliches; the cliques.
I was a complete loner by the time I got to highschool. I remained on the outskirts, just watching it all unfold.
It’s much the same on social media as it was back in the highschool lunchroom.
In the center of the room you have the popular kids. At the tables surrounding them, you have the fringe popular kids. You know the ones; they really want a seat at that popular kids’ table but they can’t quite make it. It seems like the harder they try the further away they drift.
Then, surrounding the fringe kids, you’ve got all the different cliques; the athletes, the smart kids, the drama kids, the band and orchestra members, the stoners, the goths, the skaters, etc. Finally, here and there peppered in amongst them, you’ve got the kids who don’t fit in with any of them. Not really. (Super overgeneralization here, I get it.)
If you look closely enough you’ll see it being played out on social media. In just about every niche, not just those within the creative communities.
I don’t really have a point to all this or even things to remember today. I just wanted to share something I’ve noticed because it’s getting on my nerves and I’m really just sick and tired of it.
Where do you fit in? Or not fit in? I see myself as a person who wants nothing to do with the popular kids or the various cliques. I see myself as someone who prefers the company of the ones who don’t fit in and as someone who likes to go and make friends with them.
I gotta tell ya. They’re a heck of a lot more fun 😉
Oh, do me a favor. The next time you’re on social media, go outside of your group of friends and say hello to someone new. Shake it up a little!
Have a great day.
Sunscreen, barbecue sauce, mosquitos,
(Ha ha ha. You thought I was going to rhyme, didn’t you? 😉)